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Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
To note any declarations of interest from the Councillors. They are asked to indicate the relevant agenda item, the nature of the interest and in particular whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.
Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which is not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.
To agree the minutes of the following previous meeting as a correct record:
12th October Extraordinary Full Council
9th November Extraordinary Full Council
9th November Full Council
7th December Extraordinary Full Council
7th December Full Council
Lord Mayor's Business
To note any announcements from the Lord Mayor
Public forum items from members of the public who live or own a business in Bristol can be about any matter the Council is responsible for or which directly affects the city. Submissions will be treated in order of receipt and as many people shall be called upon as is possible within the time allowed within the meeting (normally 30 minutes).
Further rules can be found within our Council Procedure Rules within the Constitution.
Please note that the following deadlines apply to this meeting:
a. Public petitions and statements: Petitions and written statements must be received two working days prior to the meeting - by 12 noon on Friday 7th January 2021 at latest. One written statement per member of the public is permitted.
b. Public questions: Written public questions must be received three clear working days prior to the meeting - by 5pm on Wednesday 5th January 2022 at latest. A maximum of 2 questions per member of the public is permitted. Questions should be addressed to the Mayor or relevant Cabinet Member.
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Please note that members of the press and public may be asked to watch the meeting on a screen in another room due to the maximum capacity of the venue. Those who registered their intention to attend for public forum will be prioritised for the meeting room public gallery.
Petitions Notified by Councillors
Please note: Up to 10 minutes is allowed for this item.
Petitions notified by Councillors can be about any matter the Council is responsible for or which directly affects the city. The deadline for the notification of petitions to this meeting is 12 noon on Monday 10 January 2022.
Recommendation: That Full Council debates the petition and refers it to the Mayor / relevant Cabinet member for a formal response
Political Proportionality and Allocation of Committee Seats
To review and approve the allocation of seats on committees in accordance with the statutory requirements concerning political balance and to approve the allocation of Committee Seats as set out in the report
Appointment of Chair of Audit Committee
That Councillor Andrew Brown be appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee.
Agree, in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Bristol City Council as its Council Tax base for the financial year 2022/23 shall be 127,917.
1. That an estimated deficit as at 31 March 2022 on the Council Tax element of the Collection Fund, net of grants, of £9.763m be declared for 2021/22 and shared between this Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and the Avon Fire and Rescue Service in proportion to their 2020/21 precepts on the Collection Fund.
2. That an estimated deficit as at 31 March 2022 on the Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) element of the Collection Fund, net of grants, of £4.236m be declared for 2021/22 and shared between this Council, Avon Fire and Rescue Service and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in proportion to the appropriate year demands (Bristol 94%, WECA 4%, Avon Fire and Rescue Service 1%).
Full Council approves the recommendation of the Audit Committee to accept Public Sector Audit Appointments’ (PSAA) invitation to ‘opt in’ to the sector led scheme to appoint an external auditor to audit Bristol City Council’s Financial Statement for financial years commencing 2023/24 onwards.
That Full Council note the report.
Under the Council’s constitution, 30 minutes are available for the consideration of motions. In practice, this realistically means that there is usually only time for one, or possibly two motions to be considered.
With the agreement of the Lord Mayor, motion 1 below will be considered at this meeting, and motion 2 is likely to be considered, subject to time.
Details of other motions submitted, (which, due to time constraints, are very unlikely to be considered at this meeting) are also set out for information at the end of the agenda pack.
MOTIONS RECEIVED FOR FULL COUNCIL
Golden Motion: Stamping out discrimination against renters.
This Council notes that:
The private rented
sector (PRS) in Bristol has grown to circa
of homes in the
Private renters face a
host of challenges, including disrepair and lack of affordable
Local Housing Allowance covers
very few properties in the private rented sector due to soaring and
out of control rents.
Tenants in receipt of
housing benefit or universal credit may also face the prospect of
‘DSS (Department of Social Security) discrimination’,
where landlords and estate agents refuse to rent properties to
‘No DSS’ policies have been found to be unlawful and discriminatory under the Equality Act.**
This Council observes that:
It may be that
landlords and letting agents overtly practice DSS discrimination,
e.g. by listing properties as ‘no
DSS’ on websites;
More likely is that
some landlords and letting agents indirectly discriminate
against benefits claimants, e.g. by
using affordability or referencing checks that automatically fail
benefit recipients, or by systematically favouring non-benefit
claimants when assessing tenancy
measures such as the council tax reduction scheme, people are
struggling financially. More people currently rely on benefits due
to the pandemic, so the effects of any DSS discrimination is likely
to be acutely felt.
Bristol City Council
has limited powers over the private rented sector, however, the Bristol City Council landlord
licensing scheme may refuse to license landlords where there is
sufficient evidence that they practice direct or indirect
discrimination. This will include any ‘no DSS’ policies
relating to prospective tenants.
· It may also include refusing to allow prospective tenants on Housing Benefit and Universal Credit to view affordable properties and requiring guarantors in cases where that prospective tenant’s income from their benefits is sufficient. The evidence would have to show that renters on benefits have been treated differently to others not on benefits.
· DSS discrimination is only one of many issues facing benefits claimants, and one of the primary issues is the current level of Universal Credit.
This council resolves:
To defend the right to
decent and affordable housing; and will work to eliminate DSS
discrimination from Bristol.
· To strengthen our work further, include explicit anti-discrimination clauses in all future property licenses. In practice, this would mean that landlords are contractually required to not refuse to rent to people based on their age, sex, race, disability, if they have children, or their type of employment ... view the full agenda text for item 15.