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1.

Election of The Worshipful The Mayor of Dartford for the ensuing year

The Mayor asks for nominations for the election of the Mayor of the Borough for the ensuing year.

 

Councillor E J Lampkin will be nominated and seconded.

 

The Mayor will ask if there are any further nominations.

 

If there is more than one nomination, the Mayor will conduct an election by a show of hands in the order in which the persons have been nominated.

 

The retiring Mayor of Dartford, Councillor P F Coleman, will then declare the successful nominee to be duly elected The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of Dartford for the ensuing year.

 

The newly elected Mayor reads aloud and signs the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, which is then handed to the Managing Director for his signature.

 

The newly elected Mayor preceded by the Serjeant and followed by the Managing Director, the retiring Mayor and Father William Scanlan process out of the Chamber.

 

The newly elected Mayor preceded by the Serjeant and followed by the Managing Director and Father William Scanlan return to the Chamber and take their places on the dais.

 

The Mayor thanks the Council for hiselection and:

 

(a)       informs Members that his Mother, Mrs Brenda Lampkin will be appointed as his Escort for the ensuring year and invites her to the front of the dais and invests her with the badge of office and she takes her seat on the dais.

 

(b)       advises Members on the appointment ofhis personal Chaplain. The Mayor invites the new Chaplain to come to the front of the dais where Father William Scanlan invests him with the Chaplain’s Cross. The Mayor invites the new Chaplain to take a seat on the dais. Father William Scanlan takes the seat vacated on the floor of the Chamber.

 

Minutes:

Councillor P F Coleman (incumbent Mayor) welcomed Members to the Annual Council, extending a particular welcome to new Members.

 

Councillor J A Kite (Leader) nominated Councillor E J Lampkin for election as Mayor of the Borough, for the ensuing 2011/2012 Municipal Year.

 

Councillor A R Martin (Deputy Leader) seconded the nomination.  There being no further nominations, the Mayor declared Councillor E J Lampkin to be duly elected the Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Dartford, for the ensuing year 2011/2012.

 

Following his election, Councillor E J Lampkin made his declaration of acceptance of office.

 

The meeting then adjourned for a short period.

 

THE WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR

COUNCILLOR E J LAMPKIN IN THE CHAIR

 

The Mayor thanked Members for electing him as Mayor of the Borough for the forthcoming municipal year. He advised that the themes for his Mayoral year would be the furtherance of cultural diversity within the Borough, acting as a bridge between the Council and residents, and the fostering of an enhanced relationship with the press. He announced that his mother, Mrs Brenda Lampkin, would be his Mayoress for the year and invited her to come to the front of the dais where he invested her with the Chain and Badge.

 

The Mayor also informed the meeting that he had appointed Reverend Richard Arding as his personal Chaplain during his term of office. Father Scanlan invested Reverend Ardingwith the Chaplain’s Cross.

2.

Prayers

Minutes:

The Mayor invited the Reverend Arding to say prayers.

3.

Appointment of Deputy Mayor for the ensuing year

The Mayor announces that Councillor Mrs A D Allen will be Deputy Mayor of the Borough.

 

The Mayor invites the Deputy Mayor Elect to the front of the dais where the Managing Director will ask for the Declaration of Acceptance of Office to be signed.  The Deputy Mayor reads aloud and signs the Declaration of Acceptance of Office which is then handed to the Managing Director for his signature.  At this point the Deputy Mayor is robed by the Sergeant whereupon the Mayor will invest the Insignia of Office, assisted as necessary by the Sergeant, and then proceeds to the dais.  The Deputy Mayor then takes the Deputy’s chair.

 

The Deputy Mayor announces who will be her Escort for the ensuing year, whereupon the Escort proceeds to the front of the dais and is invested with the badge of office and takes their seat on the dais.

 

Minutes:

The Mayor announced that Councillor Mrs A D Allen would be Deputy Mayor of the Borough for the ensuing year Municipal Year 2011/2012.

