Your Councillors


MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL ACTING AS CORPORATE TRUSTEE OF THE CHARITY KNOWN AS THE COBTREE MANOR ESTATE

21 MAY 2016

Is the final decision on the recommendations in this report to be made at this meeting?

Yes

 

ALLOCATION OF SEATS ON THE COBTREE MANOR ESTATE CHARITY COMMITTEE

 

Final Decision-Maker

Maidstone Borough Council acting as Corporate Trustee of the Charity Known as the Cobtree Manor Estate

Lead Head of Service

Paul Riley, Head of Finance and Resources

Lead Officer and Report Author

Debbie Snook, Democratic Services Officer

Classification

Public

Wards affected

N/A

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to this Committee:

1.     That the allocation of seats on the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee as set out below be approved:

Conservative

2

Liberal Democrats

2

Independent

1

UKIP

0

Labour

0

 

 

This report relates to the following corporate priorities:  N/A

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Maidstone Borough Council Acting as Corporate Trustee of the Charity Known as the Cobtree Manor Estate

21 May 2016



ALLOCATION OF SEATS ON THE COBTREE MANOR ESTATE CHARITY COMMITTEE

 

 

1.        PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1     In accordance with Section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, to review the representation of the different Political Groups on the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee.

 

 

2.        INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1     Following the Borough Council elections on 5 May 2016, the composition of the Council has changed, and this necessitates a review of the allocation of seats on Committees, including the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee.  The review must take into account the governance arrangements which came into effect at the Annual Meeting in 2015, and are detailed in the Constitution.

 

 

3.        AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

3.1     To achieve political balance, the allocation of seats on the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee would be as follows:

 

Conservative

2

Liberal Democrats

2

Independent

1

UKIP

0

Labour

0

 

3.2   Section 17 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 provides for exceptions to the political balance requirements.  Essentially, the Council can amend the political balance of a Committee provided that notice of the intention to give such consideration has been given to all Members of the Council and that when the alternative arrangements are put to the vote at the Council meeting, no Member of the Council votes against them.

 

 

4.        PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1     It is proposed, following consultation with Group Leaders, that the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee be politically balanced, and that the allocation of seats on the Committee be as set out in paragraph 3.1 above.

 

 

 

 

5.       CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

5.1     The Group Leaders have been advised of the proposed allocation of seats on the Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee.

 

 

6.       NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

6.1     Once the allocation of seats has been decided upon, there is a duty to give effect to the allocation by making appointments to them in accordance with the wishes of the Group Leaders on behalf of their respective Political Groups.

 

 

7.       CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

N/A

Head of Finance and Resources

Risk Management

The review of the allocation of seats on the Committee will ensure an appropriate political balance in membership.

Head of Finance and Resources

Financial

The Committee forms part of the original plan for the Committee system of governance and as such there are no additional financial implications.

Head of Finance and Resources

Staffing

There are no staffing implications.

Head of Finance and Resources

Legal

The legal implications are set out in the body of the report.

Legal Team

Equality Impact Needs Assessment

There are no equality issues.

Policy & Information Manager

Environmental/Sustainable Development

There are no environmental/sustainable development implications.

Head of Service/Manager

Community Safety

There are no community safety implications.

Head of Service/Manager

Human Rights Act

There are no human rights implications.

 

Head of Service/Manager

Procurement

There are no procurement implications.

Head of Finance and Resources

Asset Management

There are no asset management implications.

Head of Finance and Resources

 

 

 

8.        BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

        None