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Published on 23 July 2014

31 July 2014

Dear Sir / Madam

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Meeting of the Council at which your attendance is requested, will be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBER, FORDE HOUSE, BRUNEL ROAD, NEWTON ABBOT, TQ12 4XX on THURSDAY, 31 JULY 2014 at 10.00 a.m. to transact the business specified in the Agenda as set out.

Nicola Bulbeck
Chief Executive

If Councillors have any questions relating to predetermination or interests in items on this Agenda, please contact the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.

To: The Chairman and Members of Teignbridge District Council.

A G E N D A
PART I

(Open to the Public)

1. Apologies for Absence.

2. To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the Council meeting held on 6 May 2014

3. Chairman's Announcements.

4. Declarations of Interest.

5. Public Questions Session under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(j) (if any).

6. Councillor Questions under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(k).

7. Notices of Motion under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(l) (if any).

The following Notice of Motion has been submitted by Councillor Brodie and supported by Councillors Cox, Dewhirst, Hook and Parker:

Financial Transactions Tax (Robin Hood Tax) Motion

As a Council our day-to-day business is the welfare of our residents, but our task has clearly been affected in recent years by wider events.

Council notes that - The Financial Transaction Tax - or Robin Hood Tax (RHT) - would roll out the current tax on the purchase of shares to other financial assets, such as bonds and derivatives. This could raise as much as £20 billion of additional revenue a year potentially providing a new source of funding for local Councils. The FTT would also encourage traditional longer term approaches to investment as opposed to extremely short-term, speculative behaviour that characterised the conditions that led to the financial crises. Changing such behaviour is necessary to create a more responsible and stable financial system going forward.

In times like these, we cannot afford to turn down £20bn of revenue. £20bn is equivalent to the total amount of Council tax collected in this country each year. It is reasonable to ask a few thousand financiers to pay a modest tax which would raise a similar sum. FTT revenues could be spent in the UK on job creation and the improvement of public services and infrastructure, both nationally and locally. The FTT represents an opportunity to offset the worst of the cuts, and bring growth across the UK.

At least 11 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain - are moving ahead with a broad based FTT (incorporating shares, bonds and derivatives), and from next year will be raising an estimated 37bn euros (£30bn) per year between them. The FTT could help deliver a shot in the arm to communities and authorities across the country.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has recently modelled a likely funding gap for local Councils of £16.5bn per year by the end of the current decade. FTT revenue has the potential to provide funds for services that would otherwise disappear, whilst helping Councils meet the challenges of the future, particularly in relation to adult social care and the elderly.

We in local government have felt the impact of the cuts more than most; the FTT is a way to address this, whilst also forming a positive, job and growth creating mechanism.

Council resolves to:

· write to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government stating this Council's support for extending FTTs; and

· write to all local MPs outlining the Council's position.

The following Notice of Motion has been submitted by Councillor Hook and supported by Councillors Brodie, Bunday, Connett, Corney-Walker, Fry, Hocking, Parker and Shantry:

This authority notes with regret the proposed removal of front desk facilities at Newton Abbot Police Station as this runs directly contrary to the declared aims of the Police and Crime Commissioners to bring policing "closer to the public", and asks him to review and reconsider this decision as a priority.

The mover of the motion would wish it to be known that he is very happy to include any other station similarly impacted upon if local members from any such area wish to add to the above."

8. Referral from Executive - Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule - to consider the Executive recommendation made on 17 June 2014 to approve the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule with an effective date of Monday, 13 October 2014

9. Referral from Executive - Treasury Management Results 2013/14 - to note the draft treasury management results for 2013/14

10. Decoy Access Pinch Point Contribution - to approve a contribution from the 2014/15 capital budget to the Decoy Access Pinch Point Scheme

11. Referral from Executive - Strata - Future Delivery of ICT Services

PART II

(Private)

Items which may be taken in the absence of the Public and Press on grounds that Exempt Information may be disclosed

12. The Committee is recommended to approve the following resolution:

That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act".

13. Supporting appendices for Item 11 above

14. Capital Expenditure for the New Recycling Service - to see approval for capital expenditure in relation to the new recycling service

15. The Chairman to move:

"That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to any document or documents necessary to give effect to the resolutions passed by the Council at this meeting."

 

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