Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 28th January, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: James Kinsella  Email: James.kinsella@enfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

112.

ELECTION (IF REQUIRED) OF THE CHAIR/DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE MEETING

Minutes:

The election of a Chair/Deputy Chair of the meeting was not required. 

113.

MAYOR’S CHAPLAIN TO GIVE A BLESSING

The Mayor’s Chaplain to give a blessing.

Minutes:

Father Jeffrey from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Georges Church gave the blessing.

114.

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)      Tragic Events in Paris

 

Council was informed, that following the recent tragic events in Paris, the Mayor had written jointly with Councillor Brett to the Mayor of Courbevoire, as one of Enfield’s twinned councils and a suburb of Paris, to express sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the injured. 

 

Mayor Jacques Kossowski had replied thanking all members of the Council for their thoughts and support.  Given the close relationship between both councils, the Mayor invited all councillors to join him in observing a minute’s silence in memory of the victims, which was undertaken at the meeting.

 

(b)      New Year’s Day Parade

 

The Mayor advised he was delighted to announce that Enfield’s entry in the London New Year’s Day Parade “Under Your Own Steam” had won the judge’s award for best entry.  He congratulated all those involved for their excellent achievement and advised he was looking forward to hosting a reception to formally present the medals and trophy to the participants with the event organiser.

 

(c)      Other Engagements

 

The Mayor advised that it had been a busy period for Mayoral Engagements with particular highlights being the Chickenshed Theatre Peter Pan Christmas Show, the Local Government Dinner at the Mansion House, a student award ceremony at Latymer School and the retirement celebrations for the Bishop of Edmonton at St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

(d)      Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

 

The Mayor advised members he had been particularly honoured to have been invited to attend a moving ceremony at the Dugdale Centre to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust Memorial Day.  He also announced that Enfield was one of only 70 organisations across the UK to be awarded a special memorial candle in recognition of the anniversary which was lit at the event.

115.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 288 KB

To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the following Council meetings:

 

4.1    Council – Wednesday 19 November 2014  (Pages 1 – 26)

 

4.2    Extraordinary Council Meeting – Tuesday 23 December 2014

(Pages 27 – 32)

 

4.3    Second Extraordinary Council Meeting – Tuesday 23 December 2014

(Pages 33 – 36)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

AGREED that the following minutes be confirmed and signed as a correct record:

 

(1)     normal Council meeting held on Wednesday 19 November 2014

 

(2)     first Extraordinary Council meeting held on Tuesday 23 December 2014

 

(3)     second Extraordinary Council meeting held on Tuesday 23 December 2014.

116.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Turgut Esendagli, Michael Lavender, and Rohini Simbodyal.

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillors Lee Chamberlain, Lee David-Saunders and Nneka Keazor.

117.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary other pecuniary or non pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Mayor invited John Austin (Assistant Director Governance Projects) to make a short statement relating to the declaration of interests in respect of Agenda Item 9: Council Tax Support Scheme & Council and Business Tax Base 2015/16:

 

Council noted that under guidance now issued by the Department of Communities & Local Government members would not be required to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPA) in relation to the setting of the Council Tax, as local residents within the borough.

 

The exception to this guidance would, however, be any Member who was two or more months in arrears on their Council Tax.  Under Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 any member in this position would still need to declare their position and not vote on any issue that could affect the calculation of the budget or Council Tax.

 

Having noted the advice provided, there were no declaration of interests.

118.

Opposition Business - Management of the Council's Finances pdf icon PDF 119 KB

An issues paper prepared by the Opposition Group is attached for the consideration of Council.

 

The Constitution Procedure Rules relating to Opposition Business are attached for information.  Members are asked to note that these procedure rules are subject to amendment, following review by Members & Democratic Services Group with the changes to be submitted for approval under Agenda Item 8.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Neville introduced the issues paper, prepared by the Conservative Group.  Issues highlighted were as follows:

 

1.         Concerns were raised in relation to:

 

a.      the increase in Council borrowing under the Labour Administration since 2010 and associated increase in the capital financing requirement in order to repay the debt and debt interest.

 

b.      what was felt to be the unsustainable nature of the increase in borrowing identified.

 

c.       the impact of the increased borrowing in terms of the additional pressure created on the Council’s revenue budget as a result of debt repayments increasing and need, as a result, to generate further savings at a time of continuing austerity.

