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189.

Election of Chair

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Councillor Gribble MOVED and Councillor Twiss SECONDED that Councillor Mathews be elected Chair of Devon County Council for the ensuing year.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

          

COUNCILLOR MATHEWS IN THE CHAIR

 

The Chair and Group Leaders expressed their gratitude to the immediate past Chair for her service during her year of office: Councillor Chugg responded.

190.

Appointment of Vice Chair

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Councillor Radford MOVED and Councillor Slade SECONDED that Councillor Squires be appointed Vice Chair of Devon County Council for the ensuing year.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

 

The Chair, immediate past Chair and Group Leaders thanked the immediate past Vice-Chair for his services and support to the former Chair during his year of office. Councillor Hosking responded.

191.

Appointment of Deputy Leader of the Council

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Councillor Hart, the Leader of the Council, MOVED and Councillor Hughes SECONDED that Councillor McInnes be appointed Deputy Leader of Devon County Council for the ensuing year.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

192.

Cabinet Members and Allocation of Remits

The Leader of the Council to move:

 

"that the Council note that Members shown in the Appendix circulated at the meeting will be appointed to hold office until the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020 together with the remits shown therein."

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Councillor Hart, the Leader of the Council, MOVED and Councillor Hughes SECONDED:

 

"that the Council note that the Members shown in the Appendix circulated at the meeting have been appointed to the Cabinet and designated as Cabinet Members as indicated therein with the remits shown, to hold office until the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020”.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

193.

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To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2019.

 

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The Chair of the Council MOVED and it was duly SECONDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2019 be signed as a correct record.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

194.

Announcements

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The Chair of the Council congratulated those involved in the double award success by the team behind the reinstatement and realignment of the A379 at Slapton as the scheme has been recognised at the recent Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) awards, scooping the Transport Project of the Year Award and the Transportation Environment Award. It was praised for the speed at which funding, planning, design and construction took place, which was all the more impressive given the environmental sensitivity of the area.

 

He then paid tribute to the hard work of the Devon Audit Partnership Counter Fraud Services Team. They had won the ‘prevent’ category in the ‘fighting fraud and corruption locally’ awards for 2019. The standards had been very high and the work in ‘preventing’ fraud and supporting the Local Government Counter Fraud and Corruption Strategy was recognised.

 

Another good news story reported by the Chair was the #WeAreDevon marquee winning a Gold Medal Award at the 2019 County Show for the ‘Most Attractive Stand – Class 3’. Some of the activities in the marquee indicated it was a very successful year, for example the refill station helped eliminate waste from over 2,000 disposable plastic bottles, 1,222 people signed a Refill Devon pledge, 150 blood pressure checks were taken, over 200 people signed up to the NHS organ donation register, 100 pre-school books were given away to youngsters by Libraries Unlimited and nearly 600 people had conversations with the Council’s healthy lifestyle service (One Small Step) about their health and wellbeing.

 

The Chair also informed Members about Devon Digital Lives which was a new project where the Council offered its staff as ‘Devon Digital Lives volunteers’ so they could provide relevant support on matters such as using email and / or social media or paying bills online. The Council heard that a lack of basic digital skills meant that many people were disadvantaged and that digital exclusion could lead to poorer health, a lower life expectancy, increased loneliness and social isolation, and less access to jobs and education. Members were also encouraged to be part of the scheme, given their unique position of community leaders to use any digital skills for the benefit of others in their communities.

195.

Items Requiring Urgent Attention

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There was no item raised as a matter of urgency.

196.

Appointment of Committees pdf icon PDF 205 KB

Councillor Hughes to move:

 

(a) that in accordance with Standing Order 21 the County Council appoints those Committees, Joint Committees and Working Parties/Panels as shown in the Appendix circulated at the meeting with terms of reference set out in the Council's Constitution or set out therein for the period expiring at the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020;

 

(b) that, as required by section 16(1) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, Members of the Council be appointed as voting members to those Committees, Joint Committees, Joint Consultative Committees and Working Parties/Panels referred to at (a) above in accordance with the names notified to the Chief Executive by each of the Political Groups represented on the Council, to give effect to the proposed allocation of seats as between political party groups and set out for the time being in the Appendix circulated at the meeting;

 

(c) that, and in accordance with the Council’s Scrutiny Procedure Rules, the County Council appoints the total numbers of voting (v) or non-voting (nv) members to those Committees, Joint Committees and Working Parties/Panels referred to (a) above as thus denoted in the Appendix (the Council’s voting scheme) circulated at the meeting for the period expiring at the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020;

 

(d) that the Chief Executive be authorised to approve such changes to membership of the above bodies detailed in the Appendix circulated as may be notified from time to time by the relevant political group to which those seats have been allocated by the Council;

 

(e) that additional Members of Scrutiny Committees, Highways and Traffic Orders Committees, the Standards Committee and the Farms Estate Committee as detailed in the aforementioned Appendix (or to be nominated by those bodies listed thereon) be appointed for the period expiring at the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020 or as otherwise shown (subject to any change notified by the nominating body) or, in the case of parent governor representatives on the Children’s Scrutiny Committee, following a ballot of eligible parent governors.

