Agenda and decisions

(Annual Meeting), County Council - Wednesday, 18 May 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Mo Seedat - Tel: 0116 305 2583  Email: mo.seedat@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Order Paper and Webcast. pdf icon PDF 526 KB

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFpwBLs6MnUzG0WjejrQtQ

 

1.

To elect a Chairman.

Decision:

“That Dr Kevin Feltham be elected Chairman for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Council.”

 

2.

To elect a Vice Chairman

Decision:

“That Mr Dan Harrison be appointed Vice-Chairman for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Council.”

 

3.

Chairman's Announcements.

4.

Minutes. pdf icon PDF 335 KB

Additional documents:

5.

Declarations of Interest.

6.

Questions asked under Standing Order 7(1)(2) and (5).

7.

Position statements under Standing Order 8. pdf icon PDF 294 KB

Decision:

The Leader gave a position statement on the following matters: -

 

·       County Deal

·       UKSPF and Levelling Up Fund

·       Tackling the cost of living crisis

·       Supporting Ukrainian refugees

·       Supporting the economy and delivering economic growth

·       Fair Funding

·       Green Leicestershire

·       Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

 

A copy of the position statement is attached.

 

8.

Reports of the Cabinet

8a

Leicestershire County Council's Strategic Plan 2022 - 2026 pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

“That the Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2026, as set out in the Appendix A to the report, be approved.”

 

8b

Leicestershire County Council's Communities Strategy - Our Communities Approach 2022 - 2026 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

“That the Communities Strategy: Leicestershire County Council – Our Communities Approach 2022-2026, appended to the report, be approved.”

 

8c

Dates of Council Meetings 2022/23 and 2023/24. pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Decision:

“That Council meetings in 2022/23 and 2023/24 be held on the following dates: -

 

  • Wednesday 6 July 2022
  • Wednesday 28 September 2022
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022
  • Wednesday 22 February 2023 (to consider the budget)
  • Wednesday 17 May 2023 (Annual meeting)
  • Wednesday 5 July 2023
  • Wednesday 27 September 2023
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024 (to consider the budget)
  • Wednesday 15 May 2024 (Annual meeting)”

 

9.

To make the following appointments in accordance with items 11 and 12 of Standing Order 4:

9a

To appoint the Leader (and to note the members which the Leader proposes to appoint to the Cabinet)

Decision:

Leader

 

“That Mr N J Rushton be appointed Leader of the Council for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Council.”

 

The Cabinet

 

“That it be noted that the Leader proposes to appoint the members named on List ‘1’ attached to the Order Paper as members of the Cabinet.”

 

A copy of List 1 is attached.

 

9b

To appoint such Cabinet Support Members as the Council considers appropriate

Decision:

“That the following members be appointed as Cabinet Support Members until the next Annual Meeting of the County Council, as provided for in Article 7 of the Council’s Constitution: -

 

Mr R. Ashman CC

Mrs B. Seaton CC

Mr T. Parton CC

Mrs M. Wright CC”

9c

To appoint members of the Scrutiny Commission, Boards and Committees

Decision:

Membership

 

“That the membership of the Scrutiny Commission, Boards and Committees as set out in List ‘2’ and the Chairmen Elect and Spokespersons named in List ‘3’ attached to the Order Paper be approved.”

 

Substitutes

 

“That the Chief Executive be authorised to make and terminate appointments to the Commission, committees, boards and other County Council bodies (not including the Cabinet) in accordance with the wishes of the Political Groups to whom the seat in question has been allocated, subject in the case of those bodies set out in List ‘2’ to the Group giving one day’s notice to the Chief Executive of its wishes.”

 

A copy of List ‘2’ and List ‘3’ is attached.

 

10.

To consider the following notices of motion:

10a

Cost of Living in Leicestershire

1.              That this Council notes:

(a)        That many residents of the County:

 

·     are now finding it very hard to meet their domestic fuel bills;

·     are finding a rise in the price of ordinary commodities from food to household products;

·     are facing escalating fuel costs at the petrol stations with no alternative options;

·     will be receiving lower wages in real terms for the foreseeable future, including many working in the public sector;

·     are struggling with the latest Council Tax and National Insurance tax rises.

