Decision details

Insurances and Indemnities

Decision Maker: Lewes District Council Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Council is currently in the course of legal proceedings and a decision is required at the earliest opportunity.


The Cabinet considered the exempt report of the Assistant Director for Corporate Governance, proposing the provision of indemnities against personal liability which may be incurred by individual members and officers in defending the Council’s position in litigation proceedings.


Councillors Smith and Maskell, Chief Executive and Assistant Director for Legal and Democratic Services declared a prejudicial interest in this item. They withdrew from the room whilst the item was considered. Councillor Merry chaired the meeting for the duration of the item.


Resolved (Non-key decision):


That the recommendations set out in the exempt report were approved. Specifically, the provision of comprehensive indemnities to current specifically named and any other members and officers of the Council as necessary, for any legal liability and/or need to obtain independent legal support in respect of the case referred to in the exempt report, such indemnities to be within the terms permitted by the Local Authorities (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order 2004.


Reason for decision:


To provide due protection to members and officers for potential consequences arising from the proper exercise of their roles on behalf of the Council.


Notes: (1) The report remained exempt. (2) Exempt information reason 3 – information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Publication date: 13/02/2019

Date of decision: 11/02/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/02/2019 - Lewes District Council Cabinet

Effective from: 19/02/2019

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