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55.

Mayor's Communications

    To receive any communications from the Mayor.

    Minutes:

    The Mayor requested that the Council observe a period of silent reflection in memory of those all those people who tragically lost their lives during the recent terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, New Zealand.

56.

Apologies

57.

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:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the following declarations of interests be noted:-

     

    Councillor Dearnley declared a personal interest in minute 60 (b), below – Threatened Closure of Heywood and Middleton Post Offices

     

    Councillor Brosnan declared a personal interest in minute 61, below – Members Quarterly Reports

58.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 96 KB

59.

Public Questions and Petitions

60.

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 42 KB

    To consider the following two Notices of Motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10:

     

    a.               Effects of Government imposed austerity

     

    It will be moved by Councillor Nolan and seconded by Councillor Rowbotham

     

    “This council notes that following the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government from 2010 and the solely Conservative Governments from 2015, Local Authorities have been devastated by cuts in the name of austerity.

     

    This council notes that over the past 10 years, Rochdale Council has been forced to make nearly £200 million worth of savings.

     

    This council believes that Rochdale Council, and virtually every other council of every political persuasion have been forced to raise council tax and make difficult decisions on where to cut, for example being forced to borrow money to repair our roads and struggling to provide care services to our most vulnerable.

     

    This council belies that this is down to the government’s cruel austerity campaign alone.

     

    This council notes that despite this - Rochdale Council has managed to keep afloat, keep our libraries and community centres open, repair our roads and deliver a quality Youth Service.

     

    The council accepts that residents have every reason to be angry with the effects of Government imposed austerity whilst wages have fallen in real terms by £500 since 2010.

     

    This council accepts that residents are angry that their local authority has had to cut on average £375 per person, per year.

    This council accepts that residents are angry that they’ve seen their overall quality of life decrease over the past 9 years.

     

    This council believes that despite the Prime Minister’s claim that “austerity is over”, councils are facing further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still’.

     

    The council notes that Lord Gary Porter, the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, has said ‘Councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring’.

     

    This council notes that Northamptonshire County Council has already gone bust due to financial mismanagement at both national and local level, but more councils are predicted to collapse through no fault of their own without immediate emergency funding.

     

    This council believes that the Prime Minister’s pitiful offer to offset the effects of austerity was an insult to this council.

     

    This council requests that Chief Executive write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, detailing the effects of austerity on the residents of Rochdale and demanding that this government reverses the cuts to local authorities.

     

    b.               Threatened closure of Heywood and Middleton Post Offices.

     

    It will be moved by Councillor Dutton and seconded by Councillor Beswick

     

    This council notes with disappointment the proposed closure of Heywood and Middleton Post Offices and their proposed movement into shared retail premises as part of wider post office franchising.

     

    This council notes that reports by Consumer Focus (2012) and Citizens Advice (2016) have identified issues with the franchising of post offices to retail stores including poor accessibility for people with mobility impairments, longer queuing times, and inferior service and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 60.

    Minutes:

    a.     Effects of government Imposed Austerity

    It was moved by Councillor Nolan and seconded by Councillor Rowbotham that:

     

    “This council notes that following the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government from 2010 and the solely Conservative Governments from 2015, Local Authorities have been devastated by cuts in the name of austerity.

     

    This council notes that over the past 10 years, Rochdale Council has been forced to make nearly £200 million worth of savings.

     

    This council believes that Rochdale Council, and virtually every other council of every political persuasion have been forced to raise council tax and make difficult decisions on where to cut, for example being forced to borrow money to repair our roads and struggling to provide care services to our most vulnerable.

     

    This council belies that this is down to the government’s cruel austerity campaign alone.

     

    This council notes that despite this - Rochdale Council has managed to keep afloat, keep our libraries and community centres open, repair our roads and deliver a quality Youth Service.

     

    The council accepts that residents have every reason to be angry with the effects of Government imposed austerity whilst wages have fallen in real terms by £500 since 2010.

     

    This council accepts that residents are angry that their local authority has had to cut on average £375 per person, per year.

    This council accepts that residents are angry that they’ve seen their overall quality of life decrease over the past 9 years.

     

    This council believes that despite the Prime Minister’s claim that “austerity is over”, councils are facing further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still’.

     

    The council notes that Lord Gary Porter, the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, has said ‘Councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring’.

     

    This council notes that Northamptonshire County Council has already gone bust due to financial mismanagement at both national and local level, but more councils are predicted to collapse through no fault of their own without immediate emergency funding.

