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Moment of silence for Ukraine
The Full Council observed a moment of silence in light of the tragic events that were occurring in the Ukraine.
The Deputy Mayor then read the recently released joint statement from the Leader of the Council Peter Lamb for Crawley, Leader of the Opposition Cllr Duncan Crow and Deputy Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Morgan Flack:
"We are flying the Ukrainian flag outside of the Town Hall to demonstrate unity with the people of Ukraine and Ukrainians in Crawley and around the world.
"Our thoughts are with all those affected, and we sincerely hope that there is a return to peace at the earliest opportunity. Crawley stands with Ukraine."
Disclosures of Interest
In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, councillors are reminded that it is a requirement to declare interests where appropriate.
There were no declarations of interest made.
To consider the attached report Notice of Precept 2022/2023 (Recommendation 5)*
*The recommendation included is subject to change in the event that either Crawley Borough Council or West Sussex County Council change their proposed Council Tax levels at their respective budget setting meetings.
This item has been deferred from the Full Council meeting scheduled for the 23 February 2022. The reason for the deferral is that the Council cannot set the Notice of Precept until after West Sussex County Council has set its budget and council tax level, scheduled to take place at the County's rearranged Budget Council on 28 February 2022.
The Deputy Mayor has agreed with both Group Leaders that the Groups will have minimal attendance due to the extraordinary and urgent nature of this meeting
Councillor Lamb presented the report that set out the Notice of Precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex and West Sussex County Council, which combined with the previously agreed Crawley Borough Council precept to formulate the 2022/23 Council Tax Resolution for 2022/23.
Moved by Councillor Lamb, seconded by Councillor Crow.
In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, the names of the Councillors voting for and against the Recommendation were recorded as set out below:-
For the Recommendation: Councillors A Belben, T Belben, B Burgess, R Burgess, Crow, Flack, Irvine, Jones, Khan, Lamb, McCarthy, Morris, Nawaz and P Smith (14)
Against the Recommendation: None (0)
Abstentions: None (0)
The Deputy Mayor declared the recommendation was carried – votes in favour 14, and votes against 0 with 0 abstentions.
1. That it be noted that on 12 January 2022 the Leader of the Council under delegated powers calculated the Council Tax Base 2022/23 for the whole Council area as 35,758.2 [Item T in the formula in Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended (the "Act")] ; and
2. That the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2022/23
is calculated at £7,823,537.
3. That the following amounts be calculated for the year 2022/23 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Act:
4. That it be noted that the County Council have proposed precepts and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex have issued precepts to the Council in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 for each category of dwellings in ... view the full minutes text for item 3.