Standards Committee - Monday 25 January 2021 9.30 am

Venue: virtual

Contact: Fiona Baker on 01243 534609  Email:

No. Item


Chairman's Announcements

Any apologies for absence which have been received will be noted at this stage.


There will be announced at this stage any urgent items which, due to special circumstances, will be dealt with as late items under agenda item 8.


Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

The Standards Committee will be asked to note the minutes of the previous meeting which took place on Thursday 10 September 2015.


Declarations of Interests

Members are to make any declarations of disclosable pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests which they might have in respect of matters on the agenda for this meeting.


Public Question Time

Questions submitted by members of the public in writing by 12:00 noon on the previous working day namely Wednesday 9 September 2015 (the maximum time allowed is 15 minutes)


Model Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 264 KB

The Standards Committee is requested to consider the report and its appendices and make the following recommendation to Full Council:





That Standards Committee recommend to Full Council adoption of the Local Government Association “Model Councillor Code of Conduct 2020’.

Additional documents:


Independent Persons Report pdf icon PDF 168 KB

The Standards Committee are asked to consider the attached report and make the proposed recommendations;


That Standards Committee :


2.1 Thank Mr Newman and Mr. Plytas for their contributions to the work of the Committee as Independent Persons over several years.


2.2 Authorise the Monitoring Officer to undertake a process to advertise the role of Independent Persons.


2.3 That the Chairman of Standards be authorised to create and chair an interview panel for Independent Persons following the advertising process.


2.4 That the Chairman be authorised to recommend such persons as the interview panel considers appropriate to Full Council to the position of Independent Person.



Late Items

The Standards Committee will consider any late items as follows:


(a) Items added to the agenda papers and made available for public inspection


(b) Items which the chairman has agreed should be taken as matters of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be reported at the meeting






Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Committee is asked to consider in respect of the following item(s) whether the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the grounds of exemption under Parts I to 7 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as indicated against the item and because, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The reports dealt with under this part of the agenda are attached for members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and senior officers only (salmon paper).



There are no restricted items for consideration.