Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Thursday 7 February 2013
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
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Patsy Gilroy-Dee
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
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
Colin Smyth-Nith
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Graeme Tait-Annandale North
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Ted Thompson-Lochar
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Alastair Witts-Nith
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Apologies:
Davie Stitt - Abbey
Colin Wyper - Dee
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

45 Members present, 2 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

MINUTES FOR APPROVAL
3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 29 NOVEMBER 2012

Decision

 

APPROVED

4 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 18 DECEMBER 2012

Decision

 

APPROVED

REPORTS
5 COUNCIL TAX AND COMMUNITY CHARGES - RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

Decision

 

NOTED the provisions of Section 112 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 which removed a Member’s voting rights on Council Tax and Community Charge matters in certain specified circumstances and placed the onus of disclosure on individual Members

6 THE BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX 2013/14 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE

6.1      MOTION - The Leader of the Council, Ivor A Hyslop, on behalf of the Administration, moved a budget proposal on behalf of the Administration which made provision for no increase in Council Tax levels (Appendix 1). The proposal was formally seconded by Brian Collins.

 

6.2      AMENDMENT - The leader of the Labour Group, Ronnie Nicholson, presented and tabled an alternative budget proposal for consideration which made provision for no increase to Council Tax Levels (Appendix 2). This was formally seconded by Ronnie Ogilvie.

 

6.3      ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 11.20am to enable Members to consider the proposals and reconvened at 12.20pm with 45 Members present being:-

 

Ivor A Hyslop, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Peter Diggle, Archie Dryburgh, Gillian Dykes, Andy Ferguson, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George N Prentice, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Ted Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts and Andrew Wood

 

VOTE

 

6.4      MOTION by IVOR A HYSLOP seconded by BRIAN COLLINS (1) to adopt the Conservative/SNP budget as previously circulated, including the budget savings options detailed in the templates 01 to 27, together with the Policy Development funding as detailed in the templates attached to the budget proposal (Appendix 1); (2) while our Council operated under a scheme of maximum delegation, given that many of the savings which had been identified within the budget required the implementation of the proposals with effect from the beginning of the financial year 2013/14, that delegations be withdrawn from all Committees in terms of the implementation of the savings proposals to enable officers, in consultation with Local Members where appropriate, to effect those proposals and to report to their respective Committees as appropriate; and (3) that £1Million from the indicative £1.8 Million allocated to our Council as a result of the Barnet Consequentials be allocated in accordance with our policy on rural lifeline links and urban estate accesses, with the balance being allocated to “shovel-ready” projects to be identified in accordance with our Council’s capital investment strategy.

 

6.5      AMENDMENT by RONNIE NICHOLSON seconded by RONNIE OGILVIE (1) to adopt the Labour Group budget proposal as presented (Appendix 2) which provided for no increase in Council Tax levels (with savings options as summarised in Appendices 1 and 2 and the supporting document “Budget Savings Templates and spending commitments as set out in the supporting document Policy Development Templates); and (2) to agree to begin the process of developing the budget for 2014/15 onwards by adopting the budget setting process as set out in Appendix 4.

 

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

 

Motion - 28 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, Alistair Geddes, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Gail Macgregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Graham Nicol, George N Prentice, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts and Andrew Wood

 

Amendment - 16 votes being:

 

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

 

Absention - 1 being Richard Brodie

 

Decision

 

6.7     NOTED that the Section 95 Officer had confirmed that the budget was legal and the assurances on the process for impact assessment in conjunction with the Equal Opportunities Commission; and

 

AGREED

 

6.8      to adopt the Conservative/SNP budget as previously circulated, including the budget savings options detailed in the templates 01 to 27, together with the Policy Development funding as detailed in the templates attached to the budget proposal (Appendix 1);

 

6.9      while our Council operated under a scheme of maximum delegation, given that many of the savings which had been identifiied within the budget required the implementation of the proposals with effect from the beginning of the financial year 2013/14, that delegations be withdrawn from all Committees in terms of the implementation of the savings proposals to enable officers, in consultation with Local Members where appropriate, to effect those proposals and to report to their respective Committees as appropriate; and

 

6.10      that £1 Million from the indicative £1.8 Million allocated to our Council as a result of the Barnet Consequentials be allocated in accordance with our policy on rural lifeline links and urban estate accesses, with the balance being allocated to “shovel-ready” projects to be identified in accordance with our Council’s capital investment strategy.

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

Decision

 

Decision

 

NOTED that there was an item of business deemed urgent by the Leader, which he intended to take as the next item of business (Police Reform: Voluntary Retirement and Voluntary Redundancy) to be considered after an adjournment for lunch.

 

7.1     ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 1.00pm for lunch and to allow Members to consider the additional item of business and reconvened at 2.00pm with 26 Members present being:-

Ivor A Hyslop, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Andy Ferguson, Alistair Geddes, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Gail Macgregor, Jane S Maitland, John Martin, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McColm, David J McKie, Jim McClung, Ronnie Nicholson, Graham Nicol, Craig Peacock, George N Prentice, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield and Alastair Witts

8 POLICE REFORM - VOLUNTARY EARLY RETIREMENT AND VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCY - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

8.1      DECLARATION OF INTEREST - Jim McClung, having declared an interest, left the meeting - 25 Members present

MEMBERS - Iain Dick and Rob Davidson entered the meeting - 27 Members present

Decision

8.2      AGREED to withdraw delegations from the Police, Fire and Rescue and Policy and Resources Committees respectively;

8.3      NOTED the request made by the Scottish Police Authority and the subsequent actions taken by officers;

AGREED

8.4      to amend the Council’s voluntary early retirement and redundancy policies with regard to staff employed by Dumfries and Galloway Police Authority, and substitute the terms requested by the Scottish Police Authority; and

8.5      to remit to officers to approve voluntary early retirements and redundancies for police staff subject to approval by the Chief Constable and the Scottish Police Authority as appropriate.