Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

31.

Mayors Communications

    Minutes:

    Mrs Elaine Dutton

     

    The Mayor referred to the recent passing of Mrs Elaine Dutton, Mayoress of the Borough during 2016/2017 and on behalf of the Council expressed the deep and heartfelt condolences of the Council to Councillor Ray Dutton and his family. A moments silence was observed in remembrance of Mrs Dutton.

     

     

    Urgent Item of Business

     

    The Mayor advised that he had agreed to accept an urgent item of business onto the Council Agenda – Appointment of the Leader of the Council. The item would be considered immediately following agenda item 6 – Notices of Motion.

     

     

    Notices of Motion

     

    The Mayor advised that the motion at agenda item 6a) had been withdrawn.

     

     

32.

Apologies

33.

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.

34.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 50 KB

35.

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.

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the Council notes the question submitted by the member of the public and the response provided by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment.

36.

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)         It will be Moved by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Davidson that:

    "This council has no confidence in the Leader of the Council and calls for him to step down and resign his position until such time that the findings of the IICSA are made public."

     

    b)         It will be Moved by Councillor O’Rourke and seconded by Councillor Meredith that:

     

    “This Council notes with alarm the continuing crisis of social care underfunding that makes it hard for local authorities and provider organisations to ensure decent jobs and quality services.

     

    This Council supports in principle the provisions of UNISON’s Ethical & Residential care charters. The Council intends to implement the charters at the earliest practicable opportunity, recognising that some aspects of the charters may require additional funding.

     

    This Council welcomes the additional short term funding that the government pledged for social care in the 2017 budget but notes that this does not go far enough and does not represent a sustainable solution.

     

    This Council welcomes UNISON’s Care Workers for Change campaign initiative which aims to expand union membership within the sector to give care workers the support and confidence to lead the public-facing campaign to increase central government funding, improve employee relations and raise standards within the sector.

     

    This Council resolves to encourage those care providers that we currently commission or purchase provision from and to require those care providers that we commission or purchase provision from in future to:-

     

    1) Respect the right of care staff to organise a union in their workplace and do nothing to undermine the reasonable efforts of staff to organise a union.

     

    2) Allow access to accredited union representatives and officials for membership recruitment activity. Provider organisations should engage positively with union requests for access to staff and, where necessary, agree arrangements that do not disrupt service delivery

     

    3) Pursue a partnership approach to employment relations. We would expect the provider to engage constructively with the union including a recognition and facilities agreement to underpin collective working.

     

    4) Work with the providers and unions to pursue our shared objective of achieving the provisions of the UNISON Ethical and Residential Care Charters The Council will write to all current providers of council-commissioned care services at the earliest opportunity to advise them of our expectation that they will comply positively with the above points (1-4). These principles will be enshrined in our future commissioning processes and procedures.

     

    c)         It will be Moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Rush that:

     

    This council notes that Universal Credit, the single monthly payment which replaces the six current working age benefits, is to be fully implemented in Rochdale Borough on February 14th 2018.

     

    This council also notes that, within our area, the number of people who will be affected by these changes is likely to be in the tens of thousands.

     

    Rochdale Council notes with concern that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 36.

    Minutes:

    a)    It was moved by Councillor O’Rourke and seconded by Councillor Meredith that:

     

    “This Council notes with alarm the continuing crisis of social care underfunding that makes it hard for local authorities and provider organisations to ensure decent jobs and quality services.

     

    This Council supports in principle the provisions of UNISON’s Ethical & Residential care charters. The Council intends to implement the charters at the earliest practicable opportunity, recognising that some aspects of the charters may require additional funding.

     

    This Council welcomes the additional short term funding that the government pledged for social care in the 2017 budget but notes that this does not go far enough and does not represent a sustainable solution.

     

    This Council welcomes UNISON’s Care Workers for Change campaign initiative which aims to expand union membership within the sector to give care workers the support and confidence to lead the public-facing campaign to increase central government funding, improve employee relations and raise standards within the sector.

     

    This Council resolves to encourage those care providers that we currently commission or purchase provision from and to require those care providers that we commission or purchase provision from in future to:-

     

    1) Respect the right of care staff to organise a union in their workplace and do nothing to undermine the reasonable efforts of staff to organise a union.

     

    2) Allow access to accredited union representatives and officials for membership recruitment activity. Provider organisations should engage positively with union requests for access to staff and, where necessary, agree arrangements that do not disrupt service delivery

     

    3) Pursue a partnership approach to employment relations. We would expect the provider to engage constructively with the union including a recognition and facilities agreement to underpin collective working.

