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Items
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35.

Mr Jim Dobbin MP

36.

Mayor's Annoucements

    Minutes:

    The Mayor introduced David Wilcock, the recently appointed Head of Legal and Governance Reform who was in attendance at the meeting.

     

    The Mayor referred to arrangements being made for an additional meeting of the Council in late November and of the intention to commence the December meeting at 5pm to allow for the Civic Carol Service to be held that evening, confirmation of each to be forwarded by Officers in due course.

     

    The Mayor advised that agenda item 6 ‘Children’s Service Improvement Update would be considered following consideration of agenda item 4.

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 32 KB

    Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 

     

    Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.

     

    Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

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    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 108 KB

39.

Public Questions and Petitions

40.

Childrens Services Improvement update

    Presentation by the Director of Children’s Services.

    Minutes:

    The Director of Children’s Services reported to Council, providing an update on progress made on the Children’s Services Improvement Plan and advising of how the Council could be assured of the partnership response to addressing child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rochdale.

     

    Council was reminded of the key events from December 2012 when the Ofsted Report on the Inspection of  Arrangements for the Protection of Children had, through from an Improvement Notice issued in April 2013 with a focus on leadership and  governance, judged Rochdale’s performance to be inadequate; the establishment of an Improvement Board to check progress and delivery against the requirements of the Notice; the Local Government Association (LGA) Peer review in September 2013 acknowledging some progress but leading to an increasing focus on practice; the December 2013 review by the Department for Education (DfE) acknowledging the progress made in meeting the majority of aspects of the Improvement Plan, especially leadership and governance; to the amended  Improvement Notice issued in April 2014.  This Notice reflected progress made and stressed the need to embed and sustain progress and to address matters of leadership and governance; quality of practice; the Rochdale Borough Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (RBSCB); early help and partnership working; and performance as had been identified in Council’s self-assessment and the LGA Peer review.  With the passage of time work had already commenced on some of these themes.  The Notice also required the Independent Chair of the Improvement Board to report quarterly to Children’s Minister on progress; the July report had been positive and well received.

     

    The key areas of action required had been the corporate support to Children’s Services, the delivery of which had been appreciated and acknowledged by the Chair of the Board;keeping senior managers and elected members updated on key issues; recruiting and retaining high quality social workers; delivering effective partner engagement through implementation of the Multi-Agency Screening Service (or MASS) with early help workers working alongside police and council workers; achieving partnership support to sustain improvement in the long term; improving the  effectiveness of information sharing; auditing effectiveness to ensure practice is good enough, with over 300 audits undertaken since February 2014; and ensuring learning from serious case reviews undertaken by the RBSCB.  The Director advised that the Improvement Board reviewed progress on a six weekly basis, and that 33 of the 35 actions agreed were either on target or delivered.  Progress was reported quarterly to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and a more detailed report was to be delivered to the Committee on the evening following this meeting of the Council.  Major priorities for attention currently were early help, commissioning and workforce recruitment, the Director advising of encouraging rounds of recruitment to both management and social worker posts.  Ofsted had inspected the Council in October, and a DfE review would be held in November.

     

    The CSE Thematic Inspection by Ofsted occurred on 6th – 10th October, the inspection comprising four inspectors undertaking nine key lines of enquiry, case  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.

41.

Atrocities in Gaza pdf icon PDF 67 KB

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    Minutes:

    In standing to move a Motion, notice of which had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, Councillor Farnell indicated that he was minded alter the Motion by accepting an amendment of which notice had been given by Councillors Dearnley and Duckworth, subject to agreement of  an amendment to part of the text of that amendment. Councillor Dearnley, as the mover of the amendment gave consent to that amendment.  The alteration of the Motion was made in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.8 and the consent of Council given without discussion or dissent.

     

    It was therefore moved by Councillor Farnell and seconded by Councillor Daalat Ali that –

     

    “In the wake of recent fighting in Gaza, over 6,000 concerned Rochdalians and people from North West took part in a peaceful expression of concern at the events unfolding in Gaza.

     

    This council welcomes the agreement of all parties to a ceasefire and urges that both the Government of Israel and the Hamas Administration to:

    i          seek to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and take the opportunity to reach a comprehensive agreement that tackles the underlying cause of the conflict, and ensure that rockets are never again fired at civilian targets;

    ii.             that both Israel and Hamas should respect and adhere to the International Convention on Human Rights;

    iii         that Israel lifts its restrictions to ease the suffering of ordinary Palestinians, allowing the Gaza economy to grow;

    iv.           and Israel should meet its obligations under international law by recognising the fundamental rights of the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

     

    We strongly oppose the extension of Israeli settlements and remain firm that a negotiated two state solution is the only way to resolve the long term issue in the region.”

     

    Upon being put to the vote, the Motion was declared to be carried.

     

    DECIDED – That -

     

    In the wake of recent fighting in Gaza, over 6,000 concerned Rochdalians and people from North West took part in a peaceful expression of concern at the events unfolding in Gaza.

