Agenda item

Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

1. Councillor A Chadderton to MOVE and Councillor Alexander to SECOND:

 

This Council is committed to providing outstanding education in good facilities which gives the young people of this borough the best possible educational experience.

This Council regrets that the severe curtailment of the BSF programme which would have seen the replacement of Saddleworth and Royton & Crompton schools together with the upgrading of Hathershaw School, Blue Coat and Crompton House.

The Council notes that both Saddleworth and Royton & Crompton schools had reached the end of their useful lives and required full replacement to obtain best value for money.

The Council welcomes the opportunity to support Saddleworth School and its governing body to apply for new funds through the Education Funding Agency but acknowledges that, the timescales involved, the available sites and the available budget present challenges.
Once the funding for the replacement of Saddleworth School is confirmed this Council resolves to:

1.      Lobby the Government to fund the replacement of Royton and Crompton and work towards a replacement school at the earliest opportunity.

2.      Lobby for greater devolved capital and other funding to invest in urgent repairs and upgrades required for the remaining secondary school estate.

Also:

3.      This Council reconfirms the position it adopted under the BSF programme that the present site of Saddleworth School in Uppermill is an unsuitable and inadequate site for a replacement Secondary School.The Uppermill site is not fit to meet the education needs of future generations of students, nor does the proposal by some residents to rebuild Saddleworth School on the present Uppermill site meet the aspirational wishes of parents, staff and school governors.

4.      This Council requests our MPs to support this resolution and Oldham Council's determination to campaign to providing outstanding education in good facilities which gives the young people of this borough the best possible educational experience.

2. Councillor Dearden to MOVE and Councillor Haque to SECOND:

Newcastle City Council passed a declaration in May 2013 to tackle the harm smoking causes our communities. It has since been supported by the Public Health Minister, the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health England.

All councils are being urged to sign up to the Declaration which will be formally launched in Parliament on December 11th 2013.

The Declaration commits councils to:

·        Act at a local level  to reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities and to raise the  profile of the harm caused by smoking to our communities

·        Develop plans with our partners and local communities to address the causes and impacts of tobacco use

·        Participate in local and regional networks for support

·        Support the government in taking action at national level to help local authorities reduce smoking prevalence  and health inequalities in our communities

·        Protect our tobacco control work from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry by not accepting any  partnerships, payments, gifts and services, monetary or in kind or research funding offered by the tobacco industry to officials or employees

·        Monitor the progress of our plans against our commitments and publish the results

·        Publicly declare our commitment to reducing smoking in our communities by joining the Smokefree Action Coalition, the alliance of organisations working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.

Oldham has a higher percentage of people who smoke (27.2%) than the average for North West (22.8%) and England (20.7%).

Being part of this campaign will help us to raise awareness and improve the health of Oldhamers.

Therefore: This Council resolves to adopt the tobacco declaration.

3. Councillor A Chadderton to MOVE and Councillor McMahon to SECOND:

This council notes that

·        Universal Credit is a single system created by the Government to replace a number of individual tax credits and benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit;

·        Oldham is one of eight pilot areas nationally for Universal Credit since July 2013;

·        On 15 November 2013, the Chief Executives of Oldham, Tameside and Wigan Councils (the Universal Credit Pathfinder areas of Greater Manchester) wrote jointly to the Department for Work and Pensions highlighting their concerns with the publication of the Jobseeker’s Allowance figures in these local authority areas, having received no data since July 2013;

·        On 22 November 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions’ Director of Information, Governance and Security David Frazer responded to this letter highlighting that information would be released on 3 December 2013.

This council believes that the information released by the Department for Work and Pensions on 3 December 2013 is insufficient and lacks clarity for the following reasons

·       A wait of up to 4 months for relevant information is deeply unhelpful in assisting our efforts for timely support under Get Oldham Working - a monthly release of statistics would be a much better schedule;

·       It highlights the monthly number of new starters to the Universal Credit system from July to September in Oldham but does not include a breakdown by previous tax credit or benefit type indicating how these residents would have been assisted prior to Universal Credit.

·       It also gives no indication of how many of these residents are completely new to the benefits system and how many have been mandated off other forms of benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance: We know that the numbers of people in Oldham receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen by over 2100 since April 2013 but are not able at present to clarify how many of this number have been mandated on to Universal Credit and therefore how many remaining have found work;

·       It highlights the caseload of Universal Credit claimants from July to September in Oldham but includes no information about discrepancies between starter and caseload figures (i.e. what is happening to those who come off Universal Credit: how many are mandated off it, and how many are finding work etc)

This council therefore resolves to

·        Ask the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions outlining our concerns and asking for the urgent confirmation of the requested information so that the council is able to more effectively target its resources to help people into work;

·        Ask the Chief Executive to write to the borough’s MPs to highlight this issue and request their help in lobbying to resolve it.

Minutes:

Councillor Marie Bashforth left the room at this point in the meeting.

