Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
Note No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Prentice and Councillor O’Macauley. Councillor Edwards was also absent from the meeting.

     

2.

Elect a Member to preside if the Mayor is absent

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor was present.

     

3.

Prayer

    Minutes:

    Rabbi Berger was called upon by the Worshipful the Mayor to speak to Council and say prayers.

     

4.

Declarations of Interest

    Minutes:

    Councillor Zinkin declared a pecuniary interest in relation to item 14.3 of the agenda, the motion on Dealing with Dangerous Cladding, by virtue of having an interest in a property which may have dangerous cladding.

     

    Councillor Hutton declared an interest in relation to item 14.7 of the agenda, the motion on Stand up for Carers – Increasing Carer’s Allowance, by virtue of being a trustee of Barnet Carers Centre.

     

5.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 499 KB

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on the 20th October 2020 were agreed as a correct record.

6.

Official announcements

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the Council to all Barnet Residents who had sadly lost a loved one over the last few weeks due to Covid and to those who continue to struggle with long-Covid.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor also expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the Council to: all Members who had been recently bereaved; Councillor Sargeant who lost her husband Malcolm, who was the Mayor’s consort during 2000-2001 and previously a Barnet Councillor; Councillor Zinkin and Councillor Rutter who had recently lost their mother; and Councillor Teare who had sadly lost both his mother and father.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor invited Councillor Narenthira to say a few words in memory of Malcom Sargeant.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor invited the Director of Public Health to provide an update on the Council’s response to the pandemic. Following the update The Worshipful the Mayor thanked the Public Health Team for everything they had done over the past few months during such unprecedented times and acknowledged the extremely difficult pressures the department had adapted to.

7.

Any business remaining from last meeting

    Minutes:

    There was none.

8.

Questions to the Leader (and Committee Chairmen if he/she has delegated) - TO FOLLOW pdf icon PDF 544 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Answers to the questions submitted were provided as a supplementary paper to the agenda.

     

    Supplementary questions were then asked and answered within the allotted time given for the item.

     

9.

Petitions for Debate (20 minutes)

    Minutes:

    There were none.

10.

Reports from the Leader

    Minutes:

    There were none.

11.

Reports from Committees

11.1

Report of the Constitution and General Purposes Committee - Constitution Review pdf icon PDF 399 KB

11.2

Report of the Constitution and General Purposes Committee - Pay Policy pdf icon PDF 547 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Melvin Cohen, Chairman of the Constitution and General Purposes Committee, moved reception and adoption of the recommendations in the report. Debate ensued.

     

    On the recommendations in the report being put to the vote, the votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    59

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

    RESOLVED that the Council approved the Annual Pay Policy Statement for the financial year 2021/22 (Appendix A).

     

7.45pm - 9.30pm

12.

Reports of Officers

12.1

Report of Finance & Section 151 Officer - London Boroughs Grants Scheme - Borough Contributions, 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 578 KB

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor moved reception and adoption of the recommendations in the report.

     

    On the recommendations in the report being put to the vote, the recommendations were unanimously agreed.

     

    RESOLVED that Council:

     

    1.    Approved the recommendation of the London Councils Leaders’ Committee for an overall level of expenditure and borough contributions of £6,668,000 in 2021/22, involving a levy on Barnet of £294,546.

     

    2.    Instructed the Director of Finance to inform the Chief Executive of London Councils accordingly.

     

12.2

Report of the Head of Governance - Calendar of meetings pdf icon PDF 303 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor moved reception and adoption of the recommendations in the report.

     

    The Head of Governance asked Council to note a change to the current calendar of meetings 2020-21 in addition to those set out in Appendix A, as follows:

     

    -       The Health and Wellbeing Board on the 23rd March 2021 to be moved to the 8th April 2021.

     

    The Head of Governance asked Council to note changes to the proposed calendar of meetings 2021-22 in addition to those set out in Appendix B, as follows:

     

    -       The Health and Wellbeing Board proposed to be held on the 23rd of September 2021 be moved to the 30th September 2021.

    -       The Health and Wellbeing Board proposed to be held on 13th January 2022 be moved to the 9th December 2021 and the start time to be amended to 9.30am.

    -       The addition of an Audit Committee meeting on 26th April 2022, originally proposed to be held in June 2022 after the Local Election. However, officers had reported a meeting in April was required to approve the Annual Audit Plan.

    -       The addition of a Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on the 25th May 2022 to enable the Committee to undertake scrutiny of the NHS Trusts Quality Accounts.

    -       The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting proposed to be held on the 1st November 2021 be moved to the 12th October 2021.

