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The minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2016, having been circulated, were signed as a correct record.
The Committee considered a report of the Operational Director, Legal and Democratic Services/Monitoring Officer, which summarised the work of the Committee in the last Municipal Year.
At the meeting in February 2016, Members had considered the Annual Report, which had noted an update on the Standards regime. There had been an update on issues that had arisen in other parts of the country, which provided an insight into the nature of matters raised and how they were dealt with elsewhere.
In addition, Members also received a report on the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy, in so far as it related to the work of the Standards Committee. It was noted that the Policy was kept under review as regards best practice, as part of the annual review of the Council’s Constitution.
RESOLVED: That the report be noted and referred to Council for information.
The Operational Director, Legal and Democratic Services/Monitoring Officer provided the Committee with an update on issues which had arisen in other parts of the country, which provided an insight into the kind of issues faced and the manner in which they had proceeded.
Details on recent cases were given from the following locations:-
· Sandwell (Birmingham);
· Leek (Staffordshire);
· Sadleworth (Greater Manchester); and
A verbal update was given on local matters that had been considered since the last meeting and on the work in relation to a Code of Conduct for the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority (CA), which was in preparation as part of the revision of the LCR CA Constitution.
RESOLVED: That the report be noted.