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23.

Declarations of Interest

    Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

25.

Public Questions and Petitions

26.

Notices of Motion

    The Council is asked to consider the following three Motions that have been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10:

     

    a)    Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism

    It will be moved by Councillor Emsley and seconded by Councillor Dearnley that:

    That this Council recognises that anti- Semitism continues to be a problem in our country and  formally adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti- Semitisms to highlight how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the 21st century. The definition reads

    “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

    Rochdale Borough has a proud history of celebrating its diversity.  Any form of intolerance, hatred or discrimination such as Antisemitism has no place in or our Borough and in modern Britain. 

     

    b)   Greater Manchester Police funding

    It will be moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Sultan Ali that:

    This Council notes with grave concern that in the past 12 monthsin Greater Manchester –

    • There has been a 30 per cent increase in victim based crime, which includes violent crime, domestic abuse and sexual offences.
    • Domestic abuse has increased 63 per cent and sexual offences have seen a 44 per cent increase.
    • Hate crime has increased by 53 per cent. Violent crime has increased by 60 per cent with an increase of 24 per cent in those violent offences involving injury.
    • Burglary has increased by 19 per cent and robbery by 54 per cent.

    This appalling increase in the crime rate can be directly attributed to the cuts in funding by central government. Greater Manchester Police has lost £180M in police funding since 2010. This has led to a significant decrease in police numbers-

    • In 2010, there were 8,148 police and 842 PCSO’s patrolling Greater Manchester’s streets.
    • By March of last year the number of police officers had been slashed by 23 per cent to just 6,297 – far more than the national average.
    • The number of PCSOs fell by 11 per cent to 748.

     

    The Borough of Rochdale has lost around 200 police officers as a result of these cuts in central government funding

    This Council instructs the Chief Executive to write to the Home Secretary to demand the government provide adequate resources to provide a properly funded Greater Manchester Police service to restore Police numbers; keep residents safe and able to respond to the increasing demands and threats our communities face.

    c)    Declaration on Healthy Weight

    It will be moved by Councillor Martin and seconded by Councillor Zaheer that:

     

    This Council notes:

    That unhealthy weight is a public health problem.

    • Poor diet during early life can adversely affect health in later life
    • People living in socially deprived areas are more likely to suffer from health problems
    • The greater availability and access to foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 26.

    Minutes:

    a)    Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism

     

    It was moved by Councillor Emsley and seconded by Councillor Dearnley that:

     

    That this Council recognises that anti- Semitism continues to be a problem in our country and  formally adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti- Semitisms to highlight how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the 21st century. The definition reads

     

    “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

     

    Rochdale Borough has a proud history of celebrating its diversity.  Any form of intolerance, hatred or discrimination such as Antisemitism has no place in or our Borough and in modern Britain. 

     

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

     

    b)    Greater Manchester Police funding

     

    It was moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Sultan Ali that:

     

    This Council notes with grave concern that in the past 12 months in Greater Manchester –

    ·         There has been a 30 per cent increase in victim based crime, which includes violent crime, domestic abuse and sexual offences.

    ·         Domestic abuse has increased 63 per cent and sexual offences have seen a 44 per cent increase.

    ·         Hate crime has increased by 53 per cent. Violent crime has increased by 60 per cent with an increase of 24 per cent in those violent offences involving injury.

    ·         Burglary has increased by 19 per cent and robbery by 54 per cent.

     

    This appalling increase in the crime rate can be directly attributed to the cuts in funding by central government. Greater Manchester Police has lost £180M in police funding since 2010. This has led to a significant decrease in police numbers-

    ·         In 2010, there were 8,148 police and 842 PCSO’s patrolling Greater Manchester’s streets.

    ·         By March of last year the number of police officers had been slashed by 23 per cent to just 6,297 – far more than the national average.

    ·         The number of PCSOs fell by 11 per cent to 748.

     

    The Borough of Rochdale has lost around 200 police officers as a result of these cuts in central government funding

    This Council instructs the Chief Executive to write to the Home Secretary to demand the government provide adequate resources to provide a properly funded Greater Manchester Police service to restore Police numbers; keep residents safe and able to respond to the increasing demands and threats our communities face.

     

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

     

    c)    Declaration on Healthy Weight

     

    It was moved by Councillor Beswick and seconded by Councillor Zaheer that:

     

    This Council notes:

    That unhealthy weight is a public health problem.

    ·         Poor diet during early life can adversely affect health in later life

    ·         People living in socially deprived areas are more likely to suffer from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Decisions taken under Special Urgency Provisions pdf icon PDF 101 KB

    To receive details of urgent executive decisions taken by the Chief Executive.

    Minutes:

    The Council considered a report of the Chief Executive which detailed urgent decisions taken between 13th July and 2nd October 2017, as required within the Council’s Constitution. 

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the reasons for urgency and decisions of the Chief Executive to approval a request to renew the lease of the Arts and Heritage Centre, at Units 3,4,5 and 6 Scotts Industrial Estate; and, approval of a request to amend Council’s constitution, Part 3 – Responsibility for Functions paragraph 2 (2), be noted.

28.

Audit and Governance Committee Annual Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

29.

Members' Quarterly reports pdf icon PDF 69 KB

30.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 366 KB