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Mayor's Annoucements


    The Mayor invited Councillor Rowbotham to receive, on behalf of the late Honorary Alderman Mrs Maureen Rowbotham, the Honorary Alderman Scroll which had been awarded in recognition of Mrs Rowbotham having rendered eminent services to the Borough as past Member of Rochdale Borough Council.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 27 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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    There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB


Public Questions and Petitions


Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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


    It was moved by Councillor Farnell and seconded by Councillor Hussain that:


    There is a substantial Kashmiri heritage population in Rochdale and this Council is appalled at the surge of atrocities in Kashmir.


    Since July 8 2016, there have been horrendous human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). This Council has deep concerns over the latest round of grave human rights violations in IOK, and stresses the need to allow access to humanitarian aid and observers in the conflict ridden region, where hundreds have been killed and thousands wounded due to the inhumane use force by Indian forces. The Indian genocide in IOK is designed to curb pro-freedom voices and the right to self-determination enshrined in several United Nations Security Council Resolutions.


    Today, the voice of Kashmiris are challenging India and the world's conscience and it is time to impress upon India to heed the path of justice, fair play, sanity and to recognise the Kashmiris right to self-determination.


    There are now growing factions in all the states in India to support a balanced approach to the Kashmir dispute and recognise the rights of Kashmiri people.  Moreover, we urge that the United Nations and International Human Rights bodies are fully engaged in the region to protect, monitor and advance human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir. This would not only permit the advocators to correct misinformation about the local human rights violations to relevant international agencies, but also seek to persuade adherence to accepted human rights standards.


    Rochdale Borough Council requests the international Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations to immediately take notice of the grave human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It also condemns the Indian government's statements on unilateral abrogation of the Indus water treaty, which will lead to an economic catastrophe by damaging the agricultural resources downstream in Pakistan.


    The Council instructs the Chief Executive to inform the British Foreign Secretary, the Indian High Commissioner and the Secretary-General of the United Nations of our grave concerns of events in Kashmir as set out in this motion.


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


    It was moved by Councillor Martin and Seconded by Councillor Heakin that:


    This Council notes:


    That alcohol can be enjoyed in a responsible way by adults.


    That alcohol can cause serious and fatal diseases, including several types of cancers; that the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Alcohol Guidelines advise both men and women that it is safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week, to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level.


    That alcohol can only be legally purchased by adults over 18 years old.

    That the advertising of alcohol is designed to make products more appealing and in turn can appeal to children and young people.


    That the Science Committee of the European Alcohol and Health Forum concluded in 2009 that “alcohol marketing increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.


Review of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

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    The Council considered the recommendations of the Cabinet in respect of the Review of the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2016/17.



    1.     The findings of the consultation process for the review of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18 be noted.

    2.   Following the outcome of the consultation exercise changes to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18 be agreed, including :

    ·     reducing the minimum payment for working age claimants from 20% to 15% , (award capped at 85% of a Band A council tax from 80% of Band A council tax);

    ·     Scheme to be automatically updated annually for national changes affecting the operation for the award of local council tax support, thus ensuring the criteria for award remains in line with that of housing benefit, with inflation increases for deductions, premiums and allowances increased in line with Department of Works & Pensions guidance.

    3.   The considerations of the Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee of the 8th November 2016, provided at 4.2.6 of the submitted report be noted.

    4.   The proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2017/18 be approved in accordance with section 67 of the Local Government Finance Act 2012.


Council Constitution - Amendments to the Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 142 KB


    The Council considered a report detailing amendments to the Councils Scheme of Delegation as it relates to arrangements for Disciplinary and Grievance Appeals.



    1.    The delegation to the Appeals Committee in respect of the hearing of personnel disciplinary and grievance appeals below the level of Assistant Director be rescinded.

    2.    That delegated authority be given to Directors or their nominated officer, in consultation with the Head of Workforce & Organisational Development, to hear and determine disciplinary and grievance appeals for staff employed below Assistant Director level.



Appointments to the Planning and Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 135 KB


Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel on Members' Allowances pdf icon PDF 168 KB

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    The Council considered a report detailing the findings of an Independent Remuneration Panel who had examined the Council’s Scheme of Members’ Allowances.



    1.     The actions of the Chief Executive in respect of the decision of the Council in July 2013 to review the form of and approach to the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel and the review of members’ allowances be noted and confirmed.

    2.     The report of the Independent Remuneration Panel as detailed at Appendix 1 of the submitted report, be noted.

    3.     That the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel be approved subject to amendment of the Car Mileage Allowance to be 30 pence per mile, and the Chief Executive taking steps to instigate an Electoral Review with the Local Government Boundary Commission for England with a view to reducing the number of Councillors by a third.

    4.     That the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) update the Scheme of Members’ Allowances and related guidance for Members in accordance with the decision of Council.


Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 70 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 as follows, and received and

    responded to questions and remarks from Members of the Council:-


    ·         The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Finance

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Children's Services

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Corporate and Regulation

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Culture, 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 the Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces

    ·         Report of the Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

    ·         Report of the Representative to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

    ·         Report of a Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester


Update on the Greater Manchester Devolution Agreement pdf icon PDF 137 KB