Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Rochdale Town Hall

Contact: Mark Hardman  4704

Items
No. Item

48.

Mayor's Announcements

    Minutes:

    The Council observed a minutes silence in the memory of The Right Honourable the Lord Barnett who, as Joel Barnett, was Member of Parliament for the Heywood and Royton Constituency between 1964 - 1983 and who was an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, and in the memory of Honorary Alderman Beryl Wright, a former Councillor for the Wardle and West Littleborough Ward and a former Mayoress, both of whom had died recently.

     

    The Mayor reminded Members that meeting of the Council scheduled for 10th December 2014 had been cancelled in favour of business being considered at this meeting of the Council; that a briefing for Members would be provided on that date; and that the Civic Carol Service would also be held that evening also.

     

    The Mayor advised that this would be the last meeting of the Council attended by Linda Fisher before she took up her new post at Wigan Council.  The Mayor, supported by the Lead Member for the Armed Forces, the Leaders of the Labour, Conservative and Rochdale First Groups, and Councillor Rush thanked Linda for her service and contribution to the Borough and the work of the Council.

49.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 43 KB

    Members are requested to indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they intend to declare an interest.  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 personal or discloseable pecuniary interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary 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.

50.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

51.

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2014-18 pdf icon PDF 465 KB

52.

Local Council Tax Support Scheme - Review of Scheme 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 531 KB

    Recommendations of the Cabinet arising from the meeting on 24th November 2014 are to be reported to the Council.

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    Minutes:

    The Finance Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brett moved and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Farnell seconded the recommendations of the Cabinet in respect of the Review of the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2015/16. 

     

    In introducing the item the Mayor asked that the Council consider and note the Equality Impact Assessment contained within the submitted report that also included details of the consideration of this matter by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at a meeting held on 11th November 2014 and, as an appendix, the report considered by the Cabinet at a meeting held in 24th November 2014.

     

     The Council considered remarks, notice of which had been given by Members of the Council, and the Mayor invited any further comment from Members on the matter before the Council.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the findings of the consultation process for the review of the Local Council Tax  Support Scheme for 2015/16 be noted;

                (2) following the outcome of the consultation exercise, the changes to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme as shown at Option 4 within paragraph 4.1 to the report considered by the Cabinet at a meeting held on 24th November 2014, changing to a cap at 80% of Band A from 75% and the income taper to 20p from 30p, be agreed;

                (3) Option 5 within paragraph 4.1 to the report considered by the Cabinet for the development of a Hardship Fund for 2015/16 be approved;

                (4) the considerations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the meeting held on 11th November 2014 be noted;

                (5) the proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2015/16 be approved in  accordance with section 67 of the Local Government Finance Act 2012;

    (6) the submitted Equality Impact Assessment in respect of the Local Council Tax Scheme 2015/16 be noted.

53.

Greater Manchester Agreement: Devolution to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transition to a Directly Elected Mayor pdf icon PDF 513 KB

    The Leader of the Council and the Acting Chief Executive to report.

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    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Farnell moved and the Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Williams, seconded the recommendations of the Cabinet in respect of the Greater Manchester Agreement, including devolution to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the transition to a Directly Elected Mayor.

     

    A submitted report, also considered by the Cabinet at a meeting held on 24th November 2014, was considered, the report including as an appendix a report to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on this matter and considered at a meeting of that Authority held on 3rd November 2014.

     

    The Council considered a question, responded to by the Leader of the Council, and remarks, notice of which had been given by Members of the Council, and the Mayor invited any further comment from Members on the matter before the Council.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the principles which have guided Greater Manchester’s approach to devolution and governance changes, as set out in the submitted appended report to the GMCA be noted;

                (2)  the Devolution Agreement and the significant switch in powers and access to resources it represents, which will have a positive impact on those who live and work within Rochdale and Greater Manchester, be welcomed;

                (3) the proposed changes in governance including an Appointed Mayor as the 11th Member of the GMCA as a transition to a Directly Elected Mayor for Greater Manchester be supported;

                (4)  the balance between new powers to be vested in the GMCA as well as new powers to be vested in the directly elected Mayor who will be the Chair of GMCA and accountable to the Cabinet of Leaders in the exercise of those powers, and the Mayor and the Cabinet being subject of scrutiny by the GMCA Pool, be noted;

                (5) it be noted that the proposed governance arrangements reflect the circumstances within Greater Manchester which has a long track record of collaboration amongst the local authorities and with business;

                (6) the Government and the range of local stakeholders be reminded that Rochdale and Greater Manchester will remain fully committed to greater fiscal devolution and to working with other UK City Regions and London in particular to make the case for this over the coming months;

                (7) the GMCA be recommended to conclude the statutory review of the Governance arrangements as soon as possible to enable a final scheme to be submitted to the Secretary of State as a pre-requisite to the changes being made to the Statutory Orders to give effect to the transitional arrangements;

                (8) authority be delegated to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader to respond formally to the GMCA consultation on devolution in the terms set out in this report; and to finalise on behalf of Rochdale Council, the Council’s response to the final terms of the Governance arrangements including the terms of the Statutory Order.

54.

Exclusion of Press and Public

    To consider excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

    Minutes:

    DECIDED – That the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business since it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, namelyinformation relating to any consultations or negotiations or contemplated consultations or negotiations in connection with any labour relations matters arising between the Authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of or office-holders under the Authority; and information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

55.

Budget Savings Proposal CC001: Proposed Changes to Terms and Conditions of Service: Report on Outcome of Consultations

Minutes:

In introducing the item, the Mayor reminded the Council that in their decision making on this matter Members must be satisfied that the Council has considered carefully the outcome of consultation; is assured that the consultation undertaken has been robust and meaningful; and that decisions made represent a balanced and proportionate approach in response to the consultation and address the significant concerns raised by the staff and Trade Unions.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Farnell moved and the Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Williams, seconded the recommendations of the Cabinet and of the Employment and Equalities Committee arising from the consideration of the outcome of consultations related to Budget Savings Proposal CC001 and proposed changes to the Terms and Conditions of Service of staff. 

 

A submitted report included details of the consideration of this matter by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at a meeting held on 20th November 2014 and the report considered by the Cabinet and the Employment and Equalities Committee at meetings held on 24th and 25th November 2014 respectively was further considered.

 

The Council considered remarks, notice of which had been given by Members of the Council, and the Mayor invited any further comment from Members on the matter before the Council.

 

In consideration of the item, the Council asked that their thanks to the Trade Unions and staff for engaging in what was acknowledged to be a difficult process, noting the constructive comments and remarks and the dialogue with staff, including the 20% response rate from employees to the consultation, and to the staff of the Human Resources Division for their work in managing the consultation and negotiation process allowing proposals to be brought forward, be recorded.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the outcome of the formal consultation process undertaken with staff and Trade Unions in order to make decisions in light of the savings which are required over the period 2015/16 and 2016/17 be noted;

            (2) the changes to terms and conditions as recommended by Cabinet and the Employment and Equalities Committee be approved;

            (3) the Head of Human Resources implement the changes to employee terms and conditions, including continued dialogue with the Trade Unions to achieve the changing contracts of employment of employees involving, where required, dismissal and re-engagement should this be necessary;

            (4) the Chair and Vice Chair of the Employment and Equalities Committee be delegated authority in respect of determining the approval of exemptions from unpaid leave, subject to an exemption scheme being agreed by Employment and Equalities Committee;

            (5) the Council is assured that the consultation undertaken was robust

and meaningful and that the decisions made represent a balanced and proportionate approach in response to the consultation and address the significant concerns raised by the staff and Trade Unions.