Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 28 February 2017
Time:
10.30am
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
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
Douglas Fairbairn-Annandale North
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
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
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
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
Davie Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Alastair Witts-Nith
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Apologies:
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Colin Wyper - Dee
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

45 Members present, 2 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

2.1     Iain Dick declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that he was involved in business financial services and had determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting during consideration of the item.

 

2.2     Alistair Geddes declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that he was involved in the Galloway Biosphere and had determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting during consideration of the item.

 

2.3    Yen Hongmei Jin declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that she was involved in the Multi-Cultural Association and had determined that her interest was such that there was no requirement for her to leave the meeting during consideration of the item.

3 COUNCIL TAX AND COMMUNITY CHARGES RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING - DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

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

4 THE BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX 2017/18 - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1     the information reflected in this report as part of determining the revenue budget and associated council tax level for financial year 2017/18; and

 

4.2     the information reflected in this report as part of determining the updated capital programme for the 3 year period 2017/18 - 2019/20 within an indicative 10 year Capital Investment Strategy

5 PRESENTATION OF BUDGET PROPOSALS

PROCEDURE - The Leader of the Council, Ronnie Nicholson, on behalf of the Labour led Administration, presented and moved the Administration budget update (Appendix 1). This was seconded by the Depute Leader, Ted Thompson

The Leader of the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Council Group, Graham Nicol, presented and moved the Group's budget update (Appendix 2). This was seconded by Ian Blake

VOTE

5.1 MOTION by RONNIE NICHOLSON seconded by TED THOMPSON that the Labour led Administration budget update proposals be agreed (Appendix 1)

5.2 AMENDMENT by GRAHAM NICOL seconded by IAN BLAKE that the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Council Group budget update proposals be agreed (Appendix 2)

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

5.3 Motion - 29 Votes being:-

Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Richard Brodie, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, David J McKie, Jane S Maitland, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George N Prentice, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Stephen Thompson, Alastair Witts and Andrew S Wood

5.4 Amendment - 16 Votes being:-

Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Peter Diggle, Gillian Dykes, Douglas Fairbairn, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Ivor Hyslop, Gail Macgregor, Denis R Male, Graham Nicol and Roberta Tuckfield

Decision

5.5    AGREED the Labour led Administration budget proposals as detailed in Appendix 1

MEMBERS - Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Jack Groom, Roberta Tuckfield, Peter Diggle, Graham Bell, Gill Dykes, Finlay Carson, Gail Macgregor, Andrew Wood left the meeting - 35 Members present
 

6 NOTICE OF MOTION - FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT

VOTE

 

6.1     MOTION  by TED THOMPSON seconded by ARCHIE DRYBURGH that this Council notes the suffering forced upon local residents as a result of central government’s cuts and believes that there is an alternative to the attack on public services - namely a levy of a Financial Transactions Tax on the speculative activities that have accelerated the recent enrichment of the few to the detriment of the many.  People should not have to pay for errors committed by reckless elements of the financial sector. It is entirely reasonable that banks and hedge funds contribute more to clear up the mess they caused. The Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) - or Robin Hood Tax (RHT) - would roll out the current tax on the purchase of shares to other financial assets, such as bonds and derivatives. It is applied at any tiny level for each transaction and is targeted at high frequency gamblers on the markets, not long term investors like pension funds. In the UK we currently have a very successful tax on shares, a stamp duty which raises £3bn a year and extending this to bonds and derivatives could raise more than £8bn a year. This could provide additional revenue and a new source of funding for local councils.This Council therefore calls upon the UK Government to enact the FTT and use the revenues from this measure to reverse the shrinkage in funding available for Council services. Local government is having to do much more with less, and despite numerous examples of innovative work by councillors across the country, cuts in funding have and will increasingly take their toll
 

 

6.2     AMENDMENT by JANE MAITLAND seconded by IVOR A HYSLOP that the Council notes the Notice of Motion but declines to take a view due to the lack of information

 

MEMBER - Iain Dick declared that he considered he did have an interest which would require him to leave and left the meeting - 34 Members present

 

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

 

Motion - 23 Votes being:-

 

Ronnie Nicholson, Ted Thompson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jeff Leaver, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McClung, David J McKie, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, David Stitt, John Syme, Stephen Thompson, Alastair Witts

 

Amendment - 11 Votes being:-

 

Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Douglas Fairbairn, Patsy Gilroy, Ivor Hyslop, Jim McColm, Marion McCutcheon, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Graham Nicol, George N Prentice

 

Decision

 

That this Council notes the suffering forced upon local residents as a result of central government’s cuts and believes that there is an alternative to the attack on public services - namely a levy of a Financial Transactions Tax on the speculative activities that have accelerated the recent enrichment of the few to the detriment of the many.
Ordinary people should not have to pay for errors committed by reckless elements of the financial sector. It is entirely reasonable that banks and hedge funds contribute more to clear up the mess they caused. The Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) - or Robin Hood Tax (RHT) - would roll out the current tax on the purchase of shares to other financial assets, such as bonds and derivatives. It is applied at any tiny level for each transaction and is targeted at high frequency gamblers on the markets, not long term investors like pension funds. In the UK we currently have a very successful tax on shares, a stamp duty which raises £3bn a year and extending this to bonds and derivatives could raise more than £8bn a year. This could provide additional revenue and a new source of funding for local councils.  This Council therefore calls upon the UK Government to enact the FTT and use the revenues from this measure to reverse the shrinkage in funding available for Council services. Local government is having to do much more with less, and despite numerous examples of innovative work by councillors across the country, cuts in funding have and will increasingly take their toll.
 

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

Decision

 

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