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 County Councillors and Co-opted Members have now been trained on the Code of Conduct.
A2 Mandatory Training
The County Council agreed mandatory training in July 2015 for the following sessions:
· Code of Conduct
· Data Controller
· Corporate Parenting
· Adult and Child Protection
· Treasury Management
This was not implemented as the term of office neared to a close but it is considered appropriate to implement this now the new term has started. It is intended to take the Mandatory Training Policy back to Council to approve the inclusion of following sessions as mandatory:
· IT and information security
· Equalities and Diversity
· Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act 2015
In addition Council had agreed a programme of Mandatory Training arising from the outcome of the CIW Review of Children’s Services.
REASON FOR RESOLUTION:
(i) To note the Council’s policy in relation to Mandatory Development Sessions.
(ii) That the Committee writes to all Group Leaders and Co-Opted Members:
· reminding them of the Council’s policy,
· providing a list of mandatory training dates, and
· advising that in future the names of Members not attending Mandatory Development Sessions will be reported to the Standards Committee.
To implement the Council’s policy regarding Mandatory Training as approved on 15th July, 2015.
B. Referral of Councillors to Public Services Ombudsman
B1. County Councillor Referrals
B1.1 The current position regarding matters with the Ombudsman was as follows:
02/CC/2017 Ombudsman investigating.
01/CC/2018 Ombudsman investigating.
02/CC/2018 Ombudsman deciding whether or not to investigate
C1 Applications - County Councillors
No applications for dispensation have been received from County Councillors.
D Ombudsman’s Casebook
The Ombudsman had published the Code of Conduct Casebook for the following period:
· July – September 2017
A copy of this Casebook was attached at Appendix A.
E Annual Report from Adjudication Panel for Wales
The Adjudication Panel for Wales (APW) had published its Combined Annual Report for 2014/15 and 2015/16 which can be accessed from the Adjudication Panel for Wales website.
F Adjudication Panel for Wales decision report
In October 2017 the Adjudication Panel for Wales published a decision report in respect of Alison Halford former Councillor for Flintshire County Council. The Adjudication Panel for Wales had received the matter as a referral from the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales and, having dealt with the matter at a Case Tribunal on 6th October 2017. The outcome of the Tribunal was to disqualify Ms Halford from being or becoming a Member of a relevant authority for a period of 14 months.
A copy of the report was attached at Appendix B.
G Register of Gifts and Hospitality
The Register of Gifts and Hospitality covering the period May 2016 – November 2017 at Appendix C was noted.
H. Meeting Dates
Wednesday 27th June 2018 - Attendance statistics to be reported
Friday 14th September 2018 – Standards Conference Aberystwyth University
Wednesday 3rd October 2018