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Councillor Hughes MOVED and Councillor Hannaford SECONDED:

 

(a) that in accordance with Standing Order 21 the County Council appoints those Committees, Joint Committees and Working Parties/Panels as shown in the Appendix circulated at the meeting with terms of reference set out in the Council's Constitution or set out therein for the period expiring at the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020;

 

(b) that, as required by section 16(1) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, Members of the Council be appointed as voting members to those Committees, Joint Committees, Joint Consultative Committees and Working Parties/Panels referred to at (a) above in accordance with the names notified to the Chief Executive by each of the Political Groups represented on the Council, to give effect to the proposed allocation of seats as between political party groups and set out for the time being in the Appendix circulated at the meeting;

 

(c) that, and in accordance with the Council’s Scrutiny Procedure Rules, the County Council appoints the total numbers of voting (v) or non-voting (nv) members to those Committees, Joint Committees and Working Parties/Panels referred to (a) above as thus denoted in the Appendix (the Council’s voting scheme) circulated at the meeting for the period expiring at the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020;

 

(d) that the Chief Executive be authorised to approve such changes to membership of the above bodies detailed in the Appendix circulated as may be notified from time to time by the relevant political group to which those seats have been allocated by the Council;

 

(e) that additional Members of Scrutiny Committees, Highways and Traffic Orders Committees, the Standards Committee and the Farms Estate Committee as detailed in the aforementioned Appendix (or to be nominated by those bodies listed thereon) be appointed for the period expiring at the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020 or as otherwise shown (subject to any change notified by the nominating body) or, in the case of parent governor representatives on the Children’s Scrutiny Committee, following a ballot of eligible parent governors.

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

197.

Appointment of Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Committees

Councillor Hughes to move:

 

"that Members shown in the Appendix circulated at the meeting be elected Chair and Vice-Chair of those Committees as indicated therein to hold office until the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020."

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Councillor Hughes MOVED and Councillor Way SECONDED:

 

"that Members shown in the Appendix circulated at the meeting be appointed Chair’s and Vice-Chair’s of Committees as indicated therein to hold office until the date of the Annual Meeting of the Council in 2020”.

          

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

198.

Public Participation: Petitions, Questions and Representations pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Petitions, Questions or Representations from Members of the public in line with the Council’s Petitions and Public Participation Schemes.

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The Leader was presented, by Mr Banks, with a petition containing approximately 1200 signatures relating to the Motion on the agenda in the name of Councillor Hodgson on Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Organisations.

 

The relevant Cabinet Member or Head of Service would be asked to respond direct to the petitioner on the issues raised, within 15 days.

 

In accordance with the Council's Public Participation Rules, the Leader and relevant Cabinet Members responded to 9 questions  from members of the public on CO2 emissions and transportation and progress on Council projects that would support CO2 reduction, the Council’s commitment to the Climate Emergency Declaration and the immediate and long term strategies for information dissemination, how much energy the Council currently generated from renewable energy installations on its land and buildings, the quantity of carbon dioxide emitted annually from waste collected by the South West Devon Waste Partnership and incinerated at Devonport, the ambition to become carbon neutral and whether this related to the whole of Devon or just Devon County Council, reconsideration of the 2050 target date for carbon-neutral and other Councils' targets, which carbon emission reduction targets the County Council were considering delivering by 2025, the role of the Climate Impacts Response Group and how quickly it might show results and the date for the drafting and adoption of a Climate Action Plan to cut local carbon emissions.

 

The Leader and Cabinet Members also responded orally to supplementary questions arising from the above.

 

A copy of the questions would be sent to those members of the public, who were not present at the meeting.

 

In accordance with the Council's Public Participation Rules, the Council received and acknowledged an oral representation made by Mr Whitehouse on climate change, following recent declarations by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and by Parliament.

 

The Chair thanked the Members of the public for their questions and representations.

 

[NB: A copy of the questions and answers are appended to these minutes and are also available on the Council’s Website at http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=132&Year=0 and any supplementary questions and answers may be observed through the webcast of this meeting – see Notes below]

199.

Petitions from Members of the Council

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There was no Petition received from a Member of the Council.

200.

Questions from Members of the Council pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Answers to questions from Members of the Council pursuant to Standing Order 17.

