Standards Committee (Special Meeting) – 6 November 2015
Chairman: Councillor N Poole
Venue: Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Scunthorpe
Time: 8.45 am
1. Substitutions (if any).
2. Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Personal or Personal and Prejudicial Interests.
3. Consideration of Grant of Dispensation – Oral report of the Monitoring Officer.
4. Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances which must be specified
PRESENT: – Councillor Poole (in the Chair).
Councillors Clark, Collinson, T Foster, O’Sullivan and Wells.
Reserve Independent Person: Mr R Johnson.
The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe
115 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY, PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS – There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.
116 CONSIDERATION OF GRANT OF DISPENSATION – The Monitoring Officer referred to minute 114 and reported orally that he had received a written request from both the Conservative and Labour Group secretaries to request that a dispensationbe granted to enable Councillors Evison and Gosling respectively, to take part in a debate at full council on 10 November 2015 regarding a motion on TATA Steel, as well as any other member of their groups that may have aninterest, be that personal and/or prejudicial under the Council’s Code of Conduct.
The committee considered that all members of the council, particularly those that maybe employed at TATA Steel, Scunthorpe should be free to participate and bring to the debate their knowledge and experience so as to ensure the fullest debate in the interests of the residents of North Lincolnshire.
Accordingly, the committee, exceptionally, considered it appropriate that a dispensation be granted to all members of the council to participate in the debate and vote on this motion pursuant to section 33 (c) of the Localism Act 2011 and any related motions or items that come before the council for consideration. This dispensation to apply for a period of twelve months unless rescinded earlier by the committee.
Resolved – That the requests for dispensation, as detailed above, be granted.