Agenda and minutes

Special, Personnel and Development Committee
Thursday, 17th October, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2. View directions

Contact: Jemma Durkan 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Miss S Brown, S Saddique, Mrs J Teesdale and Mrs W Mallen.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2019.


Supporting documents:


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting of the Personnel and Development Committee held on 4 July 2019 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any disclosure of disclosable pecuniary interests by Members relating to items on the agenda.  If any Member is uncertain as to whether an interest should be disclosed he or she is asked if possible to contact the District Solicitor prior to the meeting.


Members are reminded that if they are declaring an interest, they should state the nature of that interest whether or not they are required to withdraw from the meeting.



There were no declarations of interest.


Joint Staff Committee - Recommendation


The staff side proposal before the Committee presented the recommendation for Personnel and Development to consider the staff side proposals made at the Joint Staff Committee on 12 September 2019, which consisted of Members and UNISON staff side representatives.


Richard White, Bucks Area UNISON Branch Secretary, circulated a briefing note on the proposal in relation to performance assessments increments and cost of living awards for WDC employees. He reiterated the reasons for the recommendations and asked Members to endorse the proposals before them.


Richard White took the opportunity to thank the committee for providing the opportunity for such matters to be discussed and considered, which he had found invaluable over the years and he commented that he hoped such a forum would exist in the new Council.



RESOLVED: That pursuant to Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of Minute No 9, because of its reference to matters which contain exempt information as defined as follows:

Minute 9 – Joint Staff Committee Recommendation

Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority (Paragraph 4, Part 1 of Schedule 12A, Local Government Act 1972).


(The need to maintain the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure, because disclosure would be likely to prejudice the Council’s position in the consultation process or negotiations]


Members considered the recommendation of the Joint Staff Committee that the proposal should be considered by this Committee and after due consideration, the Committee concluded that it believed that the matter, as it related to pay, should be referred to the Senior Management Board for consideration. The merits of the proposals were therefore not discussed or voted upon.