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In accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rules, the relevant Cabinet Members provided a written response to one question submitted by a Member of the Council relating to the Windrush Scandal and whether any Devon residents had been affected.

 

The Cabinet Member responded orally to the supplementary question arising from the above.

 

[NB: See also responses to Questions referred to at Minute 198 above. A copy of the questions and answers are appended to the signed minutes and any supplementary questions and answers may be observed through the webcast of this meeting – see Notes below]

201.

Cabinet Member Reports pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To consider reports from Cabinet Members.

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The Council received reports from the relevant Cabinet Members on matters of interest or service developments relating to their remits which had occurred since the previous meeting or were likely to have an impact in the future or on specific issues upon which they had been asked to comment, as set out below:

 

(a)        Community, Public Health, Transportation and Environment

 

Councillor Croad commented, as requested by Councillor Hannaford on the Knife Crime Public Health Consultation including current statistics and trends for knife related crime in the area, recent knife amnesty results, links to organised crime and county lines, and what the Council’s official response to the consultation would be.

 

The Cabinet Member referred to the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy in response to rises in knife crime, gun crime and homicide and some of the risk factors that could impact on an individual’s vulnerability to becoming either a victim or perpetrator of serious violence. The Government was also consulting on a potential new legal duty on specific organisations to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence. Views were being sought to inform the Council’s response.

 

The consultation consisted of three options:

 

1.     A new duty on specific organisations to have due regard to the prevention and tackling of serious violence (similar to the PREVENT duty);

2.     A new duty through legislating to revise Community Safety Partnerships (to ensure they had a strategy for preventing and tackling serious violence); and

3.     A voluntary non-legislative approach (to encourage areas to adopt voluntary measures to engage in a multi-agency approach instead of, or to complement introducing a new statutory duty).

 

The Government’s stated preference was Option One.

 

In terms of data, locally there was evidence of a small increase in knife-related activity in certain pockets of the peninsula, but there did not appear to be evidence of any widespread large-scale increases.

 

The participation of Devon and Cornwall in the national knife amnesty (11 – 17 March 2019) led to 367 knives and bladed items being handed in to police.

 

(b)        Children’s Services and Schools

 

Councillor McInnes circulated a report as requested by Councillors Biederman on the recent Ofsted focused visit of Children’s Services and the immediate actions taken and required in response to their Report and also provided a verbal update, as requested by Councillor Hannaford, on the Steiner School (Exeter).

 

In response to the Ofsted focused visit, the Cabinet Member highlighted that ‘Focused Visits’ were part of the new Inspection Framework for Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS), designed to support improvement.  He highlighted that most Local Authorities were weakest in the area of Children in Need and Child Protection.

 

Senior leaders had responded quickly and with appropriate rigour, realigning service priorities and the immediate strengthened management information to eliminate knowledge gaps. A period of accelerated improvement focusing on key areas of practice was underway and would remain in place until the full ILACS took place. Quality assurance activity was being significantly tightened and additional resources being put into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 201.

202.

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To receive and approve the Minutes of the under mentioned Committees

 

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The Chair of the Council MOVED and it was duly SECONDED that the Minutes of the under-mentioned meetings of Committees be approved.

 

Investment & Pension Fund Committee              -           22 February 2019         

Audit Committee                                                -           27 February 2019         

Public Rights of Way Committee                        -           4 March 2019

Standards Committee                                        -           4 April 2019

Procedures Committee                                      -           17 April 2019

Appeals Committee                                           -           13 May 2019

 

Children’s Scrutiny                                            -           18 March 2019

Health & Adult Care Scrutiny                              -           21 March 2019

Corporate Infrastructure & Regulatory                 -           26 March 2019

Services Scrutiny

 

The Motion was put to the vote and declared CARRIED.

203.

Scrutiny Annual Report 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive the Scrutiny Annual Report, a copy of which can be viewed on the web.

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The Council received and endorsed the 2018/19 Annual Report summarising the activities and investigations undertaken by each of the Council’s three Scrutiny Committees during the course of the year, the outcomes arising and the continuing challenges and development of the Scrutiny role over that period.

 

As well as ten reviews, more than twenty visits to frontline services, there was also a National Conference with more than seventy delegates, the message from the day being that the environment for Scrutiny was paramount to enable meaningful impact.

 

The Report highlighted that assessing the impact of Scrutiny was not always easy, but by developing a reputation based on robust questioning and examination, good Scrutiny helped decision makers make more informed and accountable decisions. Over the past 12 months, tangible changes in Council policy and practice had taken place as a direct result of Scrutiny recommendations or direction.

