Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Friday, 19th January, 2018 1.30 pm

Venue: Civic Centre

Contact: Jaswinder Kaur  01902 550320 or Email: jaswinder.kaur@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from the Chair Councillor Elias Mattu and Councillor Martin Waite.

 

Councillor Ian Brookfield proposed and Councillor Val Evans seconded that Councillor Andrew Wynne be appointed to Chair the meeting.

 

Resolved:

 

That Councillor Andrew Wynne be appointed to Chair the meeting.

 

 

 

2.

Declarations of interest

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Minutes:

The following Councillors declared the interests detailed below in respect of agenda item 3, minutes of the previous meeting:

 

Councillor

Interest

Reason

Ian Brookfield

Disclosable pecuniary interest

Item 6 in the minutes relates Councillor Ian Brookfield.

 

Val Evans

Disclosable pecuniary interest

Item 6 in the minutes relates to spouse.

 

Andrew Wynne

Disclosable non-pecuniary interest

Present at meeting.

 

 

 

3.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 60 KB

[To agree the minutes of the previous meeting, held on 1 November 2017.]

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Minutes:

Having declared a pecuniary interest Councillors Ian Brookfield and Val Evans left the meeting room and took no part in the consideration of this item.

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 1 November 2017 be agreed as a correct record.

4.

Matters arising

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Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

5.

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 278 KB

[To consider the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel.]

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Minutes:

Kevin O’Keefe, Director of Governance presented the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel on the review of Councillor’s Allowances. He advised the Panel consisted of three members and had met in January.

 

The Panel has used a range of sources of evidence and in particular considered the allowances paid to Councillors of the Black Country, West Midlands Metropolitan Councils and fifteen similar sized councils in this Councils CiPFA family group.

 

The Panel had made six recommendations.

 

Resolved:

 

1.     Council be recommended to:

 

a)    Consider the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel and approve, reject or approve alternative proposals for each of the following recommendations made by the Panel:

 

Recommendation 1: That for the municipal years 2018/19 – 2021/22 the Basic Allowance be increased each year by any percentage increase in pay agreed for local government employees.

 

Recommendation 2: That no change should be made to the current Special Responsibility Allowances.

 

Recommendation 3: That no change should be made to the current Dependant Carers’ Allowance. 

 

Recommendation 4: That no change should be made to the current Travelling and Subsistence Allowances

 

Recommendation 5: That no change be made to the current Co-optees Allowances.

 

b)    The section on Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme be removed from the Councillor Allowances scheme.

 

c)   Delegate authority to the Monitoring Officer to amend the Scheme of Councillor Allowances according to the decisions taken by Council for inclusion in the Council’s Constitution.