Agenda and draft minutes

Governance Committee - Tuesday, 24th January, 2023 10.45 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

Contact: Georgina Seligmann  Governance and Democracy Manager

Items
No. Item

35.

Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2022 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Minutes:

35.1     RESOLVED - that the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on 13 December 2022 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

36.

Reports

Minutes:

36.1     Copies of the reports referred to below are included in the minute book.

37.

Adoption Agency Delegation pdf icon PDF 549 KB

Report by the Director of Children’s Services.

Minutes:

37.1     The Committee considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services on the delegation of powers and duties of Agency Decision Maker.

 

37.2     The Committee RESOLVED to delegate authority to the Head of LAC Services to exercise the powers, functions and duties of the County Council as an Adoption Agency, which includes acting as Agency Decision Maker.

 

38.

Extension of a member's tenure on the Pension Board pdf icon PDF 367 KB

Report by the Chief Finance Officer.

Minutes:

38.1     The Committee considered a report by the Chief Finance Officer on extending the term of a member of the Pension Board.

 

38.2     The Committee RESOLVED to extend the term of Lynda Walker as member representative for 2 years to 31 March 2025.

 

39.

Membership of the Pension Committee pdf icon PDF 447 KB

Report by the Chief Finance Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

39.1     The Committee considered a report by the Chief Finance Officer, together with exempt information contained in a later agenda item, on whether changes should be made to the structure of the Pension Committee to provide wider representation to Pension Fund decision making.

39.2     The following amendment was moved by Cllr Tutt and seconded:

To implement a two-tiered membership structure in which BHCC can be represented on the Pension Committee.

39.3     The amendment was lost (by 3 votes to 2).

 

39.4     The Committee RESOLVED to:

1)              maintain the current Pension Committee membership requirements after considering full legal advice in the exempt report; and

2)              review the Pension Committee membership requirements following any change in the law.

 

 

40.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

 

To consider excluding the public and press from the meeting for the remaining agenda item on the grounds that if the public and press were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as specified in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), namely information relating to information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

 

Minutes:

40.1      The Committee RESOLVED to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the remaining agenda item on the grounds that if the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as specified in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), namely information relating to information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

41.

Membership of the Pension Committee - Exempt Information

Report by the Chief Financial Officer.

Minutes:

41.1     The Committee considered a report by the Chief Finance Officer on possible changes to the structure of the Pension Committee intended to widen representation to Pension Fund decision-making which provided exempt information in support of an earlier item on the agenda.

 

41.2     The Committee RESOLVED to note the report.