Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL

Contact: Liz Drogan 

Items
No. Item

1.

To receive apologies for absence

2.

To order that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 22nd May be signed as a correct record pdf icon PDF 228 KB

3.

To receive declarations of interest in any matter to be determined at the meeting

4.

To deal with matters which the Mayor considers to be urgent business

5.

To receive communications relating to the business of the Council

6.

To receive and note petitions received relating to the business of the Council pdf icon PDF 22 KB

(time limit 20 minutes)

7.

Youth Council

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

In the year up to March 2018, in a report by the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS), analysis of knife crime figures showed that the number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales was at its highest level since 1946.  With just less than 5,000 young people, aged 10 to 17, cautioned or convicted of a knife related crime and an 45% increase in the number of people, aged 16 to 24, that had been a victim of knife crime, it appears to be at epidemic levels. 

It must be mentioned as well that this is not a London based problem as suggested by some media.  Thankfully the report showed Oldham was not in the top ten when looking at numbers of homicides per 100,000 population, however, other North West areas were in the top 10 rankings of ‘worst place for killings.

In our 2018 Make Your Mark consultation, 2,167 young people voted to ‘Put an End to Knife Crime’ as their number one issue that needs to be tackled in Oldham.  This was the top issue, coming higher than ending homelessness and equal pay for equal work.  Given this was voted for by our constituents we have made this a priority.  As such Oldham Youth Council wanted to dig deeper into this issue so used 10-forward surveys, going out into our communities to consult with young people to find out why they feel knife crime is an issue and what can be done to reduce it. 

Our surveys would suggest that most of Oldham’s young people do not carry bladed weapons, but 14% of respondents did admit to having carried a knife.  Half of these suggested they carried a knife for legitimate reasons, such as for Duke of Edinburgh Award or for eating their lunches, but the other half felt they needed it for protection.  If this result is suggestive of the numbers of young people carrying bladed weapons it would seem to be much higher than the number of young people cautioned or convicted, which represents less than 1% of the 10 to 17-year-old population.  The survey responses also showed that nearly 40% of young people knew someone who had carried a knife.  While this doesn’t give an indication of levels of knife crime it may suggest that young people who do carry knives or bladed weapons are happy to share this fact to brag or intimidate, which, may lead to more fear in young people and a need for protection that they assume a knife brings.

Those who don’t carry knives were concerned that they could be arrested and that they could be injured by carrying knives.  This would appear to show that current awareness and education is working for young people but probably only for those who wouldn’t pick up knives anyway.  We as Oldham Youth Council have pledged to work with local schools and Oldham Council to help develop that training to keep getting the message across but also try and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Question Time pdf icon PDF 165 KB

a)    Public Questions (15 minutes)

 

b)    Question to Leader and Cabinet (30 minutes)

 

c)    Question on Cabinet Minutes (15 mins)

 

Cabinet Meeting

25th March 2019

Cabinet Meeting

15th April 2019

 

 

d)    Questions on Joint Arrangements/Partnerships (15 minutes)

 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

1st March 2019

29th March 2019

31st May 2019

 

Greater Manchester Health and Care Board

8th March 2019

 

Police and Crime Panel

31st January 2019

 

National Park Authority

15th March 2019

24th May 2019

 

Health and Wellbeing Board

29th January 2019

26th March 2019

 

MioCare Board

14th January 2019

 

Oldham Leadership Board

17th January 2019

 

           

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9.

Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Abolition of Section 21 no fault evictions

 

Councillor Leach to MOVE and Councillor Fielding to SECOND:

This Council notes that:

  • no fault evictions, introduced under Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act, allow landlords to evict tenants, without having to give a reason, once the term of the tenancy has expired;
  • 80% of England’s 11 million renters are on tenancies with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants under Section 21 without cause;
  • research published by The Observer campaign group Generation Rent indicates that Section 21 evictions are now the single biggest cause of homelessness in England; and that
  • in 2017, the Scottish Government made tenancies indefinite and banned no-fault evictions under the terms of the Private Housing

(Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

 

This Council believes Abolishing Section 21 no-fault evictions:

  • would help to make renting more secure and communities more stable, improve standards and increase tenant confidence;
  • would further help to tackle homelessness, which should be a priority for government at all levels; and,
  • should happen as soon as practicably possible.

