Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ivor A Hyslop (Leader)-Lochar
Brian Collins (Depute Leader)-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Graham Bell-North West Dumfries
Ian Blake-Abbey
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Finlay Carson-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Peter Diggle-Annandale North
Archie Dryburgh-Annandale East and Eskdale
Gillian Dykes-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Jack Groom-Nith
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Sean W Marshall-Annandale South
John Martin-Nith
Tom A McAughtrie-Abbey
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Jim McColm-Mid Galloway
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Ronnie Nicholson-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
Colin Smyth-Nith
Davie Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Ted Thompson-Lochar
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Alastair Witts-Nith
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Colin Wyper-Dee
Apologies:
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Craig Peacock - Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Graeme Tait - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

42 Members present, 5 apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Decision

 

NONE declared

 
MINUTES
3 MINUTE OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL OF 29 NOVEMBER 2012

VOTE

 

3.1      MOTION by IVOR HYSLOP seconded by BRIAN COLLINS that the minute was an accurate record of the meeting.

 

3.2      AMENDMENT by GRAEME FORSTER seconded by WILLIE SCOBIE that the words 'up to' be inserted before '£75,000' at 17.2.3 in the minute.

 

3.3      On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 25 votes being:

 

Ivor Hyslop, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Peter Diggle, Gillian Dykes, Andy Ferguson, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Gail Macgregor, Jane Maitland, Denis Male, Graham Nicol, Stephen  Thompson, Roberta Tuckfiled, Alastair Witts, Andrew Wood, Colin Wyper

 

Amendment - 15 votes being:

 

Archie Dryburgh, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Marion McCutcheon, David McKie, Sean Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Ted Thompson

 

Abstentions - 2 being:

 

Rob Davidson and Jack Groom

 

Decision

 

3.4      APPROVED the minute as an accurate record of the meeting.

 
4 MINUTE OF EMPLOYMENT AND APPEALS SUB COMMITTEE OF 20 NOVEMBER 2012

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 
5 MINUTE OF CRICHTON SUB COMMITTEE OF 23 NOVEMBER 2012

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 
6 MINUTE OF PENSIONS SUB COMMITTEE OF 30 NOVEMBER 2012

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 
REPORTS
7 CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 2013 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

Decision

 

AGREED

 

7.1      to adopt the revised calendar of meetings for 2013 (Appendix); and

 

7.2      in principle, unless a Committee otherwise determined, that all Committee meetings, scheduled to take place in the Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries would be held in the Council Hall.

Governance and Committee Support Officer

8 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SETTLEMENT 2013/14 - 2014/15 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE

VOTE

 

8.1      MOTION by IVOR A HYSLOP seconded by BRIAN COLLINS to:- (1) note the details of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 to 2014/15; (2) note the terms attached by the Scottish Government to the Settlement Package and that, should the Council not agree to support these commitments, it would have its allocation reduced by its needs based share of a package of resources estimated at £3.1 Million (based on share of a package of resources worth £109 Million); (3) agree in principle to the terms set out by the Scottish Government letter of 20 September, given the financial penalty associated with not accepting the full package; and (4) note that based on Members agreeing to the Settlement Package, there is no direct impact on previously reported savings requirements as the funding allocations are in line with previous expectations and planning assumptions.

 

8.2      AMENDMENT by COLIN SMYTH seconded by ARCHIE DRYBURGH to note (1) the details of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 to 2014/15; (2) the terms attached by the Scottish Government to the Settlement Package and that, should the Council disagree to support these commitments, it would have its allocation reduced by its needs based share of a package of resources estimated at £3.1 Million (based on share of a package of resources worth £109 Million); and (3) that based on Members decisions, there is no direct impact on previously reported savings requirements as the funding allocations are in line with previous expectations and planning assumptions.

 

8.3      On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

Motion - 23 votes being:


Ivor A Hyslop, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Iain Dick, Peter Diggle, Gillian Dykes, Andy Ferguson, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Gail Macgregor, Jane Maitland, Denis Male, Graham Nicol, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts and Andrew Wood

Amendment - 19 votes being:


Richard Brodie, Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, David McKie, Sean Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Ted Thompson, Colin Wyper

Decision

NOTED

8.4      the details of the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 to 2014/15;

8.5      the terms attached by the Scottish Government to the Settlement Package and that, should the Council not agree to support these commitments, it would have its allocation reduced by its needs based share of a package of resources estimated at £3.1 Million (based on share of a package of resources worth £109 Million); and

 

8.6      AGREED in principle to the terms set out by the Scottish Government letter of 20 September, given the financial penalty associated with not accepting the full package, APPRECIATING that based on Members' agreeing to the Settlement Package, there was no direct impact on previously reported budget savings requirements as the funding allocations were in line with previous expectations and planning assumptions.

Head of Finance
9 UPDATE ON CORPORATE BUDGET POSITION - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE

Decision

 

VOTE

 

9.1      MOTION by COLIN SMYTH seconded by RONNIE NICHOLSON to agree to raise the Living Wage to £7.50 with effect from 1 April 2013 and to receive a report on the wider review with the Trade Unions to embed the Living Wage within the Council's pay and grading structure appreciating that any financial impact would be considered as part of the budget development process.

 

9.2      AMENDMENT by IVOR HYSLOP seconded by BRIAN COLLINS  to note the revised planning assumptions and associated savings requirements for the upcoming 3 financial years.

 

9.3      On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 16 votes being:

 

Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Marion McCutcheon, David McKie, Sean Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Ted Thompson

 

Amendment - 26 votes being:

 

Ivor Hyslop, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brofie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Iain Dick, Peter Diggle, Gillian Dykes, Andy Ferguson, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Gail Macgregor, Jane Maitland, Denis Male, Graham Nicol, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew Wood, Colin Wyper

 

Decision

 

9.4      NOTED the revised financial planning assumptions and associated savings requirements for the upcoming 3 financial years.

 
10 RELEASE OF ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET PROPOSAL BY THE LEADER AND DEPUTE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

PROCEDURE - The Leader and Depute Leader of the Council tabled a Budget Proposal on behalf of the Administration Group in line with the previously agreed budget process.

 
11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE LEADER DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no other business deemed urgent by the Leader due to the need for a decision.

 

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
7 Action by Governance and Committee Support Officer - Completed