Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Contact: Lynn Cain
To receive apologies for absence, if any.
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and/or Non-Registrable Interests.
To receive and approve as correct records the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 4 March and 20 May 2021. PDF 347 KB
To receive any announcements from the Chairman, Leader, Members of the Cabinet and the Head of Paid Service.
To receive questions from the Public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, if any.
(None received for this meeting)
To receive and consider any petitions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12, if any.
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2 (viii) to receive reports from the Cabinet in relation to the Council's budget and policy framework, reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for debate and reports from Officers of the Council:-
Report on Urgent Key Decisions.
Appointment of the Chief Executive and Head of the Paid Service. PDF 93 KB
Annual Scrutiny Report 2021. PDF 93 KB
Proposed Capital Programme Addition 2021/22. PDF 151 KB
Interim Review of Polling Places. PDF 94 KB
Boundary Commission for England Proposals for Parliamentary Boundaries. PDF 296 KB
In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2 (ix), to receive recommendations from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees and resolve in accordance with the Council's rules of debate as per the attached schedule. PDF 63 KB
Updates from Members of the Cabinet on their Portfolio Activity.
Notices of Motion.
To consider a notice of motion
proposed by Councillor Keir Morrison and seconded by Councillor
Lauren Mitchell, as follows:-
“On the 29th of April 2021 the Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy Committee published their investigation into
the surplus sharing arrangements between the UK Government and the
Mineworkers Pension Scheme.
Since privatisation of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme in
1994, the Government has received 50% of surpluses in the
Scheme’s value, in return for providing a guarantee that the
value of pensions will not decrease. At the time it was expected
that the Government would receive approximately £4bn from the
arrangement in today’s money. However, to date, the
Government has received £4.4bn, and is also due to receive at
least another £1.9bn, on top of 50% off any future surpluses.
The Government has not paid any funds into the Scheme in
return. The Government failed to
conduct due diligence during the 1994 negotiations and was
negligent by not taking actuarial advice. There was no empirical
analysis or evaluation to inform or support the 50:50 split, and it
therefore remains arbitrary.
of thousands of former mineworkers and their families reside within
our district. Ashfield District Council support their calls for the
Government to take seriously and act on the following findings of
the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee:
• The Government should relinquish its entitlement to the
Investment Reserve and transfer the £1.2bn fund to the
Mineworkers’ Pension Fund.
• The Governments should not be in the business of
profiting from mineworkers’ pensions. We are therefore
disappointed by the Government’s argument that the 1994
agreement is a success because the public purse has had strong
returns from it. The Government is not a corporate entity driven by
profit-motives and should not view the miners’ pensions as an
opportunity to derive income.
• The Government’s entitlement to 50% of surpluses is
not proportionate to the degree of financial risk it actually faces
and therefore should not take any further surpluses out of the
scheme until such a time that the Government has supported losses
to the scheme equalling that that they have already taken out of
• The Government has potentially accrued £6.3bn from
the Mineworker’s Pension Scheme and should use this windfall
to cover any future losses to the scheme. In supporting these
findings Ashfield District Council will write to the Chancellor of
the Exchequer asking him to act immediately to the findings of the
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and implement
To consider a notice of motion
proposed by Councillor David Martin and seconded by Councillor
Helen-Ann Smith, as follows:-
“Ashfield District Council notes that the Government is
currently consulting on increasing the free prescription age to 66
and that of thousands of residents in Nottinghamshire aged 60-65
will be adversely impacted.
Council further notes that residents aged between 60 and 65 receive
free prescriptions when they turn 60 in England, whereas the State
Pension Age is now 66.
the full agenda text for item 10.
To answer any questions submitted in writing by Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13, if any.
Question from Councillor Keir
Morrison to the Leader of the Council:
“Will ADC formally recognise the change petition that's
been signed by almost 6,000 Ashfield residents (at 13/7/21) to
retract Hucknall Sports FC's eviction notice from the Papplewick
Green playing fields, in line with the council's petition scheme
To receive a list of minutes and a web link to access Cabinet and Committee meeting minutes that have been published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council for Members to give notice of their intention to ask a question of a relevant Chairman under Procedure Rule 13.2. PDF 88 KB