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Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.
You are also invited to disclose any dispensations in relation to any registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.
Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
The committee will be requested to consider whether to pass the following resolution:
RESOLVED that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) and having applied a public interest test as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.
Resolved: that the Committee proceed in public and the agenda papers be made available.
To receive the report of an Independent Person from South Tyneside Council following a review of the decision of the Standards Committee taken on 7 December 2022 regarding complaint NT07/2021-22.
The Committee considered the report which set out the review of the Independent Person from South Tyneside Council of the decision of the Standards Committee taken on 7 December 2022 regarding complaint NT07/2021-22. The report also set out options for the Committee to consider.
The Committee noted that the Independent Person, having reviewed all of the documents relevant to the case, concluded in his report that he agreed with the reasoning and conclusions of the Committee and agreed that the decisions reached should stand.
The Committee sought the views of the Independent Person, Dr Stuart Green, who was in attendance at the meeting. Dr Green stated that he agreed with the decision of the Committee and the findings of the review.
The original finding of the Committee had been that Councillor Liam Bones had breached Paragraph 1 Part 1 of the Code of Conduct – Treating others with Respect, and that Councillor Bones should:
1. Undertake training on the Member/Officer Relations Protocol, such training to be arranged by the Monitoring Officer; and
2. Write a letter of apology to the former Monitoring Officer and that the letter should be supplied to, and agreed with the Monitoring Officer, (or in her absence one of her team) before it is sent to the former Monitoring Officer.
It was noted that, since the meeting of the Standards Committee on 7 December, Councillor Bones had attended training on the Member/Officer Relations Protocol and a letter of apology had been submitted to the Monitoring Officer.
Resolved: that the Committee agreed:
1. to receive the review report of the Independent Person from South Tyneside Council regarding complaint NT07/2021-22; and
2. to confirm the decision of the Standards Committee taken on 7 December 2022.