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Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 2.00 pm

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Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 December 2020 pdf icon PDF 604 KB

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Correspondence and Announcements of the Lord Mayor

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Declarations of Interest

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Question Time pdf icon PDF 242 KB

(a)  Written Question – Booklet 1


(b)  Oral Questions to Chairs of Scrutiny Boards/Chair of Scrutiny

Co-ordination Committee


(c)  Oral Questions to Chairs of other meetings


(d)  Oral Questions to Representatives on Outside Bodies


(e)  Oral Questions to Cabinet Members and Deputy Cabinet Members on any matter


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Debate - Universal Credit

8.1   To be moved by Councillor L Kelly and seconded by Councillor K Caan:


“This council notes:

·  Next April the Government plan to cut the benefit level for millions of claimants by ending of the time limited increase to the basic rate of Universal Credit (and the tax credit equivalent) announced by the Chancellor on 20th March as part of his pandemic response package.

·  The £20 a week boost reflected the reality that the level of benefits were not adequate to protect the swiftly increasing number of households relying on them as the crisis hit. Exactly because that increase was a very significant and welcome move to bolster low- and middle-income families living standards, its removal will be a huge loss.

·  Pressing ahead would see the level of unemployment support fall to its lowest real-terms level since 1990-91, and it’s lowest ever relative to average earnings. Indeed, the basic level of out-of-work support prior to the March boost was – at £73 a week (£3,800 a year) – less than half the absolute poverty line.

·  The increase in benefits have had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of local claimants who are better able to pay for life’s essentials such as food, clothing and utilities.

·  The local economy has also benefited from the increase in benefit levels as claimants spend their money locally thereby supporting local businesses and jobs.

·  The cut by the Chancellor of the increase to the basic rate of Universal Credit will result in £28,344,000 being removed from Coventry local economy.

This council resolves to:

·  Write to the Chancellor, Rushi Sunak and to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson demanding that the £20 increase to Universal Credit is made permanent and extended to claimants on legacy benefits.

·  Work with other local government organisations to form a coalition to pressure the government to make the £20 increase to Universal Credit permanent”.


8.2   To be moved by Councillor J Blundell and seconded by Councillor M Heaven:


“This council congratulates the Prime Minister on the post Brexit deal with the European Community and ensures we enter the new year as a fully sovereign nation. 2021 will be an opportunity to show what the United Kingdom means to the rest of the world: striking trade deals with new markets and reasserting ourselves as a liberal and free trading nation acting as a force for good”.




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