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Decisions published

07/02/2019 - Public Health Primary Care contracts ref: 3552    Recommendations Approved

This paper seeks approval to extend and vary Public Health contracts to GP Practices and Pharmacies in relation to the delivery of sexual health services and NHS Health Checks.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Health and Social Care (Cllr Zahid Chauhan)

Decision published: 27/02/2019

Effective from: 07/03/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That: Approval given to exempt from tender and extend current contracts until 31st March 2021 (where necessary making variations) to the following Public Health contracts;
A.GP contracts for NHS Health Checks and sexual health
B.Pharmacy contracts for sexual health

Lead officer: Lianne Davies


06/02/2019 - Public Health NHS Health Checks data contract ref: 3548    Recommendations Approved

Since the formation of the NHS Health Checks programme, OMBC have contracted with Merck Sharpe and Dohme Ltd Informatics (MSDi) to search patient data and identify those eligible for an NHS Health Check. This software has also provided a system for local authority payment verification based on practice activity of invitations sent out and number of NHS Health Checks completed. A direct award was given to MSDI as a result of the need to ensure compatibility with current GP systems.
This agreement commenced 1st April 2015 and was due to expire on 31st March 2018. An agreement to extend for 1 year, 1st April 2018-31st March 2019 was granted in February 2018. However in June of this year, MSDI informed us that they would no longer be providing the services. As a result, as an interim measure for one year during 2018/19, MSDi were contracted to sub-contract the data delivery to Emis, while also overseeing the design, build and roll out of a new payment verification system.
This arrangement was for one year only, ending on 31st March 2019 and extending the current arrangement is not possible.
Emis Enterprises are already providing data management services to Primary Care across Oldham and therefore we are seeking an exemption to allow for a direct award of contract to Emis for 1st April 2019-31st March 2020.

Decision Maker: Director of Strategic Reform – Rebekah Sutcliffe

Decision published: 26/02/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That: Approval to exempt from tender the data contract to enable the monitoring of NHS Health Checks delivered in GP practice.

Lead officer: Lianne Davies


08/02/2019 - Contract extension with CHL for Healthy Living Primary Care ref: 3531    Recommendations Approved

A deed of variation to extend a contract period with an existing provider CHL. This is for the wider delivery of Healthy Living Primary care. The contract value for the entire duration remains unchanged and therefore meets requirements of the Council Procurement rules set out within17.1(b).

Decision Maker: Director of Strategic Reform – Rebekah Sutcliffe

Decision published: 11/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That the contract with CHL be extended for a further 12 months to allow the continued roll out of the GM framework of Healthy Living Primary Care (Pharmacy, Dentistry

Lead officer: Anna Tebay


08/02/2019 - Alere/ Abbott contract extension for point of care testing consumables ref: 3530    Recommendations Approved

A deed of variation to extend a contract period with an existing provider Alere/ Abbott whereby funds have been transferred 2015. No additional financial investment is required. This is for the delivery of point of care testing (POCT) consumables required to support NHS Health Checks delivered through GP practices and pharmacies. The contract value for the entire duration has not increased and therefore meets requirements of the Council Procurement rules set out within17.1(b).

Decision Maker: Director of Strategic Reform – Rebekah Sutcliffe

Decision published: 11/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:the contract will be extended with the existing provider Alere/ Abbott to provide point of care testing consumables to GP’s and Pharmacies for the delivery of NHS Health Check programme.

Lead officer: Anna Tebay


05/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Kenworthy Gardens, Un-named Access Road at Warburton Court and Hopkinson Close, Uppermill ref: 3529    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of double yellow lines within Kenworthy Gardens, Warburton Court and Hopkinson Close, Uppermill, to remove obstructive parking problems being experienced

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 15/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
no waiting at any time restrictions be introduced along part of Kenworthy Gardens, Warburton Court and part of Hopkinson Close, Upperrmil as detailed in the schedule at the end of this report

Lead officer: Sarah Robinson


21/01/2019 - Oldham Council's inclusion within the Greater Manchester, Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester Business Rates Poll 2019/20 ref: 3528    Recommendations Approved

The report seeks formal approval for the Council's inclusion in the Greater Manchester, Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester Business Rates Pool for the financial year 2019/20.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Finance and Corporate Resources (Deputy Leader - Cllr Abdul Jabbar)

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

Formal approval given for the Council's inclusion in the Greater Manchester, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Business Rates pool for 2019/20.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anne Ryans


31/01/2019 - Non-Domestic Rates Tax Base 2019/20 ref: 3527    Recommendations Approved

Report setting out information to determine the Non-Domestic (Business Rates) Tax Base for 2019/20 using the most up to date information and estimates available.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Finance and Corporate Resources (Deputy Leader - Cllr Abdul Jabbar)

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

To determine the final Non-Domestic (NDR) Tax Bases for 2019/20.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anne Ryans


25/01/2019 - Appointment of EWA Architects via the Construction Impact Framework ref: 3526    Recommendations Approved

The reason for this decision arises from the need to continue the appointment of EWA architects to enable them: to complete the design of the new heritage and arts centre (OMA) at the former library on Union Street; complete the accompanying off-site store at the Prince of Wales Industrial Estate; and cover costs incurred in the close down of the Oldham Coliseum project (OCT).

