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Joint Standards Committee

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What does this Committee do?

(a) Promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by Councillors and Co-opted Members; 

(b) Assisting the Councillors and Co-opted Members to observe the Code of Members Conduct; 

(c) Advising the Council on the adoption or revision or replacement of the Code of Members Conduct; 

(d) Monitoring the operation of the Code of Members Conduct; 

(e) Advising, training or arranging for the training of Councillors and Co-opted Members on matters relating to the Code of Members Conduct; 

(f) Granting dispensations to Councillors and Co-opted Members from requirements relating to interests set out in the Code of Members Conduct (note this will also be delegated to the Monitoring Officer, who it is hoped will be in a position to deal with most applications for dispensation, thereby avoiding the need for the convening of the Standards Committee to deal with the applications; 

(g) Dealing with allegations that a Member or Co-opted Member of the District Council has failed or may have failed to comply with the Code of Members Conduct  in accordance with the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and any relevant regulations; 

(h) To co-opt in an advisory capacity only any person who is an independent person at another Local Authority to advise the Standards Committee or any Sub-Committee on such terms as the Standards Committee may determine and agree with the person concerned and the Local Authority and in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and any relevant regulations; 

(i) To make arrangements for the appointment of two Parish Representatives to advise the Committee on Parish matters; 

(j) To receive quarterly reports from the Monitoring Officer on the local resolution and assessment of allegations of breach of the Code of Members Conduct; 

(k)  To support the Monitoring Officer in the exercise of the Officers’ Ethical Standards functions, in particular the duty to establish and maintain registers of interest for the Council; 

(l) Any other functions imposed by statute; 

(m) The exercise of (g), (j), (k) and (l) above in relation to Parish Councils in the area and Members of those Parish Councils. 

(n)  To appoint a sub-committee consisting of two elected Members from each Council , one co-opted Parish Representative (for Parish Matters) and one Independent Person to determine applications for dispensation and complaints following investigations. 

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Membership - Committee

This committee no longer exists and therefore there is no membership.

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Agendas, reports and minutes

Please note: The Council now records meetings, including public question time. The recording will be available on this website. No recording is made during any part of the meeting when the press and public are excluded.

Meetings of this committee
Committee   Venue Authority
Joint Standards Committee
(14/08/2014 at 6:30 PM)
Committee Suite, Worthing Town Hall, Worthing, BN11 1HA Joint
Joint Standards Committee
(24/07/2014 at 9:30 AM)
Council Chamber, Adur Civic Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea Joint