Agenda and minutes

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Items
Note No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Sara Conway. Councillor Charlie O’Macauley was also absent.

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 Paul Edwards, Councillor Melvin Cohen, Councillor John Hart, Councillor Anthony Finn, Councillor John Marshall and Councillor Richard Cornelius declared an interest in item 10.2 of the agenda, the Referral from the Pension Fund Committee: Local Pension Board Annual Report by virtue of being in receipt of a pension from the London Borough of Barnet.

     

    Councillor Peter Zinkin declared a pecuniary interest in item 10.1 of the agenda, Referral of the Policy and Resources Committee – Business Planning – Corporate Plan, Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-25 by virtue of being a Director of London Energy. Councillor Zinkin had been granted a dispensation by the Monitoring Officer.

     

    Councillor John Marshall declared an interest in item 10.1 of the agenda, Referral of the Policy and Resources Committee – Business Planning – Corporate Plan, Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-25 by virtue of being a Saracens season ticket holder and a Trustee for Home Start Barnet for most of the financial year.

     

5.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 418 KB

    Minutes:

    An amendment to the minutes was noted by Council, in that Councillor Paul Edwards was present for the meeting on the 19th January 2021, however due to technical difficulties he was unable to participate in the voting.

     

    Following the amendment outlined above being noted, the minutes of the meeting held on the 19th January 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

     

6.

Official announcements

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the Council to Councillor Zubairi on the passing of her husband. The Worshipful the Mayor also expressed sincere condolences to the family of former Councillor Julie Johnson who passed away recently.

     

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

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor said a few words on the passing of Captain Sir Thomas Moore and the way in which he had lifted the nation’s spirits during the pandemic.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor invited the Director of Public Health to provide an update on the Council’s response to the pandemic.

     

7.

Any business remaining from last meeting

    Minutes:

    None.

7.1

Resolution of Appreciation

    Minutes:

    The Deputy Mayor moved the following resolution:

     

    At a meeting of the Council held at Hendon Town Hall on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 it was resolved that we, the Members of the Council of the London Borough of Barnet, hereby express to The Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Caroline Stock our appreciation of the excellent service she has rendered to the London.

     

    Borough of Barnet as its Mayor during the period May 2019 to May 2021, and for the friendly and conscientious way in which she has performed the duties of that office.

     

    We offer her our sincere gratitude for the concern and empathy she has shown at all times in promoting the welfare of the Borough and its residents, particularly during an extraordinary time in our history and for her willingness to support the many organisations and individuals who called on her time and services during her Mayoralty.

     

    We congratulate her on the success of her appeals for her charities Home-Start Barnet, Cherry Lodge Cancer Care and The Royal Free Charity.

     

    This was duly agreed, with the foregoing resolution to be engrossed over the common seal of the corporation and presented to the Worshipful Mayor at the Annual Meeting.

     

7.2

The Mayoralty for the Municipal Year 2021-22

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor called for the nominations for election of Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet 2021/22. She noted that there was one nomination for the Mayor Designate.

     

    Conservative Group Nomination:

    Councillor Daniel Thomas, duly seconded by Councillor David Longstaff, moved that Councillor Alison Cornelius be proposed for the appointment of the Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet at the Annual meeting of the Council on 25 May 2021.

     

    On the nominations being put to the vote, the votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    60

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

     

    RESOLVED that Councillor Alison Cornelius be nominated as the Mayor designate for the municipal year 2021/22.

     

    The Mayor designate Councillor Alison Cornelius nominated Councillor Saira Don as the Deputy Mayor designate for the municipal year 2021/22.

     

    Councillor Alison Cornelius thanked those present for her nomination and nominated Councillor Saria Don to be her Deputy Mayor Designate.

     

    RESOLVED that Council note Councillor Saira Don as the Deputy Mayor Designate for the municipal year 2021/22.

     

8.

Petitions for Debate (20 minutes)

    Minutes:

    None.

9.

Reports from the Leader

    Minutes:

    None.

10.

Reports from Committees

10.1

Referral from Policy and Resources Committee - Business Planning - Corporate Plan, Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-25 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Council noted a correction to Agenda item 10.1 (Referral from Policy and Resources Committee – Business Planning – Corporate Plan, Budget 2021/22 and Medium-Term Financial Strategy 2021-25), Appendix E (Summary of Savings Proposal 2021-25). In relation to the saving proposal “ENV 12” the description in the “impact on Customer Satisfaction” column should read “The opporunity may impact on access to open sites which are under-utilised.” This correction was required to ensure that the decision proprerly refletcs the recommentations of the Policy and Resources committee made to Full Council.

     

    Councillor Daniel Thomas, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, moved the reception and adoption of the recommendations in the report. Councillor Barry Rawlings moved the Labour Group amendment and Councillor Gabriel Rozenberg moved the Liberal Democrat amendment. Debate ensued.

     

    The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and Council Procedure Rule 12.4 requires that voting decisions relating to the budget and Council Tax be recorded.

     

    On the Labour Group’s amendment to the budget being put to the vote, votes were individually recorded for all Members as follows:

     

     

    Councillor

     

     

    For

     

     

    Against

    Not

    Voting

    Absent

    1.     

    Golnar

    BOKAEI

     

    x

     

     

     

    2.     

    Jess

    BRAYNE

     

    x

     

     

     

    3.     

    Felix

    BYERS

     

    x

     

     

     

    4.     

    Anne

    CLARKE

    x

     

     

     

     

    5.     

    Pauline

    COAKLEY WEBB

    x

     

     

     

     

    6.     

    Dean

    COHEN

     

    x

     

     

     

    7.     

    Melvin

    COHEN

     

    x

     

     

     

    8.     

