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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD

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Items
No. Item

111.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

David Bennett, Independent Member

112.

Declaration of substitute members

Minutes:

None

113.

Declarations of interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a)     Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b) Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c) Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d) Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e) Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f) Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

 

Minutes:

None

114.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 6 June 2016 be confirmed and the Chair be authorised to sign them

115.

Statement of Accounts 2015-16 (including pension fund accounts) and Annual Governance Report pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mohamed Sajid, Chief Accountant, made a presentation to the Committee.

 

During the presentation the following main points were made –

·        The Auditor has found that the statement of accounts to be on time, complete and at this stage only minor adjustments had to be made.

·        No material adjustments were proposed to the Council’s accounts apart from minor presentational issues.

·        It was noted that the Auditor intended to issue an unqualified conclusion that the Council had adequate arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.

 

RESOLVED:

(a)   That the 2015/16 audited Statement of  Accounts, Pension Fund Accounts and the accompanying Annual Governance statement be approved.

(b)   That the Auditor’s Annual Governance reports and value for money conclusion be noted.

(c)   That the action plan, as set out in Appendix 1 of the Annual Governance report, be agreed.

(d)  That the letter of representation, as set out at Appendix B of the report,  be approved.

116.

Abatement of Pension during Re-employment pdf icon PDF 194 KB

Minutes:

Liz Haynes, Head of Human Resources, was present and outlined the report.

 

During consideration of the report the following main points were made –

·        There was only one person at present in Islington that was subject to abatement and the report had been agreed by the Pensions Board

 

RESOLVED:

That the report be noted and that the current Policy to cease the abatement of pensions be amended, as outlined in the report.

117.

Market Supplements - (appendices to be circulated separately) pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Liz Haynes, Head of Human Resources, was present and outlined the report.

 

During consideration of the report the following main points were made –

 

·        The boom in the construction industry had resulted in some posts not able to be filled and the Council needed to pay more competitive salaries in order to recruit suitable staff.

 

RESOLVED:

(a)   That approval be given to the market supplements, as outlined in paragraph 3.5 and the Appendix to the report.

(b)  That a report be submitted to the Committee in twelve months from the Head of Human Resources detailing whether the market supplements paid in Housing and Digital Services had resulted in attracting staff and whether market supplements have proved more cost effective than employing agency staff.

118.

Internal Audit Annual Report 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Michael Bradley, Head of Internal Audit, was present for discussion of this item.

 

During discussion of the report concern was expressed at the four high priority findings raised in relation to Police and legislation, reporting and working with internal and external partners in respect of anti-social behaviour and that these should be investigated and reported back to the Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

That the contents of the report and the information provided in Appendices A to D of the report be noted and a report back on the ASB issue above be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee.

119.

Annual Standards and Members Conduct report pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Minutes:

David Daniels, Assistant Director of Law, was present for discussion of this item.

 

During consideration of the report reference was made to paragraph 3.3 and that updates on development opportunities should be sent to all Members of the Council in future.

 

Members expressed the view that there should be more training opportunities provided for Members and that they would raise this with the Chief Whip.

 

RESOLVED:

That the contents of the Annual report be noted and that in future updates on development opportunities should be sent to all Members of the Council.