Decision details

Proposed changes to the Terms of Reference for the Independent Remuneration Panel

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Chief Executive Officer considered the report presented at the informal meeting of Executive members held on 13 July 2021. Having taken account of the proposed amendments outlined in the report and the comments made by Executive Members, he resolved for the reasons set out below in this decision record:
i. To recommend to full Council using his emergency delegated powers that the Chair of the IRP be included in future interview panels for new IRP members
ii. That a decision on the other three proposals made by the IRP (as detailed in paragraph 3.3 of the report), be deferred until further investigation and discussions have taken place with the IRP

By whom: Richard Flinton, Chief Executive Officer, under his emergency delegated powers and after consultation with the Executive Members

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.

Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue (as informal meetings of the Committee Members), with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach will be reviewed by full Council at its July meeting.

The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the members of the Executive.

The reasons for the decision in this matter are detailed in the attached report (the report will be attached to the online decision record)

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 15/07/2021

Date of decision: 13/07/2021