Covid-19: Emergency Governance

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, meetings of the Council and its committees were suspended between 20 March and 30 June 2020. During this period, the Council's Scheme of Delegation to Officers already allowed the Chief Executive, to consider and deal with any urgent issues, howsoever arising, subject to reporting back to the Cabinet for information at the first available opportunity. This power was exercised in consultation with the relevant Chief Officer and the relevant portfolio holder. During the period that meetings were suspended, the Chief Executive undertook the following consultation prior to making a decision:- • Matters which would normally go to Council – consultation with 3 Group Leaders and Councillor Murdoch (previously Cllr McNicol) representing the Independents • Matters which would normally go to Cabinet, or a Committee- as per the current scheme of delegation consultation with the Leader (for Cabinet), Committee Chair (other committees) and Portfolio Holder if different • Controversial Council matters- consultation with all Members to get a feel for whether there was likely to be support. ‘Controversial’ is as defined in the Scheme of Delegation. In the interests of transparency, decision notices in respect of matters determined under the emergency governance arrangements were published on the Council's website on a fortnightly basis, together with the relevant officer report.
25 March 2020 - 05 May 2022
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