 

The Chair of the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee paid tribute, on behalf of the Chairs of Scrutiny Committees, to the efforts of all Members involved in the work of those Committees and Task Groups and to the support provided by Officers to facilitate the work of Scrutiny in Devon; advocating the continuing value of a strong, independent, Scrutiny function to advise the Council. The other Scrutiny Committee Chairs endorsed those remarks.

 

In associating himself with the above remarks the Leader of the Council also expressed his thanks to the Council's Scrutiny Committees for the advice they had given to the Cabinet over the last year.

 

[NB: A copy of the Annual Report was available on the website)

204.

Public Health (Minute 186 of 21 February 2019)

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Cabinet (Minute 319(a)) as an amendment to the following Notice of Motion submitted previously to the Council by Councillor Connett and referred thereto in accordance with Standing Order 8(2), namely:

 

Devon County Council notes:

 

·         the vital role played by Public Health in helping Devon residents to lead healthier lives by, for example, avoiding diseases, unwanted pregnancies, support to stop smoking, and eating better;

·         with grave concern the announcement of a further £85m cut to the Public Health Budget, as one of 12 Ministerial statements published by the Government on the last day of the Parliamentary term before Christmas, only weeks after the Secretary of State for Health described prevention as his priority; and

·         this is on top of cuts to the Public Health budget announced since Summer 2015, now totalling just over £600 million.

 

This Council meeting further notes:

 

·         the comments of the Health Foundation, who described these cuts as a false economy and who have calculated that an additional £3bn a year is required to reverse the impact of government cuts to the Public Health grant to date and have called for this increased budget to be allocated according to need;

·         the warnings from the King’s Fund that such cuts could put pressure on councils to cut non-statutory sexual health prevention services, which could lead to more sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies; and

·         this Council believes that our Public Health team perform vital work to help keep the residents of Devon healthy and to avoid more costly admissions to hospital and other interventions by our NHS and that this should be properly funded by central Government.

 

This Council meeting resolves to:

 

·         thank our Director of Public Health and her team for the great work they do across Devon despite continued financial challenges;

·         condemn the Government’s use of the time just before Christmas to make announcements such as this;

·         call on the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member to consider carefully the required cuts to services will be implemented; and

·         ask the Leader and Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Health, calling on the Government to deliver increased investment in Public Health and to support a sustainable health and social care system by taking a “prevention first” approach.

 

Having had regard to the aforementioned, any factual briefing/position statement on the matter set out in Report (CSO/19/9) and other suggestions or alternatives considered at that meeting the Cabinet subsequently resolved that the Council:

 

(a) be asked to endorse the work of the Director of Public Health and the team in managing the Public Health Grant cuts and the challenges that this causes for improving the health of the population by thinking and working innovatively and creatively with wider partners to support improved outcomes;

 

(b) note that Budget announcements are known to arrive at this time of year and there will be transparency about the implications of that budget as part of the Council’s budget setting process;  ...  view the full agenda text for item 204.

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Pursuant to County Council Minute 186 of 21 February 2019 relating to the Notice of Motion set out below as previously submitted and formally moved and seconded by Councillor Connett that:

                       

Devon County Council notes:

 

·         the vital role played by Public Health in helping Devon residents to lead healthier lives by, for example, avoiding diseases, unwanted pregnancies, support to stop smoking, and eating better;

·         with grave concern the announcement of a further £85m cut to the Public Health Budget, as one of 12 Ministerial statements published by the Government on the last day of the Parliamentary term before Christmas, only weeks after the Secretary of State for Health described prevention as his priority; and

·         this is on top of cuts to the Public Health budget announced since Summer 2015, now totalling just over £600 million.

 

This Council meeting further notes:

 

·         the comments of the Health Foundation, who described these cuts as a false economy and who have calculated that an additional £3bn a year is required to reverse the impact of government cuts to the Public Health grant to date and have called for this increased budget to be allocated according to need;

·         the warnings from the King’s Fund that such cuts could put pressure on councils to cut non-statutory sexual health prevention services, which could lead to more sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies; and

·         this Council believes that our Public Health team perform vital work to help keep the residents of Devon healthy and to avoid more costly admissions to hospital and other interventions by our NHS and that this should be properly funded by central Government.

 

This Council meeting resolves to:

 

·         thank our Director of Public Health and her team for the great work they do across Devon despite continued financial challenges;

·         condemn the Government’s use of the time just before Christmas to make announcements such as this;

·         call on the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member to consider carefully the required cuts to services will be implemented; and

·         ask the Leader and Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Health, calling on the Government to deliver increased investment in Public Health and to support a sustainable health and social care system by taking a “prevention first” approach.

