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
Climate Change 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 as listed in the report.
(ii) Determination of the size of Committees
(a) That the size of each Committee be as set out in paragraph 1.04 of the report, and the size of the Grievance Committee, Grievance Appeals Committee, and Investigation and Disciplinary Committee be increased to 13; and
(b) That the political balance and terms of reference for the Climate Change Committee be established at the next meeting of the County Council on 19 July 2022.
(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
(a) That seats be allocated in accordance with political balance as set out
in Appendix 1 and the rules on membership of the Committees as set
out in paragraphs 1.09 – 1.14;
(b) That the seats on the Grievance, Grievance Appeals and Investigation
and Disciplinary Committees be allocated to give a broad political
spread of membership; and
(c) That further consideration be given to rules 3 and 4, as detailed in paragraph 1.12 of the report, to improve current procedures on making nominations to the Planning Committee.
(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
· Planning Committee - Councillor Richard Lloyd
· Constitution and Democratic Services Committee - Councillor Rob Davies
· Licensing Committee - Councillor Rosetta Dolphin
(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:
Overview & Scrutiny Committee Group to Choose Chair
Corporate Resources Independent (Councillor Richard Jones)
Community, Housing & Assets Independent (Councillor Helen Brown)
Education, Youth & Culture Labour (Councillor Teresa Carberry)
Environment & Economy Labour (Councillor David Evans)
Social & Health Care Liberal Democrat
(vi) Approval of the Constitution
That the rules, procedures, delegations and codes/protocols within the Constitution be approved.
(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 appointment of Councillors Teresa Carberry, Andrew Parkhurst, and Anthony Wren to replace the membership of Councillors Gladys Healey, Patrick Heesom and Arnold Woolley.
(ix) Appointments to Outside Bodies
That Council delegates authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with Group Leaders, to make appointments to outside bodies for this council term. Including authority to change any appointment (in consultation with group leaders) during the Council term as required.
Report author: Gareth Owens
Publication date: 23/08/2022
Date of decision: 24/05/2022
Decided at meeting: 24/05/2022 - Flintshire County Council