This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
COMMITTEE: DATE: SUBJECT: COUNCIL 17TH MAY 2011 REPRESENTATION ON BEDFORDSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY JOINT SLEECTION COMMITTEE AND BEDFORDSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY CHIEF EXECUTIVE DEBBIE JANES 01582 546038
CONTACT OFFICER: IMPLICATIONS: LEGAL EQUALITIES FINANCIAL STAFFING
COMMUNITY SAFETY ENVIRONMENT
WARDS AFFECTED: NONE
PURPOSE 1. The purpose of this report is to outline the requirements for appointments to the Joint Selection Committee, which appoints Local Authority members to serve on the Bedfordshire Police Authority.
RECOMMENDATION(S) 2. COUNCIL is recommended to: (i) appoint Councillors K. Malik, Riaz and Whittaker to serve on the Bedfordshire Police Authority Joint Selection Committee which is responsible for appointing local authority members of the Bedfordshire Police Authority. nominate Councillors Councillors K. Malik, Riaz and Whittaker whom the Joint Selection Committee should appoint to the Bedfordshire Police Authority for the period until the proposed Police and Crime Commissioner takes office. 139
BACKGROUND 3. Bedfordshire Police Authority (BPA) has a strategic policy and monitoring role over the police service across the areas of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough. It comprises 17 members, of whom nine are members of the three relevant councils and eight are independent (or lay) members. Regulations made under the Police Act 1996 require appointments to be made in the Bedfordshire Police Authority’s case by a joint selection committee (JSC) comprising members appointed by Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils. The Councils have previously agreed after consultation with the Home Office Minister at the time that: (a) the JSC would comprise 11 members, being 3 from Bedford Borough Council, 5 from Central Bedfordshire Council and 3 from Luton Borough Council; the composition of the JSC would be reviewed every two years and adjusted as necessary to reflect any changes in population (population being the key factor in determining the split between the three authorities, in the view of the Home Office Minister); the JSC should allocate the nine local authority seats on the BPA on the basis of population as follows (also reflecting the overall political balance at the time of the appointments being made); Bedford Borough Council Central Bedfordshire Council Luton Borough Council REPORT 5. Following local elections on 5th May 2011 the composition of the Joint Selection Committee has been reviewed having regard to the relative populations of the three Councils using the most recent (2009) ONS population estimates available. The 2009 ONS numbers (in 000’s) are as follows: Bedford Borough Central Bedfordshire Luton Borough Total 158 253 194 ----605 2 seats 4 seats 3 seats
(approx 55k per place) 7. This results in an unchanged allocation of seats on the JSC as follows: Bedford Borough 158/55 = 2.87 (3 seats) Central Bedfordshire 253/55 = 4.60 (5 seats) Luton Borough 194/55 = 3.50 (3 seats) 8. In relation to appointments to Bedfordshire Police Authority, the Joint Selection Committee must ensure, so far as practicable, that the membership reflects the balance of the political parties across all three constituent Councils as a whole (Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton Borough). As noted above, it has previously been agreed by the three authorities that the JSC should allocate the 9 local authority seats on the BPA on the basis of population and reflecting the overall political balance at the time of the appointments. In addition to the requirements set out in the note to paragraph 4.6 of this report, the Police Authority (Community Engagement and Membership) Regulations 2010 also require the Joint Selection Committee to exercise its power to make appointments so as to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, they include any elected Mayor who wishes, and whose Council also wishes, to be appointed as a Police Authority Member. Finally, with the possible likely replacement of Police Authorities by Police and Crime Commissioners (timetabled for May 2012) the Police Authority have asked that, wherever possible, the Council consider re-nominating its current representatives on the Police Authority in order to provide continuity. They do however recognise that the Council may also wish to consider the longer term potential representatives for the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel and that some current representatives may no longer be eligible. Following the local elections on 5th May 2011, the number of seats to be allocated to each authority on the Bedfordshire Police Authority have been reviewed having regard to the latest population estimates and the allocation remains: Bedford Borough Council Central Bedfordshire Council Luton Borough Council 2 seats 4 seats 3 seats
Current political balance calculations 11. The political balance calculations for the Joint Selection Committee, and the Bedfordshire Police Authority itself following the May 2011 local Elections are as follows:Authority: Bedford Central Beds Luton Totals % of total seats No. of JSC seats (rounded in brackets) No. of BPA seats (rounded in brackets) Conserv -ative 12 49 4 65 44.21% 4.86 (5) Independent 3 4 0 7 4.76% 0.52 (0) Labour 12 1 36 49 33.33% 3.67 (4) Liberal Democrat 12 5 8 25 17.01% 1.87 (2) Other 1 0 0 1 0.68% 0.07 (0) Totals 40 59 48 147 99.99% 11
12. Appointments to the Joint Selection Committee are now required on the above basis. As stated above the making of appointments to the Bedfordshire Police Authority itself is a matter for the Joint Selection Committee. Suggested scheme for appointments (JSC) and nominations (BPA) 13. Bearing in mind the relative sizes of the political groups across the three authorities, the following scheme was suggested by Bedford Borough Council for appointments having regard to the need to meet the overall political balance across all three Councils.
Joint Selection Committee Conservative Independent Labour Liberal Democrat Bedfordshire Police Total no. of places 5 0 4 2 Total No. of places allocated to BBC (3 seats overall) 0 0 2 1 No. of places No. of places allocated to CBC (5 seats overall) 5 0 0 0 No. of places No. of places allocated to LBC (3 seats overall) 0 0 2 1 No. of places
Authority Conservative Independent Labour Liberal Democrat
no. of places 4 0 3 2
allocated to BBC (2 seats) 0 0 1 1
allocated to CBC (4 seats) 4 0 0 0
allocated to LBC (3 seats) 0 0 2 1
The Elected Mayor and the Leaders of each of the local authorities have been consulted about the proposed allocation of places between the three Authorities on the Joint Selection Committee and the Bedfordshire Police Authority. As a result of that consultation, Luton has suggested allocation of places as follows: Luton - 3 Labour Central Bedfordshire District Council - 3 Conservative, 1 Liberal Democrat Bedford Borough Council - 1 Conservative, 1 Liberal Democrat
As at 17th May 2011, Central Bedfordshire District Council have indicated that they will not concede a Conservative Group place for a Liberal Democrat Group place to allow this proposal to proceed. Luton Borough Council still wish to see three places for Luton Borough Council and that position is unchanged.
PROPOSAL/OPTION 18. It has not been possible to reach agreement with the other local authorities regarding the allocation of places proposed at paragraph 15 above. It is therefore proposed to appoint to the Bedfordshire Police Authority Joint Selection Committee as follows: Bedfordshire Police Authority Joint Selection Committee: Councillors Riaz, K. Malik, Whittaker and nominate the following Councillors for appointment to the Bedfordshire Police Authority: Bedfordshire Police Authority: Councillors Riaz, K. Malik, Whittaker LIST OF BACKGROUND PAPERS LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972, SECTION 100D None.