Agenda and minutes

Council - Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 5.30 p.m.

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Items
No. Item

126.

Disclosures of Interests from Members

To receive disclosures of interests from Members (i.e. the existence and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this agenda).

Minutes:

No disclosures were received.

127.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 27 October 2020 (enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 27 October 2020, as circulated, were approved and signed as a correct record.

128.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman made announcements in respect of the following:

 

·         Thoughts go out to our residents and their relatives during this period of higher outbreaks in Covid cases and the national lockdown.  We must all work together and follow the Government’s advice of ‘Hands; Face and Space’.

129.

Public Speaking Protocol

Requests received by the Protocol deadline to be reported by the Corporate  Services Group Manager with details of the Agenda Item to which they relate. (Such persons entitled to use the Protocol attend for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the business of the meeting and the time allocated to each person is a maximum of three minutes unless extended at the discretion of the Chairman).

 

Minutes:

No requests were received.

130.

Questions from Members

Any Members wishing to submit questions must do so to the Corporate Services Group Manager no later than 5 working days before the meeting.

 

The Corporate Services Group Manager will report if any questions have been submitted.

Minutes:

No questions were received.

131.

Recommendations of the Cabinet Executive: Capital Programme Review Quarter 2 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Executive (enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Accountancy Services Manager, presented by Cllr. Maggie Wright, Finance & Assets Portfolio Holder (Deputy Leader of the Council).

 

DECISIONS

 

1.    That the report be accepted.

2.    That the latest Capital Programme totalling £6,404,593 be approved.

 

Reason:

 

To ensure that the Council has adequate resources in place to meet its capital expenditure commitments.

 

 

132.

Recommendations of the Cabinet Executive: Treasury Management Mid Year Monitoring Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Executive (enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Accountancy Services Manager, presented by Cllr. Maggie Wright, Finance & Assets Portfolio Holder (Deputy Leader of the Council).

 

DECISIONS

 

1.    That the latest position in respect of treasury activities, and the prudential indicators, is noted.

 

2.    That the position in respect of the Lothbury Property Trust is considered and the investment maintained.

 

Reason:

 

The regulatory framework governing treasury management activities includes

a requirement that the Council should, as a minimum, receive a mid year

treasury monitoring report in addition to the forward looking annual treasury

strategy and the backward looking annual treasury report.

 

This report fulfils the requirement above and incorporates the needs of the

Prudential Code to ensure adequate monitoring of capital expenditure plans

and the Council’s prudential indicators. The treasury strategy and prudential

indicators for 2020/21 were contained in the report approved by Council on

20th February 2021.

 

Although the estimated value of the Lothbury Property Trust has fallen

compared to the Council’s initial investment it is considered that markets will

recover in the medium term and there is no need, at present, to withdraw from

the fund.

 

133.

Investment in Digital pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Services Group Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered - Report of the Corporate Services Group Manager, presented by Cllr. David Freer – Corporate Services & Neighbourhood Services Portfolio Holder.

 

DECISIONS

 

1.    That the full time posts of Web Developer, Digital Officer, Digital Business Analyst be added to the permanent establishment.

2.    That a further whole service review will take place during 2021/22 to incorporate the ambitions and priorities of the Blaby Plan.

Reason:

 

Additional capacity within Corporate Services is required to deliver at the required pace.

 

To design services which match customer need and service demand.

 

The changed way of providing services as a result of the Covid pandemic has increased the pace at which change is required.

 

 

134.

Renovation of The Grange, Narborough pdf icon PDF 162 KB

To consider the report of the Neighbourhood Services & Assets Group Manager (enclosed).

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Considered – report of the Neighbourhood Services & Assets Group Manager, presented by Cllr. Maggie Wright – Finance & Assets Portfolio Holder (Deputy Leader of the Council).

 

DECISIONS

 

1.    That Council authorise the addition of £80,000 to the 2020/21 Capital Programme to complete the renovations to The Grange, Narborough.

 

2.    That delegated authority is given to the Strategic Director (Section 151) in consultation with the Finance & Assets Portfolio Holder to finalise the matters at 2.1.

 

Reason:

 

The recommendation seeks to enhance the value of the asset and use within the community.

 

 

135.

Modern Slavery Statement 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To consider the report of the Performance & Systems Manager (enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – report of the Performance and Systems Manager, presented by Cllr. Terry Richardson the Leader of the Council.

 

DECISIONS

 

1.    Council adopt the Modern Slavery Statement for Blaby District Concil as set out in Appendix A.

 

2.    Officers continue to be granted delegated powers to amend relevant policies in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

Reason:

 

It is a requirement of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 that organisations with a

turnover of £36m or more publish a statement on their approach to ensuring

that there is no modern slavery in their own business and their supply chains.

Although Blaby District Council is under no legal obligation to publish a

statement, the Local Government Association is encouraging all local

authorities to produce an annual statement ensuring transparency in their

approach to modern slavery and human trafficking.

 

The Modern Slavery Act also includes a number of provisions for local

authorities. Section 52 of the Act places a duty to identify and report potential

victims through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Depending on the

age and needs of victims of modern slavery, councils may also have statutory

responsibilities to provide support to them.

 

Relevant policies should reflect the councils agreed approach to tackling

modern slavery and human trafficking to ensure that this statement is

successfully delivered.

 

136.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To consider the report of the Performance & Systems Manager (enclosed).

Minutes:

Considered – report of the Performance and Systems Manager, presented by Cllr. Terry Richardson, Leader of the Council.

 

DECISIONS

 

1.    That the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working

definition of antisemitism is adopted by Blaby District Council

 

Reason:

 

Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working

(IHRA) definition will support the Council to deliver the requirements of the

Equality Act 2010.

 

Antisemitism is classed as a ‘hate crime’. Blaby District Council is committed

to combatting hate crime in all its forms and will not tolerate any abuse based

on a persons protected characteristic.

 

The Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government has

also requested that all Councils in England consider adopting this definition.