Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Thursday, 3rd February, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber County Hall Kendal

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

200.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Ms D Earl and Mrs J Willis.

201.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for       profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the          area of the authority; and

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one        hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners). 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest made on this occasion.

 

202.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the press and public be not excluded from any items on the agenda today.

 

203.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.

Minutes:

There were no statements made at this meeting.

 

 

204.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions, petitions or statements made at this meeting.

 

205.

Joint Committees pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To consider a report from the Interim Chief Legal Officer/Monitoring Officer (copy to follow)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet members had before them a report from the Chief Legal Officer, which asked Cabinet to consider the establishment of joint committees for the areas which would be covered by the two new unitary authorities (as required under the Structural Changes Order (SCO) within 14 days of the SCO coming into force.

 

Cabinet was also asked to consider the nominations for three members to sit on the Westmorland and Furness Joint Committee and three members to sit on the Cumberland Joint Committee, the delegation of any executive functions to be carried out by the Joint Committees once established, and a recommendation that Council noted Cabinet’s decisions, agreed to the establishment of the Joint committees and the relevant nominations.

 

The Secretary of State had made a decision to implement the proposal for two new unitary authorities in Cumbria on an East-West geography, and was seeking Parliamentary approval for the necessary secondary legislation (the SCO) to implement the two Unitary Council proposal.

 

All Councils had received details of the SCO which was laid before Parliament on 24 January 2022 and which, subject to receiving Parliamentary approval, was likely to come into force in early March.

 

Under the draft SCO the County Council and the 3 District Councils in the new unitary area of Westmorland and Furness were required, within 14 days of the coming into force of the Order, to establish a joint committee for the purposes of preparing for and facilitating the efficient and timely transfer to the new Westmorland and Furness Council of the functions, property and liabilities which relate to the Westmorland and Furness Area. 

The County Council and 3 District Councils in the new unitary area of Cumberland had an identical requirement to establish a joint committee for the Cumberland area.

Under the SCO, these joint committees would be dissolved on the day following that on which the shadow authority for the relevant area held its first meeting.

 

Suggested terms of reference for the two new joint committees were attached at Appendix 1 to the report.  These terms of reference were based on the responsibilities of the joint committees as set out in the draft SCO.

 

The SCO provides that the membership of each of the joint committees would be 12 being made up of 3 persons nominated by the County Council and 3 persons nominated by each of the District Councils.  It also provided that in the case of the County Council the nominees for the Westmorland and Furness Joint Committee should be from divisions within the area covered by the committee and the nominees for the Cumberland Joint Committee should be from divisions within the area covered by that committee.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet

 

(1)     Agrees to the establishment of the Westmorland and Furness Joint Committee and the Cumberland Joint Committee within 14 days of the SCO coming into force;

 

(2) Nominates Councillors Peter Thornton, Patricia Bell and Anne Burns to sit on the Westmorland and Furness Joint Committee and Stewart Young, Keith Little and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 205.