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The Mayor introduced Steve Rumbelow, the recently appointed Chief Executive who was in attendance at the meeting.
The Mayor asked that the Council join in her in congratulating Councillor Clegg on his recent award of an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
The Council observed a minute’s silence in the memory of Bernard Schofield a former Member for the Wardle Ward of Rochdale MBC, who had died recently.
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.
There were no declarations of interests.
To authorise the signing of the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 27th November 2014.
DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 27th November 2014 be approved as a correct record.
Public Questions and Petitions
To receive petitions and questions from members of the public, where these have been received in accordance with the Petitions Scheme and/or Council Procedure Rules.
There were no items for consideration under this item.
To consider Motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.
The following Motion, of which Notice had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, was moved by Councillor Farnell and seconded by Councillor Neil Emmott: –
“That Council notes with concern the replacement of permanent employment within the borough by agency work which is often characterised by minimum wage and zero hours contracts. At present a staggering 49% of job vacancies in the borough on the Governments’ job search website (Universal Job-match) are agency jobs.
That Council further notes that this type of employment is circumventing decent pay and conditions for work that have been hard won by previous generations, and should be protected under UK employment legislation. However the loophole in the Agency Worker Directive, known as the ‘Swedish Derogation’, allows employers not to pay their agency employees equal pay.
The Council is concerned that this often means that agency staff are being paid half the hourly rate of permanent staff, who they work alongside. They do not get additional pay for working overtime or unsociable hours and do not get sick pay. In addition many agency staff receive as little as a few hours’ notice of work often by text message, which means weekly hours fluctuate from zero to 40 hours per week, and with no notice, there is no opportunity to plan their personal life. This means they are on and off benefits. This is an unhealthy and unreasonable disruption of family life.
The Council is therefore requested to resolve:
a. To request the Leader of Council to write to the EU Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen to ask her to repeal the EU loophole covering agency workers, so that our residents do not lose their entitlement to equal pay.
b. To request the Leader of Council to write to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Vince Cable to ask him to regulate End User Employer and agency contracts, so that employees can have a minimum of weekly notice for employment and to investigate the way welfare benefits are being to top up poor pay.
c. To request the leader of Council to also write to the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith to ask him to ensure jobs posted on the Universal Jobmatch are quality checked to avoid people being pressurised into taking agency and zero hours contracts”.
Upon being put to the vote, the Motion was declared to be carried.
DECIDED – That (1) The Leader of the Council be requested to write to the EU Commissioner for Employment, Marianne Thyssen, to ask her to repeal the EU loophole covering agency workers, so that residents do not lose their entitlement to equal pay;
(2) the Leader of the Council be requested to write to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, to ask him to regulate End User Employer and agency contracts, so that employees can have a minimum of weekly notice for employment and to investigate ... view the full minutes text for item 60.
The Council considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services, which advised Members that at the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Executive Board meeting held 28th November 2014, the Board had considered a report which provided detail on the preparation and scope of a proposed statutory planning document, initially to be known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) to cover housing and employment land requirements and associated infrastructure to support economic growth across the Greater Manchester conurbation. The report also outlined amendments required to the AGMA constitution to take it forward in advance of the revised arrangements incoming as a result of the Greater Manchester Agreement, and identified the decisions to be requested from individual Districts to initiate this process.
The Council were updated on the key elements of that report and it identified a number of approvals that were being asked of the Council as a consequence. On 29th August 2014 the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)/AGMA
Executive Board agreed that the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) should be progressed as a joint Development Plan Document (DPD).
The GMSF will provide an important strategic framework towards the successful planning of the sub-region and the districts within it. It will provide the basis for an informed and integrated approach to spatial planning across the city region, through a clear understanding of the role of our places and the relationships and connections between them. The decision to progress the document as a joint Development Plan Document, rather than an informal framework, formalises the production process and gives it greater weight in the planning process as a statutory planning document. It is expected that the GMSF will plan for the future economic growth of the Greater Manchester region over a 20 year period.
At their meeting of 28th November 2014 the AGMA Executive Board had considered a report which provided further detail on the proposed scope of the GMSF, outlined amendments required to the AGMA constitution, and identified the decisions to be requested from individual local authorities to initiate this process. The AGMA Executive Board resolved to take forward the recommendations outlined in the report.
This report provides a summary of the key elements of the AGMA Executive Report of the 28th November and identifies a number of subsequent recommendations to Full Council and the Cabinet to enable work to progress on the preparation of this GM wide spatial planning document.