     

    On the recommendations as amended in the report being put to the vote, the recommendations were unanimously agreed.

     

    RESOLVED that Council:

     

    1.    Note the changes to the calendar of meetings 2020-21

     

    2.    Approved the proposed calendar of meetings 2021-22 as outlined in Appendix B, including the additional amendments outlined above.

     

13.

Questions to Council Representatives on Outside Bodies

    Minutes:

    There were none.

14.

Motions (45 minutes)

14.1

Administration Motion in the name of Councillor Roberto Weeden-Sanz - Opposing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Additional Driving Levies pdf icon PDF 249 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

     

     

    Councillor Weeden-Sanz moved the motion in his name. Councillor McGuirk moved an amendment in her name. Debate ensued.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Kath McGuirk was put to the vote.

     

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    24

    Against

    35

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Kath McGuirk was declared LOST.

     

    The substantive motion in the name of Councillor Weeden-Sanz was put to the vote.

     

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    35

    Against

    24

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council notes:

     

    1.    A number of London Councils, mainly those controlled by the Labour Party, imposed Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in their boroughs.

    2.    These LTNs form part of Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s London Streetspace programme.

    3.    There are around 200 LTN schemes underway across London, none are in Barnet.

    4.    Thousands have protested against LTNs in boroughs such as Ealing, whose MP wrote to her Council stating that these LTNs had been “poorly thought through and rushed.”

    5.    A number of LTNs were reversed after surrounding roads saw major surges to congestion. One LTN in a neighbouring borough caused such considerable extra congestion that there was traffic spill-over in Barnet wards such as Brunswick Park.

    6.    Sadiq Khan has also floated the idea of a daily charge being levied on all cars entering anywhere in London, from anywhere outside.

    7.    Sadiq Khan increased the Congestion Charge, and proposed extending it into Barnet.

    8.    TfL, which is Chaired by Sadiq Khan, received two bailouts in 2020.

     

    Council believes that:

    1.    LTNs have been implemented without being thought through, leading to greater traffic elsewhere in boroughs in which they have been built, with knock-on effects in neighbouring boroughs, and causing difficulty for some emergency service vehicles in those areas.

    2.    As an outer-London borough, Barnet’s businesses, and indeed residents’ families, would be damaged by a charge levied on all those entering the city in a car.

    3.    Decisions, plans and proposals by Sadiq Khan to increase and extend the Congestion Charge, as well as to create a new charge for entering London is an outcome of a mismanaged TfL, throughout Mayor Khan’s term.

    4.    Extra charges such as these will have the greatest negative impact on the poorest in our borough and across London.

    5.    The Covid pandemic has simply revealed the dire state of TfL’s finances, and while it exacerbated their problems, it was not the sole cause of the organisation's financial difficulties.

     

    Council resolves to:

    1.    Not impose any LTNs on Barnet residents.

    Call on Sadiq Khan to not levy a new charge for those entering London, or to increase or extend the Congestion Charge, or to threaten Londoners with these actions – which would financially harm Barnet’s residents and businesses.

14.2

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Alan Schneiderman - Protecting our Parks and Green Spaces pdf icon PDF 141 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Alan Schneiderman moved the motion in his name. Councillor Dean Cohen moved an amendment in his name. Councillor Anne Clarke moved an amendment in her name. Debate ensued.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen was put to the vote.

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    59

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    59

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen was declared CARRIED.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke was put to the vote.

     

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    24

    Against

    35

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    59

     

     

    A formal division was called in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.

     

    The Monitoring Officer provided advice to the Council on the legality of the amendment in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke. It was agreed to minute that ‘ask’ should be included in brackets after the word ‘instruct’ to make clear that Council cannot make the Environment Committee vote in a certain way, but it can ask. 

     

    Votes were individually recorded for all Members.

     

    Councillor

    For

    Against

    Not

    Voting

    Absent

    1.     

    MAYOR Caroline

    STOCK

     

     

     

    2.     

    DEPUTY MAYOR Lachhya

    GURUNG

     

     

     

    3.     

    Golnar

    BOKAEI

     

     

    4.     

    Jess

    BRAYNE

     

     

    5.     

    Felix

    BYERS

     

     

     

    6.     

    Anne

    CLARKE

     

     

     

    7.     

    Pauline

    COAKLEY WEBB

     

     

     

    8.     

    Dean

    COHEN

     

     

     

    9.     

    Melvin

    COHEN

     

     

     

    10.   

    Geof

    COOKE

     

     

     

    11.   

    Jo

    COOPER

     

     

     

    12.   

