Release date: 23 June 2020
Yesterday (Monday 22 June), West Sussex County Council’s Governance Committee agreed the agenda for the next Full Council meeting on 17 July, which will include a report on the Council’s response to Covid-19.
As two Council meetings had to be cancelled during the public health emergency it also agreed that an additional Full Council meeting should be held in September.
For the time being, all of the Council’s formal meetings are being held virtually in line with Government guidance, but this will be kept under review.
The committee will meet again on July 6 to make further plans for the additional Council meeting.
As well as reviewing meeting arrangements, the Governance Committee considered two important staff-related matters. It agreed a new approach to how councillors are involved in decisions on severance payments for senior officers where these are expected to exceed £100,000.
A proposal for the Council to enter into a voluntary recognition agreement with the trades union Unison was also discussed, the Committee preferring to see union recognition dealt with through the alternative statutory procedure.
Janet Duncton, Chairman of the Council and Governance Committee, said: “It is particularly important at this time to ensure there are opportunities for all county councillors to discuss the most important issues affecting West Sussex and our residents. I am pleased that our July Full Council meeting will be debating the Council’s response to the current public health emergency and its plans for the future, and we will adapt to any changes to the current restrictions on how public meetings may take place.”
July’s Full Council meeting, taking place on Friday 17 July, will be limited to half a day and is scheduled to begin at 10am and finish at 1.15pm. As well as Covid-19 items the Council will consider the progress of improvement plans for its Children’s and its Fire and Rescue Services.
Meetings still scheduled to take place will be webcast live and are also available in the webcast library.
A full list of scheduled meetings can be found by visiting the West Sussex County Council website and searching ‘Calendar of meetings’.