Agenda and minutes

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 7:00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Barking

Contact: Leanna McPherson, Principal Governance Officer 

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Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Following the recent death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who sadly passed away on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96, the Leader of the Council paid tribute to Her Majesty recalling fond memories of her visit to the Borough in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the London boroughs.


The Assembly were then invited to share their personal memories and many recalled their encounters with Her Majesty over the years, including her impact across the world.


The Assembly and officers then stood to hold a minute’s silence in recognition of the service Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave to the Commonwealth.


Declaration of Members' Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, Members are asked to declare any interest they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes (27 July 2022) pdf icon PDF 107 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2022 were confirmed as correct.


Leader's Statement

The Leader will present his statement.


The Leader of the Council presented a verbal statement, which focussed on the ‘mini budget’ announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer the previous week.


The Leader commented that the Government’s announcement had caused the Pound to collapse and led to the International Monetary Fund calling on the Government to present a plan on how it would fund the mini budget.  The tax cuts that had been announced were set to only benefit the rich while the most vulnerable in the community, including those in Barking and Dagenham, would suffer.  Against that backdrop, the Leader was pleased to report that the Council had attracted £4bn of investment into the Borough in recent years which would help support its residents and new investment opportunities would continue to be pursued as part of the Council’s vision to ensure that ‘no-one was left behind’.



The Labour Group Secretary will announce any nominations to fill vacant positions on Council committees or other bodies.


Assembly agreed the following appointments to fill vacancies on Council committees and other internal and external bodies:


·  JNC Appointments, Structures and Salaries Panel - Cllrs Miah and Nalule;

·  Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Cllr Yusuf;

·  Personnel Board - Cllr Shaw;

·  Barking and Dagenham Adoption and Permanence Panel - Cllr Lumsden;

·  Barking and Ilford United Charities - Cllrs Lumsden and M Chowdhury;

·  Chadwell Heath Community Trust Board - Cllr Yusuf;

·  Citizens Advice Barking and Dagenham - Cllr S Bright;

·  Dagenham United Charity - Cllrs Mullane and L Waker.


Strategy for the Flexible Use of Capital Receipts 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

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The Cabinet Member for Finance, Growth and Core Services presented a report on the Council’s proposed Flexible Use of Capital Receipts Strategy for 2022/23.


The Cabinet Member explained that a delay in the issuing of updated guidance by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) had meant that it had not been possible to present a full strategy as part of the annual Budget Framework report that was approved by the Assembly in March 2022. 


The updated guidance recently issued by DLUHC meant that only two projects, the Adult Services Direct Payment Review and the Adult Services Financial Assessment Review, continued to be eligible under the new rules, with several other transformation schemes previously eligible now needing to be funded elsewhere within the General Fund. 


Assembly resolved to:


(i)  Agree the Council’s Strategy for the Flexible Use of Capital Receipts 2022/23, as set out at Appendix A to the report; and


(ii)  Note that as a consequence of the new statutory guidance, only two transformation schemes were deemed to meet the revised criteria and that ongoing schemes no longer meeting the criteria shall be funded from alternative sources within the General Fund.


Motions pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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Cost-of-Living Crisis


Moved by Councillor Ashraf and seconded by Councillor Twomey.


“The United Kingdom is in the grips of a cost-of-living crisis.  Inflation is at 9.9%, the highest level for a generation, while wages today are broadly the same as they were in 2008.  Fuel costs, supply chain issues, labour shortages and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have all pushed up prices for families.  Even with the Government's proposed two-year cap on average energy costs from October 2022, households will still be paying double what they were in October 2021.


The number of Barking and Dagenham residents attending foodbanks, Community Food Clubs and the Homes and Money Hubs has been increasing throughout the year.  We expect more people to require assistance from the Council and its community partners through the winter and beyond. The Government provided some funding in May 2022 for local authorities to provide discretionary payments to help households with the rising cost of living and energy costs.  However, more funding is urgently required to continue these schemes and also to provide additional help to our community partners who are doing crucial work on the frontline throughout this cost-of-living crisis.


The community and faith groups who are running schemes and initiatives that are helping people when they need support the most are also facing rising costs and are affected by energy price rises.  The Government needs to provide local authorities with extra funding to help these groups to continue their important work in the community.


Last year, bonuses paid out to bankers in the City reached their highest levels since 2007, before the financial crash, and this trend is set to continue.


In light of the City's banking sector enjoying booming bonuses while families struggle to make ends meet, and our community partners struggle to meet both rising demand and rising costs, this Assembly calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to introduce a tax on bankers’ bonuses.  This Assembly asks that income raised from this Bonus Tax is ringfenced for local authorities to spend on discretionary payments to hard-pressed residents and hard-working community partners.”


Members of the Assembly spoke in support of the motion, citing the desperate choices residents were having to make during the current cost-of-living crisis.


The motion was carried unanimously.


Questions With Notice


There were none.


Resolution to Extend Six Month Attendance Rule for Councillor Lee Waker - Section 85 of Local Government Act 1972 pdf icon PDF 66 KB


(The Chair agreed that the following item could be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency under the provisions of Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.)


The Assembly received a report from the Acting Chief Executive regarding the consideration of dispensation under the provisions of Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 in respect of Councillor Lee Waker’s non-attendance at qualifying Council meetings since 25 May 2022 due to ill health.


The Assembly resolved:


(i)  To approve Councillor Lee Waker’s absence from meetings due to ill health, in accordance with the provisions of Section 85(1) of the Local Government Act 1972; and


(ii)  That Councillor Lee Waker shall continue to be a Member of the Council.


National Anthem


In recognition of King Charles III accession to the Throne, the Assembly stood and sang the new National Anthem “God Save the King”.