Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

35.

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2009.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2009 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to it being noted that Mr I Sherwood was not in attendance for Minute No. 33/09.

36.

Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence. 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mesdames M Chapman-Allen, K Millbank, L Turner , M O’Mahony and Mr D Williams.

37.

Local Joint Consultative Committee :9 June 2009 (Agenda item 5) pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To adopt the unconfirmed minutes of the Local Joint Consultative Committee meeting held on 9 June 2009.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Local Joint Consultative Committee meeting held on 9 June 2009 be adopted.

38.

Head of Paid Services - Contract of Employment (Agenda item 6) pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report of the Head of Human Resources.

Minutes:

The Head of Legal Services presented the report which sought the Committee’s authorisation to vary the Chief Executive’s current contract of employment from a fixed term contract to a permanent contract with six months notice.

 

Legally, in terms of security of tenure, Members were informed that there was no difference between the present situation and what was being proposed.   The Chief Executive would still have to be subject to six months notice either way. 

 

The Head of Legal Services drew Members’ attention to paragraph 3.2.1 of the report, regarding the effect of the Local Government Review.  In this scenario, to be on a fixed term contract could be deemed as a disadvantage to the Chief Executive.

 

The Head of Legal Services explained that the issue here was that if the LGR did happen, the Chief Executive would stand a much better chance of securing his position if he was on a permanent contract.  There would be absolutely no negative to the Council by providing the Chief Executive with the requested variance.

 

Another Member felt that by tidying up this contract would provide the Chief Executive with a greater clarity of his position. It would not be good if the Council lost him through the LGR process and it might, perhaps, put Breckland in a stronger position going forward.

 

RESOLVED that the Chief Executive’s contract of employment be varied from a fixed term (4 years, subject to a 6 months notice period) to a permanent contract with 6 months notice.

39.

Next Meeting (Agenda item 7)

To note that the next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 29 July at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room.

Minutes:

The Chairman sent his apologies for the next meeting on Wednesday, 29 July at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room.

 

A Member stated that the item on mobile working that he had asked to be reported back to the General Purposes Committee in six months time was now due. 

 

RESOLVED that a report on mobile working be presented to the General Purposes Committee at its meeting on 7 October 2009.