 

and having had regard to the advice of the Cabinet set out in Minute 13 of March 2019:

 

Councillor Hart MOVED and Councillor McInnes SECONDED that the Cabinet’s advice be accepted and that the Council:

 

(a) be asked to endorse the work of the Director of Public Health and the team in managing the Public Health Grant cuts and the challenges that this causes for improving the health of the population by thinking and working innovatively and creatively with wider partners to support improved outcomes;

 

(b) note that Budget announcements are known to arrive at this time of year and there will be transparency about the implications of that budget as part of the Council’s budget setting process;

 

(c) note that the budget has  ...  view the full minutes text for item 204.

205.

Saint Boniface - Patron Saint of Devon (Minute 187 of 21 February 2019)

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Cabinet (Minute 319 (b)) as an amendment to the following Notice of Motion submitted previously to the Council by Councillor Way and referred thereto in accordance with Standing Order 8(2), namely: 

 

There is increasing interest in Crediton-born Winfrith, who became Saint Boniface, being recognised as Patron Saint of Devon. The Boniface Link Association is a secular organisation campaigning for the adoption of Boniface as Patron Saint of Devon. With links to Fulda in Germany and Dokkum in Holland, this initiative has gained letters of support from many churches and prominent civic figures from across the county.

 

Devon’s most famous native-born saint, Boniface was born in the Crediton area circa 680AD. He is highly regarded for his missionary work across a large part of Europe. A significant historical figure he is often referred to as the First European. He studied at the monastery at Exeter, then at the monastery at Nursling, near Southampton.

 

In 716 he set sail to convert the tribes in Frisia (now Friesland) in the Netherlands to Christianity. Subsequent work in Frisia and Hesse gave him a reputation as an outstanding missionary and administrator. In 722, Pope Gregory made him Bishop of all Germany East of the Rhine. Much of his later work laid the foundations of Charlemagne’s Holy Roman Empire 50 years later. In 754 he was martyred at Dokkum and buried at Fulda in Hesse. 

 

The national shine to Boniface is at the Roman Catholic church at Crediton and the many references to him in Crediton’s Parish church attract visitors to the town. A blue plaque can be seen at Tolleys, Crediton traditionally regarded as his birth place. An impressive statue of St Boniface is located at Newcombes Meadow.

 

Proud of Devon’s heritage and recognising Boniface as a significant historic figure this Council supports the initiative to adopt Saint Boniface as Patron Saint of Devon.

 

Having had regard to the aforementioned, any factual briefing/position statement on the matter set out in Report (CSO/19/9) and other suggestions or alternatives considered at that meeting the Cabinet subsequently resolved that the Council:

 

(a)    note the work of the Boniface Link Association (Crediton) and also the mechanism by which Boniface is honoured in the national church calendar on 5th June;

 

(b)   note the anticipated announcement by the Bishop of Exeter about an initiative that honours and commemorates St Boniface; and

 

(c)    supports the work of the Boniface Link Association in working towards the adoption of St Boniface as the patron saint of Devon and in line with the letters of support received from the Bishop of Plymouth, Bishop of Exeter, Senior Pastor at Crediton Congregational Church, Crediton Methodist Church and Rector of the Orthodox Parish of the Holy Prophet Elias, also lends it support to the Notice of Motion.

 

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Pursuant to County Council Minute 187 of 21 February 2019 relating to the Notice of Motion set out below as previously submitted and formally moved and seconded by Councillor Way that:

There is increasing interest in Crediton-born Winfrith, who became Saint Boniface, being recognised as Patron Saint of Devon. The Boniface Link Association is a secular organisation campaigning for the adoption of Boniface as Patron Saint of Devon. With links to Fulda in Germany and Dokkum in Holland, this initiative has gained letters of support from many churches and prominent civic figures from across the county.

 

Devon’s most famous native-born saint, Boniface was born in the Crediton area circa 680AD. He is highly regarded for his missionary work across a large part of Europe. A significant historical figure he is often referred to as the First European. He studied at the monastery at Exeter, then at the monastery at Nursling, near Southampton.

 

In 716 he set sail to convert the tribes in Frisia (now Friesland) in the Netherlands to Christianity. Subsequent work in Frisia and Hesse gave him a reputation as an outstanding missionary and administrator. In 722, Pope Gregory made him Bishop of all Germany East of the Rhine. Much of his later work laid the foundations of Charlemagne’s Holy Roman Empire 50 years later. In 754 he was martyred at Dokkum and buried at Fulda in Hesse. 

 

The national shine to Boniface is at the Roman Catholic church at Crediton and the many references to him in Crediton’s Parish church attract visitors to the town. A blue plaque can be seen at Tolleys, Crediton traditionally regarded as his birth place. An impressive statue of St Boniface is located at Newcombes Meadow.

