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Date:
Wednesday, 27th January, 2021
Time:
6:00 p.m.
Place:
Remote Meeting Via Microsoft Teams
 

Please note: The order of business may be subject to change on the day.

ItemDescription
Public
1 Welcome

2 Apologies for absence

3 Declarations of Interest

4 Minutes

The minutes of the meetings held on 18 November 2020 for confirmation and signature.

5 Public Question Time

Members of the public may ask questions on matters for which the Council has responsibility or which affect the Borough subject to those questions having been submitted in accordance with Rule 10.3 of the Council Procedure Rules

6 Supplementary Planning Document Adoption - SPD No.1 - Housing Supplementary Planning Document and SPD No.2 - Householder Extensions and Alterations Supplementary Planning Document

Report attached and minute extract to follow

7 Members Allowance Scheme - Report of Independent Remuneration Panel

8 Motion

To consider the following motion which has been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 3.40 by Councillor Louise Baldock:-

“Stockton on Tees Borough Council supports the current £20 uplift to Universal Credit. We ask that it is extended beyond the planned March end date, in an attempt to minimise the effects of poverty. We call on the Chancellor to recognise that the removal of the £20 will cause financial distress to many families and ask for the status quo to continue.
This Council resolves to:

1. write to the Chancellor urging him to continue the current £20 uplift in Universal Credit; and
2. write to both Stockton MPs requesting they lobby the Government on this matter.”

9 Motion

To consider the following motion which has been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 3.40 by Councillor Alan Watson:-

“This Council publishes the figures for allowances and expenses incurred by Councillors on an annual basis. In the published figures for the year 2019/20 these figures were;

Basic allowance £499,800.00

Special Responsibility Allowance £196,885.82

Travel £1,084.87

Total £697,770.69

No figures were recorded against, subsistence or carer’s allowance.

Unfortunately the travel figures do not describe this expense further.

A recent disclosure by the Council has shown that some members have claimed additional expenses for travel and hotels, which haven’t been recorded and published against their names.

This amounted to a further £2567.20. for the local taxpayer.

The Council were unable to be sure if the additional expenditure was the full amount paid by the local taxpayer, due to the manner in which these expenses are recorded.

This Council will ensure all expenses incurred by Councillors, and paid for by the local taxpayer, will be properly recorded, and the details outlining all of the expenses be published for the year 2019-2020 and going forward into future years.”

10 Members' Question Time

Councillors may ask questions on matters: In relation to which the Council has powers or duties, or which affect the geographical area of the Council, subject to those questions having been submitted in accordance with Rule 3.35 of the Council Procedure Rules.

Question attached


11 Forward Plan and Leader’s Statement

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