Agenda

Council - Thursday, 28th January, 2021 1.00 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting - This meeting is being held remotely using Skype for Business

Contact: Email: Democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk 

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Virtual Meeting - Joining Arrangements

Councillors should access the meeting using the link in their calendar.

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Council – 28 January 2021

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If you have any questions about how to join the meeting, please e-mail democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk.

For those Councillors who wish to attend, prayers will be held at 12:55pm before the commencement of the meeting. Please be seated by 12:50pm.

1.

Public Open Forum

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    The public open forum will commence at 1.00 p.m. and the following formal business of the Council will commence at 1.30 p.m. or whenever the public open forum ends, if earlier.

2.

Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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3.

Disclosure of Interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 November 2020 and 17 December 2020

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    To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 November 2020 and 17 December 2020, where the remaining business of the meeting was considered

4a

26 November 2020 pdf icon PDF 258 KB

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4b

17 December 2020 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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5.

Communications (including Chairman's Announcements) pdf icon PDF 184 KB

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6.

Local Council Tax Support Scheme pdf icon PDF 504 KB

7.

Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026 pdf icon PDF 333 KB

8.

Appointment of Temporary Councillor to Pointon and Sempringham Parish Council pdf icon PDF 322 KB

9.

Updates from the Leader of the Council

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9a

Decisions made under urgency provisions pdf icon PDF 325 KB

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    This report sets out those decisions that have been made under urgency provisions set out within the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 and the Council’s Constitution.

     

    ·                Urgent Non-Key Decision UNKD001 – To seek approval for the payment of costs

     

10.

Members' Open Questions

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    A 45-minute period in which members may ask questions of the Leader, Cabinet Members, the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees and opposition group leaders excluding the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee, Licensing and Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Committees and Governance and Audit Committee.

11.

Notices of Motion given under Article 4.9 of the Council's Constitution:

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11a

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

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    Recognising there is a shortage of affordable social housing and need to support all, including our most vulnerable residents, South Kesteven District Council members support the provision of an SKDC underwritten Rent Guarantor Scheme or Insurance backed Guaranteed Rent Scheme to enable residents in receipt of benefit income or a pension to gain access to housing in the private rented sector. 

    a)              It provides an assurance to private landlords and housing associations that their rental costs and potential repair costs will be met for the duration of the Term of the Contract

    b)             It offers councils the ability to re-house people, notably in receipt of benefits, or, low income, otherwise unable to access private rented housing left in inappropriate accommodation and/or for prolonged periods on the council waiting list

    c)              The scheme also enables the council to agree predefined standards with both tenant and landlord

    d)             It minimises the financial risk to the Council

     

11b

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

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    This Council will undertake an urgent and complete review of the management and enforcement of environmental regulations in relation to the maintenance of the wellbeing and safety of private tenants and other residents within the South Kesteven District.

    a)         The review will include the examination of communications and formal complaints received in relation to the failure of private landlords and/or tenants to comply with legislative requirements.

    b)         The review will consider how promptly and how effectively those complaints are handled.

    c)          An examination will take place of existing national legislation

    d)         the procedures implemented by South Kesteven District Council, and the speed and level of enforcement action and use of escalation taken by South Kesteven District Council Environmental Officers, particularly where there is an issue relating to safety and the wellbeing of tenants and residents affected.

    e)         It will identify if adequate resource has been allocated to the Environmental team to enable officers to carry out their duties fully to ensure South Kesteven District Council remains compliant.

    f)           The findings of the review will be reported back to full Council with any issues identified and agreed action/resources required to address them.

11c

Councillor Phil Dilks

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    This Council notes the lengthy delays between receiving recent external Reports and their consideration either by committees of the Council or by the full Council, in particular:

    1.             The ‘Riverside Report’ which exposes serious failings by this Council in providing adequate heating and hot water to 90 of our most elderly and vulnerable tenants leading to feelings that they had been badly let down and lied to.

    2.             The ‘Delivery Good Governance’ which makes 17 recommendations, highlights that ‘aspects of the Local Code of Governance are not working as intended…’, and states that ‘…these are matters for all councillors.’

    It is noted that the ‘Riverside Report’ was submitted to this Council last March but not considered by a committee of this Council until some eight months later.

    It is further noted that the ‘Delivery Good Governance Report’ was submitted to this Council in December 2019, but not considered either by the full Council or by any committee of the Council until the last day of November 2020, almost a full year after it was submitted.

    In view of the above, and in the interests of openness, transparency and collaboration, this Council resolves to urgently refresh its practices and protocols to ensure that all such future external Reports are considered either by the full Council or by a committee of this Council as appropriate at the earliest opportunity.

     

11d

Councillor Phil Dilks

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    This Council:

    ·                VALUES the vital role that unpaid Special Constables play in protecting residents of South Kesteven as part of our 999 emergency services.

    ·                RECOGNISES that across Lincolnshire including South Kesteven, Special Constables are on police duty without any pay for an average of 29 hours a month.

    ·                WELCOMES the request made by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to this Council to allow a concession to Special Constables of up to 25 per cent of council tax liability.

    ·                NOTES that should all 22 Special Constables who currently live in South Kesteven claim as outlined, the forecast cost of this Council’s share of the concession would be a TOTAL MAXIMUM of £825 in the coming financial year (2021/22).

    ·                RESOLVES to adopt the concession as requested by the PCC at the earliest possible opportunity.