 

d.      what was felt to have been the lack of financial planning and progress made in identifying and achieving the required level of savings under the Labour Administration, which it was felt had now resulted in the need for various small scale savings having to be sought that were having a significant impact on local residents.  Examples given included proposals such as not locking park gates at night and reducing road gritting, whilst at the same time looking to license private sector landlords and prioritising spend on discretionary housing services rather than on other vulnerable sections of the community such as the elderly and disabled.

 

e.      the failure of the Labour Administration to make the significant and difficult financial decisions required to place the Council on a sound financial footing and reliance on the Leaner Programme, now referred to as Enfield 2017, introduced by the previous Conservative Administration as the main strategy for delivering the ongoing level of savings required, given what was felt to have been the lack of alternative options and progress to date.

 

2.      The need to recognise that the increase in borrowing had been in addition to the earmarked reserves left by the previous Conservative Administration in 2010 and knowledge at the time that the incoming Administration would be faced with challenging financial circumstances.

 

Given the concerns raised, the Opposition Group were recommending as an outcome of the debate that the Council’s Audit Committee be given (as an appropriate cross party committee) responsibility for reviewing the Council’s accounting policies and all ongoing expenditure and borrowing proposals in order to ensure a sustainable approach.

 

Councillor Stafford, Cabinet Member for Finance, responded on behalf of the Majority Group highlighting:

 

1.         The level of financial uncertainty nationally and impact this was having locally, given the fact that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had promised in 2010 to balance the books, but had not yet achieved this with the country still in austerity and the level of Government borrowing still increasing.

 

2.         The action being taken by the Labour Administration to manage the Council’s finances.  The Council was not bankrupt, its External Auditors were satisfied and had cleared the accounts and public satisfaction ratings were good.

 

3.         Whilst the Council had borrowed money to finance significant capital projects, these had been designed to benefit the borough.  He also reminded members of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 118.

119.

Extraordinary Council Meeting - Tuesday 23 December 2014: Adjourned Item of Business

At the second Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday 23 December 2014 it was agreed that the debate on the following motion, having been moved by Councillor Fonyonga and seconded by Councillor Taylor, should be adjourned to the next Council meeting on 28 January 2014.

 

In adjourning the debate (under Council Procedure Rule 12.12 (a) (iii)) it was agreed that the motion should be placed at the start of the Council agenda for consideration following Opposition Priority Business.

 

The motion is as follows:

 

“Council notes that:

 

1)        Working people are now £1,600 plus a year worse off than in 2010

2)        Business investment trails our international competitors

3)        The 1% tax cut for top earners takes £3 billion away from vital public services

4)        The need for food banks in Enfield is growing

Council further notes the unfunded tax pledges of the Conservative Government in the Autumn Statement, and the Deputy Prime Minister’s accusation that the Government was ‘Kidding the public’.

 

The Council agrees that any political group represented on the Council is irresponsible if it does not appreciate the calamity of Government economic and fiscal policy and its impact on ordinary people in Enfield.

 

Council condemns any politicians, local or National, who seek to ignore the impact of Government cuts on the difficult decisions Councils have to take. 

 

Council agrees:

a)        to take a responsible approach to budget setting in 2015-18 and expects any suggestions for growth, or protected spending, to be aligned with proposals for reductions elsewhere in the budget, to meet the £75 million plus pressures on the Councils’ budget.

 

b)      to write to the 3 local MPs asking them to confirm their opposition to the Conservative Government’s plan for excessive future cuts to public services as identified by the IFS, and to call for adequate funding for the London Borough of Enfield to preserve vital public services.”

Minutes:

Before moving on to consider this item, the Mayor reminded members that it had been agreed at the second Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday 23 December 2014, to adjourn the debate on the motion set out below.

 

In agreeing to adjourn the debate (under Council Procedure Rule 12.12 (a) (iii)) it had been specified that the motion should be placed at the start of the agenda for the next (January 2015) Council meeting, for consideration following Opposition Priority Business.

 

Whilst the motion had been moved and seconded at the Extraordinary Council meeting, the Mayor felt it would be appropriate, for the sake of completeness, if the process for considering the motion was started from the beginning and therefore invited Councillor Fonyonga to once again move the motion, summarising the points made when originally moving the item.

