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Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman of the Committee for the next Municipal year




That Councillor Brian Donnelly be elected Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing Council year.


Appointment of Vice Chairman

To elect a Vice Chairman of the Committee for the next Municipal year




That Councillor Diana van der Klugt be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing Council year.


To approve the time of meetings of the Committee for the ensuing year

To agree the time of the meetings of the Committee for the municipal year




That the Standards Committee meet at 10am, on a Wednesday where possible, for the ensuing Council year.


Declarations of Members' Interests

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Committee


There were no declarations of interest.


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To approve as correct the minutes of the meeting held on 8th January 2020.

(Note: If any Member wishes to propose an amendment to the minutes they should submit this in writing to at least 24 hours before the meeting.  Where applicable, the audio recording of the meeting will be checked to ensure the accuracy of the proposed amendment.)


The minutes of the meeting held on 8 January were approved, subject to the following minor amendment to the last sentence of item SC/17 to clarify its meaning:  ‘Many councils did name and shame subject members and there was a discussion around whether Horsham should do this so that it might act as a deterrent and in view of the fact that there were within the sanctions, few teeth that could be applied.’  A comma was also added after the word ‘involved’ in the first paragraph of the resolution.  The minutes, as amended, were approved by the Committee and would be signed at a later date.



To receive any announcements from the Chairman of the Committee, the Chief Executive or the Monitoring Officer


There were no announcements.


Update on conduct cases


The Legal Services Business Manager gave an update on Code of Conduct cases received between April 2019 and March 2020.   There had been 20 cases, with a further four received since 1 April 2020.  They all related to Parish Councillors and a significant majority involved and same Parish Council. 


Six cases had been determined by the Local Assessment Sub-Committee.  Nine had been determined by the Monitoring Officer, who had sought the advice of the Independent Person as part of the process.  It was noted that further sub-committees had been postponed in the light of the pandemic.   


Update on the New Model Code and new sanctions for Members in breach of the Code of Conduct


The Monitoring Officer updated the Committee on the Local Government Association’s consultation on a new Model Code of Conduct. The consultation deadline had been extended to 17 August.   Members noted that, once finalised, the new Model Code would be used throughout the District to ensure consistency. 


It was agreed that a response to the consultation would be collated by the Monitoring Officer. 


Recruitment of another Independent Member


It was agreed that the process of recruiting a second Independent Person would commence in the next few weeks.


Discussion on the planned updating of The Standards Complaints Procedure


The Monitoring Officer in consultation with the Committee would undertake a review of the complaints procedure with a view to making it more streamlined.  


Training for new members to the Committee


Members were advised that training webinars were being produced by the LGA and would be available after the consultation on the draft Model Code of Conduct had finished.