Date Published: 14 May 2021
Rutland County Councillors have been appointed to a number of important roles and key positions as part of Annual Council.
Rutland’s latest Annual Council meeting was held on Monday 10 May and set out to appoint a Chairman for the current Council year (2021/22), as well as agreeing a number of important posts on various committees.
Cllr Jeff Dale (Independent) was elected to serve as the Council’s Chairman. Cllr Nick Begy (Conservative) was chosen to continue as Vice-Chair.
A number of changes to Cabinet roles were also confirmed at Annual Council. Cllr Ian Razzell joined the Council’s Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for Planning. Cllr Karen Payne’s portfolio was expanded to include Governance and Performance.
“We need to be open and upfront about the fact that we’re entering a really challenging period. Although the UK is starting to emerge from COVID, there is still lots we need to do to carry on supporting people and businesses affected by the pandemic. Equally, councils are at a tipping point in terms of finances. Urgent calls for more funding from central government have been largely ignored, meaning councils that have already made huge cuts are having to find even more savings. We’ve seen in recent weeks what this could mean for some of Rutland’s local services and it’s not the position we want to be in. The size of this challenge is matched only by our determination to make sure Rutland remains a happy and prosperous place to live, with opportunities for people at every stage of life. The ongoing Future Rutland Conversation will provide the basis for a new vision for Rutland – one that will help us to make plans and take any difficult decisions based on what’s most important to local people. Annual Council is about creating the right structure to make all this possible.” Cllr Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
Appointments for Councillors to chair individual Scrutiny Committees were also made at Annual Council, as follows:
- Cllr Samantha Harvey (Conservative) – Adults and Health Scrutiny Committee
- Cllr Paul Ainsley (Conservative) – Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee
- Councillor June Fox (Conservative) – Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Committee
Scrutiny is an important function of the Council and involves holding Cabinet and Committees to account – looking at how services are provided, and reviewing and developing policies.
In a further change, the Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee will be chaired by Cllr Edward Baines (Conservative). Cllr Rosemary Powell (Independent) will continue in her role as Chair of the Council’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Following the appointments made at Annual Council, Members were asked to agree an indicative schedule of meetings for the next 12 months, including dates for future Full Council and Cabinet sessions.
Full details of public meetings and all appointments from the Annual Council meeting will be published online. Once published, the dates for public meetings can be viewed at: www.rutland.gov.uk/meetings.