Agendas, reports and minutes

Highland Council

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Agenda: Read the Agenda (Supplementary Agenda)

In relation to the agenda and papers circulated for the above Meeting of the Highland Council, please find attached the undernoted:-


Brexit Working Group                                                                                  
Buidhean Obrach Brexit

There are circulated Minutes of Meeting of the Brexit Working Group held on 23 October 2019 which it was indicated would follow.  


Governance Review                                                                              
Ath-sgrudadh Riaghlachais

There is circulated Report No. HC/58/19 dated 25 October 2019 by the Chief Executive.

Members are asked to note the progress made by the Review to date and agree:-

(i)     The establishment of the following 6 Strategic Committees:

  1. Corporate Resources
  2. Education
  3. Housing and Property
  4. Economy and Infrastructure 
  5. Health, Care & Wellbeing
  6. Communities and Places

(ii)    The new Committee arrangements will come into force in January 2020;
(iii)   Membership of Strategic Committees will be changed to 18;
(iv)   Further work will be undertaken to standardise the naming and operation of Boards, sub committees and working groups and brought back for further Member consideration;
(v)    A new Board will be established to take the place of the Redesign Board and Commercial Board, combining the best features of both with refreshed membership;
(vi)   The name of the Gaelic Strategy and Implementation Group to be changed to the Gaelic Committee;
(vii)  Hard copy committee papers will be provided for Members of the requisite committees and for all Members in the case of Council, in addition to being available online.  An opt-out option will be available.  Papers will not be posted;
(viii) The detailed remits of the Strategic Committees will be brought forward for approval to the December Council meeting as part of the Reviewed Scheme of Delegation.  Members will continue to have the opportunity feed into the development of these over the intervening period;
(ix)  Discussions will continue to be held with the Members of the Ross and Cromarty Committee regarding their local committee structure/s, with the aim to bring recommendations forward for approval by Council in December; and
(x)   The Council will commit to undertaking CIPFA accreditation, the costs of the first phase to be met within existing budgets.

Timetable of Meetings for 2020                                                                         
Clar-ama Choinneamhan airson 2020

There is circulated Proposed Timetable of Meetings for 2020 for approval. 
Yours faithfully

Stewart Fraser
Head of Corporate Governance