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Declarations of Interest (10:00am) pdf icon PDF 222 KB

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The Executive Member was asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests, not included on the Register of Interests, or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests that she might have had in respect of business on the agenda. None were declared.



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It was reported that there had been ten registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme. All registrations were on agenda item 3 Civic Protocols Review.


Cllr Mason expressed concern that the civic party would be expected to undertake events at their own expense with no support, and that as a disabled person support was needed. He noted that there was a need for the car and mansion house flat and that charity fundraising should be picked by the Lord Mayor. He added that there was a cost to being in the civic party. He suggested that budget savings could be made in other ways.


Danielle Mason explained that being a women in her twenties taking on the role as Sheriff’s lady whilst working full time, having the car to pick up and take to events had helped with travel. She noted that if an inclusive approach was wanted there was a need to consider the impact on young people in civic roles. She explained the importance of civic party in visits to school and community groups and added that reducing visits and turning up with a badge devalued the role of the civic party.


Philippa Crowther, Chief Executive of the Wilberforce Trust expressed dismay that no consultation had been carried out by the council in relation to the review. She explained that she was being told that the York Community Fund (YCF) would be used to fund free school meals. She explained that blind and partially sighted people had benefitted from the work of the Lord Mayor’s charity and the civic party through funding and other donations and she explained how this had been used.


The Executive Member clarified explained that the York Community Fund was separate to the York Hungry Minds Fund.


Janet Looker explained that she had been Lord Mayor three times and she welcomed the report in putting forward a framework as to how the Lord Mayor would work. She suggested that Make it York, YorkBID, the council and voluntary organisations to pull together a coherent plan for the Lord Mayor. She welcomed the review of the protocols during a period of austerity.


Cllr Orrell explained that civic party visits for people with disabilities would not be able to happen with the proposed changes. He noted that civic visits to schools in full regalia would not be the same if a badge was worn. He added that there had been no consultation on the changes. He suggested that there was no understanding of role of the civic party with community and faith groups, and the role of the Lord Mayor of York and North Yorkshire and Lord Mayor of York. He noted that it would be a sad day of the proposals were put into effect.


Cllr Cullwick explained that it would sensible and pragmatic to defer decisions around the mansion house and car as there needed to be consultation and a fresh consideration of the roles and responsibilities of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


Civic protocols Review (10:38am) pdf icon PDF 528 KB

This report reviews a range of current civic protocols to ensure that the Civic Party, including use of the Mansion House and Lord Mayor’s Charity are supported into the future in a sustainable way at a time of constrained resources. 


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Resolved: That approval be given to the:


(a)  Changes to civic protocols for introduction in the new Civic Year from May 2024 as follows:


·       The York Community Fund (YCF) becomes the permanent mechanism for channelling all Lord Mayor Charity monetary donations;

·       Externally funded foreign travel decisions using the lowest carbon option that is practical will be made by the Chief Operating Officer/Leader of the Council by exception; other foreign trips will not be supported;

·       Enhancement of a Civic Party webpage on the CYC website;

·       Attendance at events outside of the city will not be funded;

·       The council will provide support for set agreed events each year. For all other events the civic party will attend at their own cost and wear badges of office; 

·       The final list of events will be delegated to the Director of Customer & Communities in consultation with Executive portfolio holders, and should seek to reduce the number of annual/regular funded attendances by 25%;

·       A set of transport protocols will be developed for civic vehicle usage for agreed annual events and for exceptions such as royal visits including:

o   increased use of public transport where possible (with reasonable adjustments made where required);

o   civic party to wear badges of office when on public transport and attending community events;

o   provision of parking passes for personal vehicles to continue, making use of the civic car unnecessary for home to city centre events, or Mansion House/West Offices to city centre events.

·       In line with the review of the reduction in funded annual/regular events, the number of occasions the sword, mace, robes and chains are required will be all be reviewed and reduced for their security and protection;

·       Badges of office are to be used more regularly and other options including sponsorship of replica chains will be sought over the next civic year;

·       The Mansion House will no longer to be used for living accommodation for the Lord Mayoralty;

·       Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s personal allowances are reduced by a total of £5k (reducing to £1595 and £785 respectively).


(b)  Review and publish the Civic Protocols on the council’s website by the 1st of May each year;


(c) Officers to take a future report to Executive which will seek to provide options to ensure the financial security of the Mansion House in public ownership, and the financial and climate change benefits to York of other civic assets are maximised.




1.         To ensure that the Civic Party, including use of the Mansion House and Lord Mayor’s Charity are supported into the future in a sustainable way at a time of constrained resources. 


2.         To ensure that the Lord Mayor can continue to act as an ambassador for the city as its First Citizen, in their role in relation to:

a.       historical and ceremonial traditions of the Office of Lord Mayor;

b.       attend and support civic events and community activities which demonstrate the First Citizen’s commitment to the Council Plan.



In consultation with the Executive Leader, the Executive Member for Finance, Performance, Major Projects and Equalities considered a report that reviewed a range of current civic protocols to ensure that the Civic Party, including use of the Mansion House and Lord Mayor’s Charity were supported into the future in a sustainable way at a time of constrained resources. 


The Director of Customer and Communities clarified that the Lord Mayor an additional allowance of £3384, not £4,960 as in paragraph 40 of the published report. She confirmed that this did not affect the recommendations within the report. She detailed the report, explaining how the proposals brought in controls to manage demand led pressure, particularly around events. The proposals also provided clarity around rules, decision making, reduced costs and achieved budget savings.


The Director of Customer and Communities explained that this year the cost of the civic party was £134,000 compared to £100,000 in the past and the proposed reduction brought expenditure down to £124,000. She confirmed that there would be no sale of the Mansion House, civic chains, civic car or numberplate. She added that there would not be a change in roles and the proposed changes did not stop visits to schools, community groups and faith groups. She noted that the proposals ensured that the civic office would continue. She noted that the protocols would be reviewed every year.


The Director of Customer and Communities explained that the report had not gone into detail with the Equalities Impact Assessment as they would be produced for each individual in their role. She noted that taxis and DN1 (the civic car) were still an option for visits and that expenses were still available, as well as the allowance for Lord Mayor. With regard to personal safety, she added that where here was a risk to personal safety a risk assessment with the police would be undertaken. She explained that the York Community Fund (YCF) was a new partnership between the council and Two Ridings and the fund would be used to support York charities and community groups and there was no conduit for it into the council budget.


She explained that the Lord Mayor could continue to choose their own charities or the YCF could choose the charities and this was a way of regulating the process of collection only. Regarding decision making, she noted that the Monitoring Officer did not consider it to affect two or more Wards. She noted that there was a cost of running the Lord Mayors charity work associated with council officer time and the YCF could gift aid towards the cost of administration.


The Director of Customer and Communities outlined the recommendations. In response to questions from the Executive Leader and  Executive Member for Finance, Performance, Major Projects and Equalities she clarified that:

·        Since the Mansion House refurbishment inn 2018 it was a requirement of lottery finding to be open five days a week. It was not possible for the Mansion House to be used for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


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