• Three motions for Devon County Council meeting

    28th September 2013 | News | Claire
  • The motions are:

    By Cllr Julian Brazil (libdem) seconded by me
    This Council is appalled at the effect of the new NPPF document and this Government s policy of building houses as a solution to the economic crisis. This is having an adverse impact on our schools and health provision. We will continue to support the housing needs of our local communities to build houses for local working families but we will reject the destruction of the Devon countryside for the benefit of landowners, developers and short term political expediency.

    By Cllr Emma Morse (labour)
    The Council notes:

    1. Already 1 in 4 households in the UK are in fuel poverty, meaning they need to spend more than 10% of their income on keeping their homes warm. The problem is likely to get worse, with 1 in 3 households projected to be in fuel poverty by 2016. 1.5 million children in Britain currently live in fuel poverty.

    2. The main reasons for this crisis are that gas, oil and coal prices are high, and the UK s homes are some of the most energy inefficient in Europe leaking heat from their doors, walls and windows.

    3. Cold homes are damaging the health of vulnerable members of society, including children, older people and people with disabilities. Diseases such as asthma are made worse, and people are more likely to have strokes and heart attacks. Illnesses caused by cold homes cost the NHS nearly one billion pounds each year.

    4. Over the next 15 years the Government will raise an average of 4 billion every year in carbon taxes through the European Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor Price. Recycling this revenue back into households could bring 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty, lower people s bills, cut carbon emissions and create jobs.

    The Council therefore resolves to:

    1. Support the Energy Bill Revolution campaign calling for the Government to recycle revenues from carbon taxes into improving the energy efficiency of UK homes.

    2. Notify local Members of Parliament of its support for the campaign and urge them to support the campaign by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    By Cllr Richard Westlake (labour)
    That Devon County Council resolves:

    (i) to cease to use zero hours contracts for any staff in its employment;

    (ii) to notify any providers of commissioned services that it does not approve of such contracts and work with them to end their use as soon as possible;

    (iii) to ensure that no contractor with the county council is using exclusive zero hours contracts which prevent employees working for any other employer this can mean periods when they receive little or no pay.

    The agenda is here http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/councildemocracy/decision_making/cma/cma_document.htm?cmadoc=agenda_dcc_20131003.html

    The meeting will be webcast live here – http://www.devoncc.public-i.tv/core/