Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Executive
Tuesday, 24th November, 2020 10.30 am

Venue: Remote

Contact: Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel 

Items
No. Item

170.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

In the interests of transparency, the Leader stated that she was Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and that she was also on a shortlist of candidates as a Labour nominee for the position of Mayor of West Yorkshire.

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

171.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel - 01274 434580 434579)

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict
documents.

 

172.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE

To note any recommendations to the Executive that may be the subject of report to a future meeting.  (Schedule to be tabled at the meeting). 

 

 (Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel - 01274 434580 434579)

 

Minutes:

There were no recommendations referred to the Executive.

 

LEADER OF COUNCIL & CORPORATE

(Councillor Hinchcliffe)

173.

WEST YORKSHIRE DEVOLUTION pdf icon PDF 135 KB

The Chief Executive will submit a report (Executive Document “CO”) which seeks to:

 

           Consent in principle to the draft Order, to establish a mayoral combined     authority and associated changes as set out in the ‘minded to’          Devolution Deal.

 

           Delegate authority to the Managing Director of the Combined Authority, in consultation with the Leader and Chief Executive of CBMDC and each Constituent Council and the Chair of the Combined Authority, to finalise and consent to the final draft of the Order further to any technical issues which may arise.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       To consider and comment on the content of this report, along with the draft Order.

 

(2)       To consent in principle to the draft Order to establish a mayoral combined authority and associated changes as set out in the ‘minded to’ Devolution Deal.

 

(3)       To delegate authority to the Managing Director of the Combined Authority, in consultation with the Leader and Chief Executive and the Chair of the Combined Authority, to finalise and consent to the final draft of the Order further to any technical issues which may arise.

 

(4)       To note the updated timetable set out in Appendix 1 to this report and the next steps which are subject to the consent being given by the Constituent Councils and Combined Authority, to the Order that the Secretary of State will lay in Parliament in December 2020.

 

(5)       To refer this report and appendices to Council to consider,         provide any comments, and endorse the Executive decisions          taken.

 

(6)       To resolve that this decision is exempt from call-in on the grounds of urgency, for the reasons set out in paragraph 6.1 of this report.

 

Overview & Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

 

Michael Bowness, Assistant City Solicitor - 07582 103658 and

Phil Witcherley, Head of Policy and Performance -  07970 684889)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

On 11 March 2020, the Chancellor announced a “minded to” Mayoral

Devolution Deal for the West Yorkshire area (which covered the Local

Authority areas of Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and

Calderdale). A report was submitted to Executive on 24 March which

outlined the details of the devolution deal, its benefits for Bradford

District, its people and its businesses and set out the required next

steps.

 

The detail of the proposed changes to the governance arrangements

required for implementation of the deal were reported to Executive on

19 May. It required that there will be a directly elected Mayor for West

Yorkshire to be elected in May 2021.

 

The reports which went to Executive in March and May 2020 endorsed

the “minded to” deal on behalf of Bradford District; approved a

statutory review to be undertaken jointly with the other West Yorkshire

Councils and the Combined Authority; provided for a draft Governance

scheme to be produced for consideration; and agreed a consultation to

take place in June and July 2020 on the devolution proposals and its governance.

 

Once the consultation was completed a summary of the outcome was

reported to Executive on 8 September 2020. Due consideration was

given to the comments and suggestions made and it was not proposed

that anything was raised which required representations to be made for

significant changes to the proposals.

 

All the constituent authorities agreed to submit a summary of the

responses to the Secretary of State for Communities in order to

progress the West Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Devolution

Deal.

 

The Chief Executive submitted a report (Executive Document “CO”)

which sought to:

 

           Consent in principle to the draft Order, to establish a mayoral combined authority and associated changes as set out in the ‘minded to’ Devolution Deal.

 

           Delegate authority to the Managing Director of the Combined Authority, in consultation with the Leader and Chief Executive of CBMDC and each Constituent Council and the Chair of the Combined Authority, to finalise and consent to the final draft of the Order further to any technical issues which may arise.

 

The Leader stated that this was the second phase of the work that was

now required as part of the devolution process.  Following consultation

on the proposals and the benefits that would accrue both in terms of

additional resources and devolved power, a positive number of

responses had been received to the consultation that was undertaken

earlier in the year, with the majority expressing support.

 

She added that the additional funding would go towards improving

transport; skills and the environment.  That this was much needed in

the context of the current pandemic and our ability to plan and steer a

way through the post Covid world. To this end, Bradford had already

made great strides in implementing an economic recovery plan.

 

The Chief Executive echoed the sentiments expressed by the Leader

and stated that the benefits devolution would bring to the West

Yorkshire region would be immense. Following Parliament approval of

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