Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee
Monday, 24th June, 2019 1.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Email: harriet.speight@leeds.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

2.

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.

3.

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.

 

4.

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.

5.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence from the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Amanda Carter, Venner and Charlwood. Councillor Rafique was in attendance as substitute.

 

 

6.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 252 KB

To receive and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 15th May 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on the 15th May 2019 be approved as a correct record.

7.

Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To consider the report of the City Solicitor that presents the Independent Remuneration Panel recommendations to the Authority in respect of the Members’ Allowances Scheme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Governance and Scrutiny support introduced the report of the that presented the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) recommendations to the Authority in respect of the Members’ Allowances Scheme.

 

The Chair advised the committee that the IRP recommendations were provided to Committee at this stage, to ensure that Members were aware of the proposals and had opportunity to comment, prior to consideration at Full Council on 10th July 2019.

 

RESOLVED – That the following be recommended to Full Council:

 

a)  Basic, special responsibility and dependent carers’ allowances be increased each October in line with the headline pay increase negotiated through the National Joint Council for Local Government Employees and that this indexation continue until June 2023.

 

b)  The rate of Special Responsibility Allowance for the Independent Co-opted Member of the Corporate Governance and Audit Committee should equate to 2% of the Leader of Council’s SRA.

 

c)  The Special Responsibility Allowance for the Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Committee should equate to 40% of the Leaders SRA but that this be reviewed by the Panel again in 12 months’ time.

 

d)  The Special Responsibility Allowance for the Shadow Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Committee should equate to 20% of the Leaders SRA but that this be reviewed by the Panel again in 12 months’ time.

 

Councillor J Lewis joined the meeting at 1:10 pm.

 

8.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place at 1pm on 16th July 2019.

Minutes:

The next meeting will take place at 15th October 2019 at 2pm.

 

The meeting ended at 1:20pm.