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Appointment of Relief Chairman
To appoint a relief Chairman.
1.1 It was moved by the Lord Mayor and seconded by Councillor Paul Swaddle that Councillor Angela Harvey be elected as Relief Chair.
1.2 Motion put, and on a show of hands, declared CARRIED.
To sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council meeting held on 20 January 2021
2.1 RESOLVED: The minutes of the proceedings at the Council meeting on Wednesday 20 January 2021 were, with the assent of the Members present, signed by the Lord Mayor as a true record of the proceedings.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations by Members and Officers of the existence and nature of any pecuniary interests or any other significant interest in matters on this agenda.
3.1 There were no declarations of interest.
To receive and consider the following Cabinet report: 15 February 2021
Medium Financial Plan 2021-22 to 2023-24
Appendix 1 – List of Savings 2021–2022 to 2023-24
Appendix 2 – List of Growth and Service Pressures - 2022 to 2023-24
Appendix 3 – Changes to Previously Agreed Savings
Appendix 4 – Summary of Budgets
Appendix 5 – Summary of EIAs
Appendix 6 – For the corrected Council Tax Resolution please see the attachment below
Appendix 7 – Report and Minutes from Budget Task Group
Capital Strategy 2020-21 to 2034-35
Housing Revenue Account Business Plan
Treasury Management Strategy 2021-22 to 2025-26
Integrated Investment Framework 2021-22
Pay Policy 2021-22
Please refer to the revised final Pay Policy which is attached for approval.
4.1 The report of the Cabinet on 15 February 2021 was submitted. Paragraphs 1-6 were considered together.
4.2 Councillor Rachael Robathan spoke in favour of the recommendations set out in the Cabinet report which was seconded by Councillor Melvyn Caplan.
4.3 Following debate, to which Councillor Robathan replied, the Lord Mayor put the amendment to the recommendations in paragraph 1 of the Cabinet report moved by Councillor Adam Hug and seconded by Councillor David Boothroyd to a vote and on a recorded vote there voted:
Paragraph 1: Text of amendment to be moved by Councillor Adam Hug and seconded by Councillor David Boothroyd
1. In recommendation 1) of the Cabinet, paragraph 1, leave out from “£463.90” to the end, and insert “£461.66 for 2021/22, an increase of £13.45 (3%) for the Social Care precept and frozen for general purposes;”
2. In paragraph 8, add at end “be reduced to £182.445m following the following amendments:
Senior Management Review £175,000
Review of the Communications function £115,000
Deletion from the Members’ Allowances budget of the posts of Vice Chair of Planning and Vice Chair of Licensing £10,000
Vote 1 - Amended
For the recommendations: Councillors Dimoldenberg, Boothroyd, Toki, Noble, Hug, Bush, Lewis, Roca, Carman, Mann, McKie, Butler-Thalassis, Taouzzale, Freeman, Begum and McAllister
Against the recommendations: Councillors Swaddle, Mitchell, Mohindra, Spencer, Robathan, Glen, Beddoe, Caplan, Aiken, Gassanly, Green, Rigby, Dean, Short, Payne, Hall, Wilkinson, Smith, Barnes, Elcho, Burbridge, Acton, Shearer, Murphy, Bott, Hitchcock, Arzymanow, David Harvey, Angela Harvey, Hyams, Warner, Chalkley, Rowley, Bright and Cox
Absence or not voting: The Lord Mayor and Councillors Adams, Devenish, Talukder, Barraclough, Less, Qureshi, Flight and Scarborough.
