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To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Mrs C Jackson.
The Committee noted that Sarah Lewis had resigned as a Councillor in September, 2019. The Committee noted that a replacement had been sought from the respective Group and the nomination would be approved by Council at its meeting on 10 October, 2019.
To authorise the Chair to sign the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on 5 June, 2019 as a correct record.
The Chair was authorised to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 5 June, 2019 as a correct record.
Declarations of interest
To receive any declarations of interest from Members relating to items to be considered on the agenda.
County Councillor K Roberts-Jones declared a personal interest in Item 4 F as she is a member of the Policy Forum which discusses and compiles policies for the Council.
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
A1. Code of Conduct Training
The Committee noted that refresher training on Code of Conduct will be arranged in 2020 for all Councillors and co-opted members.
A2. Mandatory Training
A2.1 The Committee noted that four Councillors had not attended or completed the mandatory Equalities & Diversity training. The Committee noted that Councillor Harris, was due to attend the last session, but her afternoon appointment had arrived early and that Councillor Alexander was unable to complete the session due to urgent business.
Officers advised that the training would be provided by Council officers and a suitable date would need to be agreed, to ensure the four Councillors could attend. The Committee agreed that, taking this into account the training should be provided before Christmas, if possible.
A 2.2 The Committee noted that Councillor Fitzpatrick had signed in and left the mandatory Corporate safeguarding training in September. Officers advised that this training had been recorded and a self-assessment form had been developed by officers.
The Committee agreed that Councillors should be reminded that they were required to complete mandatory development.
B. Referral of Councillors to the Public Services Ombudsman
B1. County Council Referrals
The current position regarding matters with the Ombudsman is detailed below:
02/CC/2017 Concluded no breach
01/CC/2018 Referred to APW
08/CC/2018 Concluded not investigating
09/CC/2018 Concluded not investigating
12/CC/2018 Concluded no breach. Review requested.
03/CC/2019 Concluded not investigating
C1. Applications- CountyCouncillors
No applications for dispensation have been received from County Councillors.
D. LatePayment ofExpenses
A claimfor paymentof expenseswas submittedby Councillor L George for mileageexpenses (submittedon 25 September, 2019, the paperwork having previously been returned to Councillor George as it was incomplete), for mid-October 2018 tomid-November, 2018.
The Committeeapproved thisapplication (whichwas thefirst one for mileage madeby this Councillor)and thanked him for the explanation.