The Committee considered the report of the Director & Registrar in relation to the Recycling of Metals obtained through cremation and the donation of monies received therefrom.
The report set out that each of the three local authorities nominated a bereavement based charity which served their respective area to benefit from the monies received from the recycling of metals. The names of the three charities that had benefited in the past were listed with Members being asked to consider which charities they would wish to see future monies distributed to.
In considering the report and which charities should benefit from future monies received, all Members agreed that they would wish to see Nottinghamshire Hospice removed from the list of charities.
Members debated how the current donations were distributed amongst the charities nominated by the three constituent authorities, with one Member suggesting that it should be amended to more accurately reflect the usage of the facility by the residents of each area e.g. Mansfield and Ashfield to receive 40% each of the monies and Newark & Sherwood 20%. The Member also suggested that the rotation period be for a 5 year period e.g. MDC – years 1 and 4; ADC – years 2 and 5; and NSDC – year 3. The Director & Register outlined the way in which the monies were received and distributed. She advised that it was not possible under the donation scheme to divide the monies raised from each collection of metals between a number of different charties. In response to how much money had been distributed the previous year, the Director & Registrar advised that there had been 2 payments, 1 of £9k and 1 of £7k.
A Member expressed concern as to the proposed amendment to the way in which monies were distributed, commenting that it could result in one charity receiving a disproportionately high amount in comparison to the others.
In response to when one of the local authorities could amend their charitable nomination, the Director & Register advised that it would possibly be in October 2019.
At the conclusion of the debate Councillor T. Hollis proposed and Councillor H. Smith seconded that:
The amount of monies raised from the recycling of metals through cremation be split between the constituent local authorities as follows:
Ashfield District Council 40%
Mansfield District Council 40%
Newark & Sherwood District Council 20%
and that the rotation of distribution be as follows:
Mansfield District Council Years 1 and 4
Ashfield District Council Years 2 and 5
Newark & Sherwood District Council Year 3
On being put to the vote the above proposal was lost with 3 votes for and 4 votes against (following the Chairman using his casting vote).
(a) the Joint Committee support charities that give the most benefit locally to both those who were in end of life care and also in the wider community for counselling etc. of those who required bereavement counselling;
(b) each of the 3 local authorities nominated a bereavement based charity which served their respective area;
(i) MDC – John Eastwood Hospice
(ii) NSDC – Beaumond House Hospice
(iii) ADC – to be confirmed
(c) any monies gained through the final collection for any of the remembrance services held at the crematorium (usually in December) also be donated to the nominated charities; and
(d) all nominations be taken in rotation.