Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 8 April 2015
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

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

40 Members present, 7 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Yen Hongmei Jin declared an interest in Item 5 - Impact of Welfare Reform on Advice Services by virtue of the fact that her Partner was employed by DAGCAS and determined that her interest was such that she would leave the meeting for consideration of the item

3 STANDING ORDER 6.6 REQUISITION FOR A SPECIAL MEETING OF FULL COUNCIL - REPORT BY PROPER OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED the terms of the report

4 EDUCATION STAFFING AND BUDGET UPDATE - REPORT BY PROPER OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED that while the Requisition met the requirements of Standing Order 6.6 the request contained within the Requisition was no longer competent given the decision of the Education Committee on 31 March 2015.

 

MEMBER - Yen Hongmei Jin left the meeting - 39 Members present

5 IMPACT OF WELFARE REFORM ON ADVICE SERVICES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

VOTE

 

MOTION by ROB DAVIDSON seconded by IAIN DICK that the Council refers the issues of the economic contribution of advice services outlined in the November 2014 Fraser of Allander Institute Report "The Continuing financial benefits of advice provision to the Common Good" , and their capacity to meet demand in an equal manner across the region, to the Welfare Reform Sub Committee for it to consider in light of the Council's forthcoming Anti-Poverty Strategy and the unallocated balances of Spcialist Commissioned Advice Services Policy Development Funding

 

AMENDMENT by COLIN SMYTH seconded by ARCHIE DRYBURGH that the Council notes the decision of Full Council to:- (1) develop a comprehensive Anti-Poverty Strategy and that this would be reported to Committee in July 2015 and (2) that as part of the 3 year budget substantial funding was allocated annually to support the Anti Poverty Strategy.  

 

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

 

Motion - 15 Votes being:-

 

Graham Bell, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Rob Davidson, Iain Dick, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Jack Groom, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Willie Scobie, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Alastair Witts, Andrew S Wood

 

Amendment - 23 Votes being:-

 

Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Ian Blake, Finlay Carson, Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Gill Dykes, Patsy Gilroy, Ivor Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Marion McCutcheon, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, Colin Smyth, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Colin Wyper

 

Abstention - 1 being:-

 

Jane S Maitland

 

 

Decision

 

NOTED the decision of Full Council to:- (1) develop a comprehensive Anti-Poverty Strategy and that this would be reported to Committee in July 2015 and (2) that as part of the 3 year budget substantial funding was allocated annually to support the Anti Poverty Strategy.

6 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

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