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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 296 KB

Of the meeting held on 13th July 2021 to be approved and signed.

4.

Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

5.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

6.

Questions

The Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader of the Council or the Chair of any Committee or Sub-Committee to take any questions that may be submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.

7.

Notice of Motion

To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.

 

Carbon Tax

 

Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere continue to rise despite international agreements. Whilst targets can serve a purpose, what has been lacking are mechanisms to drive down emissions quickly. Crucially, this means a Carbon Tax, given that ‘Cap and Trade’ systems have failed to drive the change we need.

 

The moral and economic case for such a tax rests on the ‘polluter pays’ principle:

 

·        Currently the costs of climate breakdown are not born by the industries and activities that are causing the damage but by people and communities coming under increasing pressure and danger. As The Economist leader states (17/7/21); ‘The opportunity to pollute the atmosphere without penalty is … a kind of distorting subsidy’.

 

·        A Carbon Tax, set at the right level, will drive fossil fuel burning out of the economy and promote investment in clean alternatives.

 

·        Applied at the border it will have the same effect internationally.

 

A Carbon Tax will produce a dividend that can be used to ensure a just transition for communities facing rapid change, as well as to help communities around the world adapt to the inevitable change and disruption that climate breakdown is already bringing.

 

This approach is supported by a broad coalition of NGOs and civil society groups and was recently included in a set of proposals from the European Commission. COP26 should establish an international carbon tax framework, but if this doesn’t happen, the UK and other countries wishing to show leadership should introduce their own carbon taxes. By including a border tax adjustment this can drive other economies to follow suit.

 

Therefore to support our previously agreed Climate Emergency Declaration, Council resolves to support calls for a Carbon Tax by mandating the Managing Director to write to Robin Walker MP, to Alok Sharma, President of COP26, and to the Prime Minister, calling for the UK to:

 

1. propose an international carbon tax framework to the COP; the tax to be applied to imports as well as to domestic production

 

2. Introduce a UK-wide carbon tax by the end of 2022.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Stephen

 

Worcester - A Cleaner and More Pleasant City

 

The people of Worcester want to live in neighbourhoods that are litter free. Clean public spaces can stimulate economic investment, tourism and attract people to a community to live, work and socialise.  The amount of litter in the city annoys residents and visitors and places a significant burden on the council. The current bin review is welcome but it does not go far enough.

 

With an increase in the amount of food and drink being consumed 'on the go’ there is an increasing amount of packaging being dropped on our streets and it is often concentrated in hot spots near where the item was purchased. The government's litter strategy advocates that to tackle this councils need to influence behaviour and work alongside businesses of all kinds.

 

Other councils have adopted various strategies  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision

To receive reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council for decision.

8a

Referral Report from Place and Economic Development Committee - Local Development Scheme 2021 - 2024 pdf icon PDF 293 KB

1.     That Council approve the Local Development Scheme (LDS) 2021-2024 set out at Appendix 1 and for the LDS to come into effect from 1st October 2021; and

 

2.     That delegated authority is given to the Corporate Director, Planning & Governance in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Place and Economic Development Committee to make minor amendments to the LDS prior to publication.

Additional documents:

8b

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee - Member Champions pdf icon PDF 189 KB

That the Council agrees the terms of reference for Member Champions set out in Appendix 1 and authorises the Monitoring Officer to make the necessary changes to the Constitution.

Additional documents:

9.

Report from the Leader of the Council on any matters which he is of the opinion require urgent consideration by The Council

To receive a report, if necessary.

10.

Items Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Council is invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

 

PART II

(ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND DECISION IN PRIVATE)

11.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.