Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
RESOLVED that Cabinet –
1. RECOMMENDS TO COUNCIL:
(a) that the Council’s Constitution be amended to reflect the proposed changes as set out in the Portfolio Holder’s report and the appendices attached hereto;
(b) that the previously approved provisions (i) and (ii), as set out below, should be discontinued:-
(i) Members who were following the proceedings of a meeting via the public ‘live stream’ should inform Officers that they were doing so via an email to democratic services or to the contact Officer listed on the agenda for that meeting and that they should send a second email when they have ceased to follow the proceedings; and
(ii) in order for that attendance referred to in (i) above to ‘count’ such attendance must be for a minimum period of time e.g. 30 minutes.
(c) that all changes come into effect on 28th April 2021 i.e. the day after the Annual Meeting of the Council.
2. RESOLVES that:
(a) the Standards Committee be requested to examine whether a change to the Members’ Code of Conduct is required in relation to Members’ Declarations of Interest in virtual meetings and that, in the meantime, the Monitoring Officer be requested to issue a guidance note to Members to re-iterate that Members should adhere to Paragraph 9 of the Code and should withdraw from the meeting connection/link at the appropriate juncture; and
(b) the views and wishes expressed by the Review of the Constitution Portfolio Holder Working Party in relation to Members’ training and development be endorsed and that the Head of Democratic Services & Elections be requested to take all necessary action to implement those wishes as soon as possible.
Report author: Ian Ford, Lisa Hastings
Publication date: 19/02/2021
Date of decision: 19/02/2021
Decided at meeting: 19/02/2021 - Cabinet