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Meeting of the Council held on 26/04/2006
Minutes of the Meeting of the Standards Committee - 3rd March 2006



Standards 39
3.3.06
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE –
3RD MARCH 2006
SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL MEETING –26TH APRIL 2006
(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)
*Mr F N J Davies (Chairman)*Mr A Rayner
*Mr L C Bate (Vice-Chairman)Mr C C E Slyfield
Capt P G Burden*Mr P Scattergood
*Mr M R Goodridge*Mr R C Terry
*Miss K E Heenan*Mr D F Wheatley
*Dr M-G Lane
*Present

39. MINUTES (Agenda Item 1)
40. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE (Agenda Item 2)

41. DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS (Agenda Item 3)
42. APPLICATION FOR DISPENSATIONS (Appendix A)
[Ward Affected: Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe]

42.1 The Committee considered an application for a dispensation received from Bramley Parish Council. A dispensation was required for Parish Councillors also Trustees of the Village Hall.

42.2 The Monitoring Officer confirmed that in order to alleviate the need to call several meetings, considering dispensations 'on block', the establishment of a Sub-Committee and the Scheme of Delegation would be looked at further.
43. ETHICAL GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK - SURVEY OF MEMBERS AND OFFICERS ON SETTING HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS (Appendix B)
[Wards Affected: N/A]

43.1 The Standards Committee considered matters arising from the above report. The Committee agreed that in addition to carrying out the ethical standards survey of Members and officers, approved by the Standards Committee on 7th November and reported to the Council meeting on 13th December 2005, there would be a significant advantage in commissioning the Audit Commission to undertake the analysis of the survey results. It was confirmed that whilst the original intention had been that the Council should undertake this piece of work, such an approach would have a cost implication in terms of staff resources. In the circumstances the Standards Committee now preferred the option of engaging the Audit Commission to undertake the analysis.

43.2 This would provide an independent view of the extent to which the Council is meeting its responsibilities under the ethical framework, and identify those issues on which there is a need to undertake further work. Such an analysis would also give credibility to the Council’s preparations for the next Comprehensive Performance Assessment in which ethical standards would be a significant key line of enquiry, and assist the Council in taking forward its new role in determining standards complaints locally.

43.3 The Standards Committee agreed the recommendation as set out below and passed this to the Executive for consideration at its meeting on 7th March 2006.

Part III – Brief Summaries of Other Matters Dealt With

There were no matters falling within this category.
The meeting commenced at 11.30 a.m. and concluded at 12.07 pm.



Chairman

comms/standards/2005-06/032