4.4 The Lord Mayor then put the recommendations in paragraph 1 of the Cabinet report as unamended to a vote and on a recorded vote there voted:
Vote 2 – Unamended
For the recommendations: Councillors Payne, Green, Swaddle, Mitchell, Mohindra, Elcho, Smith, Murphy, Robathan, Hall, Caplan, Hyams, Short, David Harvey, Barnes, Gassanly, Wilkinson, Freeman, Dean, Bott, Aiken, Hitchcock, Warner, Chalkley, Glen, Cox, Rigby, Angela Harvey, Beddoe, Spencer, Shearer, Bright, Arzymanow, Burbridge, Flight, Adams, Scarborough and Rowley
Against the recommendations: Councillors Boothroyd, Taouzzale, Roca, Toki, Dimoldenberg, Hug, Noble, Less, Begum, Barraclough, McKie, Mann, Lewis, Carman, Bush and Butler-Thalassis
Absence or not voting: The Lord Mayor and Councillors Devenish, Acton, McAllister, Qureshi and Talukder
4.5 The Lord Mayor declared the recommendations in paragraph 1 of the Cabinet report as unamended ADOPTED.
1) That the council tax for a Band D property be agreed at £463.90 for 2021/22, an increase of £13.45 (3%) for the Social Care precept and £2.24 (0.5%) for general purposes;
2) That, subject to the previous resolution, the council tax for the City of Westminster, excluding the Montpelier Square area and Queen’s Park Community Council, for the year ending 31 March 2022, be as specified in the Council Tax Resolution in Appendix 6 to the Section 151 officer’s report.
3) That the Precepts and Special Expenses be as also specified in Appendix 6 to the ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Report of the Executive Director for Environment and City Management
5.1 The council debated the report. Following debate, the Lord Mayor put the recommendations as set out in the report of the Executive Director for Environment and City Management to a series of votes and following electronic polls declared:
1. That the
modifications to the Designating Streets Resolution as specified in
paragraphs 1.2(1), 1.2(2), 1.2(3) and 1.2(4) of the report be
2. That option ii) in relation to Pitch 23 King Charles statue as specified in paragraph 1.2(5) of the report be Adopted.
3. That the designating streets resolution be adopted, subject to the modifications specified in paragraph (4) below, to prohibit busking and street entertainment from all licensed streets save that busking and street entertainment will be permitted under and in accordance with (a) the terms and conditions of designated pitches and (b) the terms and conditions of a busking and street entertainment licence.
4. The designating resolution contains:
5.2 The designated streets and areas where busking and street entertainment is to be prohibited – the licensed streets, namely:
5.3 The busking and street entertainment pitches where busking and street
entertainment will be permitted (under and in accordance with (a) the terms and conditions of designated pitches and (b) the terms and conditions of a busking and street entertainment licence – the busking pitches, namely:
5.4 The modified terms and conditions that apply for each busking pitch;
5.5 The modified terms and conditions for a busking and street entertainment licence; and
5.6 The application process (and fee) for a busking and street entertainment licence, including the process for applying for a variation of the standard terms and conditions.
5.7 The designating streets resolution shall come into effect on the 5th April 2021.
General Purposes Committee Report
To receive and consider the following Committee report: 23 February 2021
Members Allowances Scheme 2021-2022 and Creation of Vice-Chair Posts for Planning and Licensing Committees
Members Allowances Scheme 2021-2022 and Creation of Vice-Chair
Posts for Planning and Licensing Committees
6.1 The Lord Mayor put the amendments moved by Councillor David Boothroyd and seconded by Councillor Matt Noble as set out below to the vote.
Text of amendment to be moved by Councillor David Boothroyd and seconded by Councillor Matt Noble:
1. In recommendation 1, at the end add “but with the deletion of the Special Responsibility Allowances for Planning and City Development Vice-Chair and Licensing Committee Vice-Chair”.
2. Delete recommendation 2.
6.2 Following an electronic poll the Lord Mayor declared the amendment LOST.
6.3 The Lord Mayor then put the recommendations as unamended to the vote and following an electronic poll declared the recommendations CARRIED.
1. Approved the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2021-2022 as set out in Appendix A to the report from 1 April 2021 subject to the inclusion of an uplift for both basic and special responsibility allowances in line with the approach outlined in paragraph 3.6 to the report.
2. Established the positions of Planning and City Development Vice-Chair and Licensing Committee Vice-Chair with immediate effect.</AI6>