Standards and General Purposes Committee 23 July 2020

Venue: This will be a virtual meeting and therefore will not take place in a physical location, in accordance with s78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Contact: Amy Dumitrescu, Democratic Services, Tel: 0208 545 3357, Email:


No. Item
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
3. Minutes of the previous meeting  PDF 77 KB
4. Update to the EY 2019/20 Audit Plan as a result of Covid-19  PDF 61 KB

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5. Internal Audit Annual Report  PDF 139 KB

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6. Annual Governance Statement  PDF 92 KB

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7. Social Media Guidance for Councillors  PDF 66 KB

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8. Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Report – Enforcement Agents

This is currently being circulated as an exempt document until it is made public by the Local Government and Social Care (LGSCO) Ombudsman on 23 July 2020 at which point it will be published.

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Merton Council prefers to keep this item restricted for obvious reasons but it is available on Merton.TV here REPORT 18 010 732 LBMerton

9. Proposed Response to the Local Government Association’s Consultation on a new Model Code of Conduct for Members  PDF 667 KB
10. Revised RIPA Policy and update on RIPA Authorisations  PDF 86 KB

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11. Proposed Review of the Council’s Constitution and interim Amendments to the Appointments Committee Terms of Reference and the Employee Procedure Rules  PDF 78 KB

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12. Complaints against Members

A verbal update to be provided at the meeting

13. Member Training and Development  PDF 116 KB

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14. Work Programme  PDF 53 KB
15. Exclusion of the Press and Public

To RESOLVE that the public are excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following report on the grounds that it is exempt from disclosure for the reasons stated in the report.

16. Temporary and Contract Staff update  PDF 372 KB

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