Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee - Wednesday, 26th July, 2023 11.00 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Andy Booth, 0113 3788665 

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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 Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


There were no declarations of interest.


Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence from the meeting.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To receive and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 8th February 2023


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on the 8 February 2023 be approved as a correct record.


Use by the Monitoring Officer and her Deputies of power under Article 15.2.3 of Constitution pdf icon PDF 316 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the City Solicitor



Following the adoption of an amended Article 15 by Full Council on 26 May 2022 the report of the City Solicitor updated the Committee of the use of the powers under Article 15.2.3 of the Constitution by the Monitoring Officer on four occasions since the Committee last sat:


1.  Consequential changes were made to references to reflect various changes to documents and organisations which have been superseded over time.

2.  Changes were made to the Members Allowance Scheme to reflect the findings of the Independent Remuneration Board.

3.  Changes were made to the procedure for considering complaints alleging a failure to comply with the Members’ Code of Conduct.

4.  Consequential amendments were made to reflect Council’s decision not to appoint a Member Management Committee.


RESOLVED – That the use of the powers of the Monitoring Officer be noted.




Elected Member Appointments to Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 573 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the City Solicitor



The City Solicitor submitted a report which outlined the Committee’s role in relation to Elected Member appointments to Outside and ‘other’ bodies and sought agreement of the nominations to those organisations which fall to the General Purposes Committee to make an appointment to.


The report also included a copy of the Outside Body Procedure Rules for the 2023 -2024 Municipal Year and a schedule of Outside Bodies which were proposed to continue to be delegated to the Community Committees to appoint to.


In considering the schedule of appointments within the remit of the Committee, Members noted the following updates:

Morley Town Deal Fund Board – Councillor J Senior to replace Councillor R Finnigan.


Further information was requested as to why the Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership no longer required an Elected Member appointment.




a)  To note the process set out in the Outside Bodies Procedure Rules which this Committee follows when making appointments, attached at Appendix 1 of the report,


b)  To note the information contained in paragraphs 11 to 14 of the report relating to organisations that either no longer require Elected Member representation or a change to the number of seats available,


c)  To note the current position with regards to new and existing Outside Bodies which required appointments since the last Member Management Committee and were confirmed through the delegated decision process as outlined in paragraph 16 of the submitted report,


d)  To note the current position in relation to Elected Member appointments to Outside Bodies and ‘Other Bodies’ detailed in paragraph 10 and Appendix 2; and where appointments now fall to General Purposes Committee to make;

·  To confirm that the Council will continue to make an appointment to those organisations listed as Strategic and Key partnerships.

·  That the nominations for 2023-2024 in relation to Elected Member appointments to Outside Bodies and ‘Other Bodies’ as detailed in Appendix 2 be agreed, noting the amendment to the appointments to the Morley Town Deal Fund Board


e)  Confirm those bodies included within the schedule at Appendix 3 as Community and Local Engagement and note that appointments to these bodies will be approved by the relevant Community Committees




Date and Time of Next Meeting

Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at 11.00 a.m.


Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at 11.00 a.m.