Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee
Monday, 12th March, 2018 2.30 pm

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    Items
    No. Item

    8.

    Apologies

    To receive any apologies for absence.

    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence were received from Councillors M R Eddy and D P Murphy.

    9.

    Appointment of Substitute Members

    To note appointments of Substitute Members.

    Minutes:

    It was noted that, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4, Councillors P S Le Chevalier and P Walker were appointed as substitute members for Councillors D P Murphy and M R Eddy respectively.

    10.

    Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 KB

    To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest declared by Members.

    11.

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    To consider the attached Minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 October 2017 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

    12.

    Revised Apprenticeship Policy pdf icon PDF 115 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Director of Governance (Monitoring Officer).

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Head of Legal Services presented the Revised Apprenticeship Policy.

     

    The Apprenticeship, Graduate Placement and Work Experience Scheme and its policies had been reviewed to ensure that they were compliant with the new Government Apprenticeship scheme which had been introduced in May 2017. Following the review it was recommended that a new Apprenticeship Policy be adopted to sit alongside the existing policies in the Apprenticeship, Graduate Placement and Work Experience Scheme.

     

    Members welcomed the changes and in particular the extension of the range of apprenticeships and the revised apprenticeships pay scale.

     

    RESOLVED: (a)     That the terms and conditions for apprenticeship placements remain unchanged other than in relation to the pay policy for apprentices.

     

                            (b)     That the Apprenticeship Pay Structure linked to the Government’s Apprenticeship scheme as detailed in Option 2 of Appendix 4 be adopted.

     

                            (c)     That the Head of Paid Service or Director of Governance be authorised to approve any contracts or agreements that may be necessary to give effect to the revised arrangement.   

    13.

    DRIVING AT WORK AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICIES pdf icon PDF 162 KB

    To consider the attached report of the Chief Executive.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Head of Legal Services presented the Driving at Work and Drug and Alcohol Policies.

     

    The policies had been designed and written to provide clarity around the Council’s position in respect of driving at work and drugs and alcohol to ensure that the application of these policies was both fair and consistent. The policies applied to all Council employees and consultation had been undertaken with the recognised trade unions.

     

    RESOLVED:  (a)     That the two policies, as set out in Appendices A and B, be approved for introduction from 12 March 2018.

     

                            (b)     That the Director of Governance be authorised to make any associated adjustments to the Employee Handbook, Statement of Particulars and any other associated Condition of Service documents.

     

    14.

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    The recommendation is attached.

     

    MATTERS WHICH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM SUGGESTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN PRIVATE AS THE REPORT CONTAINS EXEMPT INFORMATION AS DEFINED WITHIN PART 1 OF SCHEDULE 12A OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AS INDICATED AND IN RESPECT OF WHICH THE PROPER OFFICER CONSIDERS THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN MAINTAINING THE EXEMPTION OUTWEIGHS THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN DISCLOSING THE INFORMATION

    Minutes:

    It was moved by Councillor M D Conolly, duly seconded and

     

    RESOLVED:  That, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the remainder of the business on the grounds that the items to be considered involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 4 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

    15.

    Pay Award 2018

    To consider the report of the Head of Paid Service (to follow).

    Minutes:

    The Chief Executive presented the report on the Pay Award 2018.

     

    RESOLVED:  That a pay award of 2% or £500 whichever is the higher on the base salary of all staff from 1 April 2018 be approved and that the car and fuel allowances for affected staff are increased by the same amount.

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