Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 8th March, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE. View directions

Contact: Michael Kay, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager 

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Please note this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method.  Although we ask members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or recorded by others attending the meeting.  Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on.  By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.


The Chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual, or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.


The Chair drew Members’ attention to the notice on the agenda on filming at meetings.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Reith, and Councillor Patterson was attending as a substitute.


Urgent Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of urgent business.




Declarations of Interest

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:


(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.


A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.


Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct.




Minutes of last meeting pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meetings of the Standards Committee held on 19 February.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 19 February were agreed.


Update on the Work Programme - Procedure Rules, Member-Officer Protocol and Members' Allowances pdf icon PDF 220 KB

Report to follow

Additional documents:


Following an introduction to the report from Michael Kay, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager, the Chair outlined the discussion at a recent all-Member briefing session.


In relation to allowances, the Chair noted that Members at the briefing were in favour of the changes proposed to the Committee as being an improvement on the existing allowances scheme. There was also broad agreement that, given the savings generated by the revision of the scheme, Members should receive a 1% uplift in allowances across the board. These proposals were reflected in the proposal allowances scheme before Members.


The Committee agreed that the proposals were an improvement on the current scheme, and that any further changes felt to be necessary could be taken forward after the forthcoming election by the successor Committee. It was agreed that the proposed scheme be recommended to Full Council for adoption.


On the Member-Officer Protocol, the Chair relayed that the briefing welcomed the new Protocol as being more succinct, clear and useable. The Committee noted that the protocol included some requested amendments, and agreed to recommend the redrafted Member-Officer Protocol to Full Council for adoption.


Finally, the Chair outlined that there had been agreement at the briefing for the inclusion of a requirement for Council to receive a report annually on progress on the reduction of carbon emissions. The Committee agreed to recommend this change to the Constitution to Full Council for adoption.



A.   To recommend the Members’ Allowances Scheme at Appendix A of the report to Full Council.

B.   To recommend the Member-Officer Protocol at Appendix C of the report to Full Council.

C.   To agree and recommend to Full Council the recommendation that the Council’s progress on reducing carbon emissions be considered by the Full Council each year, as set out at paragraph 6.7 of the report.



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