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Economy & Enterprise (Leader - Councillor Sean Fielding)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
The Council appoints EWA via the Construction Impact Framework (CIF), to act as lead designer for the OMA and associated off-site store projects, with an allocated budget.

Lead officer: Brian Enright


21/01/2019 - Tommyfield Market Shops ref: 3509    Recommendations Approved

To approve a lease strategy for Tommyfield shops

Decision Maker: Director of Economy

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
The lease strategy for existing shop tenants be approved in line with recommendations of the report.

Lead officer: James Tolan


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Southlink, Oldham ref: 3525    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions along Southlink, Oldham to alleviate obstructive parking taking place

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
‘No waiting - At any time’ restrictions (double yellow lines) be introduced along Southlink, Oldham in accordance with the schedule and plan at the end of this report

Lead officer: Jeannette Whitney


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting and Bus Stop Clearways - Godson ref: 3524    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions and bus stop clearways along part of Godson Street Oldham, to alleviate obstructive parking problems experienced by residents of Trinity House when trying to cross the road

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
no waiting at any time restrictions to be introduced along part of Godson Street, Oldham in accordance with the schedule and plan at the end of this report

Lead officer: Darryll Elwood


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Franklin Street, Oldham ref: 3523    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions (in the form of double yellow lines) along Franklin Street, Oldham to alleviate obstructive parking

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
‘No waiting - At any time’ restrictions be introduced along part of Franklin Street, Oldham in accordance with the schedule and plan at the end of this report

Lead officer: Jeannette Whitney


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Lansdowne Road, Stockfield Road and Arkwright Street, Chadderton ref: 3522    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider a number of complaints received from local residents, businesses and Ward Members requesting the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions on parts of Lansdowne Road, Stockfield Road and Arkwright Street, Chadderton to alleviate obstructive parking taking place.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
no waiting at any time (double yellow lines) restrictions be introduced on parts of Lansdowne Road, Stockfield Road and Arkwright Street, Chadderton in accordance with the schedule at the end of the report

Lead officer: Darryll Elwood


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Chamber Road, Oldham ref: 3521    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions at the junction of Chamber Road and Millbank Close alleviate obstructive parking problems experienced by motorists entering and exiting Millbank Close, Oldham

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
‘No waiting - At any time’ restrictions to be introduced at the junction of Chamber Road and Millbank Close, Oldham in accordance with the schedule and plan at the end of this report

Lead officer: Jeannette Whitney


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Coverhill Road, Grotton ref: 3520    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions in the form of double yellow lines on Coverhill Road at its junction with Furberry Court to alleviate obstructive parking problems

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
'No waiting - At any time’ restrictions to be introduced on Coverhill Road at its junction with Furberry Court, Grotton in accordance with the schedule and plan at the end of this report

Lead officer: Jeannette Whitney


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Edward Street and St Johns Street, Werneth ref: 3519    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions (double yellow lines) on Edward Street and St Johns Street, Werneth to alleviate obstructive parking problems experienced by motorists exiting St Johns Street

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
‘No waiting at any time’ restrictions be introduced at the Edward Street / St Johns Street junction, Werneth, in accordance with the schedule at the end of this report

Lead officer: Jeannette Whitney


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Rochdale Road and Mossgate Road, High Crompton ref: 3518    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider requests received from residents and Local Ward Members for the introduction of prohibitive waiting restrictions on Rochdale Road, High Crompton at its junctions with Mossgate Road, Samuel Lane and Park Cottages. Also on the south side of Mossgate Road opposite property numbers 5/7 to alleviate obstructive parking taking place

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 13/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
no waiting at any time (double yellow lines) restrictions be introduced on Rochdale Road and Mossgate Road High Crompton in accordance with the schedule and drawing number 47/A3/1527/1 at the end of this report

Lead officer: Darryll Elwood


04/02/2019 - Proposed Prohibition of Waiting - Stable Street, Chadderton ref: 3516    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to consider the introduction of no waiting at any time restrictions (double yellow lines) along Stable Street, Chadderton to remove obstructive parking problems being experienced by delivery drivers attempting to access the grounds of the La Via Tapas restaurant

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 04/02/2019

Effective from: 12/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
double yellow lines are introduced along Stable Street, Chadderton, in accordance with the schedule detailed in the proposal at the end of this report

Lead officer: Sarah Robinson


04/02/2019 - Adoption of Highways in Oldham (Various Locations) in connection with the Oldham Town Centre Metrolink Works ref: 3515    Recommendations Approved

To obtain approval for the adoption of highways as Highway Authority and to identify the likely associated revenue costs to the Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods (Statutory Deputy Leader - Cllr Arooj Shah)

Decision published: 04/02/2019

Effective from: 12/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
the highways listed in Schedule 1 of this report be adopted as highways maintainable at public expense

