Agenda

SWT Standards Committee
Tuesday, 26th July, 2022 6.15 pm

Venue: The John Meikle Room - The Deane House. View directions

Contact: Marcus Prouse Email: m.prouse@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk 

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chair

2.

Appointment of Vice-Chair

3.

Apologies

4.

Declarations of Interest

    To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

     

    (The personal interests of Councillors and Clerks of Somerset County Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)

     

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5.

Public Participation

    The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

     

    For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

     

    We are now live webcasting most of our committee meetings and you are welcome to view and listen to the discussion. The link to each webcast will be available on the meeting webpage, but you can also access them on the Somerset West and Taunton webcasting website.

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6.

Update on the Committee on Standards in Public Life report and the response from the Government pdf icon PDF 228 KB

7.

Somerset wide Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 244 KB

    This matters falls under the responsibilities of the Leader of the Council, Cllr F Smith-Roberts.

     

    The report sets out the review of the Council’s Members Code of Conduct that has taken place with the benefit of the LGA’s Model Code as part of the Local Government Reorganisation work, in collaboration with the Monitoring Officers of the County and District Councils. There are a number of suggested recommendations to Full Council to make including the adoption of the LGA Model Code, with local amendments and that that is incorporated into the Councils Constitution.

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8.

Somerset wide procedure for dealing with Standards Allegations pdf icon PDF 230 KB

9.

Town and Parish Councillors Register of Interests - Verbal Update

10.

Access to Information - Exclusion of the Press and Public

    During discussion of the following item (Agenda Item 12) it may be necessary to pass the following resolution to exclude the press and public having reflected on Article 13 13.02(e) (a presumption in favour of openness) of the Constitution. This decision may be required because consideration of this matter in public may disclose information falling within one of the descriptions of exempt information in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. The Committee will need to decide whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption, outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

     

    Recommend that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the next item of business (Agenda Item 12) on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 and 2 respectively of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, namely information relating to an individual and that is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.

     

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11.

Monitoring Officer Verbal Update

12.

Future Meetings - dates, times and Forward Plan