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Apologies were received from Councillor Healy and the Independent Person Rob Bennett.




Declarations of Interest


There were none.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 210 KB


The minutes of the meeting on 5 July 2023 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Public Questions


There were no public questions.


Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Transparency: Annual Report pdf icon PDF 429 KB


The Committee noted the report.  The Chair asked that congratulations be passed onto the Information Governance Team for a good year.


Review of Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 519 KB

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The Assistant Chief Executive introduced the report. The Committee noted that the dates for two future meetings of the Governance Reference Group had changed to 2 November and 11 December.


In response to questions the officers stated:

That the first date for a change to the council’s electoral cycle to all-out elections would be May 2026.

That a change to its decision making system would take place to co-incide with the beginning of a Municipal Year.


The Chair suggested that it may be worthwhile for the Governance Reference Group to hold a workshop in November to discuss governance options and that the Chair would suggest this to the Deputy Leader (non-statutory).


Cllr Bennett asked if the external speaker session(s) could be recorded so that other councillors could tap into the subject.



To agree the terms of reference of the Governance Reference Group

To note the work programme and high level timeline


Calendar of Meetings 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 275 KB

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The committee noted that the calendar was indicative and may change dependent on the work of the Governance Reference Group and any adopted change to decision making.


It was likely that there would be additional meetings in February and May/June 2024 to consider the four day week pilot.



To agree the 2024/25 indicative calendar, subject to the above proviso.