Agenda

Member Development Commission - Tuesday, 6th July, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: MS Teams

Contact: Julia Brown 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

2.

SUBSTITUTIONS (IF ANY)

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 299 KB

4.

NOTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To receive as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 31 March 2021.

5.

Terms of Reference of the Commission

(1)

 

(a)     To update the “Member Training and Development Strategy” and act as ‘Champions’ for Member Development.

 

(b)     To continue to develop and support processes to identify member training needs and to prepare a Training Plan for each Member.

 

(c)     To ensure that all Members are given equal opportunities to attend Training courses/seminars, including IT training, in line with their responsibility as Councillor and that appropriate training records are kept.

 

(d)     To monitor the expenditure of appropriate budgets.

 

(e)     To evaluate and monitor Elected Member training and development undertaken.

 

(f)      To ensure that each Councillor takes ownership of his/her training and development and ‘Member Development’ appears as a regular item at Group meetings.

 

(g)     To consider future development of the Member Development website.

 

(2)

 

(a)   To examine how cross-party scrutiny and development of strategy could be strengthened via either existing or new committee arrangements, such activity to include the option of engaging external specialist advice with relevant expenditure being contained within the budget provided.

 

(b)   To review the number and remit of Overview & Scrutiny Committees at West Lancashire, including the Members Update procedure rules, by comparing Overview & Scrutiny structures of other similar Local Authorities, and submit recommendations to Executive Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Corporate & Environmental Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Council, if appropriate, which should include any additional staff resource required, with an implementation date of May 2022.

 

6.

Essential / Required Training for Members

1.    That it be recommended that 'Risk Management' Training be added to the existing list below of previously endorsed essential / required training for Members.

 

Link to: Risk Management Training

 

  • Induction for new Councillors
  • Licensing (for Licensing Committee Members)
  • Planning (for Planning Committee Members)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Health & Safety (Corporate)
  • Data Protection
  • Human Rights
  • Best Value
  • Equality & Diversity (Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED))
  • Chairing Skills (for Councillors taking on this role)

 

 

2.    To consider if any of the essential / required training listed above should be designated as compulsory.

 

7.

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY FUNCTION REVIEW - FOLLOW UP AND RESEARCH pdf icon PDF 274 KB

To consider the questions and research to be undertaken as part of the Overview & Scrutiny review agreed at Council 14 April 2021.

Additional documents:

8.

WORK PROGRAMME 21/22 AND DATE OF NEXT MEETING pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider the Work Programme of the Commission and to note the future meeting date, 7 September 2021 – 6.00pm.