Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Katie Davies, Committee Services Officer  Email: Katie.Davies@Rochdale.Gov.UK

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To receive any apologies for absence.


No apologies for absence were received.


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.   


There were no declarations of interest.


Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.


There were no urgent items of business received.


Items for Exclusion of Public and Press

To determine any items on the agenda, if any, where the public are to be excluded from the meeting.


There were no items for the exclusion of public and press.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Members are requested to approve the Minutes of the Rochdale North Township Committee meeting held on Wednesday 7 June 2023.


That the Minutes of the meeting of Rochdale North Township Committee held on 7 June 2023 be approved as a correct record.


Open Forum

Half an hour has been set aside for members of the public to raise any issues relevant to the business of the Committee and the Township.


No members of the public were in attendance and therefore no items were raised in the open forum.


Advice in Rochdale North Township pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To consider a report and a presentation of Public Health representatives.

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The Township Committee received a presentation of the Public Health Development Manager which summarised a new model to deliver advice in the Rochdale Borough from 1 October 2023.


Following a Welfare Advice Review in June 2022, it was concluded that there was a growing need for high quality welfare advice to residents in local communities. The report included a detailed literature and statistical review, interviews with key welfare advice partners, consultation with residents and a cost benefit analysis of different models of delivery.


Members were informed that the new township-based advice model would be a hybrid system that enabled residents to find solutions to problems around benefits, indebtedness, employment, health and wellbeing, housing, and equality, amongst a range of other issues that had become more prevalent since the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis.


The proposed model had a budgeted cost of £250,000 which had been secured from Public Health core funding.


The hybrid offering meant that some aspects of the service would be delivered ‘in-house’, some would be delivered by an external specialist service, and some would be delivered by the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.


Citizens Advice would act as the system leader and training would be offered to ensure that advisors were appropriately skilled with up-to-date knowledge to provide quality assurance. Citizens Advice would also continue their borough-wide phone and digital service Adviceline.


Current resources such as the Council Customer Services Team and Living Well’s Community Champions would also be better utilised to offer more advice support in the Rochdale North Township; this would be provided both remotely (over the phone and the internet) and face-to-face in accessible community facilities.


The Public Health Development Manager noted that there were currently seven members of staff employed with experience in helping residents to resolve welfare advice issues and signpost them to other support services.


There would be at least two new venues in each of the borough’s five townships where residents could access face-to-face welfare and other advice. For Rochdale North Township, the venues would be Number One Riverside and Howard Street Family Hub where slots would be offered to residents on an appointment and drop-in basis.


By co-locating the Customer Services Team with partners at Howard Street Family Hub and Number One Riverside - where the Work and Skills Team, Citizens Advice and the Community Champions hosted drop in sessions - it was hoped that a number of ‘gateways’ would be created. Gateways would be places where residents could access more than one service and be referred on to other organisations for support.


Funding from the budget had also been allocated from April 2024 to support VCSE sector organisations that already provide face-to-face advice in communities. In Rochdale North this would include funding for Kashmir Youth Project (KYP), Wardleworth Community Centre, Spotland Community Centre and a Stop Debt partnership between Rochdale AFC and Aspire 2 Inspire.


Members highlighted the need for well-advertised face-to-face drop in sessions, and raised their concerns in relation to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Appointment to the Road Safety Group pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider the appointment for Rochdale North Township for 2023/2024.

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Consideration was given to a report of Committee Services which requested that Members confirmed an appointment to the Road Safety Group for 2023/24. The Road Safety Group would allow delegated Members to discuss and raise issues or concerns about road safety in the Rochdale Borough with Council Officers.


Alternatives considered:
The Township Committee could choose not to appoint any Members to the Road Safety Group.


That Councillors Iram Faisal, Shaun O’Neill, Peter Winkler and Sameena Zaheer be appointed to the Road Safety Group for 2023/24 as representatives of Rochdale North Township.


Reasons for the decision:
The Council has established and appoints Township Committees that may exercise both executive and non-executive powers as set out in the Responsibility for Council Functions in Part 3 of the Constitution. This states that: ‘appointments to Township Sub-Committees, Township Working Parties, Partnership Arrangements and Local Outside Bodies shall be made at the first meeting of the appropriate Township Committee in the new Municipal Year’.