 

Motion 1

 

Councillor A Chadderton MOVED and Councillor Alexander SECONDED the following motion:

 

“This Council is committed to providing outstanding education in good facilities which gives the young people of this borough the best possible educational experience.

This Council regrets that the severe curtailment of the BSF programme which would have seen the replacement of Saddleworth and Royton & Crompton schools together with the upgrading of Hathershaw School, Blue Coat and Crompton House.

The Council notes that both Saddleworth and Royton & Crompton schools had reached the end of their useful lives and required full replacement to obtain best value for money.

The Council welcomes the opportunity to support Saddleworth School and its governing body to apply for new funds through the Education Funding Agency but acknowledges that, the timescales involved the available sites and the available budget present challenges.
Once the funding for the replacement of Saddleworth School is confirmed this Council resolves to:

1.      Lobby the Government to fund the replacement of Royton and Crompton and work towards a replacement school at the earliest opportunity.

2.      Lobby for greater devolved capital and other funding to invest in urgent repairs and upgrades required for the remaining secondary school estate.

Also:

3.      This Council reconfirms the position it adopted under the BSF programme that the present site of Saddleworth School in Uppermill is an unsuitable and inadequate site for a replacement Secondary School.The Uppermill site is not fit to meet the education needs of future generations of students, nor does the proposal by some residents to rebuild Saddleworth School on the present Uppermill site meet the aspirational wishes of parents, staff and school governors.

4.      This Council requests our MPs to support this resolution and Oldham Council's determination to campaign to providing outstanding education in good facilities which gives the young people of this borough the best possible educational experience.”

 

Councillor Harrison spoke in support of the Motion.

Councillor Ur Rehman spoke in support of the Motion.

Councillor Roughley spoke in support of the Motion.

Councillor Battye spoke in support of the Motion and requested that a recorded vote be taken.

Councillor Sykes spoke in support of the Motion.

In accordance with Council Procedure rule 12.3 at least five Members requested a recorded vote on this Amendment. The Vote was recorded as follows:

 

Councillor

 

Councillor

 

Akhtar

FOR

Hussain

FOR

Alcock

FOR

Iqbal

FOR

Alexander

FOR

Jabbar

FOR

Ames

FOR

Judge

FOR

Azad

FOR

Larkin

FOR

Ball

FOR

Malik

FOR

Bashforth Marie

NO VOTE DoI

McCann

FOR

Bashforth Steve

FOR

McDonald

FOR

Battye

FOR

McLaren

FOR

Beeley

FOR

McMahon

FOR

Blyth

FOR

Moores

FOR

Briggs

FOR

Newton

ABSENT

Brownridge

FOR

Price

FOR

Chadderton Amanda

FOR

Qumer

FOR

ChaddertonOlwen

FOR

Rehman

FOR

Chauhan

FOR

Roughley

FOR

Dawson

FOR

Salamat

FOR

Dean

FOR

Sedgwick

FOR

Dearden

FOR

Shah

FOR

Dillon John

FOR

Sheldon

ABSENT

Dillon Philomena

FOR

Shuttleworth

FOR

Fielding

FOR

Stretton

FOR

Garry

FOR

Sykes

FOR

Haque

FOR

Thompson

FOR

Harkness

FOR

Toor

FOR

Harrison

FOR

Ur-Rehman

FOR

Heffernan

FOR

Williams

FOR

Hibbert

FOR

Williamson

FOR

Hindle

FOR

Wrigglesworth

FOR

Houle

FOR

Hudson

FOR

 

On a recorded vote being taken FIFTY SEVEN VOTES were cast IN FAVOUR of the MOTION with NO VOTES cast AGAINST. The MOTION was therefore CARRIED.

RESOLVED that:

1. This Council is committed to providing outstanding education in good facilities which gives the young people of this borough the best possible educational experience.

2. This Council regrets that the severe curtailment of the BSF programme which would have seen the replacement of Saddleworth and Royton & Crompton schools together with the upgrading of Hathershaw School, Blue Coat and Crompton House.

3. Council notes that both Saddleworth and Royton & Crompton schools had reached the end of their useful lives and required full replacement to obtain best value for money.

4. Council welcomes the opportunity to support Saddleworth School and its governing body to apply for new funds through the Education Funding Agency but acknowledges that, the timescales involved, the available sites and the available budget present challenges.
5. Once the funding for the replacement of Saddleworth School is confirmed this Council resolves to:

i). Lobby the Government to fund the replacement of Royton and Crompton and work towards a replacement school at the earliest opportunity.

ii). Lobby for greater devolved capital and other funding to invest in urgent repairs and upgrades required for the remaining secondary school estate.

6. This Council reconfirms the position it adopted under the BSF programme that the present site of Saddleworth School in Uppermill is an unsuitable and inadequate site for a replacement Secondary School. The Uppermill site is not fit to meet the education needs of future generations of students, nor does the proposal by some residents to rebuild Saddleworth School on the present Uppermill site meet the aspirational wishes of parents, staff and school governors.

