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Election of Chair and Vice Chair pdf icon PDF 7 KB


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


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 203 KB


No interests were declared.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 24 KB

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The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed as an accurate record.


Constitution Update pdf icon PDF 252 KB

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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:


A Speaker

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.


Approved Duties

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.


Urgency Committee

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.


Young Mayor

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.


Audit Panel

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.