Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee - Thursday, 7th July, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: 0.02 Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

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No. Item

SC1 /22

Appointment of Substitute Members

To be notified of the appointment of any Substitute Members.


There were no substitute members.

SC2 /22

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 or dispensations.

SC3 /22

Minutes pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Standards Committee meeting held on 7 April 2022.


Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 April 2022 be agreed.

SC4 /22

Action Plan/Work Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 184 KB

To provide a report on the Action Plan/Work Programme of the Standards Committee for 2022/23.


The Committee considered the report which set out a draft action plan/work programme for the year ahead.


The Committee noted that an amended Code of Conduct for Members and local arrangements for dealing with Complaints was now in place, following approval at the Annual Council meeting.  The new Code of Conduct aimed to be more user friendly.  The committee suggested that training for Members on the Code of Conduct should monitoring of how the new code of Conduct is received by new Members.


It was agreed that:


The action plan/ work programme for 2022-23 be adopted.

SC5 /22

Appointment of Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider a report on the appointment of Independent Persons.


The Committee considered a report which set out proposals to be made to full Council on 21 July 2022 to appoint three Independent Persons for a 4-year term of office.      


It was noted that the term of office of the Authority’s three current Independent Persons were due to end on 31 July 2022.  Two of the Independent Persons, Mr G Clark and Ms S Gardner, have now completed 10 years in total as Independent Persons.  This is the maximum period of time agreed by full Council and they are ineligible to continue for a further term.


A full recruitment exercise for the roles was commenced in early June 2022.  The selection Panel identified 3 suitable candidates for the position, including Dr S Green, who is a current Independent Person.


A recommendation will be made to full Council on 21 July 2022 by the monitoring officer to appoint the three individuals as set out in the report.


It was agreed that:


1.     The proposal to full Council on the appointment of 3 members as Independent Persons be noted;

2.     The Committee record its thanks and gratitude to Mr George Clark and Ms Stella Gardner for their service in the role of Independent Person over a 10-year period.