 

This Council therefore:

  • welcomes the UK Government announcement in April of plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 no-fault evictions in England; and
  • resolves to work with the Unfair Evictions Campaign led by Generation Rent, the New Economics Foundation and renters’ unions, to bring about the swift abolition of Section 21 no-fault evictions.

 

Motion 2

Calling on the Government to fund free TV licences for all over 75s

 

Councillor Stretton to MOVE and Councillor G Hulme to MOVE:

This Council notes that the government has withdrawn funding from the BBC which has hitherto covered the cost of free TV Licences for all pensioners over the age of 75.  The government shifted the responsibility for deciding whether the free TV License should continue to be available to all pensioners and, if so, how it would be funded to the BBC in 2015.  The BBC have announced that after the end of June next year the free TV licence will only be available to households where there is a pensioner over the age of 75 who is in receipt of Pension Credits.

 

This Council also notes the recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report that says one in 6 pensioners are living in poverty and pensioner poverty is rising. Furthermore, in the most recent government statistics for take up of pension credits (2016 -2017) only 6 out of 10 pensioners who were entitled to the benefit claimed it and only 64 per cent of the total amount of Pension Credit that could have been claimed was claimed.

 

This Council believes it is clear that the cost of a TV Licence at £154.50 will be prohibitive for many and as a result many pensioners will be without the benefit of TV.

 

This Council calls upon the Government to reinstate the funding to the BBC to enable the retention of the free colour TV  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.

10.

Notice of Opposition Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Councillor Sykes to MOVE and Councillor Al-Hamdani to SECOND:

 

Making a Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Council welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to the delivery of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the world community at the United Nations in September 2015. The goals form part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which seeks to eradicate extreme poverty, address inequality and injustice, and promote sustainable development and peace.

 

The goals are to: 

·         End poverty in all its forms everywhere

·         End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

·         Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

·         Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

·         Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

·         Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

·         Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

·         Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

·         Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

·         Reduce inequality within and among countries

·         Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

·         Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

·         Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

·         Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

·         Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

·         Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

·         Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

 

Wishing to replicate the UK Government’s position on the goals, this Council resolves to make a similar commitment to their delivery, as far as is practicable and within its power and resources, and calls upon the Health and Overview and Scrutiny Boards to identify the work that is already being done by the Council and its partners and what more can be done, and to present a report with its findings and recommendations to a future meeting of full Council.

 

Motion 2

Councillor Williamson to MOVE and Councillor Harkness to SECOND:

 

Restoring Government Funding for Brownfield Housing Development

Council notes that:

·         The Conservative Government in its white paper ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’ stated that more homes should be built ‘by maximising the contribution from brownfield sites’.

·         Brownfield sites suffer from significant contamination, whether below-ground or in a building’s construction, which is the result of previous industrial use as cotton mills; chemical and coal gas plants; coal mines; and dye works.

·         Decontaminating such sites is very expensive at an average cost of £250,000 per acre and this cost often renders housing developments unaffordable.

·         According to Department of Trade figures, approximately 1 million acres of brownfield sites are contaminated.

·         Much of this land is in Northern towns, like Oldham, a  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

Update on Actions from Council pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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12.

Revision to the Council's NJC grading structure following the 2019 NJC Green Book pay award pdf icon PDF 199 KB

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13.

Constitutional Amendments and Members Allowances pdf icon PDF 148 KB

Report to follow

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14.

Housing Strategy pdf icon PDF 185 KB

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15.

Climate Change and Green Oldham pdf icon PDF 832 KB

16.

AGMA Constitution pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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