Agenda/Speakers:

1.   Apologies for Absence

2.   Declarations of Interest

  • Members and Officers are invited to make any declarations of
  • pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation
  • to items on this agenda, and are reminded that they should re-declare their
  • interest before consideration of the item or as soon as the interest becomes
  • apparent.
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  • Members and Officers should make their declaration by
  • stating:
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  • a)            the item
  • that they the interest in
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  • b)            whether
  • it is a pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interest
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  • c)            the
  • nature of the interest

3.   Minutes 

  • To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting
  • held on 3 December 2020 (as attached).

4.   Items not on the Agenda which the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances

5.   Local Assessment (Case and Hearings) Procedure Review 

  • This report deals with the Review of the Case Assessment and
  • Case Hearings review of the Local Assessment Process conducted by Hoey
  • Ainscough Associates (HAA). Additional documents: HAA_Arun_case procedure_(ADC Draft) SA25_NA-PH comments ,
  • item 5.pdf icon PDF 131 KB
  • HAA_Arun_Hearings procedure (ADC Draft) SA25_ph
  • NA comments , item 5.pdf icon PDF 110 KB

6.   Review and Revision of the Member Code of Conduct 

  • The Local Government Association has adopted a New Model
  • Councillor’s Code of Conduct 2020.
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  • It is open to the Council to adopt this Code of Conduct in
  • whole, or with amendments. 
  • Alternatively, the Council can amend its existing Member Code of
  • Conduct.
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  • Additional documents:
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  • Annexe 1 Adapted LGA Model Councillor Code of Conduct 2020SA
  • , item 6.pdf icon PDF 287 KB
  • Annex 2 New Appendix B Member Code of Conduct , item 6.pdf
  • icon PDF 221 KB

7.   Review of Independent Persons to the Standards Committee 

  • The Localism Act 2011 requires the Council to appoint at
  • least one independent person to its Standards Committee.  This Council recently appointed two new
  • Independent Persons to supplement the support to its Standards Committee.  Their terms of appointment require a review
  • by Standards Committee ahead of the one-year anniversary date. 

8.   Recruitment of a Replacement Independent Person to the Standards Committee 

  • To seek the Committee’s authority to recruit a replacement
  • Independent Person, following the resignation of one Independent Person, in
  • order to maintain the pool of four.

9.   Register of Assessment of Complaints Against Councillors 

  • This report updates the Committee on the complaints against
  • Councillors received since the last report. 
  • The Committee is responsible for maintaining high standards of conduct
  • by Members of the District and Town and Parish Councils, for monitoring
  • operation of the Code of Conduct, and for considering the outcome of
  • investigations in the event of breaches of the Code.

10.   Exempt Information

  • The Committee is asked to consider passing the following
  • resolution:-
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  •             That under
  • Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and accredited
  • representatives of newspapers be excluded from the meeting for the following
  • items of business on the grounds that they may involve the likely  disclosure of exempt information as defined
  • in Part 1 and Part 5 of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraph
  • specified against the items.

11.   Register of Assessment of Complaints Against Councillors

  • View the reasons why item 11. is restricted
  • This report updates the Committee on the complaints against
  • Councillors received over the past two years.
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  • Additional documents:

12.   Request for a Review of a Panel Decision

  • View the reasons why item 12. is restricted
  • A Subject Member has requested a review of the decision
  • against them and this report is submitted in accordance with the Local
  • Assessment Process which states that the Review will be referred to the
  • Standards Committee for a decision via a report presented by the Monitoring
  • Officer. 

13.   Data Protection Breach - Referral from the Audit & Governance Committee

  • View the reasons why item 13. is restricted
  • The Council is responsible for protecting personal data that
  • is collected, processed, stored and disposed of, in accordance with the Data
  • Protection Act 2018.
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  • Following a data protection breach that the Council became
  • aware of in July 2020, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) recommended
  • that the Council minimised the risk of future data protection breaches, by
  • raising awareness of the importance of Members and Officers being familiar with
  • Council policies and completing mandatory training.
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  • The matter was considered by the Audit and Governance
  • Committee on 19 November 2020, as a Governance issue, who in turn referred it
  • to this Committee for any Member conduct issues.