Falkirk Council Agenda - 05 April 2018, 14:00 Help

A meeting to be held at Council Chambers, Municipal Buildings, Falkirk at 14:00 on 05 April 2018.

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The meeting having been called by the following members:-

Councillors Nicol, Flynn, Grant, Harris, Kerr, Munro, and Patrick and Provost Buchanan.
2Declarations of Interest

Members should declare any financial and non-financial interests they have in any item of business at the meeting, identifying the relevant agenda item and the nature of the interest.
3Decision Making Structure

Council notes that:-

i. when the current decision making structure was agreed in 2013 the Administration could command a majority in the Council and both the Administration and the Opposition were in large part comprised of either Labour or SNP members.

ii. the situation changed radically at the last election with the Council now consisting in large part of three large political groups from which no coalition has been formed, leading to a minority Administration.

Council agrees that some aspects of the decision making structure are no longer sustainable, in particular, the inbuilt supermajority for a minority Administration on the Executive and Education Executive.

Council agrees that in future both the Executive and the Education Executive should be politically balanced between political groups to properly reflect the balance of the Council and the votes of our citizens.

Accordingly, Council agrees:-

1.that the political composition of the Executive and the Education Executive will be 5 SNP, 4 Labour and 3 Conservative with effect from the date of the Council's decision with the names of the members to be appointed being notified at the meeting or in writing to the Chief Governance Officer before noon on the day following the meeting;

2.that to reflect the minority status of the Administration, the Convener of the Executive and Education Executive will no longer be the Leader ex officio; and

3.that the Convener of the Executive and Education Executive will be appointed by the Council at the meeting considering this item.

Council acknowledges that the there may be some consequential changes to the make up of other committees in particular the Scrutiny Committees and instructs the Chief Executive to bring a report to the May meeting of Council setting out these implications to include-

a. The number of portfolio holders and the position of any portfolio holder not appointed to the Executives;

b. The make up and convenership of the Scrutiny Committees;

c. Any other implications identified by the Chief Executive.

In preparing the report, the Chief Executive should consult with group leaders. The report should be sufficiently comprehensive to allow the Council to give effect to any further changes to the decision making structure at the May meeting with any consequential drafting changes in the standing orders to be presented to the June Council.

Prior to the further consideration of the decision making structure at May Council, any existing portfolio holder not appointed to the Executive and Education Executive will be entitled to attend and speak but not vote in relation to an item of business identified on the agenda as falling within his or her remit.
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