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Calculation of Political Balance on Committees - November 2005
STAGE 1 - Percentage Representation on the Council

Party                   Membership                                           Percentage %
Labour                                24                                      57.14 (57)
Conservative                          13                                      30.95 (31)
Liberal Democrats                      4                                      9.52 (10)
Independent                            1                                       2.38 (2)
                                                                                 100

STAGE 1A - Total Number of Seats on Committees to be Allocated:

Committee                                                     Membership
Policy O & S Management                                          15
Health O & S Committee                                            7
Audit Committee                                                   7
Regeneration & Tourism O & S                                      9
Neighbourhoods & Culture O & S                                    9
Children & Young People O & S                                     9
Adults & Community Safety O & S                                   9
Development Control                                              10
Employment and Appeals                                            7
Public Protection Sub                                             7
Special Employment                                                7

                                                 Total             96


STAGE 2 - Total Allocation of Seats to Each Party:

(To ensure as far as reasonably practicable that the number of seats allocated to a Group in total is in
the same proportion as the number of members of the group on the Council as a whole).

Party                                       Number of Seats
Labour                                        54.86 (55)
Conservative                                  29.71 (30)
Liberal Democrats                                9.14
                                                 94

(Two seats would remain unallocated because the independent member cannot be treated as
a political group)

STAGE 3 - Percentage Allocation of Total Number of Seats on Committees:

Party                                      Number of Seats      Percentage % (see stage 1)
Labour                                        54.86 (55)                57.14 (57)
Conservative                                  29.71 (30)                30.95 (31)
Liberal Democrats                              9.14 (9)                 9.52 (10)
                                                    94                      98
Stage 4 - Allocation on Individual Committees:

(To ensure that so far as reasonably practicable the number of seats allocated to a group on
each Committee is in the same proportion as the number of members of the group on the
Council as a whole)

Note 1

Stage 2 (above) overrides stage 4

Note 2

The Majority political group must have the majority of seats on every Committee.


                       Political Balance November 2005

STAGE 4 - Working Calculations for Individual Committees

                                           Seats on     Seat                Total for Each
Committee            Party                 Committee    Entitlement         Committee

Policy               Labour                                    8.57                9
O & S Management     Conservative                15            4.64                5
                     Liberal Democrats                         1.43                1

    Health O & S     Labour                                    4.00                4
                     Conservative                7             2.17                2
                     Liberal Democrats                         0.67                1

  Audit Committee    Labour                                    4.00                4
                     Conservative                7             2.17                2
                     Liberal Democrats                         0.67                1

   Regeneration &    Labour                                    5.14                5
   Tourism O & S     Conservative                9             2.79                3
                     Liberal Democrats                         0.86                1

  Neighbourhood &    Labour                                    5.14                5
   Culture O & S     Conservative                9             2.79                3
                     Liberal Democrats                         0.86                1

  Children & Young   Labour                                    5.14                5
    People O & S     Conservative                9             2.79                3
                     Liberal Democrats                         0.86                1

Adults & Community Labour                                      5.14                5
   Safety O & S    Conservative                  9             2.79                3
                   Liberal Democrats                           0.86                1
STAGE 4 - Working Calculations for Individual Committees (continued)

                                                 Seats on      Seat                   Total for Each
Committee               Party                    Committee     Entitlement            Committee

Development Control Labour                                             5.71                   6
                    Conservative                       10              3.10                   3
                    Liberal Democrats                                  0.95                   1

    Employment and      Labour                                         4.00                   4
       Appeals          Conservative                   7               2.17                   2
                        Liberal Democrats                              0.67                   1

Special Employment Labour                                              4.00                   4
                   Conservative                        7               2.17                   2
                   Liberal Democrats                                   0.67                   1

Public Protection Sub Labour                                           4.00                   4
                      Conservative                     7               2.17                   2
                      Liberal Democrats                                0.67                   1


                        Total Seats                   96
                                                    Stage 4       Stage 2
                        Labour Seats                  55            55                balanced
                        Conservative Seats            30            30                balanced
                        Lib Dem Seats                 11              9       *      not balanced
                                                      96             94


Note 3

*For stages 2 and 4 to balance (the allocation of seats per Group must be as per stage 2), the Liberal
Democrat Group would therefore need to forgoe two seats.

Note 4

An independent member not part of a political group has no legal entitlement to a seat on a Committee
or Sub Committee. If the Council wishes to allocate the 2 residual seats to Councillor Bradley-Wilcox
(or another political group) then this would require a resolution of Council against which no member
votes. If this is not possible then the seats would remain unallocated and the 2 Committees where the
Liberal Democrat Group would forgoe a seat, would each reduce by one in size.

Note 5

It should be noted that the Licensing Committee and the Standards Committee, do not fall under these
statutory rules and have therefore not been included in the political balance calculations. The Council
has previously decided that the Licensing Committee is politically balanced (9 Labour, 5 Conservative,
1 Liberal Democrat) and the Standards Committee is politically balanced as at (3 Labour, 1
Conservative and 1 Liberal Democrat).

Note 6

It should be noted that the Public Protection Sub-Committee does not derive its responsibilities from the
Licensing 2003 Act and is therefore part of the aggregate political balance calculations.

				
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