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Date:
Thursday 19 October 2017
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries
Contact:
Amanda Hutchison
Tel No:
030 3333 3000 ext 66271
Council Priorities:

Build the Local Economy

  • Improve the level of skills within our communities and workforce
  • Support our small and medium sized businesses to be established and grow
  • Invest in our key infrastructure
  • Provide an attractive location to do business
  • Develop a diverse economy that creates sustainable, high wage job opportunities

Provide the best start in life for all our Children

  • Ensure early intervention, in particular to keep our region's most vulnerable children safe
  • Invest in creating schools fit for the 21st century which are at the heart of our communities
  • Raise ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities
  • Support children to be healthy and active

Protect our most vulnerable people

  • Tackle the causes and effects of inequality and poverty
  • Help older or vulnerable people live healthy and independent lives
  • Ensure our older or vulnerable people receive the care and support they need
  • Keep our communities safe

Be an inclusive Council

  • Ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making
  • Empower our communities to make the most of their assets
  • Increase equality of opportunity

 

 

 

Dates of Meetings in 2017
24 Jan,
7 Mar,
13 Jun,
5 Sep,
19 Oct,
5 Dec
ItemDescription
 
PUBLIC
1. SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
3. MINUTE OF MEETING OF 5 SEPTEMBER 2017

For Noting

4. THE MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS STRATEGY 2018-2021 - THE NEW EVENTS STRATEGY FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY - REPORT BY HEAD OF CIVIC AND LOCAL SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) agree to adopt the Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 (Appendix); and (2) agree to receive a report at the February 2018 Communities Committee which will set out recommended funding for major events projects for 2018/19.

 

5. DEVELOPING THE DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING FRAMEWORK - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES

Members are asked to: (1) note the Commitment in the Council Plan to determine 1% of the Council’s Budget by Participatory Budgeting as part of the Council’s Priority Be an Inclusive Council; (2) consider, amend and agree as appropriate the Council’s Participatory Budgeting Framework (Appendix); and (3) note the positive reception to the Participatory Budgeting work already being taken forward in Dumfries and Galloway (paragraphs 3.16 and 3.17).

 

6. HOMELESS SERVICE - IMPROVEMENT PLAN PROGRESS - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) note the key Service improvements (paragraphs 3.2); and (2) endorse the progress made towards the Homeless Service improvement activities (Appendix and paragraphs 3.2 to 3.3).

7. UNIVERSAL CREDIT UPDATE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) note Universal Credit will commence in Dumfries and Galloway for all new claims to legacy benefits in February 2018 (paragraph 3.3); (2) note the potential impacts and financial implications for our customers and for Dumfries and Galloway Council (paragraph 3.4 and Appendix 1); (3) note the work of the Universal Credit Delivered Locally (UCDL) partnership group (paragraph 3.9); and (4) agree the Universal Credit action plan (Appendix 3) as a base for the Council’s preparations for the implementation of full service Universal Credit.

 

8. DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENTS UPDATE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) note the Scottish Government’s indicative allocation of Discretionary Housing Payments to Dumfries and Galloway for 2017/18 (paragraph 3.4); (2) agree the amendments to the Discretionary Housing Payments policy (paragraph 3.8); and (3) agree the approach to the homelessness prevention fund (paragraph 3.10).

9. TOWN CENTRE LIVING FUND - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) agree an allocation of £100,760 to Cunninghame Housing Association to carry out enabling works at Park Place, Lockerbie and to further agree to reinstate this project into the Council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (paragraphs 4.1 to 4.3); (2) agree the conditions of grant (paragraph 5.2) are applied to Town Centre Living Fund applications to carry out physical works by private individuals received in this cycle and those received before 3 November 2017; (3) agree the funding application for 27-29 Friars Vennel, Dumfries (paragraph 6.1); (4) agree the funding application for 95 High Street, Langholm (paragraph 6.2); (5) agree the funding application for 103 Queensberry Street, Dumfries (paragraph 6.3); and (6) agree to allow remaining applications to the Town Centre Living Fund to be considered by this Committee on 5 December 2017, to set a closing date of 3 November 2017 with a view to reopening applications in the new financial year (paragraph 6.5).

 

10. GYPSY/TRAVELLER SITES IMPROVEMENT PLAN - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) agree the draft Improvement Plan for the Council owned Gypsy/Traveller sites at Collin and Glenluce (paragraph 3.6 and Appendix 3); (2) note the minimum site standards required to be achieved by June 2018 (as detailed at (paragraph 3.3); and (3) agree to receive a report describing the Council’s approach to delivering the minimum site standards at 5 December 2017 meeting of this Committee.

 

11. SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION - COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT PART 9 - REPORT BY HEAD OF CIVIC AND LOCAL SERVICES

Members are asked to: (1) agree the amended Project Plan for the production of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Food Growing Strategy (Appendix 1); and (2) consider and agree the proposed draft response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on further guidance in respect of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act Part 9 (Appendix 2).

 

12. ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION
13. LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Members are asked to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50a (4) and paragraph 9 and part 1 of the schedule 7A to the Local Government Scotland Act 1973

 
EXEMPT
14. KIRKCUDBRIGHT ART GALLERY AND GALLOWAY VIKING HOARD - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES

Members are asked to consider the context of the report (circulated separately to Members).

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:30am on Tuesday, 5th December 2017 in Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Issue Date:- 11 October 2017 at 13:17