Agenda item

Notice of Motion

To deal with the following motions from:

 

1)  Cllr T Hodgson and seconded by Cllr McLoughlin:

 

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

 

That Council notes that:

  i.  This Council has declared a climate and ecological emergency;

  ii.  Many local authorities have established Citizens’ Assemblies that are playing an important role in assisting them in their plans to achieve Net Zero by 2030 or before; and that

  iii.  There is a Bill before Parliament—the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (published as the “Climate and Ecology Bill”)—according to which the Government must develop an emergency strategy that:

a.  requires that the UK plays its fair and proper role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures;

b.  ensures that all the UK’s consumption emissions are accounted for;

c.  includes emissions from aviation and shipping;

d.  protects and restores biodiverse habitats along overseas supply chains;

e.  restores and regenerates the UK’s depleted soils, wildlife habitats and species populations to healthy and robust states, maximising their capacity to absorb CO2 and their resistance to climate heating;

f.  sets up an independent Citizens’ Assembly, representative of the UK’s population, to engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy.

 

Council therefore resolves to:

  ii.  Write to the MPs for Solihull and Meriden, asking them to support the Bill; and

  iii.  Write to the CEE Bill Alliance, the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, expressing its support (campaign@ceebill.uk).

 

2)  From Cllr Dr Sexton and seconded by Cllr Caudwell:

Full Council notes that:

1.  Three million people across the UK have missed out on the Government’s financial support schemes (‘the excluded’), due to technicalities such as: recently changing job, being a director of a limited company, being self-employed less than a year, earning less than half their income through self-employment, and many other reasons.

2.  The lack of financial support has had a devastating effect on people’s livelihoods and their mental wellbeing.

3.  Financially supporting these individuals and businesses is largely outside of the Council’s control and needs to be financed by central Government.

4.  The end of the Brexit transition period has led to increased uncertainty for already-struggling small businesses, including small limited companies and the self-employed who have largely been excluded from the Government’s financial support schemes.

 

Full Council believes that Government should close the gaps in its financial support schemes, and explore options to retroactively compensate people and businesses that were ineligible for the Government’s financial support.

 

Full Council therefore resolves to:

1.  Lend its support to ExcludedUK, its efforts to support ‘the excluded’ and its campaign for fair treatment of ‘the excluded’.

2.  Call on the Government to address the disparities in support, to ensure that all individuals and businesses currently excluded, entirely or largely, from Covid-19 grants are given the support they need and rightfully deserve.

3.  Call on all councillors to sign ExcludedUK’s open letter to the Chancellor of The Exchequer that calls for this.

4.  Call on Group Leaders to consider writing a separate letter to the Chancellor to urge him to look at ways to provide support to businesses that have missed out on the Covid-19 financial support schemes, using Silhilian people and businesses as case studies, and give councillors the opportunity to contribute to, and co-sign this letter.

5.  Ask the Mayor to write to the Borough's MPs to arrange a roundtable discussion with them and their constituency’s ward councillors, to hear more of their excluded constituents’ stories and work alongside MPs to continue to offer support and advise their constituents wherever possible.

 

 

 

Minutes:

There were two notices of motion.

 

Councillor Tim Hodgson introduced a motion, Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, which was seconded by Councillor McLoughlin.

 

“That Council notes that:

1.  This Council has declared a climate and ecological emergency;

2.  Many local authorities have established Citizens’ Assemblies that are playing an important role in assisting them in their plans to achieve Net Zero by 2030 or before; and that

3.  There is a Bill before Parliament—the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (published as the “Climate and Ecology Bill”)—according to which the Government must develop an emergency strategy that:

a.  requires that the UK plays its fair and proper role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures;

b.  ensures that all the UK’s consumption emissions are accounted for;

c.  includes emissions from aviation and shipping;

d.  protects and restores biodiverse habitats along overseas supply chains;

e.  restores and regenerates the UK’s depleted soils, wildlife habitats and species populations to healthy and robust states, maximising their capacity to absorb CO2 and their resistance to climate heating;

f.  sets up an independent Citizens’ Assembly, representative of the UK’s population, to engage with Parliament and Government and help develop the emergency strategy.

 

Council therefore RESOLVES to:

1.  Write to the MPs for Solihull and Meriden, asking them to support the Bill; and

2.  Write to the CEE Bill Alliance, the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, expressing its support (campaign@ceebill.uk).”

 

Following a debate, the motion was put and lost.

 

Councillor Sexton introduced a motion, Financial Support to the Self Employed, which was seconded by Councillor Caudwell.

 

“Full Council notes that:

1.  Three million people across the UK have missed out on the Government’s financial support schemes (‘the excluded’), due to technicalities such as: recently changing job, being a director of a limited company, being self-employed less than a year, earning less than half their income through self-employment, and many other reasons.

2.  The lack of financial support has had a devastating effect on people’s livelihoods and their mental wellbeing.

3.  Financially supporting these individuals and businesses is largely outside of the Council’s control and needs to be financed by central Government.

4.  The end of the Brexit transition period has led to increased uncertainty for already-struggling small businesses, including small limited companies and the self-employed who have largely been excluded from the Government’s financial support schemes.

 

5.  Full Council believes that Government should close the gaps in its financial support schemes, and explore options to retroactively compensate people and businesses that were ineligible for the Government’s financial support.

 

Full Council therefore RESOLVES to:

1.  Lend its support to ExcludedUK, its efforts to support ‘the excluded’ and its campaign for fair treatment of ‘the excluded’.

2.  Call on the Government to address the disparities in support, to ensure that all individuals and businesses currently excluded, entirely or largely, from Covid-19 grants are given the support they need and rightfully deserve.

3.  Call on all councillors to sign ExcludedUK’s open letter to the Chancellor of The Exchequer that calls for this.

4.  Call on Group Leaders to consider writing a separate letter to the Chancellor to urge him to look at ways to provide support to businesses that have missed out on the Covid-19 financial support schemes, using Silhilian people and businesses as case studies, and give councillors the opportunity to contribute to, and co-sign this letter.

5.  Ask the Mayor to write to the Borough's MPs to arrange a roundtable discussion with them and their constituency’s ward councillors, to hear more of their excluded constituents’ stories and work alongside MPs to continue to offer support and advise their constituents wherever possible.”

 

Following a debate, the motion was put and lost.