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Cabinet Decision: 21st July 2008
Title of Item/Report
Annual Report of the Standards Committee - 2007/08
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report that presented the Standards Committee’s Annual Report for 2007/08. The Chair of the Standards Committee was in attendance at the meeting and presented the report to Cabinet alongside the Monitoring Officer.

It was explained that the production of annual reports was an essential part of the Council’s performance monitoring, reporting and planning procedures. Monitoring, planning and reviewing the work of the Standards Committee should equally therefore include an annual reporting process as best practice.

Members of Cabinet were provided with a copy of the Committee’s third Annual Report (for 2007/08).

The purpose of the Report was not only to provide an overview of the work of the Committee in the past year, but also to identify and promote examples of best practice and to provide an opportunity to review and learn from experience. The Report therefore set out the Committee’s Statutory responsibilities, summarised how they had been discharged during 2007/08 and drew attention to those issues that would require attention in the year ahead.

Consultation on the Report had previously taken place with the relevant Cabinet Member; the Head of Legal Services as Deputy Monitoring Officer; the Head of Democratic Services; the Corporate Governance Group; the Corporate Management Team; and the Audit Committee. It was noted that once agreed, the Report would also be placed on the intranet and the internet for the attention of all Members/Officers. A hard copy would, in addition be made available to each member of the Standards Committee.

RECOMMENDED to Council that the Standards Committee’s Annual Report be approved.
Reasons for the Decision
To ensure that the duties and responsibilities of the Standards Committee, and its work during the past year in connection with the authority’s corporate/ethical governance, is brought to the attention of all Members and to as wide a cross-section of Officers as possible.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
None
Details of any Dispensations
Not Applicable
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Not Applicable
Attachment

Date of Publication: 23 July 2008


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