Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Declaration of Interests

Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest, registerable interest or other interest.



There were no declarations of interest.


Public Question and Answer Session

To receive questions from members of the public under rule no.10 of the Council Procedure Rules. The procedure rule provides that members of the public may ask any question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the District, provided that three clear days’ notice in writing has been given to the Head of Legal and Support Services.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 211 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2022 and 21 September 2022

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Consideration was given to the minutes of the meetings held on 7 and 21 September 2022.


It was moved by Councillor J Geary, seconded by Councillor T Eynon and




The minutes of the meeting held on 7 and 21 September 2022 be approved as a correct record.


Items for Inclusion in the Future Work Programme pdf icon PDF 525 KB

To consider any items to be included in the work programme. The plan of forthcoming Cabinet decisions and the current work programme are attached for information.

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The Chair referred to the Committee’s Work Programme and invited Members to make requests for any additional items.


By affirmation of the meeting, it was




The future work programme be noted.


Recommendations of the Fuel Poverty Task and Finish Group pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Report of the Fuel Poverty Task and Finish Group

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Councillor T Eynon, addressed the Committee as the Chair of the Fuel Poverty Task and Finish Group to present the recommendations as detailed within the report.  She thanked all officers and representatives from Community and Partnership Groups for coming along to give evidence, as well as the Members of the group who had worked well together.  The Committee were urged to support the recommendations for Cabinet.


The Committee commended the work of the Group and were in support of the recommendations.  During discussions a number of concerns were raised, firstly that the review focused mainly on rented properties, and it was felt that there were also people in the District dealing with fuel poverty who owned their homes, such as elderly people in very old properties.  Councillor T Eynon explained that privately owned homes were discussed by the Group, and it was felt that communication was key to inform all residents what support was available.  Members were signposted to section eight of the report.  A Member requested that the new Customer Service Centre have all the relevant information available, and it be clearly advertised. 


The second concern was that if a local measure was adopted, there could be a disconnect of terminology when bidding for national funding which could cause difficulties.  Councillor T Eynon explained that the Group did discuss the definition of fuel poverty and it was felt that no matter an individual’s background or circumstances, if they could not afford to pay for their fuel then they were fuel poor.  It was acknowledged that there were lots of different channels of support available which was why the focus on communication and making sure staff had the right data to support people was very important, particularly when they need to make every contact count.


Members that took part in the review addressed the Committee on how they felt the work undertaken was successful and that it was a good opportunity to highlight potential improvement areas within the Council.  It was felt that the review was worthwhile and the recommendations, if supported, were a good start in addressing the areas that the Council could have the most impact.


It was moved by Cllr R Morris, seconded by Cllr T Eynon and




The recommendations of the Fuel Poverty Task and Finish Group as detailed within the report be put to Cabinet.