 

Councillor Mrs Allen made her declaration of acceptance of office and was invested with the insignia of office. Councillor Mrs Allen informed the meeting that her son, Mr Jason Allen, would be her Escort during her term of office and duly invested him with the Chain and Badge.

4.

Vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor in respect of services rendered during the past Year

The Mayor calls upon Councillor J A Kite to propose a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor.

 

The Mayor calls for the motion to be seconded and invites other Members of the Council to speak.

 

The Mayor puts the motion.

 

The Mayor invites Councillor P F Coleman to reply to the vote of thanks.

Minutes:

The Mayor invited the Leader of the Council, Councillor J A Kiteto propose a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor.

 

Councillor Kite congratulated the newly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor on their appointments, before expressing his thanks to the retiring Mayor, Councillor Pat Coleman for his outstanding efforts in promoting the Borough during his historic third term in office. The Leader also expressed particular thanks to Mrs Doreen Coleman, for supporting her husband so ably in what was very much a double act representing Dartford. Councillor Kite paid particular tribute to Councillor Coleman’s ability to connect with people from all backgrounds and cultures, with his naturally warm and welcoming manner allied to his genuine interest in residents’ problems and equally importantly, a desire to solve them – Pat Coleman was he said the ideal role model for the office of Mayor. He added that during the past Mayoral year, Councillor Coleman and his wife had raised a total of £13,600 to be divided equally between his four nominated charities: the ‘Little Buds’ Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU); North West Kent LIFE; Bexley&Dartford Samaritans and the ‘House of Mercy’ hostel. In addition to their charity fund-raising activities, Councillor Coleman and the Mayoress had attended 352 official functions ranging from: school openings, the Greenwich University Investiture ceremony, the Festival of Light, RAF celebrations, plus several significant birthday celebrations including a 100th birthday party of a Dartford resident.

 

Councillor Kite added that in addition to his Mayoral duties, Councillor Coleman had played a full role as a Borough and Parish Councillor in addition to continuing his role as Special Adviser on Housing, and had paid an integral part in the development of the Council’s Housing Department. Councillor Kite also expressed his personal thanks to Councillor Coleman for his support and advice throughout the year at crucial times in his own role as Leader and looked forward to working with Councillor Coleman in Cabinet during the forthcoming year.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor A R Martin endorsed the Leader’s comprehensive comments in praise of Councillor Coleman’s year in office as Mayor, in addition to congratulating the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on their election to office for 2011/12.

 

The Shadow Leader of the Council, CouncillorG T Prout congratulated the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on their appointments before congratulating Councillor Coleman on another successful term of office as a model Mayor and 1st citizen of Dartford. He added that Councillor Coleman was much respected throughout Kent and in Dartford’s twinned towns of Gravelines and Hanau. The Shadow Leader highlighted Councillor Coleman’s people skills, the fact that he was always available to listen to his constituents’ problems and his particular support for the voluntary and education sectors. The Shadow Leader was particularly appreciative of Councillor Coleman’s chairmanship of the GAC, which had demonstrated fairness and impartiality in controlling proceedings, whilst allowing debate to flow without interruption, a rare skill. Councillor Prout also acknowledged the support of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Presentation of Past Mayor's Badge

Minutes:

The Mayor invited Councillor P F Coleman to the front of the dais where he was presented with a bar to his past Mayor’s badge. 

6.

To receive any declarations of interest Members may wish to make

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

7.

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

The Managing Director advised that apologies for absence were received from Councillors S East and Mrs N C Wightman. 

 

 

8.

Results of the Borough Elections held on 5 May 2011 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Appendix A

 

The Mayor calls upon the Managing Director in his capacity as Returning Officer to announce the results of the Elections held on 5 May 2011, as set out in Appendix A.

Minutes:

The Managing Director, in his capacity as Returning Officer, informed Members of the results of the Borough Elections held on 5 May 2011, as set out in Appendix A to the Agenda document and attached to these Minutes.

