Constitutional Issues including Committees
Decision Maker: Flintshire County Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To approve the constitutional arrangements for the Council for the forthcoming year.
(i) Appointment of Committees
That Council appoints the following Committees:
Clwyd Pension Fund Committee;
Constitution and Democratic Services Committee;
Governance and Audit Committee;
Grievance Appeals Committee;
Investigation and Disciplinary Committee;
Joint Governance Committee (for Pensions);
Standards Committee; and
The five Overview & Scrutiny Committees listed in the report.
(ii) Determination of the size of Committees
That the size of each committee be as set out in paragraph 1.04 of the report.
(iii) Terms of Reference of Committees
That the terms of reference for each Committee as set out in the Constitution be approved.
(iv) Political Balance
That the seats be allocated in accordance with political balance as set out in appendix 2 to the report and the rules on membership of the Committees as set out in paragraphs 1.08 – 1.14 of the report, and that the seats on the Grievance, Grievance Appeals and Investigation and Disciplinary Committees be allocated to give a broad political spread of membership.
(v) Appointment of Chairs of Standing Committees
(a) That the Chairs of the following Committees be appointed (noting any restrictions on eligibility):
· Clwyd Pension Fund Committee - Councillor Ted Palmer
· Constitution and Democratic Services Committee - Councillor Neville Phillips
· Licensing Committee - Councillor Tony Sharps
· Planning Committee - Councillor David Wisinger
· Recovery Committee – Councillor Richard Jones
(b) That the Grievance Committee, the Grievance Appeals Committee and Investigation & Disciplinary Committee should each appoint its own Chair from amongst its membership; and
(c) That the following groups be allocated the chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committees as outlined:
Community, Housing & Assets Labour (Councillor Ian Dunbar)
Education, Youth & Culture Labour (Councillor David Healey)
Corporate Resources Conservative
Environment & Economy Independent Alliance
Social & Health Care Liberal Democrat
(vi) Approval of the Constitution
That the rules, procedures, delegations and codes/protocols within the Constitution be approved, including the temporary changes to the rules of procedure to accommodate virtual meetings.
(vii) Nominations to Internal Bodies
That the make-up of the Appointments Committee be approved.
(viii) Standards Committee
That the composition and membership of the Standards Committee be noted, including the change to membership of Councillor Gladys Healey replacing Councillor Paul Johnson.
(ix) Appointments to Outside Bodies
That Council notes the nominees to Outside Bodies that have been appointed for the whole Council terms and the Chief Executive’s power to vary those nominations (in consultation with Group Leaders).
Report author: Gareth Owens
Publication date: 15/03/2022
Date of decision: 25/05/2021
Decided at meeting: 25/05/2021 - Flintshire County Council