Agenda

Standards Committee
Tuesday, 14th January, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: HMS Phoebe, Town Hall, Bournemouth BH2 6DY. View directions

Contact: Bob Hanton  Email: democratic.services@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence from Members.

2.

Declarations of Interests

Councillors are required to comply with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's Code of Conduct regarding Disclosable Pecuniary Interests.

Councillors are also required to disclose any other interests where a Councillor is a member of an external body or organisation where that membership involves a position of control or significant influence, including bodies to which the Council has made the appointment in line with the Council's Code of Conduct.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

3.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the Meeting held on 9 July 2019.

4.

Public Issues

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution. Further information on the requirements for submitting these is available to view at the following link:-

https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/documents/s2305/Public%20Items%20-%20Meeting%20Procedure%20Rules.pdf 

The deadline for the submission of public questions is 7 January 2020.

The deadline for the submission of a statement is 12.00 noon, 13 January 2020.

The deadline for the submission of a petition is 12.00 noon,13 January 2020.

5.

Consideration of report in respect of complaint about a councillor pdf icon PDF 133 KB

This Report provides the Standards Committee with the conclusions of the investigation following complaints made about Councillor Lisa Lewis. The investigator’s report is attached at Appendix A. The conclusion of the investigator is that Councillor Lewis did not breach the Code of Conduct, as she was not acting in the capacity of a councillor when sending the relevant tweet which resulted in the complaints.

Additional documents:

6.

Code of Conduct Complaints - Review pdf icon PDF 158 KB

This report provides Members with an update on complaints regarding alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct against councillors received since 1 April 2019.

The Committee is responsible for maintaining high standards of conduct by Members of BCP Council and the Town and Parish Councils, monitoring the operation of the Code of Conduct, and considering the outcome of commissioned independent investigations.

7.

Declarations of Interest - Guidance Flowchart pdf icon PDF 320 KB

The Standards Committee is responsible for ethical governance and promoting high standards of conduct of councillors. This report was deferred from the previous meeting of the committee to allow the flowchart to be redrafted in consultation with the committee members.

This report seeks the approval of the revised guidance flowchart, which aims to assist councillors determine whether they have a declarable interest and whether participation at a meeting would be appropriate.