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Note: Cost of Living Crisis
Calling to Order of the Meeting
The meeting of the Council will be called to order to receive Her Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
The meeting of the Council was called to order to receive Her Worship The Mayor.
Apologies for Absence
To receive apologies for absence from Members to determine the quorum of the meeting in accordance with Rule 7 of Part 4 of the Constitution.
An apology for absence was received from Councillors Miss P V Joshi, J Kaufman, Mrs L Kaufman, Ms C D Kozlowski, Mrs S B Morris, R E R Morris and Dr I K Ridley.
Councillors M L Darr and D A Gamble attended the meeting remotely, but in accordance with the provisions in the Local Government Act 1972, were not considered present for the purposes of voting.
Declarations of Interest
Members are reminded that any declaration of interest should be made having regard to the Members’ Code of Conduct. In particular, Members must make clear the nature of the interest and whether it is 'pecuniary' or ‘non-pecuniary'.
Cost of Living - Council Response PDF 241 KB
Report of the Strategic Director / Section 151 Officer
The Council gave consideration to the report (as set out at pages 4 - 12 of the agenda reports pack) which asked it to approve the financial resources to extend the arrangements already in place to support residents and businesses through the Cost of Living crisis in order to sustain appropriate support to March 2023.
It was moved by the Leader of the Council, seconded by Councillor K J Loydall and
UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:
(i) The reallocation of £80,000 of General Fund reserves previously earmarked as a “Wellbeing Reserve” and £30,000 of a £140,000 HRA reserve previously earmarked as “Universal Credit HRA Reserve” for the purpose of providing support to residents and business through the Cost of Living crisis be approved;
(ii) Delegated authority be given to the Strategic Director / Section 151 Officer to distribute such funds within maximum levels as outlined in the report;
(iii) Any amounts that remain unspent at 31 March 2023 be returned to general fund and HRA general reserves, subject to a further report being presented; and
(iv) Parking charges for all Council car parks be suspended every Saturday and Sunday between 1 December and 31 December 2022 (inclusive).