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35.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 433 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2022 as a correct record.

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The minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2022 were agreed as an accurate record.

36.

Declarations of Interest

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Ross Jago, Head of Governance, Performance and Risk, advised Members that the Monitoring Officer had agreed a dispensation in respect of the agenda item Revenue and Capital Budget and Proposed Council Tax Levels For 2022/23

 

No declarations of interest were made by Members.

 

 

 

37.

Appointments to Committees, Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 424 KB

The Assistant Chief Executive will submit a schedule of vacancies on committees, outside bodies etc and of changes notified to us.  

 

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The Lord Mayor proposed that Members approve the new political proportionality as detailed in the report as a result of changes reported to Council. Councillor Mrs Bridgeman, Deputy Lord Mayor, seconded this motion.

 

Following a vote, Ross Jago, Head of Governance, Performance and Risk, advised Members that the vote was deemed lost as one Member had voted against the motion therefore the previous seat allocation would have to stand until the next time a review could be undertaken in advance of the 21 March 2022.

 

For (55) Councillors Allen, Mrs Aspinall, Bingley, Bowyer, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Bridgeman (DLM), Dr Buchan, Burden, Carlyle, Churchill, Coker, Collins, Corvid, Dr Cree, Cresswell, Dann, Deacon, Derrick, Drean, Evans OBE, Goslin, Harrison, Haydon, Hendy, Hulme, Mrs Johnson, Jordan, Kelly, Laing, Loveridge, Lowry, Dr Mahony, McDonald, Morris, Murphy, Neil, Nicholson, Partridge, Patel, Penberthy, Mrs Pengelly, Rennie, Riley, Salmon, Shayer, Singh, Smith, Stevens, Stoneman, Tuffin, Vincent, Wakeham, Ms Watkin, Wheeler and Councillor Mrs Beer (LM).

 

Against (1) Councillor Downie.

 

Absent (1) Councillor James

 

The motion was lost.

Procedural Motion

The Lord Mayor proposed and the Deputy Lord Mayor seconded a motion to suspend standing orders under the Plymouth City Council Constitution Part B, 4.23 to –

 

1.    suspend Part B 4.6 of the constitution to enable agenda item 4 to be considered by Council;

 

2.    suspend Appendix 1 (rules of debate), 4.2 of the constitution, to remove the limit on length of speeches of the Leader and Leader of the opposition in respect of the substantive motion in relation to item 7 Revenue And Capital Budget And Proposed Council Tax Levels For 2022/23

 

Following a vote the motion was agreed.

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38.

Questions by the Public

To receive questions from and provide answers to the public in relation to matters which are about something the council is responsible for or something that directly affects people in the city, in accordance with Part B, paragraph 11 of the Constitution.

 

Questions, of no longer than 50 words, can be submitted to the Democratic Support Unit, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ, or email to democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk. Any questions must be received at least five complete working days before the meeting.

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There was one question from a member of the public:

 

The following question was submitted by Mr Gregg Roger Black and answered by Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of the Council:

 

Question:

HMS Plymouth was not saved for scrapping by the previous Labour administration which could of been used as tribute to our city. Are there any plans to honour the ship with a memorial?

Answer:

Nine ships of the Royal Navy have carried the name HMS Plymouth since 1653, and the ship carries eight battle honours, from Porto Farine in 1655 to the Falkland Islands in 1982.  The last ship to bear the name HMS Plymouth was central to the Falkland Islands campaign, engaging the submarine Santa Fe and taking direct damage from Argentine air attacks.  The Council has formally requested that the Secretary of State for defence considers honouring the city by ensuring that a tenth ship of the Royal Navy bears the name HMS Plymouth.  Although there are no current plans to create a memorial to a specific ship bearing the name HMS Plymouth, the City will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict this year, and paying tribute to both the veterans of that war, and the heroic efforts both of our dockyard and our wider communities during that difficult time for our country.

 

39.

Announcements

(a)        To receive announcements from the Lord Mayor, Chief Executive, Service Director for Finance or Head of Legal Services;

 

(b)        To receive announcements from the Leader, Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs.

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The Lord Mayor made the following announcements:

 

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with regards to the war in Ukraine it was highlighted that this terrible attack upon a sovereign nation imperilled the peace and security that Europe had enjoyed over the last 77 years, and was leading to a humanitarian crisis the extent of which was yet to fully unfold. Plymouth was no stranger to the attacks of a foreign aggressor and many of the city’s citizens may still recall spending nights in air raid shelters. The resilience displayed by the British public then, was clearly on display in Ukraine today as the Ukrainian Army and its Citizens fight on the edge of Western Democracies. Democratic values were to be protected and respected, which was why Plymouth stood in solidarity with Ukraine. Members were asked to join the Lord Mayor for a moment of reflection for the 210 civilians who had so far lost their lives in the conflict;

 

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it was with great sadness that the Lord Mayor had to report the death of Alderman Bray. Alderman Bray was elected to the City Council for the Eggbuckland Ward in May 1991 until 2000 and again in 2003 to 2007. During this time he served on various committees, including: Client Services Panel, Employment and Economic Development, Licensing, Hospitality and Twinning, Plymouth Citybus Board and the Theatre Royal Board. He was also the Chair of the Planning Committee. Members were asked to join the Lord Mayor for a one minute silence in memory of Alderman Bray.

