Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee - Tuesday, 28th January, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

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No. Item


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)



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


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:-



There were no resolutions to exclude the public.


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)



There were no late items.


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.


There were no declarations of interest.


Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence from the meeting.


Apologies were received from Councillors D Cohen and W Kidger. Councillor J Taylor was in attendance as substitute.




Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 212 KB

To receive and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 30August 2019.


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on the 30 August 2019 be approved as a correct record.




Approval of the 2020/21 Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 252 KB

To receive a report of the Chief Officer HR that sets out the Pay Policy Statement for 2020/21. This is required under the Localism Act 2011 and must be annually approved by the Full Council before 31 March 2020.


The Chief Officer Human Resources submitted a report 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 2020/21 financial year.


The following were in attendance:


-  Emma Wyatt, Head of Human Resources

-  Rachael Hollings, HR Service Manager


The HR Service Manager introduced the report, outlining some of the key messages from the Pay Policy Statement.


In response to a query around the level of challenge received from trade unions in relation to pay differentials, Members were advised that all pay awards had increased in 2019/20 and no concerns had since been raised.


RESOLVED – That the following be recommended to Full Council:


a)  Consideration and approval of the Pay Policy Statement for the 2020/21 financial year as attached at Appendix A;

b)  That any in year requirement to amend the Annual Pay Policy Statement as a consequence of changes to Council Policies is reported to the General Purposes Committee to consider recommending to Full Council for approval;

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




Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting will take place 13 March 2020 at 11:30 a.m.


The next meeting will take place 13 March 2020 at 11:30 a.m.