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(i) following Constitutional changes by Council since the last meeting of
the Urgency Committee, it was agreed that the Speaker of the Council
shall act as Chair; and
(ii) Councillor Chris Best be appointed Vice Chair for the remainder of the
municipal year 2019/20.
None were made.
Councillor Handley referred to the minute regarding Milford Towers and
receiving the Secretary of State’s agreement to disposal consent. He asked
whether a letter was ever received for the disposal of Milford Towers. The
Director of Law advised that the Secretary of State’s consent was received for
three years. The matter was referred back to full Council in 2018, with a
recommendation to the Secretary of State that a further consent be made,
because the leases needed to be renewed. The consent was received and
those leases were renewed until 2024.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 August 2015 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
Councillor Handley said that in these changing times, officers were having to
make very quick decisions. He asked officers to ensure that members are
kept up to date with important decisions to ensure that members are able to
answer local residents’ queries accurately. The Director of Strategy &
Communications, agreed to this request. She said that there had been a
period of very rapid change, and communication of these changes had been
difficult. Although matters were a little more settled, there would be more
changes. She said that the Mayor is committed to ensuring that members
receive the most up to date information.
The Director of Law said that there were no scheduled meetings of the
scrutiny committees. However, she said that this Council has a statutory duty
in relation to scrutiny on health. If, for example, there were any significant
variations in relation to health services proposed, the Healthier Select
Committee is the consultation body and would be called upon to respond.
(i) the AGM of the Council be held on 15 July 2020;
(ii) the schedule of meetings attached to the report at Appendix A for the
period to 15 July 2020 be agreed;
(iii) the provisional dates for meetings from 15 July 2020 to the end of
August 2020, attached to the report at Appendix B, be received;
(iv) it be noted that the calendar of meetings may be subject to review and
(v) officers be asked to bring a report to the Annual General Meeting to
confirm a programme.
The Acting Chief Finance Officer presented the report.
Councillor Bonavia asked what impact the current corona virus crisis is having
on pay for next year. He also asked about current negotiations. The Acting
Chief Finance Officer said that the current pay negotiations were continuing.
The LGA lead on these negotiations and the last update was in mid May. The
union’s original demand was for a 10% increase for all staff but this was
rejected. The next proposal was for a 2% rise and this was the current
position as published this morning by the LGA.
Councillor Best asked about the financial position of the Council at the
moment. She asked whether central government are meeting their
guarantees with regard to meeting the pay awards and any other future
demands that this Council could face. She said that this Council always
honours the pay settlements and she asked whether central government are
giving us guarantees. The Acting Chief Finance Officer said that a guarantee
is never given in that money is hypothecated to salaries. Within the funding
settlement this Council will set the budget for the year. This Council is
receiving additional costs for the covid response. It is not expected to cover
the full costs and discussions continue because the situation is dynamic. To
date this Council has received £20m from the government towards costs.
RESOLVED that the Pay Policy Statement for 2020/21 as attached at
Appendix 1 to the report be agreed.