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Election of Chairman
To elect a Chairman for the meeting.
RESOLVED – That Councillor Jonathan Brook be elected Chairman for the meeting.
Apologies and Reconstitution of Membership
To receive apologies for absence, if any, and to report any arising changes to membership.
There were no apologies and there had been no changes in the 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 no declarations of interest were raised.
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 are no excluded items on the Agenda.
To consider applications for discretionary rate relief from four organisations.
Consideration was given to applications for Discretionary Rate as detailed in the report.
At the Chairman’s discretion, Derek Hurton, on behalf of the applicant, spoke with regard to the application. He emphasised that although Rydal Hall was a Limited Company, it was non-profit making. He informed the Sub-Committee that any money generated by the Company was utilised to help the charitable side of Rydal Hall but conceded that the company did trade and was in competition with other providers.
RESOLVED - That
(1) Discretionary Rate Relief be refused in respect of Rydal Hall Ltd (account no. 53070267) as their application is not in line with the Council’s policy, in that the organisation does not sufficiently benefit residents of the district, considering the cost that awarding relief would place on the Council, and as its main objects are not charitable; and
(2) 20 per cent Discretionary Rate Relief be awarded to the following organisations, as the benefits that these organisations bring to the residents of the district outweigh the cost of awarding relief:-
· Leonard Cheshire Disability (account no. 51732881);
· Lunesdale Agricultural Society (account no. 50167481); and
· South Lakes Citizens’ Advice Bureau (account nos. 53086627, 53086643 and 53086651).
Reasons for Decision
The award of discretionary rate relief to charitable organisations and other non-profit making organisations is to help achieve the priorities and targets set out in the Council Plan.
The application from Rydal Hall Ltd is not in line with Council Policy as it does not sufficiently benefit residents of the district, considering the cost that awarding relief would place on the Council, and its main objectives are not charitable.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The alternative for Rydal Hall Ltd would be to approve the application but this is not recommended for reasons already stated.
The alternative for Leonard Cheshire Disability, Lunesdale Agricultural Society and South Lakes Citizens’ Advice Bureau would be to refuse the applications but this is not recommended as this would not be in accordance with the Council’s policy.