Councillor Wise was elected as Chair and Councillor Bonavia was elected as Vice
Chair of the Constitution Working Party for the municipal year 2019/20
No interests were declared.
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed as an accurate record.
The Head of Law presented the report. The report outlined proposed changes to the
Constitution to be considered at full Council for adoption.
The following updates were proposed alongside the report:
Out of the Democracy Review, titles Chair and Vice Chair be amended say Speaker and Deputy Speaker, as referenced in the report. Statutory duties are to remain the same.
Changes to Schedule 2 to the Scheme of Allowances was proposed. The list outlining the bodies entitled to these allowances be replaced with the list of those falling under the succinct definition outlined in the report, which is used by the LGA. There has to be a recommendation to Council if this change is agreed.
Change to Schemes of Delegation
It is proposed that the Council and Mayor agree both relevant parts of the Scheme of
Delegation. The changes in responsibilities between directorates is reflected in the report.
The issuing of contracts for services to vulnerable individuals
Decisions whereby an arrangement for vulnerable individuals is above the limit, should not be deemed as a key decision as circumstances usually dictate that it is not feasible for the procedure for key decision to be followed.
As the Committee sits in the capacity of the Full Council it is proposed that Chair of the Urgency Committee is the Speaker, and should be stated explicitly in the
Limits on chairing Sub Committees
The general provision is that there is one Chair. Members were asked to consider if a change to this provision would be appropriate or not.
Members questioned if chairing both Strategic Planning and Planning Committees is agreeable as it changes the functioning of how these committees operate, although the Constitution does not currently prohibit it.
There is an upcoming Democracy Review which will consider the number of planning committees, which may subsequently be reduced.
It was proposed that this decision is reviewed at the next Constitution meeting.
There is no current formal recognition of the Young Mayor position in the
Constitution. The proposal is reflection in new Article 21 and the report.
It was suggested that the same rights of an assembly are extended to the Young
Mayor, i.e. the ability to make referrals. There is, however, nothing that precludes the
YM from doing this. The Party agreed to propose an allowance of one referral per annum from the YM team.
To ensure referrals are made to the appropriate decision maker it is proposed that the AP refer to CE/ED for Corporate Services. Currently referrals must go to PAC first then referred to M&C. This is a slow process as it means it could sometimes take up to 6 months to get a response from M&C, based on scheduled meetings, on first instance. It also falls out of line with CIPFA guidance which states that AP should be fully independent of the Overview and Scrutiny function and causes a replication of work as AP is a sub-committee of ... view the full minutes text for item 4.