    Sara

    CONWAY

     

     

     

    13.   

    Alison

    CORNELIUS

     

     

     

    14.   

    Richard

    CORNELIUS

     

     

     

    15.   

    Saira

    DON

     

     

     

    16.   

    Val

    DUSCHINSKY

     

     

     

    17.   

    Paul

    EDWARDS

     

     

    18.   

    Claire

    FARRIER

     

     

    19.   

    Anthony

    FINN

     

     

    20.   

    Nizza

    FLUSS

     

     

     

    21.   

    Linda

    FREEDMAN

     

     

     

    22.   

    Eva

    GREENSPAN

     

     

     

    23.   

    Jennifer

    GROCOCK

     

     

    24.   

    Rohit

    GROVER

     

     

    25.   

    John

    HART

     

     

    26.   

    Ross

    HOUSTON

     

     

     

    27.   

    Anne

    HUTTON

     

     

     

    28.   

    Laithe

    JAJEH

     

     

     

    29.   

    Kathy

    LEVINE

     

     

     

    30.   

    David

    LONGSTAFF

     

     

     

    31.   

    John

    MARSHALL

     

     

    32.   

    Kath

    McGUIRK

     

     

     

    33.   

    Arjun

    MITTRA

     

     

     

    34.   

    Alison

    MOORE

     

     

     

    35.   

    Ammar

    NAQVI

     

     

     

    36.   

    Nagus

    NARENTHIRA

     

     

     

    37.   

    Charlie

    O-MACAULEY

     

     

    38.   

    Reema

    PATEL

     

     

    39.   

    Alex

    PRAGER

     

     

    40.   

    Wendy

    PRENTICE

     

     

    41.   

    Sachin 

    RAJPUT

     

     

     

    42.   

    Barry

    RAWLINGS

     

     

     

    43.   

    Danny

    RICH

     

     

     

    44.   

    Helene

    RICHMAN

     

     

     

    45.   

    Tim

    ROBERTS

     

     

     

    46.   

    Gabriel

    ROZENBERG

     

     

    47.   

    Lisa

    RUTTER

     

     

     

    48.   

    Shimon

    RYDE

     

     

    49.   

    Gill

    SARGEANT

     

     

    50.   

    Alan

    SCHNEIDERMAN

     

     

     

    51.   

    Mark

    SHOOTER

     

     

     

    52.   

    Elliot

    SIMBERG

     

     

    53.   

    Thomas

    SMITH

     

     

     

    54.   

    Stephen

    SOWERBY

     

     

    55.   

    Julian

    TEARE

     

     

    56.   

    Daniel

    THOMAS

     

     

     

    57.   

    Reuben

    THOMPSTONE

     

     

     

    58.   

    Sarah

    WARDLE

     

     

     

    59.   

    Roberto

    WEEDEN-SANZ

     

     

     

    60.   

    Laurie

    WILLIAMS

     

     

     

    61.   

    Peter

    ZINKIN

     

     

     

    62.   

    Zakia

    ZUBAIRI

     

     

     

     

    The votes* were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    24

    Against

    34

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    4

    Total

    62

     

    *Cllr Edwards and Cllr Ryde were absent for this vote.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke was declared LOST.

     

    The motion as amended by Councillor Dean Cohen was then put to the vote.

     

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    60

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    62

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council notes:

     

    1.    Just how important it has been, for residents' health and wellbeing, to have access to parks and green spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    2.    That the Council has invested in parks across the borough over the past few years – with Montrose and Silverstream as great examples for what a green space should look like  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.2

14.3

Administration motion in the name of Councillor Sarah Wardle - Dealing with Dangerous Cladding pdf icon PDF 246 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke was put to the vote.

     

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    24

    Against

    34

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    4

    Total

    62

     

    *Cllr Zinkin did not take part in the vote as he declared a pecuniary interest in the item.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke was declared LOST.

     

    The substantive motion in the name of Councillor Sarah Wardle was put to the vote

     

    The votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    34

    Against

    24

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    4

    Total

    62

     

    *Cllr Zinkin did not take part in the vote as he declared a pecuniary interest in the item.

     

    RESOVLED that:

     

    Council notes:

    1.    There is a national issue whereby some buildings were clad with materials that are dangerous and have now been banned, including several within Barnet.

    2.    Dangerous cladding has led to catastrophes in the UK, such as the fire in Grenfell Tower of 2017.

    3.    In light of the Grenfell fire, the Council set aside £30million to improve fire safety measures across its housing stock. The Council swiftly assessed our Council-owned blocks and took the necessary action to support residents, with £7million being spent to replace cladding on three local tower blocks.

