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09/04/2024 - Report of the Audit & Governance Committee - Anti-Fraud & Corruption Strategy ref: 4067    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 09/04/2024 - Council

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 09/04/2024

Decision:

The Chairman of the Audit & Governance Committee, Cllr P Bolton, presented a report requesting approval of the Council’s Anti-Fraud & Corruption Strategy.

 

Cllr P Bolton reported that the strategy remained largely unchanged, but the policy was now aligned with the UK Government’s Economic Crime Plan 2023/26. The Audit & Governance Committee reviewed the revised Anti-Fraud & Corruption Strategy at its meeting on 15 February 2024 and the Strategy is recommended to the Council for approval.

 

The Finance & Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Cllr J Philip, added that the key fraud risks detailed in the Strategy were particularly relevant to the Council and not just generic local authority risks, and also encouraged Members to attend meetings of the Audit & Governance Committee to be better informed of the risks faced by the Council.

 

            Resolved:

 

            (1)        That the Anti-Fraud & Corruption Strategy be approved.


09/04/2024 - Report of the Audit & Governance Committee - Appointment of Co-Opted Members ref: 4066    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 09/04/2024 - Council

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 09/04/2024

Decision:

The Chairman of the Audit & Governance Committee, Cllr P Bolton, presented a report on the appointment of two new co-opted members to the Committee.

 

Cllr P Bolton reminded the Council that, under Article 11 of the Council’s Constitution relating to the Audit and Governance Committee, there should be two co-opted members of the Committee. A competitive recruitment and selection process had been completed, and based on their professional expertise, experience and background as relevant to the role and responsibilities of the Audit and Governance Committee, S Heiberg and H Singh were selected as suitable candidates for the role.

 

Cllr P Bolton highlighted that Mr T Jarvis had been a long- standing co-opted member of the Audit & Governance Committee, whose term of office came to an end on 30 November 2023, and the Council should recognise the contribution of Mr T Jarvis over many years to the Audit & Governance Committee.

 

            Resolved:

 

            (1)        That S Heiberg and H Singh be appointed as the two new co-opted members of the Audit & Governance Committee; and

 

            (2)        That the contribution of Mr T Jarvis as a co-opted member of the Audit   & Governance Committee over many years be commended.


09/04/2024 - Report of the Constitution Working Group - Review of Article 17 - Access to Information ref: 4065    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 09/04/2024 - Council

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 09/04/2024

Decision:

The Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Working Group, Cllr J H Whitehouse, presented a report on the review of Article 17 – Access to Information – within the Constitution.

 

The Council noted that the Key Decision List had recently been restyled and for reasons of public transparency it had been decided that it should be referred to in the Constitution as the Forward Plan, rather than the Key Decision List. Currently both names were used which might cause confusion as to whether the Forward Plan was the same document as the Key Decision List. In addition, it was previously a legal requirement to publish the Forward Plan at least 14 days prior to its start date; however, this stipulation was removed by the Access to Information Regulation enacted in 2016.

 

Cllr J H Whitehouse also highlighted that, in revising this Article, it was noticed that it contained references to practices that the Council had long since ceased to do. These included placing a hard copy of the agenda in the Welcome Area, referring to the Section 151 Officer as the Chief Financial Officer and the posting of notices at the Civic Offices. Therefore, it was recommended by the Constitution Working Group that the updated version of Article 17 be approved for inclusion in the Constitution.

 

            Resolved:

 

            (1)        That the updated version of Article 17 – Access to Information – be            approved for inclusion in the Constitution.


09/04/2024 - Report of the Cabinet - Epping Forest Operations Hub ref: 4068    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 09/04/2024 - Council

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 09/04/2024


09/04/2024 - Report of the Cabinet - Pay Policy Statement ref: 4064    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 09/04/2024 - Council

Decision published: 10/07/2024

Effective from: 09/04/2024

Decision:

The Leader of the Council, Cllr C Whitbread, presented a report from the Cabinet on the Council’s Pay Policy Statement for 2024/25.

 

The Council is required to produce a Pay Policy Statement for each financial year, setting out the details of its remuneration policy, under section 38(1) of the Localism Act 2011. Specifically, it should include the Council’s approach to its highest and lowest paid employees and is published annually on the Council’s website. The Pay Policy Statement was considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on 18 March 2024, and is recommended for approval.

 

            Resolved:

 

            (1)        That the Pay Policy Statement for 2024/25 be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Joanne Budden


24/06/2024 - Executive Membership & Portfolio Holder Responsibilities 2024-25 ref: 4063    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 28/06/2024

Effective from: 24/06/2024

Decision:

(1)        That, as attached at Appendix 1, the members nominated by the Leader of the Council be appointed as the respective Portfolio Holders for the 2024/25 municipal year; and

 

(2)        That the structure and responsibilities of the Council’s Executive Portfolios be revised as attached at Appendix 2, for the 2024/25 municipal year.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gary Woodhall