Agenda

Council - Thursday, 22nd September, 2022 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.

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.

Apologies for absence

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    To receive any apologies for absence.

3.

Disclosure of Interests

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    To receive any declarations of interest.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2022 pdf icon PDF 243 KB

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    To consider the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.

5.

Communications (including Chairman's Announcements)

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    To receive any announcements or other items of communication.

6.

Horbling Conservation Area pdf icon PDF 156 KB

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Political Proportionality, Allocation of Committee Seats and appointment of Armed Forces Lead Member pdf icon PDF 177 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 and the opportunity to consider the appointment of an Armed Forces Lead Member.

     

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8.

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.

9.

Notices of Motion

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    To consider the following Notice of Motion:

9a

Councillor Amanda Wheeler

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    This Council notes that:

     

    After an increase of 50% in April this year, Ofgem have again increased the energy price cap, this time by 80%, taking a typical household energy bill to £3,549 a year.

     

    As well as soaring energy bills, food prices are growing rapidly and the Bank of England has warned that inflation, currently at 11%, is likely to hit 13%, increasing the risk of recession. In 2021/22 Grantham’s Food bank alone provided 42,723 meals. Demand on all the Food banks in our district – Bourne, Stamford and the Deepings – continues to grow.

     

    This Council therefore:

     

    1.    declares a ‘Cost of Living Emergency’ and calls on the Government to cancel the energy price cap increase due in October;

     

    2.    pledges to improve communication of Housing Benefit and Council Tax support schemes for those on low incomes in order to ensure those who are entitled to additional support are receiving it;

     

    3.    resolves to organise a local ‘Cost of Living Emergency Summit’ with key groups including Citizens Advice, Food Banks, local community and business groups and Town & Parish Councils to discuss how it can best support its residents through this current crisis and use its influence and resources to create positive change.

     

     

     

     

     

    October: The price cap announced in August takes effect. A £400 grant to reduce energy bills for all UK households will start to roll-out.

    November: Ofgem will set the price cap again after changing its policy to review it every three months, rather than every six.

    January 2023: Energy bills forecast by consultancy Cornwall Insight to hit more than £5,300 a year for a typical household.

    April 2023: Energy bills forecast by consultancy Cornwall Insight to hit more than £6,600 a year for a typical household.

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Close of meeting

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