Agenda

Council
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN. View directions

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 233 KB

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

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CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LEADER'S STATEMENT

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MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 188 KB

    1.     The Leader of the Council or the appropriate Member of the Cabinet or the Chairman of a Committee to answer any questions on any matter relating to the powers and duties of the County Council, or which affects the county.

     

    (Note:  Notice of questions in respect of the above item on the agenda must be given in writing, preferably by e-mail to Democratic Services by 12 noon on Wednesday 14 March 2018).

     

    2.     Cabinet Member Briefings on their portfolios

     

    These will be circulated by email to all Members prior to the County Council meeting, together with the Members’ questions and responses.

     

    There will be an opportunity for Members to ask questions.

     

     

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

8.

ORIGINAL MOTIONS

    Item 8(i)

     

    Mr Stephen Cooksey (Dorking South and the Holmwoods) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:

     

    This Council welcomes DEFRA's "A consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector & introduce a new fixed penalty for the waste duty of care" document, published in January 2018. 


    This Council notes the Government's view, stated in the consultation, that "residents should be able to dispose of household DIY waste free of charge" and "The Government will consider clarifying the law if councils continue to charge for disposal of reasonable amounts of DIY waste". 


    This Council resolves to immediately implement the Conservative Government’s proposals to cease charging for DIY household waste and to avoid forcing the Government to enact legislation to compel charges to be withdrawn. 

     

    Item 8(ii)

     

    Mr Will Forster (Woking South) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:

     

    This Council notes that:  

     

    1.     Last year 170 young people (aged 16 or over) left the care of Surrey County Council and began the difficult transition out of care and into adulthood.  

    2.     Research from The Centre for Social Justice found that over half (57%) of young people leaving care have difficulty managing their money and avoiding debt when leaving care. 

    3.     This Council has statutory corporate parenting responsibilities towards young people who have left care up until the age of 25. 

    4.     The Children and Social Work Act 2017 places corporate parenting responsibilities on district and borough councils for the first time, requiring them to have regard to children in care and care leavers when carrying out their functions.  

     

    This Council believes that:  

     

    1.     To ensure that the transition from care to adult life is as smooth as possible, and to mitigate the chances of care leavers falling into debt as they begin to manage their own finances, the burden of council tax should be relieved until they are 25.  

    2.     Care leavers are a particularly vulnerable group for council tax debt.  

     

    This Council, therefore, resolves to use the County Council’s convening powers and expertise in corporate parenting to work with all district and borough councils in Surrey to explore the options for relieving the council tax burden for all care leavers in the County up to the age of 25, sharing any arising costs proportionately. 

     

    Item 8 (iii)

     

    Mr Jonathan Essex (Redhill East) to move under Standing Order 11 as follows:

     

    Council notes that according to recent research, eight million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the world’s oceans each year, endangering marine life, and that there is a growing understanding of the risks posed to human health by toxic chemicals present in plastics.

    Council further notes that six months after the introduction of the 5p bag charge, use of single-use plastic bags had already dropped by 85%, while the TV programme Blue Planet II has raised public awareness of the problems of our throwaway culture. Norwich, Brighton and other councils in the UK have already passed motions committing to phase  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

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SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROGRESS REPORT pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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ANNUAL REPORT TO COUNCIL - MEMBER DEVELOPMENT pdf icon PDF 115 KB

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SURREY PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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REPORT OF THE CABINET pdf icon PDF 158 KB

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MINUTES OF CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 202 KB