Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting - Click on the Link on the front of the agenda to view the meeting

Contact: Penelope Williams  Email: penelope.williams@enfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Items 1-5 (15 minutes)

1.

The Mayor's Chaplain to give a Blessing

2.

Mayor's Announcements in Connection with the Ordinary Business of the Council

3.

Minutes of the Meeting held on 30 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2020 as a correct record. 

4.

Apologies

5.

Declaration of Interests

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

Items 7-10 (60 Minutes)

6.

Response to Planning White Paper - Planning for the Future pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To receive a report from the Executive Director Place setting out a Council response to the Government’s Planning White Paper – Planning for the Future. 

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7.

Treasury Management Mid Year Report 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 333 KB

To receive the report from the Executive Director Resources on the Treasury Management Mid Year Position.               Key Decision Reference:  KD: 5214

 

Council is asked to consider and note the 2020/21 Mid-Year Treasury Management position and approve the additional policy for 2020/21 Enfield Treasury Management Strategy Statement. 

 

This report is due to be considered by Cabinet on 11 November and recommended to Council for approval. 

8.

Quarter 2 Revenue Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive a report from the Executive Director Resources on Revenue Monitoring Quarter 2.                          Key Decision Reference:  KD: 5200

 

Council is asked to approve a recommendation on fees and charges.

 

This report is due to be considered by Cabinet on 11 November 2020 and recommended onto Council for approval.  The Cabinet decision will be reported at the meeting. 

9.

Audit and Risk Committee Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To receive the Annual Report of the Audit and Risk Management Committee 2019/20. 

 

This report was agreed by the General Purposes Committee on Thursday 15 October and referred on to Council for approval. 

10.

Councillor Conduct Committee Annual Report 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To receive the Annual Report of the Councillor Conduct Committee 2019/21.

Item 11 (20 minutes)

11.

Councillor Question Time pdf icon PDF 428 KB

12.1    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. 

 

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

 

The list of questions and their written responses will be published on Tuesday 17 November 2020. 

Item 12 (50 minutes)

12.

Motions pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Motion 1 in the name of Councillor Joanne Laban

The Council supports the provision of meat options at its events and to exclude them is discriminatory against meat eaters. This chamber agrees that all Enfield Council events where catering is provided should include meat, vegetarian and vegan options to show its commitment to inclusivity.

Motion 2 in the name of Councillor Edward Smith

This Council agrees to review its recently published Climate Change Action Plan which set a target for the Council achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 because it is flawed and was not subject to adequate consultation for such an important and far reaching project. 

Motion 3 in the name of Councillor Aramaz

No Return to Austerity Post-Pandemic

Enfield Council recognises that the COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted the economy significantly.  Lockdown measures have meant that the UK economy had shrunk over 20% by the end of August 2020 in comparison to the previous three months.

This will inevitably mean that certain reforms must be made to the economy in order to avoid exacerbating the economic crisis. 

Since 2010, austerity measures were introduced and quantitative easing was used to stimulate the economy unsuccessfully.  By 2016, up to £445 billion was created and given to the financial markets whereby a minuscule 8% of the wealth trickled down to the real economy, toppling the trickle-down economics argument. In June 2020, this figure now stood at a total of £745billion.

Realistically, quantitative easing should be used not to aid the financial markets but to aid the real economy by investing into building homes, developing infrastructure and creating jobs.

Currently, Enfield Council finds itself at breaking point because of austerity measures introduced by the government.  Since 2010, the council has lost more than 60% of its budget in real terms and cannot suffice anymore. 

Therefore, Enfield Council demands that the government does not reintroduce austerity measures post-pandemic and instead embraces the opportunity to change society for the better by investing in the real economy.

Motion 4 in the name of Councillor Aramaz

Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Alevi and Kurdish People

The Council recognises that there are a huge number of Alevi and Kurdish people in the borough. It is acknowledged by the British Alevi Federation that the London Borough of Enfield has the highest amount of Alevis and Kurdish people living in one area in the United Kingdom.

Enfield public bodies do not currently have enough information about Alevis. More data would help inform the approach of the education, health, local government and general support towards the Alevi community. Lack of inclusion in the census indicates an underestimation and insufficient recognition of the Alevi community as well as inadequate resources directed towards them.

Enfield Council supports the campaign by the British Alevi Federation to include Alevism in the census. Data about minority groups is vital because underreporting could allow discrimination to go unnoticed.

Therefore, in order to not disenfranchise those that identify themselves as Alevi or Kurdish, Enfield Council will ask officers to  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

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Remaining Items (5 Minutes)

13.

Committee Membership

To confirm changes to Committee memberships agreed since the last meeting.

 

Any changes received once the agenda has been published with be tabled on the Council update sheet at the meeting. 

14.

Nominations to Outside Bodies

To confirm any changes to the nominations on outside bodies agreed since the last meeting. 

 

Any changes notified after the agenda has been published will be reported to Council on the update sheet tabled at the meeting. 

15.

Date of Next Meeting

To note the date agreed for the next Council meeting:

 

·         Thursday 28 January 2021 at 7pm.