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Regulatory committees

Regulatory Committees are decision making forums that the Council has to have by law. Any Committee that carries out the Council's functions to determine applications for licences, certificates, registrations and similar consents, is classed as a Regulatory Committee. The following are the Regulatory Committees of Neath Port Talbot Council:

Appeals Panel

This meeting deals with appeals concerning homelessness (even though the Council no longer owns any housing stock, they still have the legal responsibility for homelessness) and staffing appeals (concerning Council staff).

Audit Committee

The role of audit committee is to provide independent assurance on the adequacy of the risk management and internal controls in place within the Council and the integrity of the financial reporting and governance processes.

Democratic Services Committee

This Committee consists of 11 Councillors and keeps under review the adequacy of provision of staff, accommodation and other resources made available to discharge the democratic services functions of the Council. It makes reports, at least annually, to the full Council in relation to these matters. It also carries out the local authority’s function of designating the Head of Democratic Services.

Licensing and Gambling Acts Committee

This committee consists of 15 Councillors and deals with matters under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005.

Registration and Licensing Committee

This committee consists of 15 Councillors and deals with licensing issues that are not the responsibility of the Licensing and Gambling Acts Committee or its Sub Committee.

Licensing and Gambling Acts Sub Committee

This Sub Committee consists of three Councillors from the main Licensing and Gambling Acts Committee and meets in order to consider comments and to review applications for some regulated licensed activities.

Personnel Committee

All policies relating to employment, terms and conditions, health and well-being are determined by the Personnel Committee. This Committee comprises 12 voting Members and 6 non-voting Members of the Authority.

Planning Committee

This committee consisting of 12 Councillors determines certain planning and development applications in Neath Port Talbot.
Members of the public have a right to speak during Planning Committee meetings, more information can be found here: How can I request to speak at a Planning Committee?

Special Appointments Committee

This is an ad-hoc Committee which deals with interviews for Heads of Service/Directors, when needed.

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee consists of 2 councillors, 4 independent members and 1 member from a community council. The role of this Committee is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by the Members and co-opted Members of the Authority and monitor the operation of the Members Code of Conduct throughout the Authority. The committee also receives Public Service Ombudsman for Wales Investigation Reports following investigations, or part investigations, in relation to allegations of breach of the Members Code of Conduct.