Cllr Milkinder Jaspal presented the report on
proposed changes to the Constitution for recommendation to Council
for approval. The changes had been highlighted by the Constitution Review Group. Some related to
operational changes within the Council’s structures and
others reflected changes to regulations and guidance.
Members of the Advisory Group sought
clarification of the proposed change to the Councillors Allowance
Scheme concerning expenses in relation to the West Midlands
Combined Authority (CA). The Advisory Group was informed that it
related to travel and subsistence expenses for any city of
Wolverhampton Council Councillor required to attend a meeting of
the CA, including the Audit Committee and the Scrutiny Committee of
the CA. The travel and subsistence
costs would be paid for by the CA. In response to requests for
further detail on the CA meetings that would be eligible for the
travel and subsistence expenses, Colin Parr, Head of Governance
undertook to provide the Advisory Group with a schedule of the CA
meetings going forward for which the expenses would be payable.
It was noted that, under the change to
‘Protocols for Dealing with Petitions at Full Council
Meetings’, the threshold for the number of signatories to a
petition that would trigger a debate on the petition by Full
Council was 5000+ and not 52,0500+ as indicated in the report.
That the Council be recommended to
note revisions to the
To amend the petitions scheme in line
with the revised petitions scheme.
To remove reference to the Petitions
Committee following the dissolution of the Petitions
To amend terms of reference for the
Pensions Committee as detailed in Appendix A to the
To amend the delegations to the West
Midlands Joint Committee as detailed in Appendix B to the
To update the delegations for officers to
reflect changes in responsibilities.
To amend the Councillors’
allowances scheme to state West Midlands Combined Authority related
expenses can be claimed.