    4.    Hendon MP Matthew Offord has launched a petition urging urges the Government to take immediate action to complete necessary remedial cladding work at no cost to leaseholders.

    5.    Inside Housing published “10 steps to End Our Cladding Scandal”, based on the recommendations of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

     

    Council believes that:

    1.    People should feel safe in their own homes, and it is unacceptable for any people to live in homes that are dangerously clad.

    2.    Residents who bought new-build flats should not have to pay for remedial works to address cladding safety.

     

    Council resolves to:

    Support Inside Housing’s 10 steps that must be taken to End Our Cladding Scandal:

    a)    The government must lead an urgent national effort to remove all dangerous cladding from buildings by June 2022.

    b)   The Building Safety Fund must cover all buildings, regardless of height, and a range of internal and external fire safety defects, not just cladding.

    c)    The government should provide the money up front and then seek to recover it from any responsible parties or via a temporary levy on development.

    d)   Social housing providers must have full and equal access to the fund. The government must compel building owners or managers to be honest with residents about fire safety defects.

    e)    The government should cover the cost of interim safety measures. The government should act as an insurer of last resort and underwrite insurance where premiums have soared.

    f)     A fairer, faster process is needed to replace the EWS form and funding is necessary to ensure all buildings requiring a form are surveyed within 12 months.

    Mental health support must be offered to affected residents. j. Protecting residents from historic and future costs must be a key commitment of new building  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.3

14.4

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Arjun Mittra - Commonwealth and veterans' support pdf icon PDF 336 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Gurung was accepted by the Opposition group.

     

    The motion as amended by Councillor Gurung was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    59

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

    RESOLVED That:

     

    Council notes:

    1.    Commonwealth veterans have a long and proud history of service in the British military. From World War II to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Commonwealth veterans have served with distinction alongside British born veterans.

    2.    Commonwealth veterans are supposed to receive indefinite leave to remain in the UK, however, when their service is complete many are left with extortionate charges to do so.

    3.    Fees for indefinite leave to remain have also dramatically increased. Since 2015, fees have increased by nearly 127% from £1051 - £2381 with a family of four having to pay nearly £10000 to remain in the UK. This doesn’t include associated legal fees that some who have struggled with immigration applications may need to pay. This has led to many facing spiralling debt and uncertain immigration status with the very real prospect of deportation. Whilst their applications are ongoing commonwealth veterans are also unable to seek employment or claim benefits.

     

    Council believes:

    1.    This is poor reward for people persuaded to leave their countries in order to serve in the British armed forces and put their lives on the line in the service of this country.

     

    Council resolves to:

    1.    Make Barnet’s armed forces champions and lead officers aware of the difficulties experienced by commonwealth veterans and ensure that those who are currently experiencing problems, whether financial or immigration difficulties, are not disadvantaged whilst their applications are ongoing.

    2.    Council also asks the Leaders of all three political Groups to write to the Prime Minister, the minister of state for immigration, and the minister of state for veterans’ affairs outlining Council’s support for all commonwealth veterans who have served a minimum of 4 years to be granted automatic and free of charge right to remain in the UK and that any veteran who completes 12 years of service to be automatically given British Citizenship.

    3.    Council also asks the Leaders of all three political Groups to write to all three Barnet MPs to ask them to press the Government for a change in the legislation as set out above.

14.5

Administration motion in the name of Councillor Daniel Thomas - Fighting Food Insecurity in Barnet pdf icon PDF 110 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Sara Conway was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    24

    Against

    35

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    59

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Conway was declared LOST.

     

    The substantive motion in the name of Councillor Daniel Thomas was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    59

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    59

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council’s vision for food security in Barnet is that:

    1.    All residents, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for an active and healthy life. We want to ensure people have such access consistently and reliably, without resorting to emergency supplies, scavenging, stealing or other coping strategies.

     

    Council believes that:

    1.    Covid has created unprecedented challenges for residents across the borough and impacted on access to food for various reasons such as shielding, the inability to book online delivery slots and fear of supermarket visits and an increase in unemployment.

    2.    The Council should help those most vulnerable tackle the underlying causes of food insecurity, minimise its health impacts and support the voluntary and community sector who aid in this area.

     

    Council notes that:

    1.    The Council has been combatting food insecurity for years, having established a Working Group in 2017, and signing off an action plan in 2019. This action plan has now been amended in light of the Covid pandemic.

    2.    At the beginning of the pandemic outbreak, the Council set up an Essential Supplies Hub that provided food and other essentials to vulnerable individuals and families across the borough.