 

Proud of Devon’s heritage and recognising Boniface as a significant historic figure this Council supports the initiative to adopt Saint Boniface as Patron Saint of Devon.

 

and having had regard to the advice of the Cabinet set out in Minute 319 (b) of 13 March 2019, the Council:

 

(a) note the work of the Boniface Link Association (Crediton) and also the mechanism by which Boniface is honoured in the national church calendar on 5th June;

 

(b) note the anticipated announcement by the Bishop of Exeter about an initiative that honours and commemorates St Boniface; and

 

(c) supports the work of the Boniface Link Association in working towards the adoption of St Boniface as the patron saint of Devon and in line with the letters of support received from the Bishop of Plymouth, Bishop of Exeter, Senior Pastor at Crediton Congregational Church, Crediton Methodist Church and Rector of the Orthodox Parish of the Holy Prophet Elias, also lends it support to the Notice of Motion.

 

Councillor Hart MOVED and Councillor McInnes SECONDED that the Cabinet’s advice be accepted, as outlined above and that the Council lends it support to the work of the Boniface Link Association.

 

The Cabinet’s recommendation in the name of Councillor Hart was then put to the vote and declared CARRIED and subsequently  ...  view the full minutes text for item 205.

206.

Parental Leave Policies and Councillors (Minute 188 of 21 February 2019)

To receive and consider the recommendations of the Procedures Committee (Minute 60, 17 April 2019) as an amendment to the following Notice of Motion submitted previously to the Council by Councillor Atkinson and referred thereto in accordance with Standing Order 8(2), namely: 

 

This Council notes:

 

·         that analysis of the 2018 Local Election results by the Fawcett Society found that only 34% of councillors in England are women, up 1% since 2017.

·         that across England, Labour has improved its representation of women, with 45% women compared with 40% in 2014, and the Liberal Democrat's representation is up from 34% to 36% whilst the Conservative Party saw a fall from 31% to 29% in the share of its councillors who are female;

·         that as of the 2017 DCC elections, only 18 out of 60 county councillors are women. Only three women were under 45 years of age

·         as of summer 2017, only 4% of councils in England and Wales have parental leave policies, according to research by the Fawcett Society;

·         that the role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their age or background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to have more children to remain as councillors;

·         that parental leave must apply to parents regardless of their gender, and that it should also cover adoption and fostering leave to support those who choose to adopt and foster.

·         As there are County Council elections in 2021 the Council needs to review its policies with a view to encouraging prospective people who may be interested in standing for the County with a view to improving a wider range of people of younger age and gender to better reflect the Devon Community 

 

This Council resolves:

 

·         to refer to the Procedures Committee this motion to consider whether to recommend the adoption of the attached parental leave policy (see below) to give all councillors an entitlement to parental leave after giving birth or adopting and fostering; and

·         to ensure that councillors with children and other caring commitments are supported as appropriate.

 

     Parental Leave Policy for Councils

 

Introduction

 

This Policy sets out Members’ entitlement to maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and relevant allowances.

 

The objective of the policy is to ensure that insofar as possible Members are able to take appropriate leave at the time of birth or adoption, that both parents are able to take leave, and that reasonable and adequate arrangements are in place to provide cover for portfolio-holders and others in receipt of Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA) during any period of leave taken. 

 

Improved provision for new parents will contribute towards increasing the diversity of experience, age and background of local authority councillors. It will also assist with retaining experienced councillors – particularly women – and making public office more accessible to individuals who might otherwise feel excluded from it.

 

There is at  ...  view the full agenda text for item 206.

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Minutes:

Pursuant to Procedures Committee Minute 60 of 17 April 2019 relating to the Notice of Motion set out below as previously submitted and formally moved and seconded by Councillor Atkinson that:

                       

      This Council notes:

 

·         that analysis of the 2018 Local Election results by the Fawcett Society found that only 34% of councillors in England are women, up 1% since 2017.

·         that across England, Labour has improved its representation of women, with 45% women compared with 40% in 2014, and the Liberal Democrat's representation is up from 34% to 36% whilst the Conservative Party saw a fall from 31% to 29% in the share of its councillors who are female;

·         that as of the 2017 DCC elections, only 18 out of 60 county councillors are women. Only three women were under 45 years of age

·         as of summer 2017, only 4% of councils in England and Wales have parental leave policies, according to research by the Fawcett Society;

·         that the role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their age or background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to have more children to remain as councillors;

·         that parental leave must apply to parents regardless of their gender, and that it should also cover adoption and fostering leave to support those who choose to adopt and foster.

