Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

46.

Apologies

47.

Declarations of Interest

    Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the following declarations of interest be noted:-

     

    Councillor Sheerin declared a personal and prejudicial interest in minute 51, below – Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2018/19 and he left the room during consideration of the item.

48.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

49.

Public Questions

    Minutes:

    The Mayor noted the attendance of representatives of Rochdale’s Youth Council who had asked to address the Council on the matter of the Notice of Motion (agenda item 6(c)) regarding votes for 16 and 17 year olds. The Mayor asked Lewis Tweedale to address the Council and Councillor Heakin, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Children’s Services Portfolio, responded.

50.

Notices of Motion

    The Council is asked to consider the following three Motions that have

    been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10:

     

    a)            It will be Moved by Councillor Sullivan and seconded by Councillor Burke that:

     

    “That Rochdale Borough Council strongly supports the Greater Manchester Mayor’s initiative to change the way we get around. By walking or cycling instead of driving for short journeys massive improvements to health and the economy could be achieved.

     

    This Council is therefore requested to instruct the Council’s Chief Executive and Highways Service to participate fully in moving this initiative forward.”  

     

     

    b)            It will be Moved by Councillor Sheerin and seconded by Councillor Wardle that:

     

    “This Council notes that there is not currently a dedicated Minister covering the task of looking after issues relating to Older People.

     

    This Council also notes that there is an aging population and increasing pensioner poverty. This affects large issues such as housing, health and wellbeing and loneliness.

     

    This Council believes that this lack of a dedicated minister and the rise in these issues is a recipe for government inaction on matters that will potentially damage the county.

     

    This Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the Prime Minister requesting the creation of a Minister for Older People.”

     

     

    c)            It will be Moved by Councillor Martin and seconded by Councillor Donna Williams that:

     

    “This Council wholeheartedly supports the Votes at 16 Campaign. 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live, and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen.

     

    In Rochdale, we see numerous examples of the fantastic contributions our young people are making.  They demonstrate their engagement in societal issues each year when they cast their vote for the Youth Cabinet.  Last year alone we saw 10,997 votes cast and just under 10,000 votes cast for the Children’s Champion.  In Rochdale, our young people fully understand the democratic process and their role as citizens.

     

    Over 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are currently denied the vote in the UK. The injustice of this denial is clear when you consider they can do the following:

    •           Give full consent to medical treatment

    •           Leave school and enter work or training

    •           Pay income tax and National Insurance

    •           Obtain tax credits and welfare benefits in their own right

    •           Get married or enter a civil partnership

    •           Change their name by deed poll

    •           Become a director of a company

    •           Become a member of a trade union or a co-operative society

    •           Join the armed forces

     

    This Council also notes the proposals by the Institute for Public Policy Research that to make the best of Votes at 16, that the first vote cast should be compulsory and that political education should be strengthened in schools as part of citizenship courses.

     

    This Council places on record its full support for the Votes at 16 Campaign and requests that the Chief Executive writes to the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 50.

    Minutes:

     

    a)            Greater Manchester Mayor’s Initiative: Walking and Cycling

     

    It was Moved by Councillor Sullivan and seconded by Councillor Burke that:

     

    “This Rochdale Borough Council strongly supports the Greater Manchester Mayor’s initiative to change the way we get around. By walking or cycling instead of driving for short journeys massive improvements to health and the economy could be achieved.

     

    This Council is therefore requested to instruct the Council’s Chief Executive and Highways Service to participate fully in moving this initiative forward.”  

     

    On being put to the vote, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED accordingly.

     

    b)            Minister for Older People

     

    It was Moved by Councillor Sheerin and seconded by Councillor Wardle that:

     

    “This Council notes that there is not currently a dedicated Minister covering the task of looking after issues relating to Older People.

     

    This Council also notes that there is an aging population and increasing pensioner poverty. This affects large issues such as housing, health and wellbeing and loneliness.

     

    This Council believes that this lack of a dedicated minister and the rise in these issues is a recipe for government inaction on matters that will potentially damage the county.

     

    This Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the Prime Minister requesting the creation of a Minister for Older People.”

     

    On being put to the vote, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED accordingly.

     

    c)            Votes for 16 and 17 year olds

     

    It was Moved by Councillor Martin and seconded by Councillor Donna Williams that:

     

    “This Council wholeheartedly supports the Votes at 16 Campaign. 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live, and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen.

     

    In Rochdale, we see numerous examples of the fantastic contributions our young people are making.  They demonstrate their engagement in societal issues each year when they cast their vote for the Youth Cabinet.  Last year alone we saw 10,997 votes cast and just under 10,000 votes cast for the Children’s Champion.  In Rochdale, our young people fully understand the democratic process and their role as citizens.

     

    Over 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are currently denied the vote in the UK. The injustice of this denial is clear when you consider they can do the following:

    •           Give full consent to medical treatment

    •           Leave school and enter work or training

    •           Pay income tax and National Insurance

    •           Obtain tax credits and welfare benefits in their own right

    •           Get married or enter a civil partnership

    •           Change their name by deed poll

    •           Become a director of a company

    •           Become a member of a trade union or a co-operative society

    •           Join the armed forces

     

    This Council also notes the proposals by the Institute for Public Policy Research that to make the best of Votes at 16, that the first vote cast should be compulsory and that political education should be strengthened  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.

51.

Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

    The Council is requested to nominate the Borough’s Deputy Mayor 2018/19

    Minutes:

    The Council received a report inviting consideration of the nomination of the Deputy Mayor for 2018/19, presenting an established method for appointing to this position and advising of a resulting nomination from the Labour Group.

     

    RESOLVED:

    That Councillor Sheerin be nominated as Deputy Mayor for the 2018/19 Municipal Year, and the nomination go forward to the next Annual Meeting of the Council.

52.

Calendar of Council meetings pdf icon PDF 93 KB

53.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 78 KB

    To receive quarterly reports from Members of the Cabinet, Chairs of Township Committees and Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny Committees and to permit questions from Members of the Council.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Members presented their Quarterly Reports responding to questions and remarks from Members of the Council:-

    ·         The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Resources

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Regeneration

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment

    ·         The Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Planning and Development

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

    ·         The Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

    ·         The Chair of Heywood Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Middleton Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Pennines Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    ·         The Chair of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    ·         The Chair of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    ·         Report of a Representative to Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority Transport for Greater Manchester

    ·         Report of the Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the reports be noted.

54.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 248 KB