Council Cabinet met on Wednesday 15th March to agree a number of reports. The meeting, which was chaired by the Leader of the Council, Ranjit Banwait, was also attended by Councillors Matthew Holmes and Ruth Skelton in their capacity as Group Leaders.

Amongst items on the agenda was a recommendation to incentivise Derby Homes customers to use digital services. The proposal would reward tenants with £100 if they register to use the Derby Homes Dashboard; pay their rent a week in advance by direct debit; be a good tenant and neighbour and allow first-time access for gas servicing appointments.

Despite heavy criticism from the Conservative Group, the proposal was agreed by Cabinet, citing the overall efficiency savings that could be gained by moving tenants to online services.

Later in the meeting, the adoption of the Derby-Nottingham Metropolitan Strategy was agreed. The document, which was first announced in July 2016, proposed closer working ties between the two cities. The report delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Communities and Place to develop initiatives with Nottingham City Council that would benefit residents in the metropolitan area.

After receiving the outcome of a public consultation exercise, Cabinet voted through changes to the Council’s Concessionary Fares Scheme. It was agreed that the Red Arrow service to Nottingham would be withdrawn from the scheme, while the X38 service to Burton-upon-Trent would be retained. The move follows a similar decision taken by Nottingham City Council in April 2016.

A report was also considered relating to the proposed introduction of a Clean Air Zone in Derby, following the requirement set out by the Government to improve air quality in the city by 2020.

To view the full meeting, visit the Derby City Council YouTube channel or to view the agenda and reports, visit the Committee Management Information System (CMIS).

The next meeting of Council Cabinet is due to be held at 6pm in the Council House on Wednesday 12 April at 6pm.

Published: Thursday 16th March