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Declaration of Pecuniary Interests
Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.
There were none.
To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on 19th January 2022.
That the minutes from the 19th January 2022 be agreed as a correct reocrd of proceedings.
Petitions and Deputations relating to the Budget
Petitions will be presented at the meeting by Councillors.
The deadline for the receipt of requests for a deputation is 5pm on 25th February 2022. Email: email@example.com
There were none.
Councillor Wilson introduced the Budget, highlighting that Lambeth had experienced central Government budgets being cut by half. This had forced the Council to stay on sustainable financial footing by increasing the costs of Council services. Whereas a number of local Council’s had sought to balance their budgets by increasing their Council Tax, Lambeth would increase support for Council Tax for 3 million of its residents. Lambeth would also look to helping other vulnerable households, including spending £500,000 of funding for independent advice agencies for residents needing support managing their finances. Unlike its neighbouring borough’s, Lambeth was using its funds to ensure poorer families would not have to pay a penny in Council Tax. Lambeth’s Labour Administration recognised the important priorities of its residents, including the costs of living crisis and crime and safety – both of which the budget delivered on.
Cllr Bartley and Cllr Briggs, who had both proposed amendments to the Budget, set out via the Green Group Alternative Budget and the Conservative Group Alternative Budget respectively, each addressed Council.
The following Councillors also spoke:
1. Cllr Marcia Cameron (Labour)
2. Cllr Kevin Craig (Labour)
3. Cllr Becca Thackray (Green)
4. Cllr Lucy Caldicott (Labour)
5. Cllr Mo Jaser (Labour)
6. Cllr Scarlett O’Hara (Labour)
7. Cllr Jonathan Bartley (Green)
8. Cllr Maria Kay (Labour)
9. Cllr Donatus Anyanwu (Labour)
10. Cllr Jim Dickson (Labour)
11. Cllr Mo Seedat (Labour)
12. Cllr Nicole Griffiths (Labour)
13. Cllr Matthew Bennett (Labour)
14. Cllr Jane Pickard (Labour)
Councillor Elliott and Councillor Holland then closed the debate.
The Mayor moved to the vote and reminded members that in accordance with Standing Order 16.5, a recorded vote was required when voting on all budget and council tax issues at Council budget meetings.
Amendment 1, the Conservative Alternative Budget, proposed by Cllr Tim Briggs, was put to a recorded vote and DEFEATED by 42 votes against to 1 vote for.
Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows: