General Purposes Committee


Minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2020 at 10.00 am in Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent.





Councillors Campbell, Day, Cllr Everitt, Ovenden, Cllr Rev. S Piper, D Saunders, Cllr Game, Albon, Wright and Dexter






126.       Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillors Pugh and Rawf for whom Councillors Wright and Albon were present. Councillor Stevens had resigned and therefore, Councillor Dexter was present as a substitute for the vacant seat.




127.       Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.




128.       Minutes of Previous Meeting


Councillor Saunders proposed, Councillor Game seconded and Members agreed that the minutes of the meeting of the 19 October 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman.




129.       Exclusion of Press and Public


It was agreed that the public and press be excluded from the meeting on agenda item 5 as it contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1, 2 and 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).




130.       To receive advice from the Local Government Association on governance processes for staffing matters


The General Purposes Committee received the report from the Local Government Association on governance processes for staffing matters.


Points raised from the discussion were as follows:


·         The purpose of the report was not to ascribe blame but identified a lack of process around grievances.

·         Members were advised that it is not possible for Council to appoint a “Super Chief Executive”.

·         Members were reminded that this is separate from the disciplinary procedure- as this report only related to grievances.


The Chairman proposed and Councillor Saunders seconded:


That EKHR be instructed to look at best practice through a benchmarking exercise and formulate a draft grievance policy based on the JNC model.


Upon being put to the vote, the motion was declared CARRIED.






Meeting concluded : 11.40am