     

    This council welcomes the agreement of all parties to a ceasefire and urges that both the Government of Israel and the Hamas Administration to:

    i          seek to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and take the opportunity to reach a comprehensive agreement that tackles the underlying cause of the conflict, and ensure that rockets are never again fired at civilian targets;

    iii.           that both Israel and Hamas should respect and adhere to the International Convention on Human Rights;

    iii        that Israel lifts its restrictions to ease the suffering of ordinary Palestinians, allowing the Gaza economy to grow;

    v.            and Israel should meet its obligations under international law by recognising the fundamental rights of the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

     

    We strongly oppose the extension of Israeli settlements and remain firm that a negotiated two state solution is the only way to resolve the long term issue in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

Tax Dodging

    Minutes:

    In standing to move a Motion, notice of which had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, Councillor Cecile Biant sought the consent of Council to the insertion of the word “whilst” into the first sentence of the Motion between the words “that” and “many”.  The alteration of the Motion was made in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.8 and the consent of Council given without discussion or dissent.

     

    It was therefore moved by Councillor Cecile Biant and seconded by Councillor O’Rourke that -

     

    “This Council believes that whilst many ordinary people face falling household income and rising costs of living, some multinational companies are avoiding billions of pounds of tax from a tax system that fails to make them pay their fair share. Local governments in developing countries and the UK alike would benefit from a fairer tax system where multinational companies pay their fair share, enabling authorities around the world to provide quality public services. We urge the UK government to listen to the strength of public feeling and act to end the injustice of tax dodging by large multinational companies, in developing countries and the UK”.

     

    An amendment to the Motion was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Holly such that the Motion be approved subject to the deletion of all the words in the final sentence and their substitution with the words

     

    “This Council welcomes the leading international efforts taken by the Government to clamp down on tax avoidance by business and is proud that the Government, this autumn, will lead the way in implementing these changes in Britain, thereby ensuring that everyone and every business pays their share, so that the system is on the side of hardworking taxpayers who do the right thing and play by the rules.”

     

    Upon being put to the vote the amendment was declared to be lost.

     

    Upon being put to the vote the Motion was declared to be carried.

     

    DECIDED – That this Council believes that whilst many ordinary people face falling household income and rising costs of living, some multinational companies are avoiding billions of pounds of tax from a tax system that fails to make them pay their fair share. Local governments in developing countries and the UK alike would benefit from a fairer tax system where multinational companies pay their fair share, enabling authorities around the world to provide quality public services. We urge the UK government to listen to the strength of public feeling and act to end the injustice of tax dodging by large multinational companies, in developing countries and the UK.

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Appointment of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 492 KB

    Leader of the Council to report

    Minutes:

    Councillor Farnell moved and Councillor Dearnley seconded the recommendations as contained within a submitted report seeking ratification of the recommendations from Appointment Committee regarding the appointment of the Chief Executive/Head of Paid Service following the recruitment and selection process undertaken by the Appointment Committee and further seeking approval to the statutory appointments in respect of the Monitoring Officer position and the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) and the making of minor amendments to the Scheme of Delegation for Officers.

     

    DECIDED –That the following recommendations of the Appointment Committee be ratified and approved as follows –

    (1)    the appointment of Mr Steve Rumbelow selected for the position of Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service (incorporating the role and functions of the Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer) following the conclusion of the selection process on 14th October 2014 be ratified;

    (2)    the appointment is confirmed and Mr Rumbelow is remunerated within the salary scale applicable to the post, in accordance with the approved Pay Policy Statement;

    (3)    authority be delegated to the Leader in conjunction with the Head of Human Resources to finalise the arrangements and the start date for Mr Rumbelow once all details have been finalised;

    (4)    David Wilcock be appointed to the statutory position of the Monitoring Officer from 15th October 2014 until a further report and recommendation is made to the Council;

    (5)    Wendy Meston be appointed to the statutory position of the Senior Information Risk Owner until a further report and recommendation is made to the Council;

    (6)    the Monitoring Officer be authorised to amend the Scheme of Delegation to Officers by substituting, in paragraph 4(1) (Legal Proceedings) and respective parts of Land & Property (Parts A to D), references to Service Director - Corporate Services/Deputy Chief Executive with the Head of Legal & Governance Reform.

     

    (David Wilcock, Head of Legal and Governance Reform declared an interest in the above item and left the meeting for the consideration of the item)

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Appointments Update pdf icon PDF 472 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Council considered a number of appointment issues relating to a Joint Committee and to outside bodies.

     

    DECIDED – That the following appointments be made:-

    (a)  University of Manchester General Assembly – Councillor Dutton;

    (b)  Calder Valley Line Development Group – Councillor Hartley;

    (c)  Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale (STaR) Strategic Procurement Joint Committee (substitute member) – Councillor Farnell.

45.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 73 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 and received questions from Members of the Council as follows:-

    (a)       The Leader of the Council

    (b)       The Cabinet Member for Finance

    (c)        The Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families

    (d)       The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    (e)       The Cabinet Member for Community, Culture and Tourism

    (f)        The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    (g)       The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Regulation

    (h)       The Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods

    (i)         The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment

    (j)         The Chair of Heywood Township Committee

    (k)        The Chair of Middleton Township Committee

    (l)         The Chair of Pennines Township Committee   

    (m)      The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee

    (n)       The Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (o)       Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

    (p)       Representative to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

    (q)       Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces

    (r)        Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester.

     

    DECIDED – That the reports be noted.

46.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 235 KB

47.

Health Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 235 KB