Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Forum. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Democratic Support  01442 228209

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Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


Public Participation

To consider questions (if any) by members of the public of which the appropriate notice has been given to the Assistant Director (Corporate and Contracted Services).



To receive announcements and business brought forward by the Mayor, Leader, and Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive.


4.1       By the Mayor:


4.2       By the Chief Executive:


4.3       By the Group Leaders:  Any apologies for absence


4.4       Council Leader and Members of the Cabinet:


Cllr Williams

Leader of the Council

Cllr Banks

Cllr Williams

Community and Regulatory Services

Corporate and Contracted Services

Cllr G Sutton

Cllr Elliot

Cllr Mrs Griffiths

Cllr Anderson                    

Planning & Infrastructure

Finance & Resources


Environmental Services




To consider the following Motion from Councillor England:


 1. This Council notes that Universal Credit, the single monthly benefit payment which replaces the six current working age benefits, has now been implemented across most of the country, but has yet to be rolled out to all benefits claimants in Dacorum.


2. This council further notes that within Dacorum the number of people affected is likely to be in the thousands and is concerned that the full implementation of Universal Credit in Dacorum is likely to prove seriously detrimental to the health and wellbeing of those thousands of local residents.

3. In recognition of this and of the fact that the move to full implementation of Universal Credit in other parts of the country has resulted in considerable financial hardship for many of those people moving onto this new system of benefit payments; council requests that before the full roll-out of Universal Credit across the Borough of Dacorum, measures are found to alleviate hardship caused by -

a. The five week wait for claimants to receive their benefits.

b. Payments going to one named member of a household.

c. The rent element of benefit being included in payments to Claimants

4. To support the measures taken to alleviate hardship, the council requests that an additional financial provision be included in the budget for 2020/2021 to provide for hardship payments and/or loans.

5.  In addition, Council requests that the Leaders of the Political Groups of the Council write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to urge that amendments to Universal Credit be introduced that will -

a. End benefit sanctions as there is no evidence that sanctioning helps people into        work.

b. Allow all new claimants to apply for Universal Credit in job centres supported by trained job centre staff rather than forcing new claimants to apply on-line.

c. Abandon the in-work conditionality for part-time or low paid workers.

d. Increase the overall level to which Universal Credit is funded.



Questions pdf icon PDF 514 KB

To consider questions (if any) by members of the Council of which the appropriate notice has been given to the Assistant Director of Corporate and Contracted Services.

Additional documents:


Business from the last council meeting

To consider any business referred from the previous meeting


Cabinet referrals pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To consider the following referrals from Cabinet:


8.1       CA/121/19       10 December 2019     Committee Timetable 2020/21

8.2       CA/122/19       10 December 2019     Draft Corporate Plan


Additional documents:


Overview and Scrutiny referrals



Changes to committee membership

To consider any proposals for changes to committee membership



Change to committee dates

To consider any proposals for changes to committee dates



Constitution update pdf icon PDF 71 KB