Agenda

Constitution Committee
Wednesday 29 May 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Meeting Room 6 - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of chair

To elect a Chair for the 2019-20 Civic Year.

2.

Election of Vice-Chair

The Constitution makes provision for the Constitution Committee to elect a Vice-chair if members so wish.

 

To determine whether the committee should elect a Vice-chair, and if so, to elect a member to be Vice-chair.

3.

Apologies for absence

To note any apologies for absence.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2019.

5.

Public Questions

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee. The closing date/time for receipt of questions is 10.00am on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

 

6.

Members' Questions

To answer any written members’ questions.  The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

7.

Employee Code of Conduct May 2018 update pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To consider the attached report.

Additional documents:

8.

Scrutiny review pdf icon PDF 2 MB

At the Council meeting on 27 March 2019, a new scrutiny committee structure and revised working arrangements were approved. Appointments were made to the new structure at the Council meeting on 15 May 2019.

 

The Constitution has been revised to reflect the new arrangements (please refer to the attached document). The opportunity has also been taken to tidy up the wider format of the Constitution.

 

Members are asked to ratify the changes prior to formal adoption by full Council.

9.

MONITORING OFFICER CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To note the attached reports.

10.

Motion 837 - Parental leave for councillors

To note the motion which was passed unanimously at Council on 15 May 2019. Democratic Services will be undertaking research to bring a report to the next Constitution Committee on 14 October 2019.

 

This Council notes:

 

·         The under-representation of women at all levels of politics.

·         Nationally only 4% of councils have a policy on parental leave for councillors.

·         That, whilst proper parental leave is important to all parents, it has been particularly highlighted as an issue affecting women’s participation in local government.

 

Consequently this Council resolves to task the Constitution Committee to develop policies and, if necessary, constitutional amendments, to give councillors similar rights to parental and adoptive leave as members of staff.