     

    4) Work with the providers and unions to pursue our shared objective of achieving the provisions of the UNISON Ethical and Residential Care Charters The Council will write to all current providers of council-commissioned care services at the earliest opportunity to advise them of our expectation that they will comply positively with the above points (1-4). These principles will be enshrined in our future commissioning processes and procedures.

     

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

     

    b)    It was moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Rush that:

     

    This council notes that Universal Credit, the single monthly payment which replaces the six current working age benefits, is to be fully implemented in Rochdale Borough in May 2018.

     

    This council also notes that, within our area, the number of people who will be affected by these changes is likely to be in the tens of thousands.

     

    Rochdale Council notes with concern that the move to a Full Service Universal Credit in other parts of the country has caused considerable financial hardship for many of those people moving onto this new system of benefit payments. Before a full role out of Universal credit the following problems need to be addressed:

     

    • The wait for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

Appointment of Leader of the Council

    Minutes:

    It was moved by Councillor Rowbotham and seconded by Councillor Neil Emmott that Councillor Allen Brett be appointed Leader of the Council.

     

    An amendment was moved by Councillor Gartside, seconded by Councillor Howard that Councillor Dearnley be appointed Leader of the Council.

     

    On being put to the vote the amendment was declared to be lost.

     

    On being put to the vote, it was RESOLVED that Councillor Brett be appointed Leader of the Council.

     

     

38.

Savings Programme 2018/19 to 2019/20 and Discretionary Fees and Charges 2018/19 - Update following consultation pdf icon PDF 108 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to the results of consultation on the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2018/19. The report also presented a proposal to implement proposed fees and charges where possible, from 1st January 2018.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.         That the £50 fee for residents parking permits (reference R0836) be removed as a charge;

    2.         That the proposed changes to all other discretionary fees and charges be approved for approval with those fees and charges as detailed at Appendix 1 to the report being implemented from 1st January 2018 where possible.

     

     

39.

Calculation of the Council Tax Base for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to the calculation of the Council Tax Base for 2018/19, specifically, for the Local Council Tax Support Scheme to remain unchanged for 2018/19; to agree the statutory council tax base calculation for 2018/19, calculated in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012 as part of the Budget 2018/19 process; to note the draft proposals for the change to the precepting arrangements for 2018/19 to include the Greater Manchester Mayoral functions and to approve the precept payment dates for 2018/19.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.    That the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018/19 remains unchanged;

     

    2.   That the Council tax base expressed as “band D equivalent properties”, be 53,537 for 2018/19 (53,025 2017/18) as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report;

     

    3.   The draft proposals for the changes to the precepting arrangements for 2018/19 to include the Greater Manchester Mayoral functions be approved;

     

    4.   The proposed precepts payment schedule detailed in paragraph 4.2 of the report be approved.

40.

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Levy Allocation Methodology Agreement pdf icon PDF 106 KB

41.

Manchester Airport Group (MAG) Strategic Investment pdf icon PDF 105 KB

42.

Capital Programme Prudential Borrowing Requirement pdf icon PDF 92 KB

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to provide a loan of £1.530m (plus any accrued interest) through prudential borrowing, to a third party service provider to fund the development of the Cherwell Village Extra Care apartments in Heywood.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.    That the prudential borrowing requirement of £1.530m (plus any accrued interest) and the change to the Capital Programme for 2017/2018 in relation to the Cherwell Centre, Heywood be approved.

     

43.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    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.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Members presented their Quarterly Reports responding to questions

    and remarks from Members of the Council:-

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

    ·         The Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Corporate and

    Resources

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment

    ·         The Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Planning and Development

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture

    ·         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

    ·         The Chair of Heywood Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Middleton Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Pennines Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee

    ·         Report of the Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces

    ·         Report of a Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester

    ·         Report of the Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste

    ·         Disposal Authority.

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the reports be noted.

44.

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 since the last meeting of Council on 11th October 2017   as required by the Council’s Constitution.

     

    The Chief Executive, following consultation with portfolio holders had exercised his delegation in relation to the Rochdale Riverside Development and had approved an adjusted funding offer having secured additional funding from the preferred funder and from the Council’s reserves.

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the reasons for urgency and the decision of the Chief Executive to approve funding for the Rochdale Riverside Development be noted.

45.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 417 KB