Local democracy during coronavirus

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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting

Contact: Louise Cook  Democracy Officer

Items
No. Item

31.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Member is asked to declare:

 

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

 

which he may have in respect of business on this agenda.

Minutes:

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

 

32.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 January 2021 be approved and then signed by the Executive Member at a later date.

33.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.

 

Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at remote meetings.  The deadline for registering at this meeting is 5:00pm on Friday 19 February 2021.

 

To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form.  If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting, please contact the relevant Democracy Officer, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings

 

Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates (www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.

 

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there were no registered speakers under the Councils Public Participation Scheme.

34.

Inclusive Growth Update pdf icon PDF 264 KB

This report provides an update on the Inclusive Growth evidence base and the Inclusive Growth Initiatives Fund, last reported to the Decision session on 21 October 2020.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the contents of the update, and in particular the emerging impacts on mental health and unemployment be noted.

 

(ii)         That the approach set out to develop revised Poverty Commission and Mental Health projects for these themes of the Inclusive Growth Fund be agreed.

 

 

Reason: So that the Council nurtures a pipeline of projects that positively addresses inclusive growth in the City of York, and focusses funding where it is most needed.

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report that provided an update on the Inclusive Growth evidence base and the Inclusive Growth Initiatives Fund.

 

The Head of Economic Growth and the Interim Director of Place were in attendance to provide an update and answer any questions.

 

The Executive Member noted that:

·        The voluntary group that was promoting the Poverty Truth Commission had struggled to raise the additional funding required for the work and had not been able to progress the project. Given the importance of this work for the Inclusive Growth agenda, officers were seeking alternative partners to lead on this, which would help support the development of the Council’s Economy Strategy and Skills Plan.

·        The Council were unsuccessful in its bid to become a ‘Good Help’ organisation, largely due to a formal external funding bid made to the National Lottery and the Government failing at the final hurdle. The £25k set aside to support mental health remained unallocated. Officers had liaised with the Director of the University Counselling & Mental Health Clinic at York St John University and they planned to develop a rapid delivery project in partnership with business networks and membership bodies to provide practical help to those who were experiencing new or additional pressures on their mental health through the economic impacts of Covid-19.

·        The Kickstart scheme was still progressing with LNER taking on 16 new recruits through the scheme and officers continued to work with small businesses to offer impartial information on applying for Kickstart.

 

The Executive Member thanked officers for their report and he welcomed an update at a future Decision Session. He noted the importance of ensuring projects such as the community jobs fairs continued and that those families who had found themselves in significant financial difficulties were supported.

 

The Executive Member welcomed the proactive work taking place to support the mental health and wellbeing of business owners and their employees and he supported the proposals highlighted in the report.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the contents of the update, and in particular the emerging impacts on mental health and unemployment, be noted.

 

(ii)         That the approach set out to develop revised Poverty Commission and Mental Health projects for these themes of the Inclusive Growth Fund be agreed.

 

 

Reason: So that the Council nurtures a pipeline of projects that positively address inclusive growth in the City of York, and focusses funding where it is most needed.

 

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