APPLICATION TO THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 FOR DISPENSATION

Please note that each section MUST be completed.  Please refer to the attached Guidance Notes when completing the form.

1. YOUR DETAILS

 

 

Your full name:

CEFIN CAMPBELL

GARETH THOMAS

JEAN LEWIS

KEN HOWELL

TYSSUL EVANS

MANSEL CHARLES

EIRWYN WILLIAMS

ANN DAVIES

ARWEL DAVIES

 

Name of your Council: CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

 

Your address and postcode: c/o County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP

 

 

Contact telephone number(s):

 

 

Email address:

 

 

2. DETAILS OF YOUR INTEREST

 

What is the matter under consideration?

 

Any matter relating to or likely to affect farms or farming in the County of Carmarthenshire

 

What is your interest in the above matter?

 

The applicants are either;

1.    Working farmers

2.    Close personal associates of working farmers or

3.    Owners of working farm land

In the County of Carmarthenshire

 

 

When will the above matter be considered?

 

At any time during the councillors current term of office

 

 

Are you applying for dispensation to:

 

Speak only:               x                                Speak and vote:      

 

Make written                                                 Exercise Executive

Representations      x                                   Powers                      

3. GROUNDS FOR DISPENSATION

 

Regulations issued by the National Assembly for Wales prescribe the circumstances in which the Standards Committee may grant a dispensation. These grounds for granting a dispensation are summarised below and are set out in full in the attached guidance notes. On which of the following grounds do you believe that a dispensation should be granted in this case? Please tick the appropriate box(es).

 

·          at least half of the members considering the business has an interest

·          my inability to participate would upset the political balance of the meeting to such an extent that the outcome would be likely to be affected;

·          my participation would not damage public confidence

x

·          the interest is common to me and a significant proportion of the general public;

·          my participation in the business is justified by my particular role or expertise;

x

·          the business is to be considered by an overview and scrutiny committee and my interest is not a pecuniary interest;

·          the business relates to the finances or property of a voluntary organisation of whose management committee or board I am a member and I have no other interest

·          it is appropriate to do so in all the circumstances where not otherwise possible to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a person’s disability

 

 

4.     4. INFORMATION IN SUPPORT OF YOUR APPLICATION

 

 

Please set out below the reasons why you consider that the  Standards Committee should grant a dispensation in this case:

(Please note that failure to complete this section will result in the application form being returned to you)

 

The County Councillors making this application all have considerable direct knowledge and experience of the issues affecting farming and those working in the industry. They have experience in both dairy and non-dairy farming and represent constituencies all across Carmarthenshire.

 

Agriculture makes up an important part of the economy of the County and members of the public working in the industry, or whose families are directly connected with the industry, make up a significant part of the population of many parts of Carmarthenshire.

 

Many of the functions of the Council relate to or directly affect the farming industry. Decisions taken by elected members relating to farming matters can have a significant impact not just upon individual farms, but also upon the wider agricultural sector and the communities that they are a key part of.

 

If Councillors who have a personal and prejudicial interest in farming related decisions are unable to speak, not only would farming communities in the County be denied democratic representation when such decisions are made but also those Councillors who do not have such an interest would be denied the benefit of their expert knowledge.

 

Public confidence in the conduct of the Council’s business would not be damaged by allowing these Councillors to speak in any debate or make written representations on farming related matters.

 

The majority of these councillors have previously been granted dispensation in respect of these interests, but these dispensations have now expired

 


 

I confirm that the information provided on this form is true to the best of my knowledge. I agree that this application and all the information contained within it may form part of a public report to the Standards Committee. I request a dispensation in respect of the above matter.

Signed:         Cefin Campbell

 

Signed:          Gareth Thomas                                                       

 

Signed:          Jean Lewis                                                              

 

Signed:          Ken Howell                                                              

 

Signed:          Mansel Charles                                                       

 

Signed:          Eirwyn Williams                                                       

 

Signed:          Ann Davies                                                            

 

Signed:          Tyssul Evans                                                                     

 

Signed:          Arwel Davies                                              

 

Please return this form to the Monitoring Officer, Chief Executive’s Department, Carmarthenshire County Council, County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP.

 

Guidance notes

 

 

(1)  Please read through the Code of Conduct and decide which of the paragraphs is most appropriate to your case. Brief details of the relevant paragraphs are noted in the table below. If you are unsure, please contact the Monitoring Officer for advice.

Para.

Type of personal interest

 

10(2)(a)             

Council business which relates to or is likely to affect:

·     your employment or business,

·     your employer, firm or company

·     a contract made between the Council and you

·     any land, lease or licence in which you have an interest

·     a public body or other association in which you have membership or hold a position of general control or management

 

 

10(2)(c)             

Council business which affects your well-being or financial position, or the well-being, financial position or other interests of a person with whom you live or have a close personal association

 

 

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Council business which is being considered by an Overview and Scrutiny Committee and which relates to a decision of the Cabinet or another Committee of which you were a member at the time [County Council only]

 

 

 

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(2)  The Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations)(Wales) Regulations 2001(as amended) state that a Standards Committee may grant dispensations where:

 

(a)    no fewer than half of the members of the relevant authority or of a committee of the authority (as the case may be) by which the business is to be considered has an interest which relates to that business;

 

(b)    no fewer than half of the members of a leader and cabinet executive of the relevant authority by which the business is to be considered has an interest which relates to that business and either paragraph (d) or (e) also applies;

 

(c)     in the case of a county or county borough council, the inability of the member to participate would upset the political balance of the relevant authority or of the committee of the authority by which the business is to be considered to such an extent that the outcome would be likely to be affected;

 

(d)    the nature of the member's interest is such that the member's participation in the business to which the interest relates would not damage public confidence in the conduct of the relevant authority's business;

 

(e)    the interest is common to the member and a significant proportion of the general public;

 

(f)      the participation of the member in the business to which the interest relates is justified by the member's particular role or expertise;

 

(g)    the business to which the interest relates is to be considered by an overview and scrutiny committee of the relevant authority and the member's interest is not a pecuniary interest;

 

(h)    the business which is to be considered relates to the finances or property of a voluntary organisation of whose management committee or board the member is a member otherwise than as a representative of the relevant authority and the member has no other interest in that business provided that any dispensation shall not extend to participation in any vote with respect to that business; or

 

(i)      it appears to the committee to be in the interests of the inhabitants of the area of the relevant authority that the disability should be removed provided that written notification of the grant of the dispensation is given to the National Assembly for Wales within seven days in such manner as it may specify.

 

(j)      It is considered appropriate in all the circumstances to do so where not otherwise possible to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a persons disability