 

Councillor Fonyonga therefore moved and Councillor Taylor seconded the following motion:

 

“Council notes that:

 

1)        Working people are now £1,600 plus a year worse off than in 2010

2)        Business investment trails our international competitors

3)        The 1% tax cut for top earners takes £3 billion away from vital public services

4)        The need for food banks in Enfield is growing

Council further notes the unfunded tax pledges of the Conservative Government in the Autumn Statement, and the Deputy Prime Minister’s accusation that the Government was ‘Kidding the public’.

 

The Council agrees that any political group represented on the Council is irresponsible if it does not appreciate the calamity of Government economic and fiscal policy and its impact on ordinary people in Enfield.

 

Council condemns any politicians, local or National, who seek to ignore the impact of Government cuts on the difficult decisions Councils have to take. 

 

Council agrees:

a)        to take a responsible approach to budget setting in 2015-18 and expects any suggestions for growth, or protected spending, to be aligned with proposals for reductions elsewhere in the budget, to meet the £75 million plus pressures on the Councils’ budget.

 

b)      to write to the 3 local MPs asking them to confirm their opposition to the Conservative Government’s plan for excessive future cuts to public services as identified by the IFS, and to call for adequate funding for the London Borough of Enfield to preserve vital public services.”

 

During the debate on this item, Councillor Rye moved and Councillor Neville seconded the following amendment to the original motion:

 

1.      To delete all word from “Council notes that…” up to and including “Councils have to take….” and replace with:

 

“In the face of further reductions in Government Grant for 2015-18, the Council agrees:”

 

2.      Delete all of sub para (b) and replace with the following wording:

 

“To lobby the government (involving both political parties) to revise the formula for determining the revenue support grant to tackle residuary issues arising from “damping” and other factors within the formula, which deny Enfield a fair proportion of Local Government grant having regard to its growing population and consequent demands on services.”

 

In response to a query  ...  view the full minutes text for item 119.

120.

Order of Business

Minutes:

Councillor Stewart moved and Councillor Taylor seconded a proposal to change the order of business on the agenda under paragraph 2.2 (page 4-6) of the Council Procedure Rules to enable the meeting to take the following as the next item of business:

 

Item 14.4: Motion in the name of Councillor Barry seeking support on the campaign for tax justice.

 

The change in the order of the agenda was agreed, without a vote.

 

Please note the minutes reflect the order in which the agenda items were dealt with at the meeting.

121.

Motion

Minutes:

Councillor Barry moved and Councillor Bambos Charalambous seconded the following motion:

 

“While many ordinary people in Enfield face falling household incomes and rising costs of living, some multinational companies are avoiding billions of pounds of tax from a tax system that fails to make them pay their fair share.  Local Governments such as ours in the UK and others in developing countries would all benefit from a fairer tax system where multinational companies pay their fair share, enabling authorities around the world to provide quality public services.  The UK Government must listen to the strength of public feeling and use its powers effectively to end the injustice of tax dodging by large multinational companies in developing countries and the UK

 

The council therefore resolves to support the campaign for tax justice, for the benefit of those living in Enfield and beyond.”

 

During the subsequent debate, Councillor Hurer moved and Councillor Rye seconded the following amendment to the motion:

 

To delete all remaining wording after “avoiding billions of pounds of tax” and replace with the following:

 

“Multi-National companies based in the UK employ hundreds and thousands of British nationals both directly and indirectly, through the payment of  Employers’ National Insurance, VAT, Business Rates, Stamp Duty, Corporation Tax and a whole raft of other taxes contribute billions of pounds in taxes to the public purse and their presence in the UK is welcome.

 

A small number of these  companies however use legitimate  tax avoidance schemes to minimise the Corporation Tax they pay on profits they generate in the UK to move these profits into low tax territories.

 

Between 1997 and 2010 the Blair and Brown Labour Governments failed to deal with this practice.

 

This Council therefore welcomes George Osborne’s “diverted profits tax” which will put an end to this practice and encourages other nations to copy the coalition governments example.”

 

Given the changes proposed, a ruling was sought by the Majority Group on the validity of the amendment.  Having considered the matter the Mayor advised that he was minded to rule out the amendment on the basis that he did not feel it related directly to the Council’s powers or duties or was worded in such a way as to be regarded as an issue directly affecting the Borough.

 

The amendment was therefore ruled out for consideration and debate on the substantive motion continued.  Following a short debate the motion was put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

For: 32

Against: 21

Abstentions: 0

122.

