Question from: County Councillor Jake Berriman Subject: New process in respect of motions and amendments to Council
On Thursday 23rd of September Council passed, without amendment, the following resolution:
“That all notices of motion, or any amendment to a motion, presented to this council for consideration, must be accompanied by a costed analysis of the financial and resource implications that motion, or amendment to a motion, would have on this council, should it be approved”.
Can the Portfolio holder for Corporate Governance please advise:
1. On the process, with timescales, for producing a costed analysis of the financial and resource implications of a motion which a member wishes to place before Council and or an amendment to such a motion arising in advance of, or during a meeting of the Council.
2. On the process for signing-off, approving or rejecting motions with or without “sufficiently robust” analysis of a draft motion’s financial analysis.
3. On the resource implications, time and money, of this resolution on officers of Powys Council.
4. On whether other checks are also required, legal for instance, given that this motion, we were advised after the decision was taken to approve it, involved a de-facto alteration to the Constitution bypassing the Democratic Services Committee.
5. Why the motion was allowed to proceed to Council, rather than the Democratic Services Committee, and why members were not consequently notified in advance that, by approving it, they would be changing the Constitution “on the fly”.