 

Councillor Kelly, Leader of the Council, made the following announcements:

 

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with regards to the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport; the designation of the Freeport by Government had been a significant vote of confidence in the city and the partnership established. Since the Chancellor announced Plymouth as one of 8 successful bids Plymouth had submitted the outline business case and responded to any concerns raised by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The next stage was to work to the deadline of 22 April to submit the full business case whilst simultaneously setting up a Customs Site and progressing official tax site designations. The Freeport will capitalise on the power of our marine, space and defence economies as well as strengthening public and private sector partnerships. The Plymouth and South Devon Freeport would facilitate essential infrastructure works in the city as well as accelerate a regional bounce back from the pandemic and help grow the local economy;

 

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there was a 12 month engagement plan with lots of exciting activities lined up for everyone in Plymouth to enjoy and to get involved in shaping the National Marine Park’s future. It was starting on the first weekend in April with an open event at the National Marine Aquarium, which was a free event for Plymouth residents. It was so important that everyone in Plymouth had the chance to get involved and have their say about what the park meant to them, we want to ensure that everyone can enjoy the significant benefits  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Revenue And Capital Budget And Proposed Council Tax Levels For 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Councillor Kelly, Leader, advised Members of an alteration to appendix 9 to the report relating to the council tax for the forthcoming year as follows:

 

“The budget papers published for this meeting of Full Council 28 February 2022 set out estimated revenue resources from Business Rates and assumed modelling of Council Tax to reflect a rise of 1.99% for council tax in 2022/23 and 1.00% for the Adult Social Care precept.

 

The Leader proposes an amendment to Recommendation 2 of the Revenue and Capital Budget 2022/23 report:

 

2.  To approve an increase to the council tax levels for 2022/23 by one point seven four percent (1.74%)

2a. To approve an increase to the Adult Social Care precept for 2022/23 by one percent (1.00%)

 

The result from this amendment is:

 

  1. An increase in overall revenue resources of £3.345m comprising an increase of £2.124m for Council Tax and £1.221m for the Adult Social Care precept.
  2. Final total resources for 2022/23 of £199.874m comprising Council Tax of £125.411m; Business Rates £65.130m; Revenue Support Grant £10.045m.
  3. Reduce the 2022/23 general contingency by £0.305m.
  4. A total net revenue budget for 2022/23 of £199.874m.

 

Members agreed to adjourn for 30 minutes to consider the amendment.

 

Councillor Kelly, Leader, introduced the Revenue and Capital Budget and Proposed Council Tax Levels for 2022/23 report as amended, this was seconded by Councillor Nicholson, Deputy Leader. 

 

Councillor Evans OBE (Leader of the Opposition) spoke to the motion and proposed an amendment, this was seconded by Councillor Lowry, and was as follows:

 

Labour Amendment to the Leader’s Recommendation 2:

Revenue Resources and Council Tax 2022/23 and Recommendation 3 to approve the Capital Budget

 

The budget papers published for this meeting of Full Council 28 February 2022 including the Leader’s Alteration set out estimated revenue resources from Business Rates and assumed modelling of Council Tax to reflect a rise of 1.00% for the Adult Social Care precept and 1.74% for council tax in 2022/23.

 

The Leader of the Labour Group proposes an amendment to Recommendation 2 of the Revenue and Capital Budget 2022/23 report:

 

2.  To approve a Council Tax freeze at the 2021/22 levels for 2022/23 (0% increase)

To note: This is in addition to the 1% Adult Social Care Precept as set out in the Leader’s Alteration

 

The result from this amendment is:

 

  1. Final total resources for 2022/23 of £197.750m comprising Council Tax of £122.575m; Business Rates £65.130m; Revenue Support Grant £10.045m.
  2. A total net revenue budget for 2022/23 of £197.750m.
  3. We propose to fund the resultant budget shortfall of £2.124m:

 

 

Item

£m

4.1

Re-phasing the proposed Capital Budget will see re-timing of investments to ensure the interest rate charges will reflect the approval of the subsequent Business Cases by the Leader of the Council 

0.544

4.2

Working Balance Top Up to move to a target 5% value – a contribution holiday for 2022/23 only; contributions will continue again in 2023/24

0.350

4.3

Decisions of the Incoming Administration - delete the allocation

0.300

4.4

Cost reduction target

This amendment proposes  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.