STANDARDS COMMITTEE

21/01/20

 

APPLICATION FOR DISPENSATION BY

COUNCILLOR EDWARD THOMAS

Recommendations / key decisions required:

To consider and determine the application

 

Reasons:

The subject matter of this report falls within the remit of the Committee


Scrutiny Committee recommendations / comments:

Not applicable

 

Exec Board Decision Required                     NO

Council Decision Required                            NO

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER PORTFOLIO HOLDER:-  Cllr E Dole (Leader)

Directorate

Chief Executives

Name of Head of Service:

Linda Rees-Jones

Report Author:

Robert Edgecombe

 

 

Designations:

Head of Administration & Law

 

Acting Legal Services Manager

 

 

 

Tel Nos.

01267 224018

E Mail Addresses:

RJEdgeco@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

 


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

STANDARDS COMMITTEE

21/01/20

APPLICATION FOR DISPENSATION BY

COUNCILLOR EDWARD THOMAS

A dispensation application has been received from Councillor Edward Thomas of Llandeilo Fawr Town Council to speak only in respect of any council business relating to grants from the Town Council to the Llandeilo and District Sports Association.

 

Councillor Thomas would have a personal interest in such council business by virtue of paragraph 10(2)(a)(ix)(ee) of the members code of conduct as he is chairman of the Llandeilo and District Sports Association.

 

This personal interest would also be prejudicial as a member of the public with knowledge of the relevant facts would reasonably regard the interest as so significant that it would be likely to prejudice the Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.

 

Councillor Thomas has submitted his application on the basis of two grounds set out in the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations)(Wales) regulations 2011 (as amended) namely;

 

1.    That the nature of the member’s interest is such that the member’s participation in the business to which the interest relates would not damage public confidence in the conduct of the relevant authority’s business.

2.    That the business in question relates to the finances of a voluntary organisation of whose management committee the councillor is a member AND that he has no other interest.(A dispensation granted under this ground cannot extend to allowing the member to vote)

 

Committee members should note that paragraph 12(2)(c) of the Code provides that a personal interest is not to be regarded as a prejudicial interest  where it relates to a member’s role as a community councillor in respect of a grant, loan or other form of financial assistance made by that member’s council to a community or voluntary organisation, up to a maximum of £500.

 

The committee previously granted Councillor Thomas a dispensation to speak only in relation to this interest at its meeting in October 2018. This dispensation expired on the 31st December 2019. Councillor Thomas has made use of this dispensation on one occasion, namely the 24th October 2018.

 

If the committee is minded to grant Councillor Thomas a dispensation in respect of this interest it has absolute discretion as to the duration of that dispensation.

DETAILED REPORT ATTACHED ?

/NO

 


IMPLICATIONS

 

I confirm that other than those implications which have been agreed with the appropriate Directors / Heads of Service and are referred to in detail below, there are no other implications associated with this report :

Signed:      Linda Rees Jones                                                             Head of Administration and Law   

Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

Legal

Finance

ICT

Risk Management Issues

Staffing Implications

Physical Assets 

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

NONE

 

CONSULTATIONS

I confirm that the appropriate consultations have taken in place and the outcomes are as detailed below

Signed:     Linda Rees Jones                                                             Head of   Administration and Law                                            

 

1.    Scrutiny Committee Not applicable

2.    Local Member(s) Not applicable

3.    Community / Town Council Not applicable

4.    Relevant Partners  Not applicable

5.    Staff Side Representatives and other Organisations  Not applicable

Section 100D Local Government Act, 1972 – Access to Information

List of Background Papers used in the preparation of this report:

THESE ARE DETAILED BELOW    

Title of Document

File Ref No.

Locations that the papers are available for public inspection

Legal file

 

DPSC-180

Legal Services, County Hall