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Contact: Jo Toomey
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Benn, Mrs. Bosworth, Chivers, Dilks, Forman, Neilson, Robins, Sampson, Selby, Adam Stokes, Mrs. Sarah Stokes and Wilkins.
Disclosure of Interests
Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.
No interests were disclosed.
Report number LDS176 of the Leader of the Council. (Enclosure)
1 That Council endorses the signing of the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution Agreement (Appendix 1 of report number LDS176) by the Leader and delegates authority to the Leader and Chief Executive to engage in negotiations with Government regarding the potential devolution of further powers, responsibilities and resources.
2 That the contents of the Greater Lincolnshire Governance Review, as attached to this report (Appendix 2 of report number LDS176) are noted.
3 That, on the basis of the Governance Review, the Council concludes that the establishment of a Mayoral Combined Authority for the Greater Lincolnshire area is the option which most fully permits the effective discharge of the functions that Government is prepared to devolve to this area.
4 That, accordingly, the Council supports the preparation and publication of a Scheme for the establishment of a Mayoral Combined Authority for the Greater Lincolnshire area under section 109 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.
5 That the Council supports the publication of the draft Scheme for a Greater Lincolnshire Mayoral Combined Authority as attached to this report (Appendix 3 of report number LDS176) for consultation purposes, subject to such final revisions as may be approved by the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader, and prior to the commencement of the formal consultation exercise. Such formal consultation is to commence once all Greater Lincolnshire Councils have considered the matters in this report and, in any event, no later than the 4th July 2016.
6 That the outcome of the consultation exercise is submitted to the Secretary of the State by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader.
7 That Council meets by 20 October 2016 to consider giving consent to an Order establishing a Mayoral Combined Authority for Greater Lincolnshire.
8 Insofar as any of the matters referred to in this report concern the discharge of non-executive functions, authority is delegated to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader, to take all necessary steps and actions to progress the recommendations detailed in this report.
9 That further reports are presented to Council and the Executive as appropriate as the devolution process develops.
In proposing the recommendations in report number LDS176 on the Greater Lincolnshire Devolution proposal, the Leader explained that the only commitment the Council would be making would be to go forward to consultation; the final decision on whether or not to accept a devolution deal would be made in September 2016. He added that if the Council did not agree to proceed now then it would be excluded from participating in future negotiations. Finally, he thanked the officers who had been involved for all their work, including participation in many complex discussions. The proposition was seconded.
During the debate one member indicated that they would support the proposition to consult on the proposed combined authority on the proviso that the Council would retain the option to opt out in September, when the benefits of the devolution package were known. This sentiment was echoed ... view the full minutes text for item 21.
Close of meeting
The meeting was closed at 15:41.