Agenda

Agenda

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Contact: Catherine Phythian, Committee and Member Services Officer  email  standards@oxford.gov.uk tel 01865 252402

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Minutes of previous meetings pdf icon PDF 111 KB

The Committee is recommended to approve the minutes of the meetings held on 1 November 2017 and 11 September 2018 as a true and accurate record.

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4.

Code of Conduct: summary of complaints and individual dispensations - 1 September 2018 until 31 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Report of:    Anita Bradley, Monitoring Officer

 

Purpose:     

To advise the Committee of:

1.      the number of complaints received under the Members’ Code of Conduct which have been, or are to be, considered by the Head of Law and Governance (in her statutory capacity as the authority’s Monitoring Officer) and the Independent Persons. The report also notes the outcome, where complaints have been concluded; and

2.       the number of dispensations to an individual member, granted under Section 33 of the 2011 Localism Act, by the Monitoring Officer, following consultation with an Independent Person.

 

Recommendation:

That the Standards Committee notes the content of the report.

5.

Assessment criteria and proposed changes to the complaints handling process pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Report of:     Anita Bradley, Monitoring Officer

 

Purpose:      To advise the Committee of the proposed changes to the “Complaints Handling Arrangements” documentation and the introduction of formal assessment criteria.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Standards Committee recommends Council to:

1.            Approve the proposed changes to the “complaints handling arrangements” documentation as detailed in the report;

2.            Delegate authority to the Monitoring Officer to amend and agree the final text and design of the draft “Complaints Handling Arrangements” documentation (as set out in Appendix 2); and

3.            Approve the proposed assessment criteria (as set out in paragraph 23) for use by the Monitoring Officer, in consultation with the Independent Persons, in the consideration of Code of Conduct complaints.

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6.

Review of member training in 2018 and proposals for future years pdf icon PDF 195 KB

Report of:                             Anita Bradley, Monitoring Officer.

 

Purpose/content:               Review of Member training in 2018 and proposals for future years

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Standards Committee resolves to:

 

1.    Note the evaluation of the programme of training delivered to members in 2018;

2.    Endorse the arrangements for the member training programme for 2019-20 based on the proposals set out in Appendix 2;

3.    Endorse the proposed approach for the development of a new member development and training programme for the municipal years 2020-24.

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7.

Social media protocol for councillors pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Report of:     Anita Bradley, Monitoring Officer

 

Purpose:       To agree a social media protocol for councillors.

 

Recommendation:

That the Standards Committee resolves to:

a)    Approve the social media protocol for councillors as set out in Appendix 1.

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8.

Committee on Standards in Public Life - Local Government Ethical Standards pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Report of:     Anita Bradley, Monitoring Officer

 

Purpose:       This report informs the Committee of the findings of the Committee on Standards in Public Life report on Local Government Ethical Standards.

 

Recommendation:

That the Standards Committee notes the report and considers whether there are any particular recommendations from the Committee on Standards in Public Life that the Committee would like to consider further at a future meeting.

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9.

Dates of future meetings

The Committee is scheduled to meet at 6.00pm on the following dates:

·       24 June 2019

·       16 September 2019

·       2 December 2019

·       2 March 2020