 

The Mayor extended a warm welcome to Members, following their election, and thanked the Managing Director and staff, in particular the elections team for all their efforts culminating on 5 May.

 

                         RESOLVED:

 

That the results of the Borough election held on 5 May 2011, as set out in the attached Appendix A be noted.  

9.

Election of Leader of the Council

The Mayor asks for nominations for the election of the Leader of the Council, pursuant to Section 11(3)(a) of the Local Government Act 2000.

 

Councillor J A Kite will be nominated and seconded.

 

The Mayor will ask if there are any further nominations.

 

If there is more than one nomination, the Mayor will conduct an election by a show of hands in the order in which the persons have been nominated.

 

The Mayor will then declare the successful nominee to be duly elected Leader of the Council for a four year term (until the May 2015 Annual Meeting) unless the leader resigns from office, is suspended from being a councillor, is no longer a councillor, is removed from office by a Council resolution or is otherwise disqualified by law.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor A R Martin and seconded by Councillor Mrs Patsy Thurlow, that Councillor J A Kite be elected Leader of the Council, for the ensuing year.

 

There being no further nominations, the Mayor declared Councillor J A Kite to be duly elected Leader of the Council for a four year term (until the May 2015 Annual Meeting), unless the Leader resigns from office, is suspended from being a councillor, is removed from office by a Council resolution or is otherwise disqualified by law and invited him to address the meeting.

 

Councillor Kite thanked Members for his election as Leader. He hoped that the notable achievements of the last 8 years including the  development of Princes Park, Central Park and the building of Dartford’s Olympic judo facility; all of which served to benefit the community and engender a spirit of community worth; would continue in the next 4 years.

 

The Leader also expressed his thanks to the 12 former Councillors following the elections on 5 May; Christine Angell, Chris Gallagher, Steve Johnston, Derek Lawson, David May, Vic Openshaw, Amy Peters, David Pickersgill, Pat Scanlan, Deborah Stoate, and Dave Baker who merited particular mention for his long service as a Newtown Ward Councillor. However, he wished to pay a special tribute to former Councillor Terry Smith, both for his service as a Councillor and as a Dartfordian. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service in Dartford it was proposed to confer the title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough on former Councillor Terry Smith together with former Councillor Ivor Jones of the Labour Group.

 

The Leader welcomed the newly elected Members to the Chamber, Councillors; Peter Cannon, Drew Swinerd, Martin Kelly, David Mote, Richard Wells, Gary Reynolds, Avtar Singh Sandhu, Michael Street, John Burrell, John Adams, Jonathon Hawkes, and Mrs Susan Butterfill. Councillor Kite remembered his own entry to the Chamber in 1995 and enjoined the new Members to enjoy their term of office.

 

The Leader expressed his thanks to the Managing Director and Officers for conducting a successful and efficient election operation.

 

The Shadow Leader, Councillor G T Prout congratulated Members on their re-election and welcomed the new Members to the Chamber. He added his thanks to the Managing Director and his staff, in particular the Electoral Services team, for their efforts in what was a marathon election operation incorporating Parish, Borough and Referendum counts. Councillor Prout acknowledged a disappointing personal result for his Group with the loss of 3 seats. However he undertook on behalf of his Group to work constructively with the Administration over the next 4 years for the good of Dartford and its residents.

 

Councillor Prout added his own tribute to former Councillor Terry Smith and endorsed the proposed award of Honorary Alderman to Terry Smith and former Councillor Ivor Jones. The Shadow Leader also paid particular praise to former Councillors Christine Angell, David May, Dave Baker and Derek Lawson who had given many long years of distinguished service to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

To receive and note the appointment of the Deputy Leader of the Council

The Mayor announces that Councillor A R Martin will be Deputy Leader of the Council for a four year term (until the May 2015 Annual Meeting) unless the Deputy Leader resigns from office, is suspended from being a councillor, is no longer a councillor, is removed from office by the Leader or is otherwise disqualified by law.

Minutes:

11.

