Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item

Vice-Chairman, Councillor Laithe Jajeh, in the chair.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 118 KB

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2021 be approved as a correct record.

     

2.

Absence of Members

    Minutes:

    The Committee noted the following changes of membership:

    ·         Councillor Melvin Cohen (Chairman) was being substituted for by Councillor Zinkin

    ·         Councillor Richard Cornelius was being substituted for by Councillor Rajput

    ·         Councillor Rawlings was being substituted for by Councillor Schneiderman

    ·         Councillor Moore being was being substituted for by Councillor Farrier

     

3.

Disclosable Pecuniary interests and Non Pecuniary interests

4.

Report of the Monitoring Officer (if any)

    Minutes:

    None.

     

5.

Public Question and Comments (if any)

    Minutes:

    None.

     

6.

Members Item (if any)

    Minutes:

    None.

     

7.

Electoral Services Overview Report pdf icon PDF 403 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Chief Executive and Returning Officer, John Hooton, and the Head of Electoral Services, John Bailey, introduced the report which provided an update on the activities of Barnet’s Electoral Services Team throughout 2020 and 2021 (to date) and reports on Barnet’s delivery of the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections (and two local by-elections) on 6 May 2021.

     

    A Member questioned whether Electoral Services would do anything addition to circulating poll cards in the lead up to the 2022 local election to inform electors of the new polling places.  The Head of Electoral Services advised the Committee that evidence from the election which took place in May 2021 was that the poll card was very effective and the additional effort for bespoke communications had not been justified.  Electoral Services would put resources into make sure that the borough-wide publicity about the polling place changes was as effective as possible because so many electors are likely to be affected.

     

    RESOLVED that the Committee note the Electoral Services Overview Report attached at Appendix A.

     

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Draft Proposals for New Polling Districts and Polling Places pdf icon PDF 709 KB

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    Minutes:

    The Chief Executive and Returning Officer, John Hooton, the Head of Electoral Services, John Bailey, and the Head of Assurance and Business Development, Emily Bowler, presented a report which set out draft proposals for new polling districts and polling places which would come into effect in May 2022 when the new ward boundaries come into effect.

     

    The Committee noted that the proposals had already been subject to initial scrutiny by a cross party Member Reference Group.  It was noted that the overall proposals were considered to have merit and any further representations from the Groups could be made as part of the consultation process. 

     

    Officers were requested to consider road safety issues as part of their post-consultation review of proposed polling place venues. 

     

    Responding to a question from the Committee, the Head of Electoral Services reported that officers were seeking to have an even distribution of polling places across wards. 

     

    RESOLVED that the Committee note the Returning Officer’s proposals, as detailed within Appendices 1 to 26, ahead of the six-week statutory public consultation that will take place between mid-October and December 2021.

     

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Implementing the New Warding Arrangements for the London Borough of Barnet - Project Update (June - September 2021) pdf icon PDF 745 KB

    Minutes:

    The Chief Executive and Returning Officer, John Hooton, and the Head of Assurance and Business Development, Emily Bowler, presented a report which provided an update on the project to implement new ward boundaries which come in effect at the Local Government elections on 5 May 2022.

     

    RESOLVED that the Committee note the progress, since last reported to the Committee in June 2021, of the project to implement the new warding arrangements in Barnet including the work of the Cross-Party Reference Group which has enabled collaboration between Members and officers throughout the process.

     

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Amendments to the Pay Policy Statement and Associated Policies pdf icon PDF 508 KB

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Constitution Review pdf icon PDF 437 KB

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    Minutes:

    RESOLVED that the Committee:

     

    1.    Note the following amendments the Constitution Review report to be presented to Council:

     

    Section 1.2, Item 2

    Add ‘A, B and C’ after Planning Committees.

     

    Section 1.2, Item 3

    Delete ‘chairman or’ from the issue identified column.

     

    Amend the changes proposed column to delete ‘Chairman’ and replace with ‘Monitoring Officer’

     

    Section 1.2, Item 4

    Add ‘request’ to the issue identified column.

     

    Add ‘request to’ to the changes proposed column.

     

    Section 1.2, Item 8

    Delete ‘agreed’ with ‘indicated’ in the issue identified column.

     

    Delete ‘theme’ in the issue identified column.

     

    Section 1.2, Items 15 and 16, Issue Identified

    Delete ‘Capital Strategy Board (CSB)’ and replace with ‘senior officers’

     

    Section 1.2, Item 22, Issue Identified

    Delete existing wording and replace with:

     

    “In paragraph 8.4, it currently says CSG Procurement will undertake financial assessments for Procurements valued under the Find a Tender thresholds of £189,330 for goods and services and £4,733,252 for works. Under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 there is no requirement for financial assessments at these lower values with the aim being to encourage small and medium size enterprises to bid for public contracts.”

     

     

    2.    Recommend to Council that the Constitution be amended to incorporate the changes set out in the report and the amended versions attached at Appendices A to P subject to the following changes:

     

    Appendices A and B

    Article 2 (Members of the Council (Councillors))

    Members Rights to Speak at Licensing Committees

    Delete proposed new section which set out Members rights to make representations on licensing applications and speak at committees.  A comprehensive review of the Members Licensing Code will be undertaken in consultation with the Licensing Committee and will be reported to a future meeting of the Committee. 

     

    Appendices A and B

    Article 2 (Members of the Council (Councillors))

    Members Rights to Refer Matters to Parent Body

     

    Amend section 2.3 (e) to:

     

    Refer to Planning Committees ‘A, B and C’ and the ‘Strategic’ Planning Committee.

     

    Delete ‘If there is a proposal to refer any matter to the Planning Committee the referral must take place before voting on the officers’ recommendations commences’ as it is repetitious.

    Appendices A and B

    Article 2 (Members of the Council (Councillors))

    Members Rights to Refer Matters to Parent Body

    Amend section 2.3 (f) to:

     

    Replace ‘Chairman’ with ‘Monitoring Officer’ and add ‘as soon as possible’

     

    Replace ‘area planning committees’ with ‘planning committees’

     

    Appendices A and B (Members of the Council) – Members Rights to Refer Matters to Parent Body

     

    Amend section 2.3 (g) to:

     

    Add ‘request’

    Appendices K and L

    (Financial Regulations)

    Section 2.4 Budget Management & Monitoring

     

    Amend section 2.4.4 to say:

     

    Article 9 (Table of Chief Officers) details which posts within the council are designated as Chief Officer.

     

    Appendices K and L

    (Financial Regulations)

    Section 2.4 Budget Management & Monitoring

     

    Amend section 2.4.6 to:

     

    Delete ‘at Capital Strategy Board’ and replace with ‘by senior officers’

     

    Appendices K and L

    (Financial Regulations)

    Section 3.3 Assets

     

    Amend section 2.4.6 to:

     

    Delete ‘Capital Strategy Board’

     

    Appendices M and O

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Member Development Programme 2018 - 2022 Update and Draft Member Development Programme 2022-2026 pdf icon PDF 435 KB