Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 7th September, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: County Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

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

Items
No. Item

1.

Roll Call of Members

2.

Declarations of Interest

To disclose any disclosable pecuniary interests relating to any item on the agenda.

 

Members are asked to refer to the Monitoring Officer for advice in relation to the declaration of interests at meetings of the full Council.  A complete list of declarations notified to the Monitoring Officer by 5.00 pm on Monday ???  will be circulated at the meeting. If any member wishes to correct or add to the circulated list, guidance on what constitutes a disclosable pecuniary interest is set out below.

 

NB The following is a summary of what constitutes a disclosable pecuniary interest. Please seek advice from the Monitoring Officer.

 

Members must 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).

 

3.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda in respect of which the press and public should be excluded during consideration of the item.

 

4.

Public Participation

To receive petitions or questions from the public under the Public Participation Scheme for the Council.  This item is time limited to 30 minutes.

 

5.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23 June 2022 (copy enclosed)

 

 

6.

Announcements and Communications

To receive any announcements from the Chair, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive

 

7.

Minutes of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 21 KB

The minutes of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 21 July 2022 are enclosed (copy attached)

 

The Leader will ask members if they have any questions on the minutes taking each page in turn. Members should state clearly the minute number of the item concerned.

 

8.

YOUTH JUSTICE PLAN 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 271 KB

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

9.

EXTENSION OF THE INTEGRATED RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN (IRMP) pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue (copy enclosed)

 

 

 

10.

2021/22 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CUMBRIA FIRE PENSION BOARD pdf icon PDF 193 KB

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

11.

Questions

To consider questions from Members, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 11.2 to 11.5 to the Leader, a Member of the Executive or the Chair of any Committee.

12.

SCRUTINY UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider a report from the Chair of Scrutiny Management Board (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

13.

Minutes of Committees

To receive reports from Committees of the Council and receive questions and answers in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 11.1 to 11.5.

13a

Audit and Assurance Committee pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To receive the draft minutes of a meeting of the Audit and Assurance Committee held on 30 June 2022 (copy enclosed)

 

13b

Cumbria Pensions Committee pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To receive the draft minutes of a meeting of the Cumbria Pensions Committee held on 16 June 2022 (copy enclosed)

 

13c

Workington Harbour Management Committee pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To receive the draft minutes of a meeting of the Workington Harbour Board held on 22 July 2022 (copy enclosed)

 

14.

URGENCY PROVISIONS pdf icon PDF 156 KB

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (copy enclosed)

 

 

15.

Notice of Motions

To consider notice of motions for up to a specified period of one hour.

 

1.            Councillor Filmore will move:

 

First Past the Post (FPTP) originated when land-owning aristocrats dominatedparliament and voting was restricted to property owning men.

 

In Europe, only the UK and authoritarian Belarus still use archaic single-round FPTPfor general elections. Meanwhile, internationally, Proportional Representation (PR) is used to elect parliaments in more than 80 countries.Those countries tend to be more equal, freer and greener.

 

PR ensures all votes count, have equal value, and those seats won match votes cast.

 

Under PR, MPs and Parliaments better reflect the age, gender and protectedcharacteristics of local communities and the nation.

 

MPs better reflecting their communities leads to improved decision-making, widerparticipation and increased levels of ownership of decisions taken.

 

PR would also end minority rule. In 2019, 43.6% of the vote produced a government with 56.2% of the seats and 100% of the power. PR also prevents ‘wrong winner ’elections such as occurred in 1951 and February 1974.

 

PR is already used to elect the parliaments and assemblies of Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland. So why notWestminster?

 

Council therefore resolves to write to H.M. Government calling for a change inour outdated electoral laws to enable Proportional Representation to be used for general elections.

 

2.            Councillor Lockney will move:

 

The Covid19 pandemic brought to light many inequities in our society, and now the cost of living crisis brings into even harsher relief those problems which have existed for some time regarding school meal provision, including free school meals (FSM).

 

The Government set the funding amounts for free school meals, and schools currently receive only £2.34 per meal for KS1 pupils, frozen since 2020 (the funding level was set at £2.30 in 2014 and increased by 4p in 2020). It is due to be increased to £2.41 per meal but why don’t these amounts regularly rise in line with inflation? It leaves some schools having to make up the difference out of their own budgets, leading to cuts in other areas.

 

We know there has been an increase in the number of pupils eligible for FSM from 20.8% in Jan 2021 to 22.5% in Jan 2022. We also know from the Food Standards Agency that 1 in 6 people regularly use a food bank, up from 1 in 10 in March 2021. We can only anticipate that the growing cost of living crisis will exacerbate these numbers, putting more of a squeeze on both family and school budgets. This will in turn be likely to affect the quality of school meal provision.

 

The government’s own advisor on school meals, Henry Dimbleby, has condemned their national plan as, ‘not a strategy’, outlining that the government has ignored many of the recommendations in the report they commissioned him to produce, including the recommendation of extending the eligibility for free school meals to any child under 16 living in a household  ...  view the full agenda text for item 15.

16.

Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding five minutes each) for up to a specified period of 30 minutes, from individual members, of which at least 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Chief Legal Officer (Monitoring Officer).