To receive and note the appointment of Shadow Leader of the Council Group Leaders and their Deputies

The Mayor announces that Councillors G T Prout and M Bryant of the Labour Group will hold the offices of Shadow Leader and the Shadow Deputy Leader of the Council respectively.

 

The Mayor announces that Councillors B E Read and L Bobby will be the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association.

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that Councillors G T Prout and M Bryant of the Labour Group will hold the offices of Shadow Leader and Deputy Shadow Leader of the Council respectively.

 

The Mayor further advised that Councillors B E Read and L Bobby would be the Leader and Deputy Leader respectively, of the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association.

 

 

12.

To receive and note the size of the Cabinet and to allocate all executive functions to the Cabinet and determine the Terms of Reference of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 438 KB

Appendix B(i) (to follow)

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to announce the size of the Cabinet.

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to move that all functions be allocated to the Cabinet as a body within the Terms of Reference as set out in Appendix B(i).

 

 The Mayor calls for the motion to be seconded and put to the meeting for approval.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite and seconded by Councillor A R Martin and

 

                 RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the size of the Cabinet be set at five members;

 

2.         That functions be allocated to the Cabinet as a body with the Terms of Reference set out in Appendix B(i) to the agenda.

 

13.

To Receive and Note the Appointment of Members to the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 12 KB

Appendix B(ii)

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to announce who will form the Cabinet for the ensuing year and that portfolios (with no decision making) will be held by Cabinet members as set out in Appendix B(ii). 

 

The Leader of the Council will announce the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Cabinet and the appointment of their supporting roles.

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that for the ensuing year, the Cabinet Members will be Councillors P F Coleman, J A Kite, A R Martin, C J Shippam and Mrs P A Thurlow. The portfolios (with no decision making) will be held by the Cabinet members as set out in the Agenda Appendix B (ii).  Councillors J A Kite and A R Martin will be the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Cabinet respectively. 

The Cabinet would be supported by Councillors Mrs A Allen, A Bardoe, S H Brown, D Hammock, A Lloyd and B E Read as Lead Members with the areas of responsibility as also set out in Appendix B (ii).

 

14.

Establishment of the Deed, Trust and Obligations Committee pdf icon PDF 13 KB

Appendix C  (to follow)

 

Announcement of the establishment of the Deed, Trust and Obligations Committee under the Local Government Act 2000 and the appointments as to membership and appointments to Chairman and Vice Chairman made in accordance with the wishes of the Cabinet as set out in Appendix C and to move that the Deed, Trust and Obligations Committee has the Terms of Reference as set out in Appendix C.

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that the Deed, Trust and Obligations Committee would be established under the Local Government Act 2000, and that the appointments as to membership, including Independent members and the appointment of the Chairman and Vice Chairman and the Terms of Reference, be made in accordance with the wishes of the Cabinet as set out in AppendixC. 

 

15.

Announcement of Head of Paid Service, Chief Finance Officer, Monitoring Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that Mr Graham John Harris would be the Head of Paid Service (pursuant to Section 4 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989) and Chief Finance Officer (pursuant to Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972) and that Mr Christopher Gordon Oliver would be the Monitoring Officer (pursuant to Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989) and that Mrs Marie Kelly-Stone would be the Deputy Monitoring Officer.

16.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor informed the Council that he would be supporting the following local charities during his Mayoral Year of office:

 

·        DGSMyourChoice – formerly MenCap

·        chYps – associated to the Ellenor Lyons Hospice

·        Cherished Memories - giving respite to children with terminally ill parents and recording their times with the departed for posterity

·        Arrow Riding School – providing exercise to disabled children and adults.

 

The Mayor advised that the composition of his Charities Committee would be advised in due course.

 

17.

Confirmation of Political Groups pdf icon PDF 11 KB

Appendix D

 

The Mayor calls upon the Managing Director in his capacity as Proper Officer to give details of the size and membership of political groups formed by Members of the Council, as set out in Appendix D.