Council Tax Support Scheme & Council and Business Rate taxbase 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services reviewing and seeking approval to changes in the local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2015/16, which the Council is required to produce under section 13A(1)(a) and Schedule 1A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

 

The report also recommends the 2015/16 council tax and business rate bases (Appendix D and E).

 

(Report No.154)

(Key Decision – Reference No.4016)

 

Members are asked to note that the NNDR 1 DCLG Business Rate Base Return (Appendix E) has been marked as “To Follow” pending completion, following receipt from Department of Communities & Local Government in January 15.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Stafford moved and Councillor Taylor seconded the report of the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services (No.154) reviewing and seeking approval to the local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2015/16, which the Council was required to produce under Section 13A (1) (a) and Schedule 1A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.  In addition approval was being sought to the Council Tax and Business Rate Taxbases for 2015/16.

 

NOTED

 

1.      As part of the Government’s welfare reform programme, the Council had adopted (in January 2013) a local Council Tax Support Scheme and was now required, on an annual basis, to consider whether it wished to revise or replace its scheme.

 

2.      Having reviewed operation of the scheme and undertaken a programme of consultation (as detailed in sections 4 and 5 and Appendix C of the report) along with an Equalities Impact Assessment (as detailed in Appendix B of the report) no change had been recommended to the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2015/16, other than to include statutory regulation amendments and national uprating of social security benefit rates.

 

3.      The full Council Tax Support Scheme had been included as Appendix A to the report.

 

4.      In relation to the Business Rate Taxbase for 2015/16

 

a.      the business rates announcements within the Chancellors Autumn Statement affecting future business rates, as set out in section 5 of Appendix E (Business Rate Taxbase Return 2015/16).

 

b.      as a result of the benefits the announcements referred to in a. above were expected to provide for small and high street businesses it had been recommended that the Discretionary Rate Relief Policy should be amended to reflect the proposed changes.

 

5.      In response to a request for clarification from the Leader of the Opposition, the Cabinet Member for Finance confirmed that the consultation followed in relation to the Council Tax Support Scheme was felt to have complied with the Supreme Court judgement delivered in October 2014 around the required consultation process for Council Tax Support Schemes.

 

The recommendations in the report were then put to the vote and agreed as follows

 

AGREED

 

(1)       The Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2015/16 (as detailed in Appendix A to the report).

 

(2)     Pursuant to the report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of the Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by the London Borough of Enfield as its Council Tax Base for 2015/16 shall be 91,714 Band D equivalents (as detailed in Appendix D of the report).

 

(3)     The Department for Communities and Local Government NNDR1 business rate base return for 2015/16 (as detailed in Appendix E of the report).

 

(4)     The amendment to the discretionary rate relief scheme as set out in 2.2 of Appendix E to the report. 

 

(5)     The extension of the business rate transitional scheme as detailed in 2.3 of Appendix E to the report.

 

In accordance with requirements introduced in February 2014, under the Standing Order Regulations 2014, a recorded vote was taken in relation to decisions (1)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 122.

123.

Licensing Policy Statement under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To receive the report of the Director – Regeneration & Environment seeking approval of the revised Licensing Policy Statement, which the Council has a statutory duty, under the Licensing Act 2003, to determine and publish every five years.  (Report No.155)

 

Members are asked to note that the Policy Statement was considered and approved for recommendation to Council by Licensing Committee on 19 November 2014.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Bond moved and Councillor Laban seconded a report from the Director of Regeneration and Environment (No. 155) seeking approval to the revised Licensing Policy Statement, which the Council had a statutory duty, under the Licensing Act 20003 to determine and publish every 5 years.

 

NOTED

 

1.      The Policy Statement had been considered and approved for recommendation to Council by the Licensing Committee on 19 November 2014

 

2.      The revised Policy Statement included retention of the cumulative impact policy and four cumulative impact policy areas. The main changes had been as follows:

 

a.      removal of Section 15 (Olympic & Paralympics) as the section was now historical and was no longer required; and

 

b.      the extension of the terminal hours for pubs/bars, off licences and music and/or dancing within the cumulative impact policy areas from 11pm to midnight.

 

The recommendation in the report was then put to the vote and agreed, without a vote.

 

AGREED to approve the new edition of the licensing policy statement attached as Appendix A to the report.

124.