·         As there are County Council elections in 2021 the Council needs to review its policies with a view to encouraging prospective people who may be interested in standing for the County with a view to improving a wider range of people of younger age and gender to better reflect the Devon Community 

 

This Council resolves:

 

·         to refer to the Procedures Committee this motion to consider whether to recommend the adoption of the attached parental leave policy (see below) to give all councillors an entitlement to parental leave after giving birth or adopting and fostering; and

·         to ensure that councillors with children and other caring commitments are supported as appropriate.

 

          Parental Leave Policy for Councils

 

Introduction

 

This Policy sets out Members’ entitlement to maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and relevant allowances.

 

The objective of the policy is to ensure that insofar as possible Members are able to take appropriate leave at the time of birth or adoption, that both parents are able to take leave, and that reasonable and adequate arrangements are in place to provide cover for portfolio-holders and others in receipt of Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA) during any period of leave taken. 

 

Improved provision for new parents will contribute towards increasing the diversity of experience, age and background of local authority councillors. It will also assist with retaining experienced councillors – particularly women – and making public office more accessible to individuals who might otherwise feel excluded from it.

 

There is at present no legal right to parental leave of any kind for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 206.

207.

Free Personal Care

Councillor Biederman to move:

 

Devon County Council notes that over a million older people in England are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.

 

Devon County Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wipe out a lifetime of savings, and force families to sell their homes.

 

Devon County Council also believes that England’s care system needs major reform to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution and to make care free at the point of use.

 

Devon County Council therefore supports Independent Age’s call for the introduction of free personal care for all older people in England, alongside a new social care contribution to fully fund the policy on a sustainable basis.

 

Devon County Council calls on the Government to take the necessary steps to implement this policy as swiftly as possible to end the care crisis and properly support older people in Devon.

 

Devon County Council also calls on our local MP(s) to support the campaign for free personal care, and to speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons and through their wider engagements.

 

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Minutes:

Councillor Biederman MOVED and Councillor Shaw SECONDED;

 

Devon County Council notes that over a million older people in England are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.

 

Devon County Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wipe out a lifetime of savings, and force families to sell their homes.

 

Devon County Council also believes that England’s care system needs major reform to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution and to make care free at the point of use.

 

Devon County Council therefore supports Independent Age’s call for the introduction of free personal care for all older people in England, alongside a new social care contribution to fully fund the policy on a sustainable basis.

 

Devon County Council calls on the Government to take the necessary steps to implement this policy as swiftly as possible to end the care crisis and properly support older people in Devon.

 

Devon County Council also calls on our local MP(s) to support the campaign for free personal care, and to speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons and through their wider engagements.

 

In accordance with Standing Order 6(6) the Notice of Motion was referred, without discussion, to the Cabinet for consideration.

208.

10 Point Green Action Plan

Councillor Wright to move:

 

This council notes its resolution on declaring a climate emergency in Devon, in February.

 

This council notes also that officers launched the policy on wildflower verges earlier this month. Huge congratulations to the officers who helped bring this about.

 

The government has now declared a state of climate emergency across the UK, following the actions of Extinction Rebellion.

 

Climate change and other human activity is now causing species to decline at a rate unprecedented in human history, with three-quarters of land-based environments and two-thirds of the marine environment significantly altered.

 

Devon County Council, with its positive record on the environment is well placed to work with others to help mitigate the catastrophe coming our way. 

 

Therefore, this council agrees to:

 

  1. Call on the government to offer all pollinators full legal protection from harm

 

  1. Write to all Devon outlets stocking bee harming pesticides, and urge them to permanently cancel their order with the suppliers

 

  1. Take action to phase out all glyphosate pesticides used in council weed spraying or any other council related activity, by December 2019 (there may be exceptional circumstances such as dealing with specific non native species, such as Japanese knotweed)

 

  1. Support Devon County Council tenant farmers in phasing out the use of inorganic fertilisers (such as nitrogen) by December 2023

 

5.    Support Devon County Council tenant farmers in setting aside 10 per cent of their land for wildlife and/or wildflower mixes for pollinators

 

  1. Work with community groups and non-government organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust to support Devon County Council tenant farmers to set aside five per cent of their land for tree planting

 

  1. Work with community groups and non-government organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust on supporting town and parish councils, schools and community groups to set aside land for tree planting

 

  1. Develop a policy on soil health good practice, with an emphasis on allowing land to recover and phasing out damaging chemicals, which are ultimately sterilising the land. This would include setting appropriate and reasonable targets for Devon County Council tenant farmers

 

  1. Work with South West Water on a campaign to save water across the county, with an emphasis on education about future water scarcity. Specifically target town and parish councils, community groups and schools to raise awareness of the importance of good water practice

 

  1. Support Devon Wildlife Trust’s campaign by calling on the Environment Secretary to allocate a further eight Marine Conservation Zones to Devon’s waters. Details can be found on the DWT website - https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/take-action/marine-conservation-zones

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Minutes:

Councillor Wright MOVEDand Councillor Shaw SECONDED;

 

This council notes its resolution on declaring a climate emergency in Devon, in February.

