Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal
Contact: Inge Booth
Note: This meeting will be held on the rising of Cabinet
ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
To elect a Chairman for the meeting.
RESOLVED – That Councillor Peter Thornton be elected Chairman for the meeting.
To receive apologies for absence, if any.
There were no apologies for absence and there had been no changes in membership of the Sub-Committee, and therefore reconstitution of membership was not necessary.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)
Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.
If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that there were no declarations of interest made.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 - EXCLUDED ITEMS
To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that there were no excluded items on the Agenda.
To consider an appeal against a decision of the Discretionary Rate Relief Sub-Committee.
Consideration was given to an appeal made by Kendal Arts International Ltd against a decision by the Discretionary Rate Relief Sub-Committee to refuse discretionary rate relief.
The decision DRR/5 had been made to refuse the application as it was considered that Kendal Arts International Ltd’s application did not meet the criteria set out in the ‘Guidelines For Determining Applications For Discretionary Rate Relief From Charitable and other Non-Profit making Organisation’. In particular that the activities of the organisation did not sufficiently benefit residents of the District, when compared to the cost that awarding relief would have placed on the Council taxpayers.
Kendal Arts International Ltd had appealed this decision. The organisation stated that they had generated more than one million pounds in economic impact by organising the annual Mintfest event.
Members were advised by the Revenue and Benefits Manager that they should not have regard for the financial position of Kendal Arts International Ltd in their consideration of the appeal. It was indicated that members should base their decision on policy guidelines provided at Appendix 1 to the report.
100% Discretionary Rate Relief be awarded to Kendal Arts International Ltd for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.
Reasons For Decision
Members considered that the work of Kendal Arts International Ltd was of an exceptional nature that provided benefits to the Council taxpayers of South Lakeland that outweighed the costs of rate relief.
The awards are in line with the Council’s policy regarding granting discretionary rate relief to charitable and other non-profit making organisations.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The Sub-Committee could have decided to reject the appeal and not grant relief.