    3.    The Council has continued to support foodbanks throughout the pandemic, with a particular emphasis on ensuring good supply during school holidays.

    4.    The Council was allocated almost £1million from the Government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme. 80% of this grant went to providing meal vouchers for children and families, to ensure no children went hungry over the school holidays, while the remainder was allocated to supporting other vulnerable residents across Barnet.

    5.    Over 650 people volunteered to support our Essential Supplies Hub, helping to support those in need and to fight food insecurity.

    6.    Should a food bank be forced to close due to extenuating circumstances, the Council has contingency plans to ensure a continued supply.

    7.    To ensure the long-term sustainability of Barnet’s local food aid providers, we are providing them with links to resources to attract new direct donations, in addition to resources provided via the Essential Supplies Hub. As part of this, Young Barnet Foundation (YBF) is currently running a campaign to encourage donations directly to foodbanks.

     

    Council resolves to:

    1.    Produce a new food security action plan.

    2.    Continue working to ensure that future emergency plans incorporate food security.

    3.    Place an even greater emphasis on tackling the underlying causes of food insecurity.

    4.    Thank all Barnet residents and community groups who have helped fight food insecurity in our borough by supporting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.5

14.6

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Barry Rawlings - Keep the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift pdf icon PDF 262 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment to the motion in the name of Councillor Sachin Rajput was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    35

    Against

    24

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    59

     

    The motion in the name of Councillor Sachin Rajput was therefore CARRIED.

     

    The motion as amended by Councillor Sachin Rajput was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as followed:

     

    For

    37

    Against

    22

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    This Council notes:

    1.    Announced on the 20th March 2020 as part of his pandemic response package, the Chancellor of the Exchequer created a time-limited increase to the basic rate of Universal Credit (and the tax credit equivalent). This gave millions of people across the UK extra money to help them through the expected period of financial hardship brought on by the Covid pandemic.

    2.    The Government’s time-limited increase to the Universal Credit is due to expire in April.

    3.    The £20 a week boost reflected the reality that the level of benefits were not adequate to protect the swiftly increasing number of households relying on them as the crisis hit. This was a very significant and welcome move to bolster low and middle-income families' living standards.

    4.    The increase in benefits has had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of local claimants who are better able to pay for life’s essentials such as food, clothing and utilities.

    5.    It must be recognised that these are exceptional measures, which will have to be phased out at the appropriate time.

     

    This Council believes:

    1.    Covid pandemic relief must not be used as an ideological excuse to increase future reliance on the welfare state.

     

    Council resolves to:

    1.            Write to the Chancellor to request that he considers extending the period in which the uplift is granted if Covid challenges continue for longer than expected at the introduction of the benefit.

     

14.7

Liberal Democrat motion in he name of Councillor Jess Brayne - Stand up for Carers - Increasing Carer's Allowance pdf icon PDF 192 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment to the motion in the name of Councillor Sachin Rajput was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    35

    Against

    24

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

    The motion in the name of Councillor Sachin Rajput was therefore CARRIED.

     

    The motion as amended by Councillor Sachin Rajput was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as followed:

     

    For

    59

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62

     

    RESOLVED THAT:

     

    The pandemic has highlighted the invaluable role of Barnet’s carers, both those employed in the care sector and unpaid people who care for family members. Carers in Barnet have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic response and continue to do a selfless and remarkable job in very difficult circumstances. Situations provoking care interventions can happen with little warning. Often those giving care have to reduce their working hours or give up work to juggle competing demands. The pressures on young carers can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances. Many carers in Barnet are unaware of their entitlement to financial support, a carers assessment or break, and the support services available.

     

    Council notes that:

    1.            There are approximately 6.5 million volunteers in the UK who look after a family member or friend who is elderly or has a disability, or a mental or physical illness.

    2.            Many people who provide care do not recognise themselves as a ‘carer’. The latest government figures show that 4,784 unpaid carers in Barnet are entitled to receive Carer’s Allowance, although only 3,695 currently do.

    3.            At just £67.25 a week; Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind.

    4.            In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government increased the Universal Credit standard allowance and the Working Tax Credit basic element by £20 a week above the planned uprating in April 2020, but it has not increased Carer’s Allowance.

     

    Council resolves to:

    Call on the Leader to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

    a)    Emphasising that Covid has highlighted the importance of the carer’s allowance.

    b)   Requesting that the Treasury investigate what could be done to recognise those who provide care to family members in the future.

     

15.

Motions for Adjournment

    Minutes:

    There were none.

     

    The Mayor declared the meeting closed.

     

    The meeting finished at 9.13pm