Agenda item

Leader's Announcements and Cabinet Question Time (30 Minutes)

To receive announcements from the Leader and, in accordance with Paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, to deal with any questions to the Leader and/or Portfolio Holders on any topic which is within the jurisdiction or influence of the Council and is relevant to their Portfolio.  Any Member who poses a question will be entitled to ask one supplementary question on the same topic.


Members are encouraged to give 24 hours’ written notice of questions to the Monitoring Officer of questions to be raised under the Agenda Item.  If no notice is received, then the Portfolio Holder can reserve the right to give a written answer.  Where written notice of questions has been given, these will be taken first.  Should a Member wish to ask more than one question, questions should be listed in order of priority.  If more than one Member sends in a question, these will be taken in alphabetical order of Members’ names, alternated from meeting to meeting.  Each question and each response is restricted to three minutes.


In accordance with paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following written question had been submitted to the meeting:-


From Councillor Doug Rathbone to Councillor Philip Dixon, Customer and Locality Services Portfolio Holder - Could Cllr Dixon confirm what sort of items of funding are possible and are not possible under members’ Locality Budgets, what the deadline date is, and also show how quick and easy it is to actually get that funding?


Councillor Dixon responded, reminding Members to submit their Locality Budgets as early as possible, but highlighted the deadline which was 1 March 2022. He informed Members that the Member Services Steering Group (MSSG) had unanimously resolved to have a minimum amount of £500 for individual grants.


Councillor Dixon thanked all officers and members involved in the Locality Budget scheme and emphasised the impact and importance of the Locality Budget scheme for the community.


In responding to a follow up question, Councillor Dixon informed Members that the minimum of £500 had been a decision taken by the MSSG to help reduce the amount of officer time spent processing the applications.


From Councillor Helen Ladhams to Councillor Suzie Pye, Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation Portfolio Holder - I note that a youth hub is opening in Kendal, at the south foyer, please let us know more about it and how it will help young people.


Councillor Pye responded, informing Members that Kendal Youth Club would be an important part of many young people’s lives and that it was a difficult time to be 18-23 years old at this time. She highlighted the obstacles faced by young people and stressed the importance of ensuring that young people built confidence and employability skills, which the Youth Club would help with. She stated that dedicated work coaches and Council officers were looking forward to working on this project and encouraged all Members to learn about this importance of ideas like this one.


Councillor Fiona Hanlon to Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Portfolio Holder – How successful has the UN Climate Change Conference (COP) 26 been and do you have any expectations that we will be supported by government?


Councillor Jones responded, highlighting the aims and intentions of the previous COP21 agreement stressing that there was much more to be achieved. She stated the importance of national and local governments working to reduce emissions and set out the ambitious targets set by the UK government in 2021.


Councillor Jones reminded Members of the Council’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and stated that the Council took this commitment seriously and had continued to move this agenda forward to ensure a legacy is left for the future. She highlighted the need for devolution to local authorities, with more trust for on the ground local governance and improve the independence of Local Authorities to act on their own patch.


In concluding her response Councillor Jones raised the need for action in the meantime and felt that Local Government Reorganisation could offer opportunities to build for a sustainable future.