Order of Business

Minutes:

With the agreement of the meeting, the Mayor advised that he was changing the order of the agenda, under paragraph 2.2 (page 4-6) of the Council Procedure Rules, on order to take the following as the next item of business:

 

Item 13.1: Urgent Questions – Councillors Question Time

 

Please note the minutes reflect the order in which the agenda items were dealt with at the meeting.

125.

Councillors' Question Time - Urgent Question

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that in accordance with the criteria set out in the Constitution, he had accepted the following as an urgent question:

 

From Councillor Neville to Councillor Taylor, Leader of the Council

 

“As is now public knowledge, Councillor Nesimi Erbil was convicted last year of two fraud related offences.  Can the Leader tell the Council:

 

(1)     When did he first learn of the then pending prosecution of Councillor Erbil for two fraud related offences?

 

(a)     On learning of such pending proceedings (if he did) what action did he take as to the allocation to Councillor Erbil of committee places, having regard to the serious nature of the pending proceedings and in particular his membership of the Licensing Committee?

 

(b)     When did he first learn of the conviction of Councillor Erbil for the two fraud related offences, which I understand took place last September at Southwark Crown Court?

 

(c)     On learning of those convictions, what action did he take to remove Councillor Erbil from, in particular, the Licensing Committee where in the ordinary nature of the work of that committee, Councillor Erbil, a convicted fraudster (for offences connected with his own licenced taxi,) would be sitting in judgement on the licensing of others?

 

(d)     When did he report Cllr Erbil to the Councillor Conduct Committee, if at all?

 

What other action did he take, if any?

 

(2)     Does he agree with me that in the light of the conviction of Councillor Erbil for two offences of effectively dishonesty, that Councillor Erbil is in those circumstances not fit for public office and that there is no place for him on this Council and that he should therefore resign his seat?”

 

Councillor Taylor provided the following written response, tabled at the meeting:

 

“I have dealt with this set of issues in exactly the same way I would deal with all such issues and allegations of misconduct. This is in line with advice and the rules from my National party.

 

On receipt of any allegations I discuss with the Chief Whip of my group the allegations and the member is interviewed by the Chief Whip. If the matter is of a nature which is beyond the remit of the local group it is referred by the Chief Whip to the National party. They take a view as to the best course of action. Such a referral took place promptly after the member informed me of the matter on January 21st.

 

On 22nd January, the National Party decided to issue an administrative suspension and the Councillor has been removed from all of the committees he sits upon. As you will be aware this requires the Council to approve the changes which it will do this evening.  The National Party statement re the suspension has been widely covered in the press and there is no benefit in me simply repeating it.

 

It is now for the National Party to take the action it sees fit and it is not a matter of local group  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125.

126.

Council Procedure Rule 8 - Duration of the Council Meeting

Minutes:

The Mayor advised, at this stage of the meeting, that the time available to complete the agenda had now elapsed so Council Procedure Rule 8 would apply.

 

NOTED that in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8 (page 4-8 – Part 4), the remaining items of business on the Council agenda were considered without debate.

127.

Delegated Authority within the Regeneration and Environment Department pdf icon PDF 383 KB

To receive a report from the Director – Regeneration & Environment setting out the delegated authority arrangements within the Regeneration and Environment Department and updating arrangements in respect of delegated powers within the Divisions for Community Safety, Planning, Highways & Transportation, Public Realm, Economic Development and Regeneration as a consequence of changes in structures, posts and legislation.

(Report No.156)

 (Key Decision – Reference No. 4039)

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report  of the Director of Regeneration and Environment (No: 156) setting out the delegated authority arrangements within the Regeneration and Environment Department and updating arrangements in respect of delegated powers within the divisions for Community Safety, Planning, Highways and Transportation, Public Realm, Economic Development and Regeneration as a consequence of changes in structures, posts and legislation. 

 

AGREED the delegated authorities as set out in Appendices A – H of the report.

128.

Schools Forum - Amendment to the Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Schools & Children’s Services seeking approval to changes in the Terms of Reference for the Schools Forum.  The amendments follow enactment of the School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2014 and inclusion of the School Business Manager as an observer.        (Report No.157)

 

The amendments to the Terms of Reference have been considered and approved by the Schools Forum for recommendation on to Council.

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Director of Schools and Children’s Services (No: 157) seeking approval to changes in the Terms of Reference for the Schools Forum.  The amendments followed enactment of the School and Early Year’s Finance (England) Regulations 2014 and inclusion of the School Business Manager as an observer.

