Agenda and decisions

Thursday, 5th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2019.



Declarations of Interest


Armed Forces Covenant Action Plan pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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RESOLVED that the Armed Forces Covenant Action Plan be approved and the plan be reviewed in six months to monitor progress and to add any further actions that may be required.



Garden Communities pdf icon PDF 114 KB

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(1)          Newton Abbot’s status as a Garden Community be confirmed;


(2)          Teignbridge District Council support for the Exeter and East Devon Garden Communities status be confirmed; and


(3)          Receipt of associated ‘capacity funding’ from Government be agreed.



Council Tax Reduction Scheme - public consultation pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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RESOLVED that plans to consult with major preceptors and the public on proposals to introduce a new working-age Council Tax Reduction Scheme for the year 2020-21 be approved.


It is recommended that the Council maintain overall support at current levels and that the following key features of our current scheme be retained:


o   Maintain maximum support at 100%

o   Maintain an Exceptional Hardship Scheme

o   Continue to award 100% support to passported claims

o   Disregard disability related benefits when calculating income

o   Disregard child benefit and child maintenance when calculating income

o   Disregard War disablement/widows pension when calculating income

o   Limit the no. of dependent children in the calculation to a maximum of two for all new claimants

o   Apply the minimum income floor for self-employed claimants

o   Capital limit of £6,000

o   Allow for childcare costs


It is recommended that the following additional features are included in the new scheme:


o   Disregard Carers Allowance when calculating income

o   Disregard Employment and Support Allowance (support element) when calculating income

o   Replace current variable earnings disregard with a standard £25 disregard for all

o   Incorporate a Return to Work Incentive for Universal Credit claimants and others by paying support for a period of one month beyond the return to work date.

o   Apply the current two dependent children limit used in the calculation to existing claimants

o   Remove non-dependent deductions from the scheme

o   Disregard payments made under the Windrush Compensation Scheme, We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and similar Government funded compensation schemes

o   Reduction to be awarded from the date of change as opposed to the ‘Monday following’ the date of change

o   Remove the requirement for good cause to be proven before backdating the award.

o   Increase the 1 month back-date time limit to 12 months.

o   Remove the restriction that limits support to maximum Band D property.



Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To note forthcoming decisions anticipated to be made by the Executive over the next 12 months.


RESOLVED that the Forward Plan be noted.



Land at Staplehill Road, Newton Abbot