Knowsley’s full Council meeting takes place on Wednesday 18 December 2019 at 6pm.
Here’s our summary of what’s on the agenda.
Review of Polling Districts and Places
Council will receive an update of the review of polling districts and places conducted during July and August 2019, which focused on polling districts and the location of polling places within the borough. As a result of the review, there is a recommendation to relocate a polling place.
Governance and Audit Committee Annual Report
Members of the Council are recommended to endorse the Annual Report submitted by the Governance and Audit Committee, which sets out a background to the governance framework and defines the roles and responsibilities of the Committee. The report also reflects on what the Governance and Audit Committee have delivered in 2018/19 and what they will strive to deliver in 2019/2020.
Scrutiny Committees Annual Report
Members of the Council are also recommended to endorse the Scrutiny Annual Report which has been produced following consultation with each of the Scrutiny Committees. The report provides details of the function’s activity during 2018/19. In particular, the report highlights the Committees’ task and finish review activity and the impact of scrutiny’s previous work.
Members Code of Conduct
Council will be asked to approve changes to the Members’ Code of Conduct and complaints procedure. The changes follow a report from The Committee for Standards in Public Life which outlined examples of good practice, including prohibitions on bullying and harassment, as well as requiring councillors to comply with any formal standards investigations and prohibiting trivial or malicious allegations among members. It is proposed that both of these will be incorporated into the council’s Code of Conduct.
Notice of motion – UNISON’s Violence at Work Charter
Council will consider a Notice of Motion to endorse UNISON’s development of the “Violence at Work Charter”, encouraging employers to take their duty of care to staff seriously.
Notice of motion – A Fully Funded, Proper Pay Rise for Local Government Workers
Council will consider a Notice of Motion regarding low pay which looks to support the GMB’s campaign for pay justice. Council will resolve to call on the Local Government Association to make representations to the Government to fund such a fair and just pay award for local government workers and resolve to write to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to seek additional funding to fund a fair and just pay award for local government workers. The motion also seeks to notify the GMB and all of the Council’s Single Status unions of the Council’s support for this campaign and the support measures set out in this notice of motion and encourage all local government workers to join a trade union.