Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 7th July, 2021 3.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Space Floor 2 Block 2 County Hall Morpeth NE61 2EF

Contact: Karon Hadfield 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Minutes of the annual meeting of County Council held on Wednesday 26 May 2021 as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record, signed by the Business Chair and sealed with the Common Seal of the Council (see pages 9-22). 

3.

DISCLOSURES OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room 

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter. 

 

4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

by the Business Chair, Leader or Head of Paid Service. 

5.

CORRESPONDENCE

(if any) to date of meeting.

6.

QUESTIONS

 to be put to the Business Chair, a member of the Cabinet or the Chair of any

Committee or Sub Committee, in accordance with the Constitution’s Rules of

Procedure No.10.  

 

 

7.

CABINET MINUTES pdf icon PDF 251 KB

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE CABINET MEETINGS HELD ON:- 

 

(1)Tuesday 8 June 2021 (see pages 23-32) 

 

 

8.

COMMITTEE MINUTES pdf icon PDF 115 KB

TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER MINUTES from the following Committee:- 

 

(1)Health and Wellbeing OSC(see pages 33-40) 

 

9.

DELEGATED DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 39 KB

To receive details of delegated decisions taken since those reported to County Council on Wednesday, 26 May 2021?(see pages 41-42).

 

10.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Motion No. 1

 

In accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No.10, Councillor S. Dickinson to move the following motion, received by the Democratic Services Manager on 10 June 2021:- 

 

To bring Northumberland County Council into the 21st century and provide equality to Councillors as well as staff, it notes the following research findings:

 

That analysis of the 2019 Local Election results by the Fawcett Society found that only 35% of councillors in England are women, up 1% since 2018. Of the seats that were up for election in 2018, 38% went to women, up just 3 percentage points on 2014 when these seats were last contested;

 

That the role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to start a family to remain as councillors;

 

That parental leave must apply to parents regardless of their gender, and that it should also cover adoption leave to support those parents who choose to adopt.

Northumberland County Council resolves:

 

To adopt the parental leave policy drafted by the LGA Labour Group’s Women’s Taskforce to give all councillors an entitlement to parental leave after giving birth or adopting; (see pages 43-46).

 

To ensure that councillors with children and other caring commitments are supported as appropriate;

 

To notify the LGA Labour Group that this Council has passed a motion at full Council to adopt the parental leave policy  .

 

11.

REPORT OF THE BUSINESS CHAIR pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Proposal to Appoint Independent (Co-opted) Chair of Audit Committee

 

Further to the announcement by the Leader of the County Council at the meeting of full Council on 26 May 2021 that the Authority would move to establish an independent (co-opted) Chair of Audit Committee as soon as possible, this report proposes the relevant changes required to the Constitution to enable an independent (co-opted) Chair of Audit Committee to be so appointed; together with information on steps taken to expedite the appointment (see pages 47-54).

 

Additional documents:

12.

REPORT OF THE S151 OFFICER pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Purchase of Shares in Northumberland Enterprise Holdings Limited

 

The purpose of this report is to authorise the purchase of share capital in Northumberland Enterprise Holdings Ltd (“NEHL”) and to effect the associated funding approvals.  

 

 

 

 

13.

HONORARY ALDERMEN

To consider holding a special meeting of the County Council on Wednesday, 1 September 2021 (being the date of the next quarterly meeting of the Council) to consider the appointment of Honorary Aldermen.

 

(Note:Under the Local Government Act 1972, the Council may – by resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the members voting hereon – and at a meeting specially convened for that purpose – confer the title of Honorary Alderman on persons who have rendered eminent service to the Council as past members thereof but who are not now members of the Council).

 

 

 

14.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

Council is invited to consider passing the following resolution: 

 

(a) That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item on the Agenda as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act, and  

 

(b) That the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure for the following reasons:- 

 

 

Agenda Item 

 

Paragraph of Part I of Schedule 12A 

 

15 

1, 3 and 4 

Information relating to Information relating to any individual, information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information) and information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the Authority..   

 

AND 

The public interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure because disclosure would adversely affect the Authority’s ability to conduct its affairs. 

 

 

15.

REPORT OF THE HEAD OF PAID SERVICE

Executive Structure

 

To consider a report on the above (to follow).