Agenda and minutes

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70.

Terrorist Incidents in Brussels and Lahore

71.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 26 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 interests.

72.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

73.

Presentation - Youth Parliament Member and Children's Champion

    Minutes:

    Members received a presentation from the Youth Parliament Member for Rochdale, Tabitha Rusden and the elected Children’s Champion, Zara Shah who reported on activities undertaken during their terms of office.  These include supporting a “smoke free” campaign, lobbying for improvements to the Borough’s parks and open spaces and generally raising the profile of young people’s issues.

     

    Members expressed their appreciation of the work being undertaken by young people, as reported in the presentation, and noted their encouragement of other young people to engage in the democratic process.  Members particularly noted and welcomed the high turnout for the recent election of Tabitha to her position as Member of the Youth Parliament.

     

    DECIDED – That Tabitha Rusden, the Member of the Youth Parliament, and Zara Shah, the Children’s Champion, be thanked for their informative presentations, and they be asked to forward the appreciation of the Council to the Youth Council for the work being undertaken and that further presentations at future meetings of the Council would be welcomed.

74.

Public Questions and Petitions

75.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership pdf icon PDF 49 KB

    To consider Motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11:

    a.    Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    b.    Academies

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    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 Williams:-

     

    “The Council notes that:

     

    1.    The EU and USA launched negotiations in July 2013 on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    2.    Negotiations are underway to determine which goods and services TTIP will apply to and if new rules can be agreed to protect investors, harmonise standards, reduce tariffs and open new markets throughout the EU and USA.

    3.    There has been no impact assessment about the potential impact on local authorities.

    4.    There has been no scrutiny of the negotiating texts by local government and no consultation with local government representatives.

    5.    The Borough’s Members of Parliament are also unable to scrutinise the negotiating documents.

     

    The Council believes that:

                      

    1.    TTIP could have a detrimental impact on local services, employment, suppliers and decision-making.

    2.    A thorough impact assessment of TTIP on local authorities must be undertaken before the negotiations can be concluded.

    3.    The proposed Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism has been used by corporations to overturn democratic decisions by all levels of governments at a significant public cost. Local decision-making must be protected from ISDS.

    4.    The EU’s food, environmental and labour standards are better than those in the US and TTIP negotiations must raise and not lower these standards across the EU and USA.

    5.    Sourcing supplies and employment locally is important to strengthening local economies and meeting local needs. TTIP must not impact on local authorities’ ability to act in the best interests its communities.

     

    Rochdale Borough Council resolves:

     

    1.    To write to the secretary of state for communities and local government, local MPs the and all North West EU constituency MEPs raising our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on local authorities and the secrecy of the negotiating process.

    2.    To write to the local government association to raise our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on local authorities and ask them to raise these with government on our behalf.

    3.    To call for an impact assessment on the impact of TTIP on local authorities.

    4.    To publicise the council’s concerns about TTIP; join with other local authorities which are opposed to TTIP across Europe and work with local campaigners to raise awareness about the problems of TTIP.

    5.    To contact the local authorities of municipalities twinned with Rochdale asking them to consider passing a similar motion on TTIP.”

     

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

     

    DECIDED – That the Council notes that:

     

    1.      The EU and USA launched negotiations in July 2013 on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    2.      Negotiations are underway to determine which goods and services TTIP will apply to and if new rules can be agreed to protect investors, harmonise standards, reduce tariffs and open new markets throughout the EU and USA.

    3.      There has been no impact assessment about  ...  view the full minutes text for item 75.

76.

Academies

    Minutes:

    The following Motion, of which Notice had been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11, was moved by Councillor O’Rourke and seconded by Councillor Heakin such that:

     

    “The Council notes the plans that were announced in the Chancellor's budget to turn every school into an academy.

    The Council believes that this will be the official end of Local Authority involvement in schools.

    The Council regrets the move in this direction and believes it will have an overall negative impact on education, especially on those pupils in already struggling schools.

    The Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive of the Council to write to the Secretary of State for Education expressing our opinion that the policy of forcing every school to be an academy is the wrong policy and that the policy should be scrapped.”

     

    An amendment to the Motion was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Duckworth such that the Motion be approved subject to the deletion of all words after “This Council believes” and their substitution with the words “This Council does not support the proposed policy in its current form but strongly supports freedom of choice and believes our schools should have the opportunity to become academies or stay with the local authority.”

     

    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.  It was therefore

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the Council notes the plans that were announced in the Chancellor's budget to turn every school into an academy;

                (2) the Council believes that this will be the official end of Local Authority involvement in schools;

    (3) the Council regrets the move in this direction and believes it will have an overall negative impact on education, especially on those pupils in already struggling schools;

    (4) the Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive of the Council to write to the Secretary of State for Education expressing our opinion that the policy of forcing every school to be an academy is the wrong policy and that the policy should be scrapped.

77.

Council Constitution pdf icon PDF 134 KB

78.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 82 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.

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    Members presented their Quarterly Reports and received and responded to questions from Members of the Council as follows:-

     

    (a)        The Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration

    (b)        The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

    (c)        The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    (d)        The Cabinet Member for Culture Health and Wellbeing

    (e)        The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    (f)        The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities

    (g)        The Cabinet Member for Business Skills and Employment

    (h)        The Cabinet Member for Corporate and Regulation

    (i)         The Cabinet Member for Finance

    (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 Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (o)        The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (p)        The Chair of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (q)        The Representative to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

    (r)        The Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

    (s)        The Representative to the Armed/Reserved Forces

    (t)         The Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester

     

    DECIDED – That the reports be noted.

79.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 61 KB

80.

Joint Meetings of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the AGMA Executive Board pdf icon PDF 47 KB

    Minutes of the meetings held 29th January and 26th February 2016 for information.

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    Minutes:

    The Council considered the Minutes of the meetings of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the AGMA Executive Board held on 29th January and 26th February 2016.

     

    DECIDED – That the Minutes of the meetings of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the AGMA Executive Board held on 29th January and 26th February 2016 be noted.

81.

Vote of Thanks

    Minutes:

    The Council noted that this would be the last meeting of the Council attended by Councillors Shefali Farooq Ahmed, Jane Gartside, Greenall, Lambert, Linden and Murphy as they were not seeking re-election at the forthcoming Municipal Elections and thanked them for their services to the Council.

     

    Councillor Jane Gartside, having served 33 years as a Councillor, initially for the Norden and Bamford Ward and latterly the Bamford Ward of the Council, was permitted to address the meeting. 

     

    Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation for the services of Councillor Surinder Biant as Mayor of the Borough for the 2015/16 Municipal Year in both his Civic role and as Chair of the Council.