The Dame thinks this an excellent and long required improvement. Every week some new scandal emerges from this council. It's leader seems more focused on his personal advancement than promoting rectitude.
Every councillor who cares about the dignity and reputation of our council should support the amendment
The Labour Group has submitted an amendment to the recommendations of the Administration Committee in respect of the new standards regime (item 7 on the agenda for tonight). This is set out below. A copy will be laid around the Chamber .
To amend the recommendation in paragraph 1.2 to read:
“Given its poor record in recent years concerning members' conduct and standards, the consequent tarnishing of the Royal Borough's public reputation and the need to meet the Nolan standards, it will be only by instituting a rigorous and impartial standards regime, including a strong independent element, that the Council can hope to re-establish its good standing with local residents. The Council is therefore recommended as follows:
1. To begin the statutory recruitment process to establish a Panel of five Independent Persons, to be interviewed by five members (three from the majority party and one from each of the minority parties). This Panel will:
a. be chaired by the Borough’s Honorary Recorder
b. be responsible for ensuring that the Council maintains high standards of conduct
c. make recommendations as necessary on the local code of conduct
d. advise the Council on the process for dealing with complaints, which process must include the provision for a right of review
e. carry out initial investigations into allegations of breaches of that code
f. report its findings to the Audit Committee and any successor Committee.
2. To agree that the Administration Committee has responsibility for:
a. advising the Council of any allowance to be paid to members of the Panel of Independent Persons; and
b. bringing the new regime for standards in the Royal Borough for full Council approval on 27 June in order to meet the required implementation date of 1 July 2012.
Thereafter the Panel of Independent Persons will initiate a three month period of public consultation with Borough residents to ensure that this new regime meets the public’s aspirations as to how the conduct of Council Members is to be scrutinised and regulated.”
Mover: Cllr. Blakeman
Seconder: Cllr. Dent Coad