Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Chamber

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes of the meeting held on 21st July 2022 pdf icon PDF 423 KB

3.

Declarations of interest

4.

Public Questions

5.

Chair's Announcement - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

6.

Reports to Council:

6a

PROGESSING MONMOUTHSHIRE’S REPLACEMENT LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (RLDP) pdf icon PDF 295 KB

Additional documents:

6b

MOTION FOR THE RIVERS AND OCEAN pdf icon PDF 273 KB

Additional documents:

6c

MONLIFE TACKLING POVERTY AND INEQUALITY SUMMER PROGRAMMES 2022 REPORT pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

6d

MONMOUTHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SELF-ASSESSMENT 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 540 KB

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7.

Motions to Council:

7a

Submitted by County Councillor Ian Chandler

This Council notes that:

 

The Declaration of a Climate Emergency passed by Council on 16th May 2019 included the commitments:

 

·       That this council will continue to review the Corporate Plan, Well-being plan, Local development plans and other relevant plans and policies to support the above.

·       Work with partners across the county and other councils and organisations to help develop and implement best practice methods in limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees C. 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act places a requirement on public bodies to embed sustainable development principles in all its practices.

 

This Council further notes that:

 

The Council is required by legislation to hold at least £10 million in cash reserves and, in order to manage its fluctuating cash flow, generally holds between £10 million and £16 million in cash reserves that it invests.

 

The Council is the Investment Custodian of other bodies including the Welsh Church Fund and the Monmouthshire Farm School Endowment Trust, whose combined investment assets exceed £5 million.

 

The Council is part of the Greater Gwent Pension Fund that holds investment assets of over £3.7 billion.

 

This Council resolves to:

a)       Investigate how responsibly the Council invests its cash balances

b)      Develop a sustainable investment policy that is compatible with the Council’s Declaration of a Climate Emergency and the Well Being of Future Generations Act

c)       Work with the Greater Gwent Pension Fund to adopt a similar sustainable investment policy

 

7b

Submitted by County Councillor Frances Taylor

That this Council calls on Welsh Government to review their policy and approach to Non-Domestic Rates for small businesses.

 

From the 1st April 2022, the Non-Domestic Rate Business Relief Scheme has been amended reducing the level of relief that small businesses can now receive, to a maximum of 50%. It means that businesses previously paying nothing under the small business rate relief scheme, will now have to pay 50% of their rates bill after all other reliefs have been awarded.

 

In recognition of the perfect storm facing small businesses in terms of costs, energy and supply issues and with many continuing to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, this Council will write to the Minister for Finance and Local Government requesting a review of the current policy.

 

8.

Date of next meeting - 27th October 2022