Agenda

Council - Thursday, 26th January, 2023 1.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ

Contact: Democratic Services 

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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.

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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.

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Apologies for absence

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Disclosure of Interests

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

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Minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2022 pdf icon PDF 294 KB

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Communications (including Chairman's Announcements)

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Designation of Interim Monitoring Officer pdf icon PDF 179 KB

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    To provide Full Council with an opportunity to consider the recommendation from Employment Committee as to the designation of the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

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Interim Review of Polling Places pdf icon PDF 158 KB

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Budget Framework Proposals pdf icon PDF 303 KB

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Localised Council Tax Support Scheme 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 233 KB

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Political Proportionality, Allocation of Seats on Committees and Appointment to Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 153 KB

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    To provide Full Council with an update on the political proportionality and allocation of seats on Committees since the last meeting, taking into account the results of a by-election held on 15 December 2022 and the formation of a new political group on the authority.

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Honorary Alderman and Alderwoman Protocol pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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Proposed amendments to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 245 KB

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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.

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Notices of Motion

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14a

Councillor Amanda Wheeler

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    The UK’s current voting system (known as First Past the Post) originated when land-owning aristocrats dominated parliament and voting was restricted to property-owning men.

     

    Currently in Europe, only the UK and authoritarian Belarus still use the archaic single-round FPTP for general elections. Meanwhile, internationally, Proportional Representation (PR) is used to elect parliaments in more than 80 countries. These countries tend to be more equal, freer and greener. Under PR, MPs and Parliaments better reflect the age, gender and protected characteristics of local communities and the nation. MPs better reflecting their communities leads to improved decision-making, wider participation and increased levels of ownership of decisions taken.

     

    Proportional Representation ensures all votes count, have equal value, and those seats won match votes cast.

     

    PR would also end minority rule. In 2019, 43.6% of the vote produced a government with 56.2% of the seats and 100% of the power.

     

    PR is already used to elect the parliaments and assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So why not Westminster?

     

    South Kesteven District Council therefore resolves to write to Government calling for a change in our outdated electoral laws to enable Proportional Representation to be used for general elections.

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14b

Councillor Phil Dilks

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    To ensure members of the public, councillors and council officers can have confidence that the highest standards of probity and integrity are followed and that any alleged breaches of the Codes of Conduct are dealt fairly, impartially and in a timely manner: 

     

    Council resolves to: 

    1. Establish a Standards Committee or sub-committee of this Council, its remit and responsibility to include: 
    • Hearing and determining complaints of alleged breaches of the Members’ Code of Conduct following initial consideration by the Monitoring Officer and/or independent Investigating Officer
    • Providing advice and promoting appropriate training to assist Councillors in observing the Members’ Code of Conduct 
    • Reporting to the Council on updates and revisions to the Local Government Association’s Model Members’ Code of Conduct 
    • Monitoring and advising on the operation of the Members’ Code of Conduct and the Council’s ethical framework and standards related issues as appropriate 
    • Developing recommendations to the Council with a view to improving and extending democratic engagement, transparency and accountability by the Council

    2.    Adopt the latest Local Government Association’s Guidance on Handling Alleged Breaches of the Code of Conduct, including the process for undertaking hearings, in its entirety.

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Close of meeting

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