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To elect the Lord Mayor for the ensuing Municipal Year.
To appoint the Deputy Lord Mayor for the ensuing Municipal Year.
Declaration of Members' Interests
To receive such communications as the Lord Mayor may desire to lay before the Council, including apologies for absence.
Deputations from the Public under Standing Order No 24.
Leader - To note that under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, the current Leader of the City Council will remain in office until May 2023 unless
a) they resign from the office;
b) they are no longer a Councillor
c) they are removed from office by resolution of the Council
Cabinet - In accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, to receive details from the Leader of the Council regarding Cabinet members (including Deputy Leader) and portfolios for the ensuing Municipal Year. PDF 14 KB
The Council will also receive details of the appointments from the Leader (as it is within their gift) for the Health and Wellbeing Board, applying the following criteria;
• Leader of the Council (or nominated representative)
• Portfolio holder responsible for Health & Social Care
• Portfolio holder responsible for Children’s Services
• Leader of the largest opposition group (or nominated representative)
A named standing deputy may also be appointed for each position.
Under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, the City Council is required at each Annual Meeting to review the representation of different political groups, to determine the allocation of seats to different political groups for the forthcoming Municipal Year based on the Group Strengths on the Council and to appoint Members in accordance with the decisions of the Council as to allocation and according to the wishes of the groups as to the identities of the Members to be appointed.
Since the last review, as previously advised there has been a change in Group strengths on the Council with Councillor Lee Mason becoming a non-aligned Independent Member.
Arithmetically the Liberal Democrat Group continues to be entitled to a total of 31 seats. In 2019/20 it only took up 30 of its seats as it gifted one of its 6 seats on the Licensing Committee to the Progressive People Group (Councillor Udy).
The Conservative Group lose two seats, with Councillor L Mason being entitled to two seats. Councillor L Mason previously sat on the Licensing Committee and the Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel. The outcome of discussions regarding seat allocation between those affected will be reported.
The appointment of Members is dealt with separately under Item 10 below.
Proposed allocation of Seats for 2020/21 (Table 1) below
The representation of groups must be in accordance with the rules set out in the relevant legislation. Details of the proposed allocation of places on Panels and Committees are set out below -
Note: Group 5 contains the following: Governance & Audit & Standards; Employment; & Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel; and the 4 themed scrutiny panels
Principle 2 within Section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 requires the majority of seats on Committees and Panels to be allocated to the group having the majority of seats on the City Council.
A group is defined in the regulations as comprising two or more persons.
2020/21 municipal appointments will be presented at the meeting
RECOMMENDED (1) that the total number of seats on Committees and Panels be divided amongst the political groups and individual members as applicable in accordance with Table 1 above
To appoint Members to the following Committees and Panels for the 2020/21 Municipal Year :-
Scrutiny Management Panel - 9 members
Planning Committee - 10 members
Licensing Committee - 15 members
Governance & Audit & Standards Committee - 6 members
Employment Committee - 6 members
Health Overview & Scrutiny Panel - 6 members
Economic Development, Culture & Leisure Scrutiny Panel - 6 members
Education, Children & Young People Scrutiny Panel - 6 members
Housing and Social Care Scrutiny Panel - 6 members
Traffic, Environment & Community Safety Scrutiny Panel - 6 members
To appoint Standing Deputies (three named Members for each Group on each Committee or Panel, five in respect of the Planning Committee).
To appoint the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Committees and the Scrutiny Management and Scrutiny Panels for the 2020/21 Municipal Year.
To appoint representatives, who must be elected members, to the following outside bodies. These appointments are reserved to the City Council in accordance with the Council's Constitution.
(1) To appoint 1 member to serve on the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority for the 2020/21 municipal year.
(In 2019/20 the appointee was Councillor Jason Fazackarley who has also recently been appointed by the Full Council to serve on the Shadow Fire and Rescue Authority for 2020/21.)
(2) To appoint 1 member to serve on the Police and Crime Panel (PCP) (Councillor Lee Hunt was the Council's representative in 2019/20).
(3) To appoint up to 4 members to serve on the Local Government Association General Assembly for the 2020/21 municipal year, who will be supported by the appropriate officers at the Annual Conference, and to specify which of the elected members will hold the voting rights.
Portsmouth City Council has 5 votes on the LGA, which are usually exercised by the party forming the City Council’s political administration. Those having the right to vote should be identified.
In 2019/20 the representatives were Councillors Lee Mason, Steve Pitt, Judith Smyth and Gerald Vernon-Jackson, who each exercised one vote.
(4) To appoint 6 members to serve on the Langstone Harbour Board who must be an elected member and in accordance with the political balance regulations.
For 2019/20, the representatives were; Councillors Graham Heaney, Lee Mason, Hugh Mason, Robert New, Jeanette Smith and Matthew Winnington and standing deputy Matthew Atkins.
Note the Conservative Group are entitled to an extra seat on this body in place of Councillor L Mason
6 members to the Twinning Advisory Group - in 2019/20 the chair was the Resources Portfolio holder (Tom Wood), with the Lord Mayor (David Fuller) performing the deputy Chair role (the other 4 members in 2019/20 were Councillors Chris Attwell, Tom Coles, Leo Madden and Linda Symes).
21 July 2020 12 January 2021 (provisional)
13 October 2020 9 February 2021
10 November 2020 16 March 2021
8 December 2020 18 May 2021 (Annual) (10:00am)
To provisionally agree the following Council meeting dates for 2021/22
20 July 2021 18 January 2022 (provisional)
12 October 2021 8 February 2022
9 November 2021 15 March 2022
7 December 2021 17 May 2022 (Annual) (10:00am)