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No. Item


Apologies for Absence.


An apology for absence was received from Councillor Paul Whalley.


Minutes of the Meeting held on 31 October 2017 pdf icon PDF 199 KB


RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 31 October 2017 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Declarations of Interests in Agenda Items.


Councillor Alistair Norwood declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 6, due to having written as Chairman of Council to the Director of Corporate and Commercial Resources after the Council meeting on 5th December 2017.


Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Additional documents:


The HR Business Partner introduced to Members for their consideration, the draft Pay Policy Statement 2018/19.


The draft Policy was compared with the 2017/18 Pay Policy Statement and all changes were highlighted.


During the discussion that followed, further minor amendments were suggested.

These were:-

In paragraph 24 – to include ‘this is in line with other Local Authorities’.

In paragraph 25 – remove the figure of 45p, to read ‘Casual users are paid the HMRC approved rate for mileage travelled in their own vehicle on Council business.’



a)      The contents of the 2017/18 pay policy alongside the recommendations for amendments to the corresponding 2018/19 statement be reviewed,

b)      It be noted that the proposed Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 will also be reviewed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 13th February 2018 and any comments/suggestions made be incorporated into the proposed policy circulated to OSC, and

c)      The contents of the draft 2018/19 Pay Policy Statement, as amended with the suggestions put forward above, be approved and forwarded to OSC, The final 2018/19 Pay Policy Statement then being submitted to Full Council for approval at the meeting on 20th February 2018.    



Exclusion of Press and Public

The Chairman to move:

That under Section 100 (a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the following items on grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.



RESOLVED – that the press and public be excluded for the remaining item of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.


At this point the Managing Director asked Councillor Jackie Bowman to leave the meeting, as it was felt inappropriate for her to remain.

Councillor Jackie Bowman objected, given that Councillor’s are normally permitted to remain for exempt items, and then left the room.


Following a brief discussion, the Panel AGREED unanimously with the advice of the Managing Director that it was not appropriate for Councillor Jackie Bowman to be present while Agenda Item 6 was considered.  


Chief Officer Contractual Arrangements


The Panel was given copies of a letter received by Mrs Fiona Rooney and the subsequent legal advice obtained from counsel.


The Human Resources Business Partner took members through the documents explaining the legal position regarding Mrs Rooney’s employment and the options available to the Council.


Members of the Panel expressed extreme concern at the position the Council now found itself in but, given the risk, there was reluctance to do anything other than agree with the advice given by the Council’s legal advisers.


RESOLVED – that,

a)      this item be considered by the Panel at this meeting,

b)      with extreme regret, the termination of employment of Mrs Fiona Rooney as Director of Corporate and Commercial Resources be agreed in the accordance with the legal advice received, and

c)      the Managing Director and HR Business Partner be delegated to implement the termination of employment arrangements.



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