Agenda and minutes

Selection and Member Services Committee - Thursday, 27th February, 2020 2.30 pm

Venue: Darent Room, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone. View directions

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Election of Chairman

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(1)          Mr M C Dance moved, seconded by Mr G Lymer that Mr B J Sweetland be elected Chairman of the Committee.

Carried with no opposition


(2)       Mr Sweetland thereupon took the Chair.


Minutes - 2 December 2019 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

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RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 December 2019 are correctly recorded and that they be signed by the Chairman.


The future role of the Selection and Member Services Committee - Oral Update

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(1)          The General Counsel updated the Committee on the content of informal discussions that had taken place in advance of the formal report which he would make to the next meeting on 30 April 2020.  


(2)       The General Counsel referred to the review of the Constitution that had taken place at the County Council meeting in October 2019.   This had led to the creation of the informal Constitution Working Party which had already held its first meeting.   This Working Party would make recommendations to the Committee for discussion and review prior to consideration by the County Council itself. 


(3)       The General Counsel said that one intended future role for the Committee would be that of considering more general issues for Members. This task was currently being undertaken by informal Member Groups who did not report formally to the County Council.  


(4)       The General Counsel referred to the County Council’s decision to allocate £1.6m for Member Grants in the financial year 2020/21. Taken together with the projected roll over from 2019/20, this meant that there would be approximately £2.8m under that budget heading.  It was therefore intended to provide full transparency in respect of how that money was being spent. Reports would be regularly presented to the Committee to enable it to consider whether the Member Grant guidelines were adequate and appropriate.  Any recommendations arising out of this process would be referred to the County Council. 


(5)       The difference between the role of this Committee and that of the Governance and Audit Committee was that whilst the latter had to consider whether processes were sound and robust, it was Selection and Member Services Committee which would have the formal role of recommending changes and improvements.  This was particularly important when dealing with issues outside the Monitoring Officer’s statutory remit.


(6)       The General Counsel said that other issues that should be formally considered by the Committee were Member Training, Community Engagement and Member ICT.  


(7)       The General Counsel concluded his remarks by confirming that a detailed report, including draft revised Terms of Reference for the Committee would be presented to the next meeting.


(8)       The General Counsel confirmed that a copy of the information provided to the Member Remuneration Panel would be made available to Members of the Committee.   He added that, as required by the Constitution, the Panel would be formally reviewing the entire scheme of Special Responsibility Allowances.  


(9)       Mrs Dean stressed the importance of Members receiving notification as soon as possible of the cut-off date for Community Grants in the year of the County Council Elections, and from the service departments as to how long it was expected to take to implement the agreed projects.  The General Counsel confirmed that the guidance on the cut-off date was in the process of being finalised through the Corporate Management Team.  The service departments had also been made aware of the need to provide Members with the implementation dates earlier than usual during an election year.       


(10)     Mrs Dean then referred to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Independent Person (Standards) pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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(1)          The General Counsel introduced the report which explained that the County Council was required under the Localism Act 2011 to appoint an Independent Person with whom the Monitoring Officer could engage on alleged breaches of the Kent Member Code of Conduct.  


(2)       RESOLVED to recommend the appointment of Mr Michael George to the County Council as the Independent Person for the Member Code of Conduct for the four year term from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024.


Recruitment of the Independent Member Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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(1)       The General Counsel introduced the report which recommended a recruitment process to the Committee for the Member Remuneration Panel when the terms of office of its Members expired on 31 October 2020.


(2)       RESOLVED that:-


(a)         agreement be given to the recruitment process for the Member Remuneration Panel for the period from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2024; and


(b)         the Group Leaders be invited to nominate an Honorary Alderman or a person who is neither an existing Member nor an individual planning to seek election to the County Council to be on the Selection Panel by 5 pm on Monday, 1 June 2020.   


Appointment of Trustee to the Yalding Educational Foundation pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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RESOLVED that Mr Nicholas Arthur be appointed as the County Council’s Trustee on the Yalding Educational Foundation for a five -year term.