Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 12 January 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Online only - via Teams

Contact: Kirsty Hunt  01344 353108

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The meeting will be opened with prayers by the Mayor's Chaplain

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 392 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 24 November 2021.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.

 

Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.

 

Any Member with an affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.

4.

Mayor's Announcements

5.

Executive Report pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To receive the Leader’s report on the work of the Executive since the Council meeting held on 24 November 2021.

 

Council is asked to resolve a recommendation in respect of:

·       Recommendations of the Members’ Equalities Working Group

Additional documents:

6.

Proportionality and membership pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To consider the position regarding the overall allocation of seats on committees as a result of the by-election held on 9 December 2021.

7.

Questions Submitted Under Council Procedure Rule 10

(i)         Councillor Temperton to Councillor Bettison OBE, Leader of the Council

 

Can we have an update on what the Council is doing to welcome and support our refugees to Bracknell Forest?

 

(ii)        Councillor Bidwell to Councillor Heydon, Executive Member for Transformation and Finance

 

Energy prices are increasing adding to a steady increase in inflation, currently 5.1%. Commentators suggest that family costs are going to increase by £1200 per annum and that the lowest income families will once again suffer:

 

What is the Strategy for supporting those that are most vulnerable? Is there sufficient money in any existing hardship fund to support those in need and if not, can more be added to this year’s budget?

8.

Motions Submitted Under Council Procedure Rule 11

Motion 06/2021 moved by Councillor Merry seconded by Councillor Temperton

 

This Council adopts a Mayor’s Charter as set out below:

 

BFC Mayor’s Charter

 

Statement of minimum standards of behaviour expected from all Councillors at all times.

The Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles) -selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership -have long been the basis for ensuring high standards in public life. These are the basis for the behaviours this Council and all its Councillors will adopt.

Our Councillors will:

                encourage and foster constructive democratic debate and tolerance of other points of view

                promote and defend the dignity of others, treating all with courtesy and respect

                not engage in bullying, harassment, or victimisation, nor unlawfully discriminate against another member or group

                challenge unacceptable behaviour whenever it occurs.

Any behaviour that falls short of that included in the above statement will be dealt with under the Council’s Standards and Code of Conduct processes. If any breach appears to break the criminal law, it will be referred to the police.