Agenda and decisions

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Apologies were received from Councillors Mandy Chilcott, Faye Purbrick and Tony Robbins.


Minutes from the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To note the minutes from the previous meeting.

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Resolved that the minutes of the Human Resources Committee held on 29 March 2023 be confirmed as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )

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Public Question Time

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

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Somerset Council Employment Policies including Pensions Discretion Policy pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider both the report and supporting appendix A to D.

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The Committee, having considered and discussed the reports, agreed to:


Approve the new Pensions Discretions Policy;


Apply the Local Government Pensions Scheme Pensions Discretion R21 (4)(a)(iv), 21(4)(b)(iv) and 21 (5) under the Council’s Discretions Policy;


Apply the Local Government Pensions Scheme Pensions Discretion R21(5A) and 21 (5B) under the Council’s Pensions Discretions Policy.


Update on Human Resource Matters

To receive a verbal update from the Service Director of Workforce.

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The Committee received an informative and interesting presentation that provided an update on a variety of HR related issues.