 

This council notes also that officers launched the policy on wildflower verges earlier this month. Huge congratulations to the officers who helped bring this about.

 

The government has now declared a state of climate emergency across the UK, following the actions of Extinction Rebellion.

 

Climate change and other human activity is now causing species to decline at a rate unprecedented in human history, with three-quarters of land-based environments and two-thirds of the marine environment significantly altered.

 

Devon County Council, with its positive record on the environment is well placed to work with others to help mitigate the catastrophe coming our way. 

 

Therefore, this council agrees to:

 

  1. Call on the government to offer all pollinators full legal protection from harm

 

  1. Write to all Devon outlets stocking bee harming pesticides, and urge them to permanently cancel their order with the suppliers

 

  1. Take action to phase out all glyphosate pesticides used in council weed spraying or any other council related activity, by December 2019 (there may be exceptional circumstances such as dealing with specific non native species, such as Japanese knotweed)

 

  1. Support Devon County Council tenant farmers in phasing out the use of inorganic fertilisers (such as nitrogen) by December 2023

 

5.     Support Devon County Council tenant farmers in setting aside 10 per cent of their land for wildlife and/or wildflower mixes for pollinators

 

  1. Work with community groups and non-government organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust to support Devon County Council tenant farmers to set aside five per cent of their land for tree planting

 

  1. Work with community groups and non-government organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust on supporting town and parish councils, schools and community groups to set aside land for tree planting

 

  1. Develop a policy on soil health good practice, with an emphasis on allowing land to recover and phasing out damaging chemicals, which are ultimately sterilising the land. This would include setting appropriate and reasonable targets for Devon County Council tenant farmers

 

  1. Work with South West Water on a campaign to save water across the county, with an emphasis on education about future water scarcity. Specifically target town and parish councils, community groups and schools to raise awareness of the importance of good water practice

 

10.  Support Devon Wildlife Trust’s campaign by calling on the Environment Secretary to allocate a further eight Marine Conservation Zones to Devon’s waters. Details can be found on the DWT website - https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/take-action/marine-conservation-zones

 

In accordance with Standing Order 6(6) the Notice of Motion was referred, without discussion, to the Cabinet for consideration.

209.

Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Organisations

Councillor Hodgson to move:

 

Full Council recognises the valuable and considerable contribution community groups and associated enterprises make towards waste reduction and recycling.  To this end it commits to continued financial support where a waste project has proved successful in supporting the delivery of the Council’s waste services in line with its policies and priorities.  Full Council further recognises that continued financial support can be vital to the viability of such organisations

 

The recent public consultation on the Reuse Credit Scheme (RCS) demonstrated the success and popularity of the three main community organisations who deliver these services and divert an extensive tonnage of waste from landfill for less than £50,000 p.a.  These organisations have made a clear case that DCC financial support for their services is essential to their continued viability.

 

(when DCC ceased its funding of the large number of community composting groups, and reduced the landfill tax support it paid them for diverting waste - approximately 60 groups at the time- over half of them ceased to operate within 12 months; resulting in a major reduction in the volume of biodegradable waste being diverted from landfill)

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Councillor Hodgson MOVED and Councillor Biederman SECONDED;

 

Full Council recognises the valuable and considerable contribution community groups and associated enterprises make towards waste reduction and recycling.  To this end it commits to continued financial support where a waste project has proved successful in supporting the delivery of the Council’s waste services in line with its policies and priorities.  Full Council further recognises that continued financial support can be vital to the viability of such organisations

 

The recent public consultation on the Reuse Credit Scheme (RCS) demonstrated the success and popularity of the three main community organisations who deliver these services and divert an extensive tonnage of waste from landfill for less than £50,000 p.a.  These organisations have made a clear case that DCC financial support for their services is essential to their continued viability.

 

(NB; when DCC ceased its funding of the large number of community composting groups, and reduced the landfill tax support it paid them for diverting waste - approximately 60 groups at the time- over half of them ceased to operate within 12 months; resulting in a major reduction in the volume of biodegradable waste being diverted from landfill)

 

In accordance with Standing Order 6(6) the Notice of Motion was referred, without discussion, to the Cabinet for consideration.

210.

House of Lords Select Committee - Rural Economy Report

Councillor Greenslade to move:

 

County Council give serious consideration to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy report recently published to ascertain what conclusions are relevant to Devon and what lobbying steps may be appropriate for the County Council to take.

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Minutes:

The Notice of Motion was withdrawn.