 

NOTED that the amendments to the Terms of Reference had been considered and approved by the Schools Forum for recommendation on to Council.

 

AGREED following enactment of the School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2014, to approve the amended Terms of Reference for the Schools Forum as set out in the report.

129.

COUNCILLORS’ QUESTION TIME (Time Allowed - 30 minutes) pdf icon PDF 395 KB

13.1    Urgent Questions (Part 4 - Paragraph 9.2.(b) of Constitution – Page 4-9)

 

With the permission of the Mayor, questions on urgent issues may be tabled with the proviso of a subsequent written response if the issue requires research or is considered by the Mayor to be minor.

 

Please note that the Mayor will decide whether a question is urgent or not.

 

The definition of an urgent question is “An issue which could not reasonably have been foreseen or anticipated prior to the deadline for the submission of questions and which needs to be considered before the next meeting of the Council.”

 

Submission of urgent questions to Council requires the Member when submitting the question to specify why the issue could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the deadline and why it has to be considered before the next meeting.  A supplementary question is not permitted.

 

13.2    Councillors’ Questions (Part 4 – Paragraph 9.2(a) of Constitution – Page 4 - 8)

 

The list of seventy seven questions received and their written responses are attached to the agenda.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

1.1    Questions by Councillors

 

NOTED the seventy seven questions on the Council’s agenda and written responses provided by the relevant Cabinet Member, Associate Cabinet Member and workstream lead on Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

130.

MOTIONS

14.1    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.

 

14.2    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve its relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to parks in our borough in recognistion of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.

 

14.3    In the name of Councillor Maguire:

 

This Council calls on Conservative Members and Enfield Conservative MPs Nick De Bois and David Burrowes to exert maximum pressure on the Conservative led Government to reverse its tax cut for millionaires.

 

This Council believes that the decision to cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p was misguided and irresponsible.

 

This Council agrees that the money raised from reinstating the 50p top rate of tax should be used to invest in Council and Health Services that would benefit all the people, including the many thousands in Enfield who rely on them.

 

14.4    In the name of Councillor Barry:

 

While many ordinary people in Enfield face falling household incomes and rising costs of living, some multinational companies are avoiding billions of pounds of tax from a tax system that fails to make them pay their fair share.  Local Governments such as ours in the UK and others in developing countries would all benefit from a fairer tax system where multinational companies pay their fair share, enabling authorities around the world to provide quality public services.  The UK Government must listen to the strength of public feeling and use its powers effectively to end the injustice of tax dodging by large multinational companies in developing countries and the UK

 

The council therefore resolves to support the campaign for tax justice, for the benefit of those living in Enfield and beyond.

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.

 

1.2    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve the relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to parks in our borough in recognition of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.

 

1.3    In the name of Councillor Maguire:

 

This Council calls on Conservative Members and Enfield Conservative MPs Nick De Bois and David Burrowes to exert maximum pressure on the Conservative led Government to reverse its tax cut for millionaires.

 

This Council believes that the decision to cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p was misguided and irresponsible.

 

This Council agrees that the money raised from reinstating the 50p top rate of tax should be used to invest in Council and Health Services that would benefit all the people, including the many thousands in Enfield who rely on them.

131.

MEMBERSHIPS

To confirm any changes to committee memberships:

 

Please note any changes notified once the final agenda has been published will be tabled on the Council amendment sheet at the meeting.

Minutes:

AGREED the following changes to committee memberships:

 

(1)     Licensing Committee – Councillor Erbil to be replaced by a vacancy (replacement name to be notified).

 

(2)     Staff Appeals Panel Councillor Erbil to be replaced by a vacancy (replacement name to be notified).

 

(3)     Standing Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Councillor Erbil to be replaced by a vacancy (replacement name to be notified).

 

(4)     Tourism and Twinning Working Party - Councillor Erbil to be replaced by a vacancy (replacement name to be notified).  Post meeting note: Councillor Lappage nominated to fill vacancy

132.

NOMINATIONS TO OUTSIDE BODIES

To confirm any changes nominations on outside bodies.

 

Please note any changes notified once the final agenda has been published will be tabled on the Council amendment sheet at the meeting.

Minutes:

No changes were notified.

133.

Called in decisions

None received.

Minutes:

None received.  

134.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note that the next meeting of the Council will be held on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 7.00 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

Minutes:

NOTED the next meeting of the Council would be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at the Civic Centre.