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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 the minutes of the previous meeting held on 20 January 2021.
RESOLVED unanimously that the minutes of the meeting dated 20 January 2021 be approved as a correct record of proceedings and signed.
The Mayor noted that apologies and absences had been received from Cllr Kind, Cllr Nye, Cllr Iain Simpson, Cllr Cameron, Cllr George and Cllr Ely.
The Mayor thanked parents and carers for their efforts in home-schooling, and for schools being open to vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers throughout the pandemic, noting that the pandemic had highlighted the digital divide in the community. The Mayor mentioned that Council had launched the Lambeth Digital Inclusion Fund and asked for donations to the crowd-funder.
The Mayor then paid tribute to the former mayor, Cllr Daphne Marchant, who had sadly passed away, mentioning that she had served as Mayor of Lambeth twice, with dedication and pride. He then called on Cllr Ainslie, Cllr Wellbelove, and Cllr Clark to pay tributes to Cllr Marchant. The Mayor then called upon all present to observe a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.
Petitions and Deputations relating to the Budget
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There were no Petitions or Deputations submitted to Council at this meeting.
Cllr Wilson introduced the Budget paying attention to the uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and how Central Government had laid the burden upon residents to make up the shortfall caused by necessary spending over the last year, by asking for rises in Council Tax. Cllr Wilson stressed that Lambeth Council had been forced to increase Council Tax, but that they had provided funding in various areas to help households hit the hardest by these rises.
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 Claire Holland (Labour)
2. Cllr Sonia Winifred (Labour)
3. Cllr Pete Elliott (Green)
4. Cllr Jacqui Dyer (Labour)
5. Cllr Fred Cowell (Labour)
6. Cllr Rezina Chowdhury (Labour)
7. Cllr Mohamed Jaser (Labour)
8. Cllr Joanna Reynolds (Labour)
9. Cllr Dr. Mahamed Hashi (Labour)
10. Cllr Maria Kay (Labour)
11. Cllr Matthew Bennett (Labour)
Cllr Griffiths and Cllr Hopkins then closed the debate.
Clerk’s note: Cllr Marianna Masters left the meeting after the close of 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 49 votes against to 1 vote for.
Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows:
*The Mayor did not vote.
Amendment 2, the Green Group Alternative Budget, proposed by Cllr Jonathan Bartley, was put to a recorded vote and DEFEATED by 44 votes against to 6 votes ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Cllr Ainslie drew attention to issues around transparency with regards to the Pay Policy Statement, paying particular attention to the salaries of thirty staff working for Homes for Lambeth. Cllr Ainslie stated that the Patrick Vernon Review had shone a light on the pay discrepancies in society, and that in the age of covid we should be looking for a fairer economic situation.
Cllr Wilson responded, stating that the pay ratio between the lowest and highest earner in the borough had decreased, and also described how the lowest paid members of the community earned more than they did a decade ago, and that the number of Council staff earning £60k per year had decreased.
RESOLVED, by 47 for and 5 abstentions:
1. To approve the updated Pay Policy Statement for 2020/21 attached at Appendix A
2. To note the appointments made to posts attracting remuneration in excess of £100,000 per annum and severance packages in excess of £100,000 to date, attached at Appendix B.
Clerk’s note: The Mayor did not vote. 3 did not vote due to technical difficulties.