DECIDED – That (1) Council approves the making of an agreement with the other nine Greater Manchester Council’s to prepare jointly the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (‘GMSF’) to cover housing and employment land requirements and associated infrastructure across Greater Manchester (as set out in Appendix 1 of the attached AGMA Executive Board report of the 28 November 2014) as a joint development plan document on terms to be approved by the Council’s Chief Executive;
(2) the Council notes that the Cabinet will be asked to delegate the formulation and preparation of the ... view the full minutes text for item 61.
The Council considered a report of the Director of Finance which set out for Council Members the proposals to be considered in reducing the funding gap for the Council where service delivery and workforce consultation had concluded. These proposals were due to be ratified for implementation at the Budget Fixing Council meeting on 24th February 2015, as part of the approval of the overall budget for 2015/2016.
Members were advised that the Council began the budget process with a savings requirement of £51m over the course of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 to set a balanced budget. This figure had been updated as the Council considered changes to assumptions and any opportunities to reduce expenditure or increase income without impacting on service delivery or the workforce. In addition the Government announcements on funding were released changing the assumption contained in the budget. The new requirement was for £32.5m to be found from saving proposals. The Council’s Cabinet Members had considered the budget position for Rochdale Council and the funding requirements for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 and were recommending the saving proposals contained in this report to Full Council for final approval and subsequent implementation.
The Director of Finance’s report was the first submission to Council detailing the saving proposals for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, which are to be considered for approval in order to reduce the funding gap for the Council.
DECIDED – That (1) the Council approves the following savings propels for implementation, as recommended by the Cabinet, following consultation, and in making these decisions the Council notes: the consultation responses from staff and the trade unions; the consultation responses from the public; the Workforce Equality Impact Assessment Data; the Equality/Community Impact Assessments:
AC005 – Reduction in Management Costs – Older People’s Services
AC006 – Reduction of Management Costs in Adult Care Provider Services
AC007 – Removal of one Mental Health Practitioner Scheme
AC008 – Reduction in administration costs
CC002 – Staff Benefit Scheme
CC003 – Rationalisation of support for employee relations
CS003 – Reduction in Children’s Residential Care Costs
CS004 – Savings Proposal from the Safeguarding Unit
CS007 – Teaching and Learning Advisor
CS009 – Early Years and Childcare Advisory Team
CS011 – Educational Psychology Services
CS014 – Review of the Integrated Youth Justice Service
CS015 – Reduction in the budget for Contact Services
EE002 – Waste Services Review
EE007 – Review and reduction of Economic Affairs Operational Budgets
EE008 – Economy and Environment Staffing
FS001 – Review of Revenues and Benefits – Financial Processing
FS004 – Finance Services Staffing Reductions
(2) the notes that the following savings have been deferred for further consideration by the Employment and Equalities Committee:
AC004 – Proposal for Home Improvement Agency Efficiency Savings
EE008a – Staffing Savings – Capital Programmes Team
EE008b – Economic Development – Staffing Proposals
EE008c – Efficiency Savings – Planning and Building Control
EE008e – Efficiency Savings – Public Protection
EE008f – Strategic Housing – Private Rented Sector
(3) Council notes the timetable for the approval of savings proposals.
The Council considered a number of appointment issues relating to the Cabinet, Assistant Cabinet Members and a Cycling Champion for the Borough.
DECIDED – That the following appointments be made:-
(a) Councillor Emsley to replace Councillor Daalat Ali as Cabinet Member for Community, Culture and Tourism;
(b) Councillor Surinder Biant to replace Councillor Emsley as the Assistant to the Community, Culture and Tourism Portfolio Holder;
(c) Councillor Heakin to replace Councillor Surinder Biant as the Assistant to the Children, Schools and Families Portfolio Holder (Schools);
(d) Councillor Zaheer to be appointed as the Assistant to the Children, Schools and Families Portfolio Holder (Children);
(e) Councillor Rodgers to replace Councillor Zaheer as the Assistant to the Public Health and Regulation Portfolio Holder;
(f) Councillor Hornby to replace Councillor Danczuk as the Assistant to the Housing and Environment Portfolio Holder;
(g) Councillor Boriss to replace Councillor Heakin as the Assistant to the Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods Portfolio Holder;
(h) Councillor O’Neill be appointed as the Borough’s Cycling Champion.
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.
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.