Decision details

To reinstate temporary standing orders

Decision Maker: Officer Delegated Decision

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


In the light of the Chief Executive’s decision of 4 October 2021 to continue with informal virtual meetings, made in consultation with groups leaders, I have made a consequential decision to reinstate temporary standing orders as a framework to govern informal virtual meetings.  At the same time, I have amended the constitution to reinstate the delegations granted to officers at Full Council on 4 May 2021 to enable decisions to be made after taking into account the views of members at informal virtual meetings.


Reasons for the decision:

To ensure that democratic decision making is able to continue effectively whilst Dorset Council is operating virtual informal meetings, and ensuring that decision making is transparent, that local residents are appropriately represented, and that all local authority decisions have appropriate scrutiny.


Alternative options considered:

To not reinstate temporary standing order which would result in the Council not being able to undertake effect decision making whilst virtual informal meetings are taking place.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

No conflicts of interest.

Publication date: 04/10/2021

Date of decision: 04/10/2021