The Council is asked to consider proposed minor changes to the Code of Conduct in the Constitution, in the light of a report by the Standards Committee.
20.1 The Council considered proposed minor changes to the Code of Conduct in the Constitution, in the light of a report by the Standards Committee (pages 55 to 60).
20.2 Resolved – that the approval of the following recommendations be endorsed:
(1) That the removal of the term ‘senior adviser’ to Cabinet Member in paragraph 8 of the Code of Conduct be approved; and
(2) That the proposed changes to the IT Policy, as set out at Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.
Report by the Director of Law and Assurance.
The report sets out proposed minor changes to the Code of Conduct in the Constitution. The Committee is asked to endorse these changes and submit them to the County Council for approval.
6.1 The Committee received a report from the Director of Law and Assurance (copy appended to the signed minutes), which set out some proposed updates to the Code of Conduct to reflect current terminology and current practice with IT provision. The report was introduced by Charles Gauntlett, Senior Advisor, Democratic Services.
6.2 The Committee was supportive of the correction of the terminology but asked for clearer wording of ‘Senior Adviser to Cabinet Member’ to make the reference to ‘Senior Advisor’ clearer.
6.3 Discussion turned to the IT Policy. It was clarified that the Intune app for accessing Council emails should only be used on a personal device as the app could cause problems with similar apps for other councils or business. The printing arrangements were discussed and the Committee welcomed the confirmation that printers would still be available to members who needed them, even though specific reference was proposed for removal from the Policy. The Committee noted that the existing restrictions on printing were due to the County Council’s IT security policies as a social care local authority but asked that the Cabinet Member for Support Services and Economic Development should review this position.
6.4 Resolved –
(1) That the removal of the term ‘senior adviser’ in paragraph 8 of the Code of Conduct be clarified as ‘senior adviser to cabinet member’ and that this and the proposed changes to the IT Policy in Appendix 1 be endorsed and submitted to the County Council for approval on 16 July 2021.
(2) That the Cabinet Member for Support Services and Economic Development be asked to reconsider the printing options available to councillors.