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Contact: Michael Kay, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager 

Items
No. Item

48.

FILMING AT MEETINGS

Please note this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method.  Although we ask members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or recorded by others attending the meeting.  Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on.  By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.

 

The Chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual, or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

Minutes:

Noted.

49.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Chiriyankandath.  Councillor Tabois was in attendance as a substitute.

50.

Urgent Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of urgent business.

Minutes:

Ayshe Simsek, Acting Democratic Services & Scrutiny Manager, advised that there was an error in the figures contained in the table at paragraph 5, Appendix A of the report for agenda item 7, and an amended table had been circulated to members and updated on the website.

51.

Declarations of Interest

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

None.

52.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meetings of the Standards Committee held on 8th  March 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2018 were approved as a correct record of the meeting.

53.

Confirmation of the Membership of the Standards Assessment and Hearing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 168 KB

This report seeks confirmation of the Membership of the Standards Assessment and Hearing Sub-Committees

Minutes:

Ayshe Simsek, Acting Democratic Services & Scrutiny Manager, introduced the report as set out.  She advised that this report was a routine report, usually brought to the Standards Committee on an annual basis following the agreement of memberships at Annual Full Council.

 

RESOLVED that the membership of the Standards Assessment Sub Committee and the Standards Hearing Sub Committee as set out in paragraph 5.3 of the report be agreed.

54.

Amendment to Members' Allowances Scheme 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 226 KB

 

This report requests that the Standards Committee recommend to full Council an amendment to the Members’ Allowances Scheme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ayshe Simsek, Acting Democratic Services & Scrutiny Manager, introduced the report as set out.  The report set out an amendment to the Members Allowance Scheme to include an allowance for two deputy Cabinet Member positions.  It was proposed that each role be set an allowance of £5000 per year, and this would be reviewed on an annual basis as with current practices.

 

Members discussed the proposal and the following comments were noted:

-           To provide an allowance for two new posts seemed to be counter-productive to the savings exercise carried out earlier in the year, where £14,000 was saved from the Member Allowance Scheme.

-           Some Members felt that Broadwater Farm issues could be covered by the ward Councillors, and should not be singled out for a specific role.  Other Members felt that Broadwater Farm was a particularly difficult issue, and so required special attention.

-           Concerns were raised by some Members that there was no clear process as to how these areas of responsibility had been identified, and the lack of consultation with any Members, given that there had been a full consultation carried out with all Members.  Members understood that the Leader had the authority to appoint the Cabinet and any deputy Cabinet Members, however the allocation of Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA) was the responsibility of the Standards Committee.

-           Some Members questioned the need for an SRA when the roles had no executive powers, and the Members in those roles would not be expected to sit on a number of other Committees.  Others argued that the areas identified required special focus, and would require the Members in these roles to spend a significant amount of time looking at the issues.

 

The Chair suggested that no SRA be provided for the roles at the current time, and that it should be recommended to full Council to keep under review the activity and outcomes of the work carried out by the Deputy Cabinet Member positions, and make a decision on remuneration in March, when the Member’s Allowance Scheme was due to be revoked and renewed.

 

Following a vote, with three in favour and two against, it was

 

RESOLVED that no amendments be made to the current Member’s Allowance Scheme for 2018/19.

 

Cllr Bull informed the committee that he wanted it to be put on record that he voted in favour of amending the Member’s Allowance Scheme to include an allowance for the two deputy Cabinet Member positions.

55.

Dates of Next Meetings

·         11 October 2018

·         6 December 2018

·         4th March 2019

Minutes:

Noted.

56.

Exempt Minutes

To agree and signing the minutes of the Standards Assessment sub- committee  held on the 8th March 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the exempt minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2018 be approved as a correct record of the meeting.