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None were made.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Committee meetings held on the 9th
November 2016 and 27th March 2017 be approved as a correct record and
signed by the Chair.
Introduction and Role of the Committee
Presentation by Head of Law.
All members of the Committee and officers present introduced themselves to
other members of the Committee. Gratitude was extended to the previous
Chair, Councillor Colin Elliott.
Kathy Nicholson, Head of Law made a presentation to the committee on “The
Role of the Standards Committee”. A handout of prepared slides was given to
those members present.
During the course of the presentation members of the Committee raised
various questions and made suggestions to ensure that ethical standards in
Lewisham remains high and to review current practice in Lewisham as against
practice elsewhere in London. Councillor Hall requested a comparison as to
what other London authorities do in relation to the composition of Committees.
RESOLVED that the presentation by Kath Nicholson, Head of Law and
Monitoring Officer be noted.
Paul Aladenika, Principal Policy Officer, introduced the report and explained
that this is a standard report presented to the Committee annually.
A brief discussion followed and an enquiry was raised as to whether there
was a better way of interrogating the Code of Corporate Governance. It was
explained that this Committee had approved the Local Code of Corporate
Governance and had recommended its adoption to Council. .
It was explained that examples are provided within the report to demonstrate
compliance with the Code. It was noted that the current report fails to make
any reference to two contemporary activities which should properly be
incorporated in the review. It was also suggested that consideration be given
to a reference to the Overview and Scrutiny mid- term review within the review
of the Code of Corporate Governance. It was agreed that revisions would be
made and a further report be presented to the next meeting of the Standards
It was suggested that this would be an opportune time to look at making the
Code more customer friendly and accessible.
An enquiry was made as to the inspection regime following the abolition of the
Audit Commission. It was agreed that officers will provide Committee
members with the requested information clearly demonstrating those areas no
longer inspected following the abolition of the Audit Commission.
(i) the review of the Local Code of Corporate Governance be revised to
include additional examples of Council activity and be brought to the next
meeting of the Committee.
(ii) officers provide Committee members with information confirming
Council provision which is no longer inspected post Audit Commission
(iii) the report be otherwise noted
Kath Nicholson, Head of Law and Monitoring Officer presented the item and
invited the Committee to comment.
As resolved at Item 4 an amended review on the Local Code of Corporate
Governance be brought to the next meeting of the Committee. It was also
suggested that a report on the Council’s use of its powers under the
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 also be brought to the next
meeting of the Standards Committee.
RESOLVED that the work programme shown in paragraph 3.3 be agreed and
that a revised report on the Local Code of Corporate Governance and on the
Council’s use of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
2000 be brought to the next meeting of the Standards Committee.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 17th October 2017
The meeting ended at 8:10pm