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Human Resources and Appeals Committee Minutes: 27 June 2011

Present:

Chairman: Councillor S Simpson
Councillors: Miss M Clark
M Eyles
Mrs P Godwin
Mrs L Grisedale
T Ladhams
G Nicolson
Ms D Stobbart
Standing Deputy: Councillor Mrs D Wicks (for K Beaty)
Lead Officer in Attendance: Mr P Foote (Director of Corporate and Legal Service)s
Democratic Services Officer: A Milburn

HRA/1/6/11 Apologies for Absence

An apology for absence was received from Councillor K Beaty. Councillor Mrs D Wicks attended in his place.

HRA/2/6/11 Appointment of Vice-Chairman

Nomination by M Eyles

And RESOLVED that Councillor Ms D Stobbart be appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Human Resources and Appeals Committee for the municipal year 2011-2012.

HRA/3/6/11 Declarations of Interest

None

HRA/4/6/11 The Handling of Redundancies

The Committee considered report CLS25/11 of the Director of Corporate and Legal Services which advised as to the procedures which would be adopted in relation to any redundancies arising as a result of the Council's restructure programme. The Committee might be involved in consideration of applications for voluntary redundancy or appeals against dismissal should the Council approve the restructure.

The report set out the legal framework applying to redundancy and the Council's own Redundancy Policy and Management of Change Guidance. It was advised that a 60 day consultation process had begun and the Union and representatives had been contacted, the purpose being to seek to avoid any compulsory redundancy, minimise the effect of any redundancies and to engage with employees. There was provision for enhanced payments to be made in cases of voluntary redundancies. Members asked about training for those staff affected by any restructure. They were informed that a budget would be available to support staff and provide opportunities for staff to gain or enhance skills and undertake training.

Members asked about the tax situation for redundancy payments and were advised that payments up to £30,000 were usually free from income tax. Members requested that an update be prepared for the Committee on how the potential impact of tax and other liabilities could be lessened.

RESOLVED that:

  1. Account be taken of the guidance contained within the report in undertaking any restructure or redundancy.
  2. Any future appeals against redundancy be heard by a sub-committee of 3 members of the Human Resources and Appeals Committee.

The Chairman considered that the following item should be heard as an urgent item as it would enable meetings to take place of the Joint Consultation Committee without the delay of a further meeting cycle.

HRA/5/6/11 Selection of Representatives to the Joint Consultation Committee

Members were advised that the Joint Consultation Committee was a formal method of engaging and consulting with staff. The Committee was made up of union and non-union staff representatives and Councillors. 3 Member representatives to the Committee were sought.

RESOLVED that the following Councillors be appointed as Member Representatives on the Joint Consultation Committee for the 2011-2012 municipal year:

Councillor Miss M Clark
Councillor T Ladhams
Councillor S Simpson

HRA/6/6/11 Exclusion of Press and Public

RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, members of the public (including the press) be excluded from the meeting during discussion of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 to Schedule 12A of the Act.

The following minute HRA/7/6/11 contains exempt information as described in the relevant paragraph of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and is excluded from this document by virtue of Section 100A of the Act. Below is a summary of these proceedings.

Review of the Appointment of the Interim Chief Executive (HRA/7/6/11)(Paragraph 1)

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Corporate and Legal Services which asked Members to review the appointment of the Interim Chief Executive.

The recommendations in the report were agreed.

The meeting closed at 6.35pm

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