Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 24th June, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Katie Brewer 


No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

    To approve the Minutes of the meeting of Standards Committee held on 9 March 2021, copy attached.


    Mr Tucker proposed, Cllr Fellows seconded and members agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 March 2021 be approved and signed as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 113 KB


Chair's Report pdf icon PDF 63 KB


    The Chair gave a brief verbal update on the work of the Standards Committee, commenting that:


    -  There had only been one complaint regarding member behaviour since the last meeting of the Standards Committee.

    -  The CRWP also met once to comment on the draft Member Parental Leave Policy.


Member Parental Leave Policy pdf icon PDF 96 KB

    Additional documents:


    Nick Hughes, Committee Services Manager, introduced the report.


    He outlined the report and made the following points:


    -  The policy was aimed at those considering becoming councillors, more than those currently in the position.

    -  One third of female councillors at childbearing age found a lack of maternity leave to be a barrier to fulfilling their role.

    -  A councillor on parental leave would always be entitled to the basic allowance, the policy only related to Special Responsibility Allowances.

    -  The policy agreed a blanket acceptance that parental leave was an acceptable reason for an extension of time as per section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972; requiring attendance of at least one meeting in any six month period.

    -  The Constitutional Review Working Party highlighted that the policy also covered adoption leave and that TDC would be amongst the first councils in Kent to adopt it.

    -  The CRWP also felt that comparing the compensations and benefits of the vastly different roles of officers and councillors wasn’t reasonable.


    During discussion it was noted that:


    -  There would be communication between the person on parental leave and any appointed replacement, but the role itself would be only undertaken by the replacement.

    -  The councillor on parental leave would continue to have voting rights at Full Council.

    -  Options 2 & 3 in the report were considered most generous and viewed favourably.


    Following discussion a vote was taken on options 2 & 3. Cllr Kup proposed, Cllr Bayford seconded and members agreed that Option 2 be recommended to Full Council on 15 July 2021, namely:


    -  6 months full pay of Special Responsibility Allowances where applicable, with any remaining leave being unpaid.


Standards Complaint Statistics pdf icon PDF 43 KB