 

(b)        That the Bank of England officially forecasts an inflation rate of 10.2% in the fourth quarter of this year; this being based on a rise in fuel cap from £1,971 to £2,800 in October.

 

(c)        That price rises are more likely to adversely affect those on low incomes living in deprived communities who will also be prey to the seductive loans which are often at exorbitant rates of interest.

 

(d)        And welcomes the establishment of a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) wide group to be chaired by a representative from the Leicester Cathedral and comprising the County Council, City Council, District Councils, Rutland, voluntary sector, NHS and the DWP to address the impact of the cost of living crisis.

2.        That this County Council requests:

(a)    That the LLR wide group referred to in (d) above develop an action plan to:

·     Improve debt advice and access to that advice through Contact Plus and other avenues.

·     Prioritise action to identify and contain illegal money lenders.

·     Widen interventions on child poverty.

·     Develop new initiatives to support struggling families.

 

(b)    That the County Council work with District Councils and others to explore ways to:

 

·     Optimise the distribution of the Household Support Fund.

·     Increase take-up of Council Tax Support.

·     Identify any mitigation of financial risks to small businesses.

Decision:

“1.      That this Council notes: -

a)      That many of the residents of the County:

 

·     are now finding it very hard to meet their domestic fuel bills;

·     are finding a rise in the price of ordinary commodities from food to household products;

·     are facing escalating fuel costs at the petrol stations with no alternative options;

·     will be receiving lower wages in real terms for the foreseeable future, including many working in the public sector;

·     are struggling with the latest Council Tax and National Insurance tax rises.

 

b)      That the Bank of England officially forecasts an inflation rate of 10.2% in the fourth quarter of this year; this being based on a rise in fuel cap from £1,971 to £2,800 in October.

 

c)      That price rises are more likely to adversely affect those on low incomes living in deprived communities who will also be prey to the seductive loans which are often at exorbitant rates of interest.

 

d)      That the establishment of a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) wide group to be chaired by a representative from the Leicester Cathedral and comprising the County Council, City Council, District Councils, Rutland, voluntary sector, NHS and the DWP to address the impact of the cost of living crisis, be welcomed.

2.        That this County Council requests: -

a)   That the LLR wide group referred to in (d) above develop an action plan to:

·     Improve debt advice and access to that advice through Contact Plus and other avenues.

·     Prioritise action to identify and contain illegal money lenders.

·     Widen interventions on child poverty.

·     Develop new initiatives to support struggling families.

 

b)      That this the County Council work with District Councils and others to explore ways to:

 

·      Optimise the distribution of the Household Support Fund.

·      Increase take up of Council Tax Support.

·      Identify any mitigation of financial risks to small businesses.”

 

10b

Ukrainian Refugees

(a)  That this Council offers its solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are suffering the ongoing trauma of the unprovoked aggression of the Russian invasion.

 

(b)  That this Council welcomes the incredibly warm hearted and generous response from many Leicestershire residents who have taken Ukrainian refugees into their homes.

 

(c)   That this Council notes that a number of local authorities have already provided free bus passes to Ukrainian refugees living in their areas and calls on the Cabinet to consider a scheme to provide free bus passes to those Ukrainian refugees coming to live in Leicestershire.

 

Decision:

“1.      That this Council offers its solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are suffering the ongoing trauma of the unprovoked aggression of the Russian invasion.

 

2.              That this Council welcomes the incredibly warm hearted and generous response from many Leicestershire residents who have taken Ukrainian refugees into their homes.

 

3.              That this Council notes that a number of local authorities have already provided free bus passes to Ukrainian refugees living in their areas and calls on the Cabinet to consider a scheme to provide free bus passes to those Ukrainian refugees coming to live in Leicestershire and, if necessary, to authorise the Chief Executive to exercise urgent powers after consultation with the Leader to implement an appropriate scheme or transport offer before the next meeting of the Cabinet.