People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 26th October, 2020
Time:
13.30
Place:
Remote Meeting Via Microsoft Teams
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Marilyn Surtees(Chair), Cllr Mrs Jean O'Donnell(Vice-Chair), Cllr Helen Atkinson, Cllr John Gardner, Cllr Stefan Houghton, Cllr Eileen Johnson, Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Bill Woodhead MBE and Cllr Barry Woodhouse.
Officers:
Julie Auffret, Joanne Dolan, (FD&BS) James Burrell, (HR, L&C), Rebecca Saunders-Thompson, Sarah Whaley (MD).
In Attendance:
Gareth Aungiers (Xentrall).
Apologies for absence:
None.
Item Description Decision
Public
PEO
12/20
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
PEO
13/20
MINUTES
AGREED that the minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
PEO
14/20
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF LOCAL COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT SCHEME
AGREED that the report be approved and the Scrutiny Review of Local Council Tax Support Scheme be paused.
PEO
15/20
WORK PROGRAMME 2020-2021
AGREED that the Work Programme be noted.
PEO
16/20
CHAIRS UPDATE
The Chair had nothing to update.
1.30pm to 3.30 pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
PEO
13/20
Consideration was given to the minutes from the meeting held on 28 September 2020.
PEO
14/20
Members received a report from officers on the Local Council Tax Support Scheme. The main issues were as follows:
• The report covered the options for reviewing the LCTS scheme considering the ongoing pandemic and the risks associated with forecasting, developing and consulting on scheme changes.
• The report recommended that given the uncertainty around the numbers of claimants and financial costs caused by the impact of Coronavirus, no changes are made for the 2021/22 financial year.
• The significant increase in Universal Credit claimants has also increased the number of residents who applied for local council tax support.
• Housing benefit calculations have been amended to accommodate the additional £20 available to Universal Credit claimants so that claimants have not lost this additional income.
• Stockton Borough Council received a £2.4 million hardship fund from the government at the beginning of the financial year to assist those who have been affected by Covid-19.
PEO
15/20
Consideration was given to Work Programme.

An informal meeting would take place following the closure of the formal meeting on 26 October 2020. The Select Committee would receive the summary of evidence of the Scrutiny Review of Public Consultation and would compose draft recommendations.

The next formal meeting of the People Select Committee would take place on 23 November 2020.

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