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To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr C Pinney, Monitoring Officer.
Ms D Jones (Deputy Monitoring Officer), Mr W Richards (Head of Democratic Services), Mrs L Patterson (Scrutiny Officer) and Ms C Johnson (Democratic Services Officer)
To authorise the Chair to sign the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on the following date as a correct record:
· 7th February 2018
The Chair was authorised to sign the minutes of the last meeting held on the 7 February 2018 as a correct record.
Declarations of interest
To receive any declarations of interest from Members relating to items to be considered on the agenda.
No declarations of interest were received.
To receive the report of the Solicitor to the Council.
The Committee received the report of the Solicitor to the Council (copy filed with signed minutes).
A General Standards Issues for County Councillors and Co-opted Members
A1 Code of Conduct Training
All Members and Co-opted Members have undertaken Code of Conduct training.
A2 Mandatory Training
Treasury Management is a mandatory training session. Members have had two opportunities to attend this training and there are thirteen members who have yet to undergo this training. A further session has been arranged for 20th July 2018.
B Referral of Councillors to Public Services Ombudsman
B1 County Councillor Referrals
02/CC/2017 Ombudsman investigating.
01/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating
02/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating
03/CC/2018 Complaint received – not investigating
04/CC/2018 Ombudsman deciding whether or not to investigate
05/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating
06/CC/2018 Complaint received – not investigating
07/CC/2018 Complaint received – not investigating
08/CC/2018 Ombudsman deciding whether or not to investigate
C1 Applications - County Councillors
No applications for dispensation had been received from County Councillors.
D Delegation for urgent matters
There are only three meetings a year of the Standards Committee in the diary. Extraordinary meetings of Standards Committee may be called where urgent matters are required to be decided Members considered delegating authority to the Chair and Vice-Chair of Standards Committee together with the Monitoring Officer to take a holding decision pending confirmation of the position at the next Standards Committee. Decisions such as this will be limited to non-controversial applications for dispensation and it was stressed that if it was deemed necessary for a meeting to call this would happen.
E Late Payment of Expenses
A claim for payment of expenses was submitted by Councillor Karen Laurie-Parry for mileage expenses (submitted on 15th April 2018 for October, November and December 2017).
The Committee approved this application (which was the first one for mileage made by this Member) and thanked the Member for the detailed explanation she had provided.
F Ombudsman’s Casebook
The Ombudsman had published Code of Conduct Casebooks for the following period:
· October - December 2017
· January – March 2018
A copy of these Casebooks were attached at Appendix A.
G Annual Report from Adjudication Panel for Wales
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