Council - Thursday, 30th September, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Sports Hall, Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5RP.

Contact: Paul Dalton, Elections Officer, Resources Group  Email:  [email protected] or Telephone 01325 405805

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Introductions / Attendance at Meeting.


Minutes - To approve the Minutes of the Meeting of this Council held on 15 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 396 KB


Declarations of Interest.






Questions - To answer questions (where appropriate notice has been given from):-


The Public;


Members to Cabinet/Chairs;


Members to the Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner for Durham and Darlington.


Council Reports.


Chief Executive's Appraisal pdf icon PDF 369 KB

Report of the Assistant Director Resources


Licensing Act Policy Review pdf icon PDF 494 KB

Report of the Group Director of Services

Additional documents:


Cabinet Reports.


Overview Report of the Leader of the Council; pdf icon PDF 375 KB


Overview Report of the Stronger Communities Portfolio; pdf icon PDF 423 KB


Overview Report of the Adults Portfolio; pdf icon PDF 363 KB


Overview Report of the Children and Young People Portfolio; pdf icon PDF 398 KB


Overview Report of the Economy Portfolio; pdf icon PDF 371 KB


Overview Report of the Health and Housing Portfolio; pdf icon PDF 162 KB


Overview Report of the Local Services Portfolio; and pdf icon PDF 371 KB


Overview Report of the Resources Portfolio. pdf icon PDF 368 KB


Scrutiny Reports - To consider Scrutiny Overview Reports:-


Adults Scrutiny Committee; pdf icon PDF 362 KB


Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee; pdf icon PDF 375 KB


Communities and Local Services Scrutiny Committee; pdf icon PDF 368 KB


Economy and Resources Scrutiny Committee; and pdf icon PDF 366 KB


Health and Housing Scrutiny Committee. pdf icon PDF 378 KB


Notice of Motion


To consider a Motion submitted by Councillor Layton, and seconded by Councillor Harker


In increasing National Insurance Contributions (NIC), the government will be funding social care reforms at the cost of the poorest and the youngest in our community.  Younger workers and households relying on welfare will be hardest hit by this tax increase.


The increase in NIC contributions could dissuade local companies from hiring people on a permanent basis due to higher employee NIC payment, leaving Darlington workers faced with more unstable working conditions.


Youth unemployment is particularly high in Darlington (11.7% for 20-24 year olds compared to a national average of 7.7%) and the Tees Valley already, raising NIC is likely to exacerbate this problem. On top of this, the average 25-year-old, lucky enough to find work, will be paying an extra £12,600 over their working lives from the NIC increase. 


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that two million families on low incomes who face imminent cuts to benefits will have to pay £100 more in NIC annually.


This extra cost will have a devastating effect on over 10,000 Darlington families who are already facing an historic £1,040 cut to their annual incomes when Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit are reduced on 6th October 2021.


The TUC estimates that 2.3 million workers, many of which are key worker households, will be worse off as a result of government plans to cut Universal Credit. Many of those on Universal Credit (40% of claimants) are already in work. Many thousands of families in Darlington will be affected by these hard-hitting changes to benefits and tax.


This Council resolves that the double blow of increasing National Insurance and reducing the £20 uplift for those on Universal Credit could have a devastating effect on families in Darlington and around the country, already struggling to make ends meet.


This Council agrees to:


a.       Call on government to rethink these plans as a matter of urgency.


b.       Call on MPs Peter Gibson (representing Darlington) and Paul Howell (representing Sedgefield and parts of Darlington) to explain their rationalisation for supporting the NI rise and the cut to the £20 uplift to Universal Credit both of which will have devastating economic consequences for many thousands of working and out of work people in Darlington.


c.       Call on the Economy and Resources Scrutiny Committee to look at the impact of the NI increase and the cut to the £20 uplift on Universal Credit on Darlington’s people and economy.


Membership Changes - To consider any membership changes to Committees, Subsidiary Bodies and Other Bodies.