Agenda

Full Council - Thursday 23 May 2024 10.00 am


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Venue: Council Chamber, Barnsley Town Hall

Contact: Peter Mirfin  Governance Manager

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No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interests

To receive any declarations of interest of a pecuniary or non-pecuniary nature from Members in respect of the items on this agenda.

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2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 28 March 2024.

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3.

Communications

To consider any communications to be submitted by the Mayor or the Chief Executive.

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Substantive Items

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4.

Appointment to Regulatory Boards, Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Outside Bodies

To consider any outstanding appointments or changes to membership on Regulatory Boards, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Outside Bodies following Annual Council on 17th May, 2024

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Minutes of the Regulatory Boards

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5.

Audit and Governance Committee - 20 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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General Licensing Regulatory Board - 17 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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General Licensing Panel - Various pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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Statutory Licensing Regulatory Board - 17 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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9.

Appeals, Awards and Standards - Various pdf icon PDF 74 KB

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Minutes of the Scrutiny Committees

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Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Growing Barnsley Workstream) - 5 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Healthy Barnsley Workstream) - 26 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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Minutes of the Area Councils

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North Area Council - 11 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

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Dearne Area Council - 18 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 119 KB

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14.

North East Area Council - 21 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

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Central Area Council - 10 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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Penistone Area Council - 11 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

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South Area Council - 12 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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Minutes of the Cabinet Meetings

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Cabinet - 20 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

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Cabinet - 3 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

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(NB. No Cabinet decisions have been called in from these meetings)

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Questions relating to Joint Authority, Police and Crime Panel and Combined Authority Business

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Minutes of the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, and Police and Crime Panel

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Any Member of the Council shall have the opportunity to comment on any matters referred to in the following minutes.

 

The relevant representatives shall then be given the opportunity to respond to any comments made by Members on those minutes.

 

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South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Board (draft) - 12 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 371 KB

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South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (draft) - 14 March 2024 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (draft) - 15 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

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Questions by Elected Members pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To consider the following questions which have been received from Elected Members and which are asked pursuant to Standing Order No. 11.

 

 

1.    Councillor Fielding

 

When is the hospital park and ride feasibility study going to be published?

 

2.    Councillor Bullcock

 

What is the council doing to tackle the damage being caused to grassed verges, such as the area at the bottom of Highstone Avenue in Kingstone Ward, by cars and commercial vehicles? This damage makes the areas look unsightly and uncared for.

 

3.    Councillor Hunt

 

Where have areas been set aside within our public parks to improve the wildlife habitat and biodiversity?

 

4.    Councillor Fielding

 

Why is the wildflower area in Penny Pie Park still overgrown with weeds and nettles?

 

5.    Councillor Fielding

 

When is the council going to take safety on the crossroads at the end of Dodworth High Street seriously and provide improvements to the junction?

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25.

Motion - Scrapping the two-child benefit cap pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Mover – Councillor Kitching

 

Seconder – Councillor Fielding

 

This Council notes:

a.    The Two Child limit to benefit payments was introduced by the Conservative Government in 2017 – preventing families from claiming Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit for more than 2 children in the household.

 

b.    Recent research conducted by the End Child Poverty Coalition which has found that:

·         1.5 million children in the UK live in households subject to the two-child limit on benefit payments. That is roughly one-in-ten children in the UK.

·         In 2023/24 the two-child limit cost families up to £3,235 per child each year.

·         There is a strong correlation between families affected by the two-child limit and those who are living in poverty.

·         Scrapping the two-child limit would lift 250,000 children out of poverty overnight, and significantly reduce the level of poverty that a further 850,000 children live in.

·         Scrapping the two-child limit would cost £1.3 billion, however it is estimated that child poverty costs the economy £39 billion each year.

c.    That in Barnsley, 6240 children in 1780 households are currently affected by the two-child limit to benefit payments. That is 12% of all children in the authority area. At the same time, 15342 [or 29.7%] local children are living in poverty.

 

d.    That the Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed the two-child limit to benefit payments since it was introduced – calling for it to be axed in their 2017 and 2019 manifestos and reaffirming their commitment to scrapping it at their 2023 federal Autumn Conference.

 

e.    The stance of the Conservative Government to continue with the cap, and that the Labour Party Leader has also indicated that they would ‘keep the two child benefit cap’.

This Council strongly believes:

f.     That the two-child limit to benefit payments is a cruel and harmful policy that should be scrapped. 

 

g.    As per recent Research from the University of York, that its introduction has had no positive impacts on employment and earnings. Instead it has dragged thousands of local families into poverty.

Therefore, this Council resolves to:

h.    Ask the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition indicating Barnsley Council’s strong belief that the two-child limit to benefit payments should be scrapped – which would help 6240 children living in Barnsley.

 

i.      Ask the Chief Executive to write to all MPs covering the Barnsley area, asking them to commit their public support to the campaign to end the cruel two child limit to benefit payments.

 

 

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