Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee
Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 3.30 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Email: kevin.tomkinson@leeds.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

16.

Appeals against refusal of inspection of documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an appeal the press and public will be excluded).

 

(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents.

17.

Exempt Information - possible exclusion of the press and public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.

 

2   To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.

 

3   If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-

 

RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-

 

Minutes:

There were no resolutions to exclude the public.

18.

Late items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration

 

(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)

 

Minutes:

There were no late items.

19.

Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2000 and paragraphs 13-18 of the Members’ Code of Conduct. Also to declare any other significant interests which the Member wishes to declare in the public interest, in accordance with paragraphs 19-20 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

20.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence from the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors James Lewis, Alison Lowe, Amanda Carter, Catherine Dobson, Mark Dobson, and Shirley Varley.

 

Councillors Kim Groves and Mohammed Iqbal attended the meeting as substitutes for Councillors Lewis and Lowe.

21.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To receive and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 11th December 2017.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on the 11th December 2017 be approved as a correct record.

22.

Approval of the 2018/19 Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 292 KB

To receive a report of the Chief Officer HR seeking Members’ views on the revised Pay Policy Statement and for the Committee to make recommendations to Full Council to approve the changes before the start of the 2018/19 financial year.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Officer HR submitted a report seeking Members’ views on the Pay Policy Statement 2018/19and for the Committee to make recommendations to full Council to approve the changes before the start of the 2017/18 financial year.

 

RESOLVED – To recommend to full Council:-

·  Approval of the Pay Policy Statement for the 2018/19 financial year as attached in Appendix A of the submitted report.

·  That any in year requirement to amend the Annual Pay Policy Statement as a consequence of changes to Council Policies is undertaken by the Director of Resources and Housing and /or the Chief Officer HR or on advice from the Section 151 Officer and this is reported to the General Purposes Committee who will make recommendations to full Council for approval

·  Delegation to the Chief Officer HR of any necessary adjustments to the Council’s pay scales arising from nationally agreed pay awards.

23.

Joint Review of Polling Districts and Community Governance Review of Parish and Town Councils - Final Proposals Report pdf icon PDF 224 KB

To consider a report of the Head Elections Licensing and Registration updating Members in relation to the proposed abolition of Ledston Parish Council.

 

Minutes:

The submitted report of the Head of Elections, Licensing and Registration asked Members to consider updated information in relation to the proposed abolition of Ledston Parish Council.

 

Members were informed that the clerk had provided emails confirming that all outstanding actions set out at 2.2 of the submitted report had now been completed.

 

Members were advised that the Electoral Working Group were satisfied with the progress made by Ledston Parish Council and recommended that the Parish should remain in place.

 

RESOLVED – To:-

  • Note the information  at paragraph 3.1 of the submitted report and;
  • Recommend to full Council that the proposal arising from the Community Governance Review to abolish Ledston Parish Council be not progressed.

 

24.

Appointments to the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider the report of the City Solicitor asking General Purposes Committee to make recommendations to full Council concerning appointments to the Independent Remuneration Panel.

 

Minutes:

The report of the City Solicitor asked General Purposes Committee to consider the proposed candidates identified by the Member Panel and to make recommendations to full Council concerning appointments to the Independent Remuneration Panel.

 

RESOLVED – To recommend to full Council that Kevin Emsley, Chris Jelley and Dr Kate Hill be appointed as Members of Leeds City Council Independent Remuneration Panel for a period of 4 years from the commencement of the new municipal year.