Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest

To receive any apologies for absence and declarations of interest.

2.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To consider the minutes of the meetings on 17 June 2019 and 21 January 2020.

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3.

Committee on Standards in Public Life: Local Government Ethical Standards Report pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive the executive summary, recommendations and best practice note from the Local Government Ethical Standards report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

 

The full report is available here:

 

Most of the major recommendations, including strengthening sanctions, require primary legislation but there is no indication of when this might be brought forward. Recommendations around promoting a revised national Code do not, however, need legislation. Solicitors and consultants have been appointed to work on a draft Code. In February, they hosted 3 workshops at the Local Government Association to discuss the content of the new code, attended by representatives from the LGA, local government lawyers, the National Association of Local Councillors and the Society of Local Council Clerks.

 

The hope was that a draft Code would be available for consultation in Spring but no firmer date is available. The Standards Committee will be invited to comment on the draft.

 

4.

Committee on Standards in Public Life: Artificial Intelligence Report pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To receive the executive summary and recommendations of the Artificial Intelligence report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

 

The full report is available at here.

5.

Committee on Standards in Public Life: Intimidation in Public Life: Letter to Political Parties on Election Pledge pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To receive the letter to political parties on intimidation in public life from the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

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6.

Member Training for 2020/21

To discuss member training needs for 2020/21 municipal year.

7.

Review of Standards Panel Hearing on 21 January 2020

This is an opportunity for Panel members to reflect on the hearing and to lead a discussion with other members.