Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBERS, KILMORY, LOCHGILPHEAD
Contact: Shona Marshall Tel: 01546 604407
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were no apologies for absence intimated.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest intimated.
Short Life Working Group on Political Management Arrangements – 29 July 2013
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 29 July 2013 were approved as a correct record.
Under item 3 (Political Management Arrangements) at point 6, the Leader of the Council asked where we were with the Audit Scotland findings. The Chief Executive provided an update to the Short Life Working Group on the current position on their work. The Chief Executive added that the Improvement Service had offered their assistance on working with the Council with regard to the political management arrangements and the Member/Officer relations. It was agreed that the Improvement Service be invited to attend the next Meeting of the Short Life Working Group.
Report by Executive Director – Customer Services
At its first meeting on 29 July 2013, the Short Life Working Group (SLWG) agreed to circulate the Minute of that meeting to all Councillors to invite them to submit to the Executive Director of Customer Services by 7 August 2013 views on:
The SLWG considered a report together with responses that had been received detailed in the submitted Appendices.
The Chair adjourned the meeting at 3.20pm and re-convened at 3.40pm.
Members identified and agreed the problems:
• Too much coming to the full council to allow for effective and informed political scrutiny.
• Too little local accountability.
• Too much going to and from the centre.
• Political instability.
• Too few members involved in establishing the political and strategic direction of the council
Members agreed that our aims should be:
• Political stability
• Increased accountability
• Increased responsiveness to local needs
• Increased involvement of all elected members
It was agreed that:
The SLWG will hold another meeting soon after the next council meeting and is conscious that its deliberations will need to take into account the report from Audit Scotland once it is made available to all members in September or early October.
(Ref: Report by Executive Director of Customer Services dated 7 August 2013, submitted)
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the next meeting of the Short Life Working Group would take place on Monday 9 September 2013 in Kilmory, Lochgilphead.