Minutes:

The details of the size and membership of political groups formed by Members of the Council was presented. The Political Groups on the Council comprise the Dartford Borough Council Conservative Group (31), Labour Group (9), Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association (4).

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the size and membership of political groups formed by members of the Council, attached at Appendix D to the agenda, be noted.

 

18.

Adoption of Rules for Substitution pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Appendix E

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to move the adoption of the Rules for Substitution on Standing Committees, Boards and Panels, as set out in Appendix E.

 

The Mayor then calls for the motion to be seconded and put to the meeting for approval.

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and;

 

     RESOLVED:

 

That the Rules for Substitution on Standing Committees, Boards and Panels, set out in Appendix E to the agenda, be adopted.

19.

Announcement of the structure of the Labour Group and the allocations/distribution of responsibilities pdf icon PDF 10 KB

Appendix F (to follow)

 

The Mayor announces that the structure of the Labour Group and the allocation/distribution of responsibilities are as set out in Appendix F.

 

Minutes:

20.

To consider and agree the Terms of Reference for the General Assembly of the Council pdf icon PDF 447 KB

Appendix G (to follow)

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to move that Council has the Terms of Reference as set out in Appendix G.

 

The Mayor then calls for the motion to be seconded and put to the meeting for approval.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite seconded by Councillor A R Martin, and

 

       RESOLVED:

That the terms of reference for the General Assembly of the Council, set out in Appendix G to the agenda, be agreed.

21.

To consider and establish Committees, Sub-committees, Boards, Panels and other bodies, appoint representatives to other bodies and determine the Terms of Reference of and Delegations to such Committees, Boards, Panels and other bodies pdf icon PDF 11 KB

Appendices H to U (to follow)

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to move the following:

 

(a)    the review of the representation of the political groups on Standing Committees, Boards and Panels (as it affects the Council) and other “bodies” within the meaning of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990.  Details of the entitlement of each political group to representation on each of these “bodies” are set out in Appendix H(i) in accordance with the principles contained in the 1989 Act and 1990 Regulations.  These principles are set out in Appendix H(ii).

 

(b)    the adoption of Committees, Sub-committees, Boards and Panels and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council and the appointments of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, as set out in Appendices I to T.

 

(NB: The Sub-committees, Boards and Panels referred to above shall be deemed to be “Committees” for the purposes of Section 102(1) (a) of the Local Government Act 1972).

 

(d)    the adoption of the Joint Transportation Board as a non-statutory forum and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council, as set out in Appendix U(i).

 

(e)    the adoption of the Electoral Provisions Sub-committee and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council, as set out in Appendix U(ii).

 

The Mayor then calls for the motion to be seconded and puts it to the meeting for approval.

 

After establishing the Committees, Sub-committees, Boards and Panels, the Mayor calls upon the Leader to move that the Committees, Sub-committees, Boards and Panels have the Terms of Reference and Delegations as set out in Appendices I to T.

 

The Mayor then calls for the motion to be seconded and puts it to the meeting for approval.

 

After establishing the Joint Transportation Board, and the Electoral Provisions Sub-committee the Mayor calls upon the Leader to move the Terms of Reference as set out in Appendices U(i) and U(ii).

 

The Mayor then calls for the motion to be seconded and puts it to the meeting for approval.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin, and

           

                        RESOLVED:

 

(1)       That the review of the representation of the political groups on Standing Committees, Boards and Panels (as it affects the Council) and other "bodies" within the meaning of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990 be agreed. Details of the entitlement of each political group to representation on each of these "bodies" to be as set out in Appendix H(i) to the agenda in accordance with the principles contained in the 1989 Act and 1990 Regulations. These principles are set out in Appendix H(ii) to the agenda. 

(2)       That the adoption of the Policy Overview and Scrutiny Committees, the Crime and Disorder (Overview and Scrutiny) Committee, Standards Committee, Treasury Management Panel and other Standing Committees, Sub-committees, Boards and Panels and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council and the appointments of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, set out in Appendices I to T to the agenda, be approved. 

