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To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr C Pinney [Monitoring Officer] and Mr W Richards [Head of Democratic Services].
To authorise the Chair to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June, 2018 as a correct record.
The Chair was authorised to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June, 2018 as a correct record, subject to the list of attendees being amended to refer to Mrs C Mulholland rather than C Mulholland. It was requested that the use of titles is consistent in the minutes.
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
The Committee noted the responses from the three Councillors who had not completed the Mandatory Treasury Management training, which had been provided on three occasions. The Committee noted that this mandatory training is not available as eLearning.
The Committee noted that even where some Members attend mandatory training sessions they may not always stay for the whole training. The Committee raised concerns that Members must attend for the whole training and discussed how this could be managed including, requiring Members to enter the time of their arrival at and departure from the training sessions on the attendance and asking trainers to ask those arriving late and leaving early to complete the attendance sheets with this information. It was noted, that in Committee meetings the committee clerks record when Members arrive and leave if this is during the meeting but no such officers are in attendance at training events. The Committee acknowledged the numerous commitments of Members, including those that work but noted that only a small number of mandatory sessions were held each year.
B Referral of Councillors to the Public Services Ombudsman
B1 County Council Referrals
02/CC/2017 Ombudsman investigating
01/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating
02/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating
04/CC/2018 Ombudsman not investigating
05/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating
08/CC/2018 Ombudsman deciding whether or not to investigate
09/CC/2018 Ombudsman deciding whether or not to investigate
C1. Applications - County Councillors
No applications for dispensation have been received from County Councillors.
D. Late Payment of Expenses
A claim for payment of expenses was submitted by Councillor Phil Pritchard for mileage expenses (submitted on 16 July, 2018 for
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To consider the “What would you do if…” questions from the workshop facilitated by Powys County Council.
The Committee with the Standards Community Sub-Committee considered the questions used in the Conference Workshop facilitated by the Authority.
The Deputy Monitoring Officer advised that as the Chair’s Term of Office comes to an end on 13 May, 2019 the process for agreeing the recruitment and appointment of a replacement independent member would be considered by Council at its meeting on 18 October, 2018.
The Committee thanked Liz Patterson, Scrutiny Officer for her support to the Committee.