    Geof

    COOKE

    x

     

     

     

     

    9.     

    Jo

    COOPER

    x

     

     

     

     

    10. 

    Sara

    CONWAY

     

     

     

    x

     

    11. 

    Alison

    CORNELIUS

     

    x

     

     

     

    12. 

    Richard

    CORNELIUS

     

    x

     

     

     

    13. 

    Saira

    DON

     

    x

     

     

     

    14. 

    Val

    DUSCHINSKY

     

    x

     

     

     

    15. 

    Paul

    EDWARDS

    x

     

     

     

     

    16. 

    Claire

    FARRIER

    x

     

     

     

     

    17. 

    Anthony

    FINN

     

     

     

    x

     

    18. 

    Nizza

    FLUSS

     

    x

     

     

     

    19. 

    Linda

    FREEDMAN

     

    x

     

     

     

    20. 

    Eva

    GREENSPAN

     

    x

     

     

     

    21. 

    Jennifer

    GROCOCK

     

    x

     

     

     

    22. 

    Rohit

    GROVER

     

    x

     

     

     

    23. 

    John

    HART

     

    x

     

     

     

    24. 

    Ross

    HOUSTON

    x

     

     

     

     

    25. 

    Anne

    HUTTON

    x

     

     

     

     

    26. 

    Laithe

    JAJEH

     

    x

     

     

     

    27. 

    Kathy

    LEVINE

    x

     

     

     

     

    28. 

    David

    LONGSTAFF

     

    x

     

     

     

    29. 

    John

    MARSHALL

     

    x

     

     

     

    30. 

    Kath

    McGUIRK

    x

     

     

     

     

    31. 

    Arjun

    MITTRA

    x

     

     

     

     

    32. 

    Alison

    MOORE

    x

     

     

     

     

    33. 

    Ammar

    NAQVI

    x

     

     

     

     

    34. 

    Nagus

    NARENTHIRA

    x

     

     

     

     

    35. 

    Charlie

    O-MACAULEY

     

     

     

    x

     

    36. 

    Reema

    PATEL

    x

     

     

     

     

    37. 

    Alex

    PRAGER

     

    x

     

     

     

    38. 

    Wendy

    PRENTICE

     

    x

     

     

     

    39. 

    Sachin 

    RAJPUT

     

    x

     

     

     

    40. 

    Barry

    RAWLINGS

    x

     

     

     

     

    41. 

    Danny

    RICH

    x

     

     

     

     

    42. 

    Helene

    RICHMAN

     

    x

     

     

     

    43. 

    Tim

    ROBERTS

    x

     

     

     

     

    44. 

    Gabriel

    ROZENBERG

     

    x

     

     

     

    45. 

    Lisa

    RUTTER

     

    x

     

     

     

    46. 

    Shimon

    RYDE

     

    x

     

     

     

    47. 

    Gill

    SARGEANT

    x

     

     

     

     

    48. 

    Alan

    SCHNEIDERMANN

    x

     

     

     

     

    49. 

    Mark

    SHOOTER

     

    x

     

     

     

    50. 

    Elliot

    SIMBERG

     

    x

     

     

     

    51. 

    Thomas

    SMITH

     

    x

     

     

     

    52. 

    Stephen

    SOWERBY

     

    x

     

     

     

    53. 

    Julian

    TEARE

     

    x

     

     

     

    54. 

    Daniel

    THOMAS

     

    x

     

     

     

    55. 

    Ruben

    THOMPSTONE

     

    x

     

     

     

    56. 

    Sarah

    WARDLE

     

    x

     

     

     

    57. 

    Roberto

    WEEDEN-SANZ

     

    x

     

     

     

    58. 

    Laurie

    WILLIAMS

    x

     

     

     

     

    59. 

    Peter

    ZINKIN

     

     

    x

     

     

     

    60. 

    Zakia

    ZUBAIRI

    x

     

     

     

     

    61. 

    DEPUTY MAYOR Lachhya

    GURUNG

     

    x

     

     

     

    62. 

    MAYOR Caroline

    STOCK

     

    x

     

     

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

    For

    22

    Against

    37

    Abstain

    0

    Absent

    3

    Total

    62


     

     

     

     

    RESOLVED that The Labour Group’s amendment to the budget was therefore lost.

     

    On the Liberal Democrat Group’s amendment to the budget being put to the vote, votes were individually recorded for all Members as follows:

     

     

    Councillor

     

     

    For

     

     

    Against

    Not

    Voting

    Absent

    1.     

    Golnar

    BOKAEI

     

    x

     

     

     

    2.     

    Jess

    BRAYNE

    x  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.1

10.2

Referral from the Pension Fund Committee: Local Pension Board Annual Report - To Follow pdf icon PDF 391 KB

7.45pm - 9.30pm

11.

Reports of Officers

11.1

Report of the Head of Governance - Member's Allowances Scheme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 412 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 that the Administration Group had requested that the Members Allowance Scheme be unchanged from the 2020/21 Scheme. As such, a revised Appendix B which retained the allowances at the same levels as 2021/21 had been published and circulated.

     

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

     

    For

    60

    Against

    0

    Abstain

    0

     

    Absent

    2

    Total

    62

     

     

     

    RESOLVED that Council:

     

    1.    Have regard to the recommendations of the Independent Panel on the Remuneration of Councillors in London as attached as Appendix A.

     

    2.    Approve the Members’ Allowances Scheme 2021/22 attached in the Revised Appendix B with effect from 1 April 2021.

     

    3.    Note that Council note that following approval the Scheme, a notice will be advertised pursuant to Regulation 16 of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 (as amended).

     

11.2

Report of Head of Governance - Changes to Calendar of meetings and Appointments to Committees pdf icon PDF 168 KB