Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 6.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Virtual meetings procedure - briefing and etiquette

Chair to report.

2.

Apologies for absence

3.

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 13 January 2021 (attached) pdf icon PDF 210 KB

4.

Chair's announcements

5.

Business brought forward by or with the consent of the Chair

6.

Replies to any questions submitted by the Public and/or to receive Petitions under Part 4, Council Procedures Rules, Paragraphs 8 and 9 of the Constitution

7.

To consider motions of which notice has been submitted by Members in accordance with Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, Paragraph 11 of the Constitution

(a) To consider the following notice of motion received by Councillor Worden

 

This Council notes that …

The government published the provisional local government finance settlement for 2021-22 on 17 December 2020. As has become common practice, the focus was placed on “Core Spending Power” – the sum of eight funding streams from central Government, plus an assumed level of income from Council Tax.

Core Spending Power (CSP) nationally will increase by 4.5% overall, but this largely consists of increases in the assumed level of income from council tax.  87% of the increase in CSP comes from the ability to raise council tax, compared to 56% of the increase in CSP in 2020-21.  The Government is increasingly relying on council tax increases. The increase in Government-funded Core Spending Power includes a new (but one-off) Lower-Tier Services Grant of £111 million nationally. Without this grant, a number of Councils like North Devon would be faced with a nominal reduction in Core Spending Power.

Since 2011 the Government has used a system of classifying local authorities into one of six groups that reflect their mix of urban & rural populations. North Devon has been classified as Largely Rural.

Analysis by the Rural Services Network shows that the local authorities serving predominantly urban areas receive a much higher level of central funding than those serving predominantly rural areas;

·     Residents in rural Devon are paying £138 per head more in Council Tax.

·     Get £120 per head less from Settlement Funding Assessment

·     Get £28 per head of Social Care Grant, compared to £32 per head in urban areas

·     Get £113 per head less in Government Funded Spending Power, which excludes Council Tax.

The Government in 2012/13 recognised that this situation was unfair on residents in rural areas but the gap in what local government receives between rural and urban has grown even wider since.

This council expresses its concern at the impact of the concentration of cuts in public spending by national government is having on local government finance and the over-reliance on continually increasing council tax. 

 

This council resolves to

1.    To support the Rural Services Network in asking the government that the funding to rural authorities be increased to provide fairness for rural residents.

2.    To lobby the government ourselves to request that the gap in funding between urban and rural be rectified as services in rural areas actually cost more to provide because of the sparsity of the population and the distances which need to be covered e.g. in collecting waste and recycling.

3.    Call on the chancellor to give more clarity about future longer term funding and to remove the uncertainty surrounding New Homes Bonus and other incentive schemes.

4.    Ask our officers to work with Devon County to update the map produced by the Institute of Fiscal Studies which may be used by government concerning the levelling up agenda which currently does not reflect the reality of the deprivation in many parts of North Devon.

 

(b)  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Declarations of Interest

(NB. Members only need to re-declare any interests previously declared at Committee and Sub-Committee meetings if the item is discussed at Council).

 

9.

Chair's replies to any questions to Council by Members submitted under Part 4, Council Procedures Rules, Paragraph 10 of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 184 KB

(a) To consider the following question submitted by Councillor Luggar

 

“Can North Devon Council please consider being the lead on a formal bid to the Department of Transport (DfT) for funding from the Restoring our Railways project for the Taw Link. The speculative bid last year was warmly received and while not initially successful we have a very strong chance of being awarded funding to allow us to do engineering and economic feasibility studies. This will allow us to be in a position to make the full business case at a later date.”

 

(b) To consider the following question submitted by Councillor Walker

 

“During discussions regarding moving more of the council contact services online, we as councillors were assured they would also be available offline. I have been made aware, by a ward member, that they tried to renew their parking permit recently and were told “they had to do this online and there is no other option”. I queried this with the head of service and was told this was correct.

In my ward, as with many in North Devon, we have an older demographic. Many have little of no computer skills, some have no interest in the internet and have no internet access.

Please could we have assurance that there will be an offline method to do everything so we are not discriminating against those who are not computer literate and/or have no access to the internet?”

10.

To agree the agenda between Part 'A' and Part 'B' (Confidential Restricted Information).

Part A

11.

Report of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 280 KB

Report by Leader of the Council (attached).

12.

Questions by Members pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Questions to the Leader or the Chair of a Committee submitted under Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, paragraph 10.4 of the Constitution.

13.

Performance and Financial Management Quarter 3 of 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 300 KB

(NOTE: A copy of the report that was considered by the Strategy and Resources Committee on 1 February 2021 is attached).

Additional documents:

13a

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 11 February 2021 (to follow)

13b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 1 February 2021 (attached).

14.

Review of Charges and Fees for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

(NOTE: A copy of the report that was considered by the Strategy and Resources Committee on 1 February 2021 is attached).

Additional documents:

14a

Pannier Market Traders Committee consultation response pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To receive the Pannier Market Traders Committee consultation response (attached).

14b

Report of meeting of Harbour Board pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Harbour Board held on 17 November 2020 (attached)

14c

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 11 February 2021 (to follow).

14d

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 1 February 2021 (attached).

15.

Revenue Budget 2021/22, Capital Programme and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2025 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Budget Book 2021/22 (attached).  (NOTE: A copy of the report that was considered by the Strategy and Resources Committee on 1 February 2021 is attached).

Additional documents:

15a

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 11 February 2021 (to follow).

15b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 1 February 2021 (attached).

16.

Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 642 KB

Report by Head of Resources (attached).

Additional documents:

16a

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 11 February 2021 (to follow).

16b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 1 February 2021 (attached).

17.

10 Year Capital Strategy 2021-2031 pdf icon PDF 535 KB

(NOTE: A copy of the report that was considered by the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 1 February 2021 is attached).

17a

Report by the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 11 February 2021 (to follow).

17b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive the report of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 11 February 2021 (attached).

18.

Council Tax Resolutions 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report by Head of Resources (attached).

Additional documents:

19.

Devon County Council/North Devon Council response to the Climate Declaration pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Report by Lead Member for Climate Change (attached).

20.

Minutes of Committees

Council is recommended to note the schedule of Committee minutes and approve recommendations as listed below:

 

20a

Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 251 KB

(i) 12 January 2021

20b

Harbour Board pdf icon PDF 223 KB

(i) 2 February 2021

20c

Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 203 KB

(i) 13 January 2021

(ii) 20 January 2021

Additional documents:

20d

Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 244 KB

(i) 7 January 2021

(ii) 11 February 2021 (to follow)

Additional documents:

20e

Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 275 KB

(i) 1 February 2021

 

(A) Minute 261(b): Oxford Park Play Area, Ilfracombe

Additional documents:

Part B (Confidential Restricted Information)

Nil.