Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 5th January, 2022 3.00 pm

Venue: TBC

Contact: Karon Hadfield 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Minutes of the meeting of County Council held on Wednesday 2 November 2021 as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record, signed by the Business Chair and sealed with the Common Seal of the Council

3.

DISCLOSURE 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.9.

7.

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 171 KB

(1)      Tuesday 9 November 2021 (see pages 37-42)

(2)      Thursday 18 November 2021 (see pages 43-48)

(3)      Tuesday 7 December 2021 (see pages 49-58)

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8.

COMMITTEE MINUTES pdf icon PDF 94 KB

TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER MINUTES from the following Committees:-

 

(1)      Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC         

 

(2)      Family and Children’s Services OSC                          

 

(3)      Communities and Place OSC                                     

 

(4)      Health and Wellbeing OSC                              

 

(5)      Health and Wellbeing Board                                       

 

(6)      Audit Committee                                                        

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9.

DELEGATED DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To note the Delegated Decisions taken since those reported to County Council on Wednesday, 7 July 2021.

10.

MOTIONS

Motion No. 1

 

Councillor Bridgett to move the following motion, received by the Head of Democratic and Electoral Services on 20 December 2021:-

 

Considering the recent events both during and in the aftermath of Storm Arwen and rather than waiting for some form of national enquiry to take place (if it ever does), this council resolves:-

 

         to agree that it will undertake its own investigation into what occurred during and after the storm and it will task the most appropriate scrutiny/council committee to carry this out. This will include reviewing our own council policies and procedures and gathering evidence from councillors and council officers, but also questioning and gathering evidence from the utility companies such as Northern Powergrid, BT Openreach, Northumbrian Water and the mobile telecoms operators.

         to request, where necessary, that they come and provide information to the relevant scrutiny committee so that as a council, we can ensure lessons are learnt from this storm to enable all parties to build better resilience into their systems with the ultimate goal of ensuring that our residents will hopefully never have to experience such significant problems as they did as a result of Storm Arwen

         to request that the relevant scrutiny committee (in conjunction with officers) will bring together a report which outlines the issues and how those problems can potentially be mitigated. This will be brought back to the full council for debate and agreement, and will be used by this authority as a formal response should any government body or agency decide to carry out an enquiry into what happened as a result of the storm.

 

 

Motion No. 2

 

Councillor Morphet to move the following motion, received by the Head of Democratic and Electoral Services on 20 December 2021:-

 

The Councils for Fair Tax Declaration: An opportunity for the County Council to show support for responsible tax conduct 

 

Full Council notes that:

 

1.       Organisations are morally obliged to pay the right amount of tax, in the right place, at the right time.

 

2.       Polling from the Institute for Business Ethics finds that “corporate tax avoidance” has, since 2013, been the number one concern of the British public when it comes to business conduct.

3.       Almost two-thirds (63%) of the public agree that the Government and local authorities should consider a company’s ethics and tax conduct, as well as value for money and quality of service provided, when undertaking procurement.

4.       Around 17.5% of public contracts in the UK have been won by companies with links to tax havens.

5.       It has been conservatively estimated that losses from multinational profit-shifting (just one form of tax avoidance) could be costing the UK some £7bn per annum in lost corporation tax revenues.

6.       The Fair Tax Mark offers a means for business to demonstrate good tax conduct and has been secured by a wide range of businesses across the UK, including FTSE-listed PLCs, co-operatives, social enterprises and large private businesses.

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Full Council believes that:

 

1.       Paying tax is often  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

REPORT OF THE RETURNING OFFICER

THE RETURNING OFFICER TO SUBMIT the return of the person elected as Councillor for Hexham East on Thursday 16 December 2021 as follows:-

 

          Electoral Division

           Hexham East                  

 

Surname and Other Names       

Suzanne Holly Fairless-Aitken     

 

Place of residence          

Merry Leazes West           

Allendale Road

Hexham                                                

NE46 2NB

 

Description

Liberal Democrat

         

 

 

12.

REPORT OF THE MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 97 KB

CONSTITUTIONAL UPDATES

 

(i)       Re-Endorsement of Appointment of Independent Chair of Standards Committee and Independent Person and Appointment of Additional Independent Person

 

The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s endorsement of the continued appointment of Joe Jackson, the Independent Chair of the Standards Committee and Karen Milner, the Council’s Independent Person under the relevant provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and to request that Council delegates to the Standards Committee the process of the appointment of two further Independent Persons.

 

 

13.

REPORT OF THE MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 233 KB

To create a new Committee known as the Grievance Committee to hear and determine grievances raised by the Chief Executive and Chief Officers and also grievances made against the Chief Executive and Chief Officers.   

14.

REPORT OF THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND S151 OFFICER pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Arrangements for the Appointment of the Local Auditor (External Auditor)

 

To seek Council approval to opt-in to the Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) Limited arrangements from 1 April 2023 for the five financial years commencing 2023-24 to 2027-28.

 

15.

REPORT OF THE LEADER AND COUNCILLOR GORDON CASTLE pdf icon PDF 293 KB

Review of Local Area Councils

 

The report summarises the discussion and recommendations of the Local Area Council Chairs following a review of the current Local Area Council arrangements as requested by the Leader. Council is requested to consider and approve the recommendations within the report

16.

REVISIONS TO COMMITTEE PLACES AND ELECTION OF VICE CHAIR TO TYNEDALE LAC pdf icon PDF 414 KB

Following the result of the Hexham East Electoral Division by election and the change in the numbers of the political groups, the allocation of seats to be filled by the different political groups has been reviewed in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. This has resulted in a change in the proportional split on committees, and this is set out in the report detailed at page 139-160 of the agenda. Council is requested to note the change in proportionality and to agree the  changes to committee membership, which should be notified by Group Leaders to Democratic Services before the meeting. Subject to the decision taken on item 14 above, Council is also asked to elect a Vice Chair to Tynedale Local Area Council, which is currently vacant.

 

17.

REPORT OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Executive Management Structure Review

 

The purpose of the report is to seek approval to the implementation of the revised Executive management arrangements for Council

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