Decision details

Local Government Reorganisation - Structural Changes Order

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

Summary

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland and Innovation Portfolio Holder presented a report outlining the Structural Changes Order (SCO) for Local Government Reorganisation from the Secretary of State. At the time of writing the report, further details on the SCO had not been made available. However, following agenda publication, the details had been released to the authorities involved, comprising of a covering letter and the text of the draft Structural Changes Order, which was received on the 3 November 2021.

 

Members were advised that a virtual briefing had been arranged to take place on the evening of Wednesday 10 November 2021 to provide Members with a Structural Changes Order summary and update. All Members had been encouraged to attend, participate and ask questions. Members were reminded that any comments which had been agreed, would be fed back to group leaders after the briefing session. Group Leaders had received information on behalf of the Groups.

 

For the purposes of the Cabinet meeting it was proposed to add to the resolutions of Cabinet to add a third recommendation and it was understood that Party Leaders would wish to receive the briefing and further information. The additional resolution was to be:-

 

To delegate to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader the submission of any further comments to the DLUHC  on the draft Structural Changes Order”.

 

Members were informed that each of the seven authorities’ Monitoring Officerswould also be providing any legal comments as part of this process and that wehad until the 17th November 2021 for comments to be fed back to Government. Members were reminded that this was not a consultation.

 

Party Leaders were thanked for agreeing to be the conduit for any further group’s comments. As a result of which, a Party Leaders’ meeting had been scheduled on the 12th November 2021 to also be used as an opportunity following the scheduled meetings for any further comments to be raised.

 

During discussion on the item, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland and Innovation Portfolio Holder confirmed that all Members would be receiving a copy of the presentation. Members expressed their support for the proposals and thanked Officers for their work and for ensuring Members were kept up to date on any progress.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)   the update on the Structural Changes Order be noted;

 

(2)   the arrangement of a Member briefing to provide further information around the Structural Changes Order be noted; and

 

(3)   the submission of any further comments to the DLUHC  on the draft Structural Changes Order be delegated to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The Structural Changes will impact upon the Council and all its priorities. Working across boundaries/ Delivering a balanced community/ A fairer South Lakeland/ Addressing the climate emergency.

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

There are no alternative options recommended.

Publication date: 16/11/2021

Date of decision: 10/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 10/11/2021 - Cabinet

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