(3)       That the adoption of the Cabinet Advisory Panels and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council set out in Appendix U(i) to the agenda be approved. 

(4)       That the adoption of the Joint Transportation Board as a non-statutory forum and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council set out in Appendix U(ii) to the agenda be approved. 

(5)                   That the adoption of the Electoral Provisions Sub-committee and the appointments to membership made in accordance with the wishes of the political groups on the Council set out in Appendix U(iii) be approved.

 (6)      That the Terms of Reference and Delegations for the Policy Overview and Scrutiny Committees, the Standards Committee, the Crime and Disorder (Overview & Scrutiny) Committee, the Treasury Management Panel and other Standing Committees, Sub-committees, Boards and Panels set out in Appendices I to T of the agenda be approved.

 

(7)       That the Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Advisory Panels, Joint Transportation Board and the Electoral Provisions Sub-committee set out in Appendices U(i), U(ii) and U(iii) to the agenda respectively, be approved.

22.

To appoint the days and hour of the meetings of the Council and of its Standing Committees, Sub-committees, Boards, Panels and other bodies/forums during 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Appendix V (to follow)

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to move the adoption of the dates and times shown as set out in Appendix V.

 

The Mayor calls for the motion to be seconded and puts it to the meeting for approval.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin, and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the dates and times of meetings set out in Appendix V to the agenda be agreed.

23.

To note the appointments of Councillor representatives by external bodies, and to outside bodies where the term of office exceeds one year pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Appendices W(i) and W(ii) (to follow)

 

The Mayor calls upon Members to note the continuing appointments set out in Appendices W(i) and W(ii).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin, and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

(i)         That the appointment of Councillor Representatives by external bodies set out in Appendix W(i) be noted.

 

(ii)        That the appointments of Councillor representatives to outside bodies, for a term exceeding one year, set out in Appendix W(ii) be noted.

24.

To appoint Councillors to Outside Bodies and to Liaison Groups pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Appendices X(i) and X(ii)

 

The Mayor calls upon the Leader to move the adoption of the nominations for new appointments for 2011/2012 as set out in Appendices X(i) and X(ii).

 

The Mayor calls for the motion to be seconded and puts it to the meeting for approval.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin, and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

(i)         That the appointments of Councillor representatives to outside bodies set out in Appendix X(i) to the agenda be adopted.

 

(ii)        That the appointments of Councillor representatives to liaison groups set out in Appendix X(ii) to the agenda be adopted.

25.

Scheme of Delegations to Officers pdf icon PDF 20 KB

To consider and adopt the Scheme of Delegations to Officers.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin, and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the GAC pursuant to powers under Sections 101, 151 and 270 of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Cabinet pursuant to powers under Sections 14(3)(b) & 5 of the Local Government Act 2000 and all other powers enabling, delegate to the Managing Director, to the extent of their respective powers, the functions referred to in the Scheme of Delegations to Officers as set out in Appendix A to the submitted report (Agenda Item 25).

26.

Members' Allowances Scheme pdf icon PDF 14 KB

To follow

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader thanked the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) for their initial report on Members’ Allowances and noted the references to accountability and transparency. He believed that the Administration had already exceeded the reports recommendations and that any further review of allowances should be undertaken in a 4 year cycle.

 

The Shadow Leader concurred with Councillor Kite’s views and expressed some disappointment in the report recommendations given the lengthy review process. He believed that there was scope for future discussions on allowances, but that such discussion, should take place in the Budget Meeting of the Council, rather than within the confines of the Annual Meeting. He welcomed the opportunity of early constructive discussions with the Leader on the subject.

 

It was moved by Councillor J A Kite, seconded by Councillor A R Martin and

 

            RESOLVED:

 

  1. That the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel’s review of the Members Allowances Scheme at Appendix A to the submitted report be noted;
  2. That the revised Members’ Allowance Scheme, as at Appendix B to the report be adopted.