15.1 The Monitoring Officer introduced Paper MC/20/4 which sought Councils approval to extend the appointment of the independent persons for a further two years.
15.2 Councillor Guthrie PROPOSED Recommendation 2.1, which was SECONDED by Councillor Richardson.
By 33 votes, 1 abstention
It was RESOLVED: -
That the appointment of the four Independent Persons listed in section 3 of paper MC/20/4, be extended for a further two years pursuant to section 28 7) of the Localism Act 2011.
14.1 The Monitoring Officer introduced report BC/20/5 which sought Councils approval to extend the appointment of the independent persons for a further two years.
14.2 Councillor Malvisi PROPOSED the recommendations, which was SECONDED by Councillor Arthey.
14.3 Councillor Hinton commented that a report had not been received updating the Council on the number of Code of Conduct complaints.
14.4 The Monitoring Officer confirmed that a quarterly report was usually presented to the Joint Audit and Standards Committee, however this had not been possible due to the extensive agenda items for the Committee. In addition, the Committee had not been able to meet due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. She added that typically complaints were around five a month, however the independent persons would only be involved in particular complaints, as the Monitoring Officer dealt with most complaints.
14.5 Councillor Hinton enquired whether the complaints received were of a County, District or Town and Parish level.
14.6 In response the Monitoring Officer confirmed that complaints relating to the County Council were dealt with by the Monitoring Officer at Suffolk County Council. The majority of complaints received by this Council related to Town and Parish Councils.
By a unanimous vote.
It was RESOLVED: _
That the appointment of the three Independent Persons listed in section 3 of the report be extended for a further two years pursuant to section 28(7) of the Localism Act 2011.