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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room B, Town Hall, Blackpool FY1 1GB

Contact: Jenni Cook  Democratic Governance Senior Adviser

Items
Note No. Item

1.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:

 

(1) the type of interest concerned either a

 

(a)   personal interest

(b)   prejudicial interest

(c)    disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI)

 

and

 

(2) the nature of the interest concerned

 

If any member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

2.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING HELD ON 29 JANUARY 2024 pdf icon PDF 434 KB

1.      To agree the minutes of the last meeting held on at 10am on 29 January 2024 as a true and correct record.

2.      To agree the minutes of the last meeting held at 1pm on 29 January 2024 as a true and correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

To agree the minutes of the Committees held on 29 January 2024 held at 10am and 1pm as a true and correct record.

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3.

APPEAL AGAINST DISMISSAL pdf icon PDF 442 KB

The Appeals Committee will consider and determine a request for a review of the Council’s decision to dismiss an employee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a request to review the decision of the Council to dismiss an employee.

 

Mrs J Roberts, Employee Relations Team Manager, and Ms D Goodall, Legal Adviser, were in attendance to advise the Committee on policy and procedure only and had taken no part in the original decision. Also in attendance was Mrs J Cook, Clerk to the Committee.

 

The relevant Head of Service and the Employee Relations Adviser presented the case on behalf of the Authority and the Appellant presented their case. The Appellant was accompanied by a Union Representative.

 

The Committee acknowledged the representations put forward by both parties and acknowledged that the Authority’s investigation had been delayed until the outcome of the Police investigation and the impact that this delay had had on the Appellant.

 

The Committee considered the Authority’s investigation and the decision not to interview some witnesses and the reasoning behind that, further details of the nature of the complaintand also the reliance on Police Statements. The Committee considered the case papers in which interviews showed that the Appellant had admitted to an activity taking pace and the Authority’s view that the Appellant was in a senior role to the individual involved and the de facto team manager.

 

The Committee considered the Appellant’s case and that the Appellant had accepted certain aspects of the allegations and provided mitigation in relation to the same. They also considered the Appellant’s view that they were not the direct Line Manager of the individual involved and therefore not in a role that was directly

Senior to that individual.

 

After carefully considering all the evidence before it and after questioning the Appellant, the relevant Head of Service and the Employee Relations Adviser, the Appeals Committee was satisfied on the basis of all the evidence before it that the two allegations were substantiated. The Committee was also satisfied that the Authority’s procedures had been followed and that the decisions taken had been fair and reasonable.

 

The Committee also had regard to the Code of Conduct for Workers in Children’s Services and in all the circumstances of the case it was of the view that the Appellant’s actions and conduct were in substantial breach of the same. The Committee found that the Appellant’s actions and conduct were unacceptable and that they were sufficiently serious to fundamentally destroy trust and confidence in the contractual relationship between the Appellant and the Council. 

 

The Committee agreed with the Authority’s decision to dismiss the employee, however it did recommend that, where possible, any final meetings should take place in person.

 

Resolved:

To dismiss the appeal and to uphold the Council’s decision to dismiss the employee on the grounds that the Authority’s procedures had been followed and the decision taken had been fair and reasonable.

4.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note that the date of the next meeting is subject to the agreement of the 2024/25 schedule of meetings at Annual Council on 15 May 2024.

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the date of the next meeting was subject to approval of the Schedule of Meetings at Annual Council on 15 May 2024.