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Budget Meeting, Council - Tuesday, 6 February 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8EF

Contact: Amelia Christopher  Email: amelia.christopher@surreycc.gov.uk

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1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

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    The Chair to report apologies for absence.

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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 291 KB

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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    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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CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    Donations to Surrey Charities

    Whilst Christmas now seems a rather distant memory, I am pleased to announce that, instead of hosting a Christmas Reception, I donated much-needed funds to several Surrey charities that help some of our most vulnerable and at-risk residents. As you know, my theme for my chairmanship is ‘Celebrating Diverse Communities’ and I therefore selected a number of charities that do fantastic and vital work within Surrey’s diverse communities. Furthermore, as we are all too aware, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for many individuals and families facing homelessness and poverty and I therefore donated to foodbanks and homeless charities across the county. We have had some heartfelt feedback and I am humbled to know that among others, donations ensured that many were given a hot meal and a warm bed over the festive period.

     

    Thank You to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS)

    On Christmas Day, I visited Surrey’s Fire Stations in Guildford, Painshill and Woking to not only wish the firefighters and staff a very ‘Merry Christmas’ but also to thank them on behalf of Members for all they do to keep us safe all year round, particularly on those special days when most of us are relaxing and having fun with family and friends. They do an incredible job and it was a privilege to spend time with them and boost morale.


    At the end of December, I attended a Pass Out Parade for the new recruits and was so impressed by the men and women joining the SFRS who I have no doubt will continue to uphold the superb standards of our Fire Service. I am proud of each and every one of them and I wish them all the very best in their new careers.

     

    King’s New Year Honours

    I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the Surrey residents who were honoured in His Majesty The King’s New Year Honours. Our great county is home to exceptional residents who have made a significant and often immeasurable difference to the lives of many Surrey residents.

     

    A particular ‘well done’ to Surrey County Councillor Rachael Lake, who received an Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to the community in Walton-on-Thames. Very many congratulations to you Rachael - your residents are lucky to have you.

     

    Please find the list of Surrey New Year Honours 2024 here: New Year Honours List 2024 - Surrey Lieutenancy

     

     

     

    Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

    On 26 January we marked Holocaust Memorial Day to remember and pay respects to all those who suffered so horrendously at the hands of Nazi Germany. 

     

    Members and officers gathered at Woodhatch Place to hear from Councillor Paul Deach, who spoke so movingly about his experiences of growing up in a Jewish household in Manchester. We reflected on the Holocaust and other genocides that have taken place over the years and we lit candles in remembrance of those who perished.

     

    To find out more, please visit Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (hmd.org.uk)  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.

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2024/25 FINAL BUDGET AND MEDIUM-TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY TO 2028/29 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

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MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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    The Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader 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 31 January 2024).

     

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

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    Any Member may make a statement at the meeting on a local issue of current or future concern.

     

    (Note:  Notice of statements must be given in writing, preferably by e-mail, to Democratic Services by 12 noon on Monday 5 February 2024).

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REPORT OF THE PEOPLE, PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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    A.   Appointment of Interim Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service: to approve the appointment of an Interim Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

     

    B.   Appointment of Interim Section 151 Officer: to approve the appointment of an Interim Section 151 Officer.

     

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REVIEW OF MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES FOR 2024 - 2025 - REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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    It is the Council’s responsibility to approve changes to the Council’s Constitution.

     

    This report sets out proposed changes to Part 2 – Articles of the Constitution. These are brought to Council for formal approval in accordance with Article 4.04(b) and Article 13.01 of the Council’s Constitution.

     

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REPORT OF THE CABINET pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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    To receive the report of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 11 December 2023, 19 December 2023 and 30 January 2024.

     

    (Note: report to follow)

     

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MINUTES OF CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 146 KB