Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee - Thursday, 30th May, 2024 6.00 pm

Venue: 0.01 Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

Contact: Sonia Stewart - 0191 643 5359  Email:

No. Item

SC14 /24

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received for Councillor E Darke and Councillor T Hallway.

SC15 /24

Appointment of Substitute Members

To be notified of the appointment of any Substitute Members.


There were no substitute members in attendance.

SC16 /24

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 or dispensations reported.

SC17 /24

Minutes pdf icon PDF 25 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Standards Committee meeting held on 4 April 2024.


Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 April be agreed.

SC18 /24

Training for Elected Members including Use of Social Media pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Information for the Committee to endorse and propose the proposed training and to suggest any additional matters which the Committee would like to have included within the training sessions.


The Senior Manager of Legal Services and Registration presented a report on Training for Elected Members including Use of Social Media


The report stated that the training sessions would be for a maximum of 2 hours, including a q and a. It will be offered on two separate dates, an in-person session on July 4 from 3pm to 5pm and a remote second session on Teams on Sept 23 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.


Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory for new members, but at this stage, the officer stated that this training was not regarded as mandatory for all members.


A member stated that the 4 July session would likely need rescheduled, and the officer agreed to take this back and reschedule.


A member asked for some clarity on point 1.3.6 within the report regarding training content, and the Chair confirmed that this was about the use of social media in the capacity of acting as a Councillor, and other usage.


The committee agreed to endorse and promote the proposed training.

SC19 /24

Action Plan/Work Programme 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

For the Committee to consider the Action Plan/Work Programme of the Standards Committee for 2024/25.


The Senior Manager of Legal Services and Registration talked the committee though the Action Plan / Work Programme for the upcoming year. The Chair asked the members if they had any future items for the Work programme, then should feel free to suggest them.


A member asked if the behaviour at the last Council meeting was a matter for the Committee to look at. The Chair confirmed that as no complaints had been received by the Monitoring Officer, this would not be investigated.


The committee agreed to note the schedule of meetings and to adopt the proposed Work Programme.