Full Council - Thursday, 9th March, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BY

Contact: Nigel Hill Tel: 01636 655243 Email: 


No. Item


Apologies for absence


Declarations of Interest by Members and Officers


Notification to those present that the meeting will be recorded and streamed online


Minutes from the meeting held on 7 February 2023 pdf icon PDF 432 KB


Communications which the Chairman, Leader, Chief Executive or Portfolio Holders may wish to lay before the Council


In accordance with Rule No. 3.1 to receive the presentation or the debating of any Petitions from Members of the Council

A petition calling for improved and increased local services in Clipstone before any future housing developments are given planning permission, to be presented by Councillor P Peacock.


Questions from Members of the Public and Council

In accordance with Rule No. 3.3.3, the following question has been submitted to the Council from Councillor L Goff:

The Brompton Bike Hire service in Newark, delivered as part of the Towns Fund initiatives, is the first in the East Midlands and will have been operational for a year in April. There is a docking station at Castle House, close to Newark Castle Station which holds eight folding Brompton bicycles.

 I ask if the scheme has been a success, and request an update on the number of users, including if any Councillors or Council staff have made use of the facility? Such schemes need to be successful to make Newark a cycling town again. Are other cycling hubs being considered for strategic locations across the District, and have any employers shown an interest in such docking stations? 



Revenue Budget and Council Tax Setting for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 1 MB


Capital Programme Budget 2023/24 to 2026/27 pdf icon PDF 552 KB

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Medium Term Financial Plan 2023/24 to 2026/27 pdf icon PDF 547 KB

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Treasury Management, Capital and Investment Strategies 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 561 KB

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Council Tax Empty Homes Premium pdf icon PDF 491 KB

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Localised Council Tax Support Scheme 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 550 KB


Pay Policy Statement 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 812 KB

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Six Month Review of the Council's Revised Governance Arrangements - Constitution Amendments pdf icon PDF 542 KB

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Notices of Motion

Care Leavers


In accordance with Rule No. 3.4, Councillor P Peacock will move and

Councillor M Pringle, will second a motion to the following effect:

“The Independent Review of Children's Social Care headed by Josh McCallister published in May 2022 a final report and recommendations that included: "Government should make care experience a protected characteristic"

On Protected Characteristics for Care Experience:

"Many care experienced people face discrimination, stigma and prejudice in their day to day lives. Public perceptions of care experience centre on the idea that children are irredeemably damaged and that can lead to discrimination and assumptions being made."

One young person told the review that a teacher had told them "You're smart - for a kid in care" another young person said "I don't want people to point out that I am in care if I don't want that mentioned. It makes me so cross - that shouldn't happen."

This stigma and discrimination can be explicit and often comes with assumptions about the likely characteristics of children and adults that have care experience. They can also be implicit and are evidenced in the way care experience is discussed in schools, workplaces and the media.

At its worst this can lead to care experienced people being refused employment, failing to succeed in education or facing unfair judgements about their ability to parent when they have children and families of their own.

Hearing testimony from care experienced people sharing the discrimination they have experienced, even from a very young age, it is clear that such discrimination can be similar in nature to other groups that have a legally protected characteristic under the Equality Act (2010).

So, while there may be ways that society can help reduce stigma and discrimination, including creating greater public consciousness on these issues, just as with other areas of equality, there is a case to go further. Therefore, the government is being encouraged to make care experience a protected characteristic.

"Making care experience a protected characteristic would provide greater authority to employers, businesses, public services, and policy makers to put in place policies and programmes which promote better outcomes for care experienced people. It will make the UK the first country in the world to recognise care experienced people in this way. As a measure, it will bolster and pave the way for a number of the recommendations in this chapter." Independent Review of Children's Social Care May 2022

Newark and Sherwood District Council acknowledges that Care experienced people face significant barriers that can impact them throughout their lives.

·       Despite the resilience of many care experienced people, society too often does not take their needs into account;

·       Care experienced people often face discrimination and stigma across housing, health, education, relationships, employment and in the criminal justice system;

·       Care experienced people often face a postcode lottery of support;

·       As corporate parents, councillors have a collective responsibility for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children who are looked after by us as an authority;

·       All  ...  view the full agenda text for item 16.


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