Agenda and draft minutes

Thirsk and Malton Area Constituency Committee - Friday, 3rd December, 2021 2.30 pm

Venue: Remote meeting held via Mirosoft Teams

Contact: Melanie Carr  Email: Melanie.carr1@northyorks.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

112.

Welcome by the Chair - Introductions & Updates

Minutes:

TheChairwelcomedeveryoneto the meeting, including the Leader and MP Kevin Hollinrake, and confirmed there wereno updates to provide.

113.

Minutes of the Meeting held on 1 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 457 KB

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

Thatthe Minutesof thepreviousmeetingofthe Thirskand MaltonAreaConstituency Committeeheldon 1 October 2021,having beenprintedandcirculated,be confirmedandsignedby theChairas a correct record.

 

114.

Apologies & Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.

115.

Public Questions or Statements

Members of the public may ask questions or make statements at this meeting if they have given notice and provided the text to Melanie Carr of Democratic Services (contact details below) no later than midday on Tuesday 30 November 2021. Each speaker should limit themselves to 3 minutes on any item.  Members of the public who have given notice will be invited to speak:

·           at this point in the meeting if their questions/statements relate to matters which are not otherwise on the Agenda (subject to an overall time limit of 30 minutes);

·           when the relevant Agenda item is being considered if they wish to speak on a matter which is on the Agenda for this meeting.

 

If you are exercising your right to speak at this meeting, but do not wish to be recorded, please inform the Chairman who will instruct those taking a recording to cease whilst you speak.

Minutes:

There were no publicquestionsor statements.

116.

Attendance of MP Kevin Hollinrake

Minutes:

The MP provided an overview of how things were at Westminster and his views on issues affecting his constituency.  This included:

·          The management of the new Covid-19 Omnicom variant, and the new restrictions in place;

·          The improvements in the economy which he expected would be back to pre-Covid levels by the end of the financial year, evidenced by massive labour shortages;

·          The recent turbulence in Parliament as a result of the recent serious breaches of the lobbying rules - Members discussed the clamour in Parliament to ban all private consultation work in light of those events, and the MP confirmed new rules were being proposed but suggested more oversight was needed.  Members agreed that it could deter some from stepping forward and if taken too far, could make it difficult for MPs to ensure your future employability post tenure;

·          The pressure on supply chains and the increasing cost of raw materials and energy, putting pressure on inflation;

·          Concerns about regional investment – the MP confirmed his view that the integrated Rail Plan would not deliver improvements in east-west journeys, in particular it not including the proposed northern powerhouse rail link between Leeds and Manchester.  He suggested it would not be possible to level up the North as was needed without that new line.

·          The unfair cap on Adult Social Care, which would disregard the means test – Members were pleased to note the MP had voted against the Adult Health & Social Care Bill.  County Councillor Greg White suggested the removal of the means test coupled with the lower house prices in the north, would result in little benefit to North Yorkshire residents from the new scheme.  The MP confirmed there was a housing disregard for those receiving domiciliary care, with the home only being taken into account if moving to a care home.  The MP confirmed that of the £12bn raised by the Health & Social Care Levey a year, only £2bn approximately goes into Local Authority social care, with the rest effectively going to the NHS;

·          The need to follow through with levelling up – fiscal measures needed to be fair for those in the north;

·          The small boats crisis – both a diplomatic and domestic legislation issue;

·          The devolution deal for York City Region for York and North Yorkshire, with the benefits it would bring, such as having a directly elected Mayor leading on regional development and inward investment;

·          The national 4% unemployment rate, considered to be full employment.  The MP suggested the country needed to be more productive and efficient through greater business investment;

County Councillor Greg White raised the issue of vaccinations and boosters and the planned closure of some of the vaccination centres across northern Ryedale and southern Hambleton at the end of January 2022, meaning residents would have to travel much further to receive them, which would be a barrier to some.  The MP agreed it was a concern but confirmed the decision had been taken in order to try to address the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 116.

117.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 279 KB

Purpose: To consider, develop and adopt a Work Programme for 2020/21 for the Area Constituency Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered areportby theAssistantChiefExecutive(LegalandDemocraticServices)whichcontained the Committee’scurrent workprogramme for the remainder of the municipal year (2020/21). 

 

The Chair highlighted the issues with getting an update from both Highways England and the Environment Agency, and confirmed that as a result both items had been slipped to the March 2022 meeting.

 

Resolved – That the work programme for the remainder of 2020/21 be noted.