To consider a report of the Head of Law & Governance and Monitoring Officer providing an update on the review of the County Council’s Code of Conduct for Members following the publication of the Local Government Association’s Model Councillor Code of Conduct 2020 and to seek the Panel’s agreement to recommend the proposed amendments to the Code of Conduct for Members to the County Council for approval.
The Panel considered the report (Item 6 in the Minute Book) seeking approval of two amendments to the Code of Conduct for Members as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, paragraphs 3.9 (equalities duties) and 3.14 (bullying and harassment).
The Head of Law & Governance and Monitoring Officer presented the report and expanded on the background to these amendments including a consultation with other Councils in Hampshire together with comparator County Councils and national park authorities referred to in paragraph 2.9 of the report.
During the course of discussion, it was noted that the footnote on page 13 of Appendix 1 providing the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) description of bullying was helpful.
That the Conduct Advisory Panel approve, for recommendation to the County Council, the revised Code of Conduct for Members as contained in Appendix 1 of the supporting report.