Standards Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 27th April, 2011
Time:
7:30 pm
Place:
Front Committee Room, Town Hall, Reigate
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillors Mrs. J.S. Bray, S.A. Kulka, R.C. Newstead and Mrs. R.S. Turner.

Mr. R. Bethell
Horley Town Council

Mrs. J.A. Cook
Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council

Independent Members
Mr. P. Allen
Mr. J. Broadbent#
Dr. C. Vaughan

# Chairman
Min NoDescriptionResolution
Part I
33 MINUTES
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 9th February 2011 be approved as a correct record and signed.
34 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Councillor Mrs. F.D.M. Dixon, Mrs. D. Brooke-Harte (Horley Town Council) Mrs. A. Armstrong (Independent Member) and Mrs. H.E. Burr (Independent Member).
35 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None.
36 INDEPENDENT MEMBERSHIP 2011/12
RESOLVED to note that, with effect from the Municipal Year 2011-12, Mrs. Helen Burr has resigned as an independent member of the Standards Committee.
37 ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE CORPORATE ANTI FRAUD AND ANTI CORRUPTION POLICY AND ACTION PLAN
RESOLVED that the arrangements in place to enable the Committee to comply with its Corporate Anti Fraud and Anti Corruption responsibilities under its terms of reference in the Constitution, be noted.
38 PLANNING PRESENTATION
RESOLVED that the presentation be noted.
39 NEW MEMBER INDUCTION 2011/12
RESOLVED to note the new Member induction arrangements for 2011-12.
40 WORK PROGRAMME 2011/12

To consider the Committee's work programme 2011/12.

RESOLVED that the work programme 2011/12 be noted.
41 ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS
None.
The meeting closed at 8.50 p.m.

Minute

Min NoMinute
37The Committee received an annual review report and presentation on the Council's corporate anti fraud and anti corruption policy and action plan.


The report set out relevant statutory powers, the Committee's responsibilities under the Constitution, information on corporate priorities, consultation undertaken and legal, financial and equalities implications. The presentation covered general information on corporate anti fraud and anti corruption (CAFAC), the need for a CAFAC Team, key areas of public sector fraud, the five main themes of CAFAC, tasks outstanding under the agreed action plan, a comparison for 2009/10 and 2010/11 of sanctions achieved/overpayments identified and other work undertaken by the Council's CAFAC team.

The Committee noted that a recent internal audit report had confirmed that the Council's arrangements in relation to anti fraud and anti corruption were satisfactory. Arising from the report and presentation a number of questions by members were answered, following which it was:
38The Committee received a presentation on the Council's approach to development management and, in relation to this, the roles and responsibilities of Members and officers. The presentation covered what was development management, the need to plan for growth, a statement of purpose for development management (a copy was circulated at the meeting), managing change and building a better understanding within the community (and by developers) of the Council's broad objectives and responsibilities in delivering the planning service. With regard to roles and responsibilities, the presentation covered seven key principles that had been established on the best use of time and how the Council treated people.
39The Committee received a report on the arrangements for new Member induction 2011/12. These included providing all prospective candidates and Agents with a list of key dates, provision of a new Member handbook, new Members being assigned a "mentor" within Democratic Services, a demonstration and overview of the Members intranet facility (the E Members Room) and a range of training opportunities based around council services and functions. Each new Member would also be given a copy of a Councillors guide 2011-12 produced by the Local Government Association.