     

    This council believes that the Prime Minister’s pitiful offer to offset the effects of austerity was an insult to this council.

     

    This council requests that Chief Executive write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, detailing the effects of austerity on the residents of Rochdale and demanding that this government reverses the cuts to local authorities.

     

    An amendment to the Motion was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Sullivan that:

     

    “This Council notes that over the past 10 years, Rochdale Council has been forced to make nearly £200million worth of savings.

     

    This Council notes that despite this, Rochdale Council has managed to keep afloat, keep our libraries and community centres open, repair our roads and deliver a quality Youth Service.

     

    The Council notes that Lord Gary Porter, the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association has said “councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring”. This Council supports the LGA campaign “Councils Can”  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.

61.

Members Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 59 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.  

    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 Finance
    • The Cabinet Member for Planning, Development and Housing
    • The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing
    • The Cabinet Member for Environment
    • The Cabinet Member for Resources
    • The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Skills
    • The Cabinet Member for Children's Services
    • The Cabinet Member for Adult Care
    • The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture
    • The Chair of Heywood Township Committee
    • The Chair of Middleton Township Committee
    • The Chair of Pennines Township Committee
    • The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee
    • Overview and Scrutiny Committee report of the Chairs
    • Update on the work of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the reports be noted.

62.

Council Tax Discount for Special Constables pdf icon PDF 98 KB

63.

Proposed Changes to Townships pdf icon PDF 108 KB

    Minutes:

    The Council considered a report of the Assistant Director (Information, Customers) which advised Members that in January 2018, Township Chairs and a cross-party group of Elected Members had formed a working group to look at how the Council engaged with local communities, and how Townships operate.  Members of the Townships Review Steering Group were appointed by Group Leaders.

     

    The group was facilitated by Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council, and officers from the Local Government Association. The Township Committees were consulted on the panel’s recommendations at their meetings in October 2018.

     

    The feedback, received included a number of proposed changes to future governance arrangements which need the approval of Council, including the restructure of the Rochdale Township Committee and revised Terms of Reference for the Township Committees

     

    RESOLVED

     

    1.               The restructure of Rochdale Township into Rochdale North Township and Rochdale South Township as follows: Rochdale North (comprising Central Rochdale, Healey, norden and Spotland and  Falinge Wards) and Rochdale South (comprising Balderstone and Kirkholt, Bamford, Castleton, Kingsway and Milkstone and Deeplish wards), be approved;

    2.               The relevant capital and revenue budgets for Rochdale Township be split  based on population;

    3.               The creation of an additional Township Chair with associated Special Responsibility Allowance, approved;

    4.               Neighbourhood and partnership delivery models be aligned to the amended Rochdale Township areas wherever possible;

    5.               The Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) be authorised to amend the Constitution to reflect revised Terms of Reference for Township Committees to include:

    a.               Recognising the different needs and priorities across Townships and neighbourhoods;

    b.               Contributions to the health and social care agenda on a local level;

    c.               To aid in the development of community resilience and co-creation of services within communities.

64.

Reframing Health and Wellbeing in the context of Public Service Reform pdf icon PDF 151 KB

    For Council to approve the creation of the Strategic Partnership Board, to enable the Council to deliver its Health and Wellbeing and public Sector Reform objectives..

    Minutes:

    The Council considered a report of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) which advised Members that following a review of the governance arrangements of the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) a number of issues had been reported as requiring revision.  A number of additional factors compounded the need to reflect on the effectiveness and future operation of the HWBB, including: the Greater Manchester Public Service Reform agenda, place based and integrated working footprints and the disengagement of key partners from the HWBB.

     

    The Health and Wellbeing Board on 12th March 2019 had delegated work on frequency of meetings, membership and other technical issues to Officers in consultation with the HWBB Chair to finalise.

     

    It was suggested that a Strategic partnership Board be established to replace the HWBB and draft terms of reference were appended to the submitted report.

     

    RESOLVED

    1.    The Council approves the creation of the Strategic Partnership Board, replacing the Health and Wellbeing Board with effect from the 2019/20 Municipal Year.

    2.    The Council approves the draft terms of reference for the Strategic Partnership Board.

    3.    The Council delegates any additional amendments to the terms of reference to the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing in consultation with the Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

65.

Vote of Thanks

    Minutes:

    The Council noted that this would be the last meeting of the Council for Councillor Biant and Councillor Brosnan, the Mayor - Councillor Zaman and Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation to them.

     

    Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation for the services of Councillor Zaman as Mayor of the Borough for the 2018/19 Municipal Year in both his Civic role and as Chair of the Council.