7. This Council requests our MPs to support this resolution and Oldham Council's determination to campaign to providing outstanding education in good facilities which gives the young people of this borough the best possible educational experience.

 

NOTE: Councillor Marie Bashforth left the room for consideration of this item and took no part in the discussion or voting thereon.

 

Motion 2.

Councillor Dearden  MOVED and Councillor Haque  SECONDED:

Newcastle City Council passed a declaration in May 2013 to tackle the harm smoking causes our communities. It has since been supported by the Public Health Minister, the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health England.

All councils are being urged to sign up to the Declaration which will be formally launched in Parliament on December 11th 2013.

The Declaration commits councils to:

·        Act at a local level  to reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities and to raise the  profile of the harm caused by smoking to our communities

·        Develop plans with our partners and local communities to address the causes and impacts of tobacco use

·        Participate in local and regional networks for support

·        Support the government in taking action at national level to help local authorities reduce smoking prevalence  and health inequalities in our communities

·        Protect our tobacco control work from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry by not accepting any  partnerships, payments, gifts and services, monetary or in kind or research funding offered by the tobacco industry to officials or employees

·        Monitor the progress of our plans against our commitments and publish the results

·        Publicly declare our commitment to reducing smoking in our communities by joining the Smokefree Action Coalition, the alliance of organisations working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.

Oldham has a higher percentage of people who smoke (27.2%) than the average for North West (22.8%) and England (20.7%).

Being part of this campaign will help us to raise awareness and improve the health of Oldhamers.

Therefore: This Council resolves to adopt the tobacco declaration.

 

Councillor Dearden as Mover of the Motion and Councillor Haque as Seconder of the Motion requested Council to permit the motion to be rolled over for discussion at the next Council meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the Motion be considered at the next Council meeting to be held on 5th February 2014.

 

Motion 3. Councillor A Chadderton MOVED and Councillor McMahon SECONDED the following motion:

This council notes that

·        Universal Credit is a single system created by the Government to replace a number of individual tax credits and benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit;

·        Oldham is one of eight pilot areas nationally for Universal Credit since July 2013;

·        On 15 November 2013, the Chief Executives of Oldham, Tameside and Wigan Councils (the Universal Credit Pathfinder areas of Greater Manchester) wrote jointly to the Department for Work and Pensions highlighting their concerns with the publication of the Jobseeker’s Allowance figures in these local authority areas, having received no data since July 2013;

·        On 22 November 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions’ Director of Information, Governance and Security David Frazer responded to this letter highlighting that information would be released on 3 December 2013.

This council believes that the information released by the Department for Work and Pensions on 3 December 2013 is insufficient and lacks clarity for the following reasons

·       A wait of up to 4 months for relevant information is deeply unhelpful in assisting our efforts for timely support under Get Oldham Working - a monthly release of statistics would be a much better schedule;

·       It highlights the monthly number of new starters to the Universal Credit system from July to September in Oldham but does not include a breakdown by previous tax credit or benefit type indicating how these residents would have been assisted prior to Universal Credit.

·       It also gives no indication of how many of these residents are completely new to the benefits system and how many have been mandated off other forms of benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance: We know that the numbers of people in Oldham receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen by over 2100 since April 2013 but are not able at present to clarify how many of this number have been mandated on to Universal Credit and therefore how many remaining have found work;

·       It highlights the caseload of Universal Credit claimants from July to September in Oldham but includes no information about discrepancies between starter and caseload figures (i.e. what is happening to those who come off Universal Credit: how many are mandated off it, and how many are finding work etc)

This council therefore resolves to

·        Ask the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions outlining our concerns and asking for the urgent confirmation of the requested information so that the council is able to more effectively target its resources to help people into work;

  • Ask the Chief Executive to write to the borough’s MPs to highlight this issue and request their help in lobbying to resolve it.

 

On being put to the vote FIFTY SEVEN VOTES were cast IN FAVOUR of the MOTION with NO VOTES cast AGAINST. The Motion was therefore CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1. The Chief Executive be asked to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions outlining the Council’s concerns and asking for the urgent confirmation of the requested information so that the Council is able to more effectively target its resources to help people into work;

2. The Chief Executive be asked to write to the borough’s MPs to highlight this issue and request their help in lobbying to resolve it.

At this point in the meeting guidance was sought from Officers as to the possibility of extending the guillotine until 10pm and in accordance with Part 4 of the Council’s Constitution – Rules of Procedure paragraph 8.4 (m) Councillor McMahon MOVED and Councillor Sykes SECONDED that the guillotine for the meeting be extended to 10pm to allow debate on the remaining items to take place.

 

RESOLVED that in accordance with the Rules of Procedure paragraph 8.4 (m) the guillotine for the meeting be extended to 10pm.