Agenda

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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 340 KB

Of the meetings held on 17th May 2022 to be approved and signed.

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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 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.

 

Cost of Living

 

This Council notes that:

 

On 1 April 2022 Ofgem increased the energy price cap by 54 per cent.  This means the average standard tariff energy bill will increase by £693 per year and the average pre-pay meter energy bill will increase by £708 per year.  (1)

 

The Government has not applied the pensions “triple lock” for 2022/23 meaning that Worcester’s pensioners will see a rise of just 3.1 per cent this year as opposed to 8.3 per cent under the triple lock formula. This year, this will cost a Worcester pensioner on the full new state pension an average of £487 and a Worcester pensioner on the full basic state pension an average of £373.  (2)

 

Worcester Foodbank fed 10,838 people in 2021 and has seen a 22% rise in demand since 2020.  More than 1 in 3 people fed by Worcester Foodbank are children.  (3)

 

This Council therefore declares a ‘Cost of Living Emergency’ and requests the Managing Director to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and express this Council’s wish for Government to:

 

Immediately remove the standard rate of VAT on fuel from 5 per cent to 0 per cent saving Worcester households £100 (£98.55 on the average standard tariff maximum and £100.85 on the average pre-pay meter energy bill);

 

Immediately reduce the standard rate of VAT from 20 per cent to 17.5 per cent for one year further saving the average Worcester household £587.50 this year (4);

 

Immediately apply and backdate the pensions “triple lock” for this year (2022/23) to support Worcester’s pensioners now.

 

(1)   Ofgem website announcement 3rd March 2022

(2)   TUC statement 18th March 2022

(3)   Worcester Foodbank website statement 20th June 2022

(4)   Officer for Budget Responsibility October 2021 VAT Forecast

 

Proposed by: Councillor Allcott

 

Dines Green Community Police Post

 

Council is concerned about the proposals by the Police and Crime Commissioner to close the Dines Green Community Police Post. Council opposes such a decision and believes the Commissioner should continue to provide a permanent police presence in St John’s and west of the river, which would be responsive to local needs and would assist with community engagement and community safety.  Council therefore mandates the Managing Director to request that the Police and Crime Commissioner reconsiders his proposal and to work with the City Council to consider alternatives to closure and disposal.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Udall

 

Protection and Engagement – Private Renters  

 

This Council is committed to protecting and engaging with private renters as no one should live in a home that is damp, in a poor state of repair, overcrowded or unaffordable. Private renters need to hear more from Worcester City Council about the rights they have and how to exercise them.

 

Council therefore resolves to instruct Officers to compile an Action Plan for consideration by the Council’s Communities Committee identifying measures of how the Council can further protect and engage  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England: Electoral Review - Warding Arrangements Consultation pdf icon PDF 207 KB

That the Council agrees the Warding Arrangements Submission set out in Appendix 1 as its collective response to the initial consultation being undertaken by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and authorises the Corporate Director - Planning and Governance to submit this document to the Commission, on behalf of the Council.

 

 

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9.

Amendments to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 201 KB

That the Council approves, with immediate effect, the amendments to the Constitution set out in this report and authorises the Corporate Director - Planning and Governance to make the necessary drafting changes to the Constitution.

 

10.

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.

10a

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 24th May 2022 - Treasury Management Annual Report for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 184 KB

That the Council receives the Treasury Management Annual Report 2021/22.

 

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10b

Referral Report from Communities Committee 8th June 2022 - Provision of a new Artificial Grass Pitch at Perdiswell pdf icon PDF 187 KB

That the Council agrees an ‘in principle’ capital allocation of £200k to unlock specialist support from the Football Foundation to facilitate the development of a business case and detailed design.

 

 

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10c

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 4th July 2022 - Termination of Revenues and Benefits Management Contract pdf icon PDF 186 KB

That the Council approves the return of the Revenues and Benefits to an in-house shared service, with staff employed by Malvern Hills District Council, noting that further reports will be brought to the Policy and Resources Committee once the transfer has been completed and a review of the service has commenced.

 

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11.

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.

12.

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)

13.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.