Lead officer: Alison Dolan


31/01/2019 - Consultation on the Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) ref: 3514    Recommendations Approved

To approve public consultation on the Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and to approve the final Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Determination Statement

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Housing (Cllr Hannah Roberts)

Decision published: 01/02/2019

Effective from: 09/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
To approve public consultation on the draft Oldham Town Centre CAAMP SPD and supporting documents and to approve the final SEA Determination Statement. This will allow the SPD to be prepared in line with the Town and Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, Section 71 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

Lead officer: Georgina Brownridge


29/01/2019 - Award of a Business Improvement Grant in Shaw district centre ref: 3512    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of the report is to seek approval to award a Business Improvement Grant in Shaw District Centre.
The Council recognises the important role that independent businesses play in sustaining the vibrancy and vitality of our high streets and has developed a Business Improvement Grant scheme for Shaw District Centre. Discretionary grants of 50% of the costs of improvements, up to a maximum of £8,000, are available.
The Gin Gin Bar Ltd is a new business which has taken over the vacant premises at 1 Milnrow Road. Shaw. The property is a former locksmiths with a flat above and planning permission has been granted for the change of use to a Gin Bar with ancillary office office use. The property is undergoing a complete renovation and a grant has been applied for towards the cost of the works.

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive People and Place – Helen Lockwood

Decision published: 01/02/2019

Effective from: 29/01/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - To:
Approve a max award of £8,000 Business Improvement Grant to the Gin Gin Bar Ltd in respect of 1 Milnrow Road, Shaw

Lead officer: Liz Kershaw


10/12/2018 - Supplementary Information ref: 3511    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Appeals Committee

Made at meeting: 10/12/2018 - Appeals Committee

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 10/12/2018

Decision:

The meeting reconvened on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 16.00pm to consider the further information provided in the Supplementary Information pack.

 

The Dismissing Officer, supported by the Human Resources Advisor, presented the supplementary information on behalf of the Authority. The Dismissing Officer called one witness.

 

The Appellant, supported by a Trade Union representative, presented his supplementary information. The Appellant called no witnesses.

 

The Panel asked questions of both parties and both parties asked question of each other.

 

Both parties were given the opportunity to summarise their case.

 

At 16.40 the Panel adjourned the meeting whilst deliberations took place regarding their decision. The parties were informed that they would be notified of the decision in writing within five working days.

 

The Panel was satisfied that that the Council’s policies and procedures had been followed correctly by the Dismissing Officer.

 

The Panel found all of the allegations proven, with the exception of allegation 6, which they found not proven. The Panel concluded that the Appellant’s conduct amounted to gross misconduct.

 

The Panel considered the submission of the appellant that there had been a significant difference in treatment between the Appellant and a colleague in relation to the maintenance of contemporaneous electronic records and concluded there had not been a significant difference.

 

The Panel gave consideration to the evidence submitted in mitigation, including that concerning the excessive workload due to vacancies in the team, and the lack of formal line management due to illness. The Panel also considered whether, taking into account all the circumstances, the sanction was too severe.

 

RESOLVED unanimously that, having carefully considered all the information presented by the Appellant and the Dismissing Officer, the appeal was dismissed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The meeting started at 1.30 pm and ended at 4.12 pm

 

 

 


08/01/2019 - Award of town centre building grants ref: 3508    Recommendations Approved

Award of town centre building grants to assist regeneration of town centre.

Decision Maker: Director of Economy

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 08/01/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
to award building improvement grants

Lead officer: James Tolan


28/01/2019 - Commercial Investment Opportunity ref: 3507    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019


28/01/2019 - Alexandra Park Re-Build of Depot Site ref: 3506    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019


28/01/2019 - Northern Roots ref: 3505    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019


28/01/2019 - Northern Roots ref: 3503    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Head of Strategy, Policy and

Partnerships, which sought approval to take forward the development of the Northern Roots project, with the proposed Alexandra Park Eco-Centre being the first phase. Under this project there would be consideration of opportunities to work with local communities to investigate ways that

Oldham could celebrate, protect and enhance its green spaces for the benefit of local people, the local economy and the planet.

 

Members were informed that Northern Roots would initially focus on the 160-acre Snipe Clough site adjacent to Alexandra Park and would investigate ways to enhance the sustainability and biodiversity of the site, to offer even greater opportunities for recreation and leisure for local people, and to promote growing and green enterprise projects.

 

The Northern Roots Project was an exciting opportunity for both Oldham and Greater Manchester and had become possible due to the work and achievements of the last six years of the co-operative agenda, working with communities and both celebrating and harnessing all the Borough had to offer as a green and growing town.

 

Members were informed that it would help make real and tangible the ambitions of the Oldham Plan for an inclusive economy, thriving communities and co-operative services; helping create great opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors.

 

The Cabinet noted that over the past six years, and as a tangible part of the co-operative borough ambition, community growing, horticulture skills and training, renewable energy and the local food economy had been developing. This was through a series of linked initiatives including Get Oldham Working, Get Oldham Growing, Growing Oldham, Feeding Ambition, Oldham Community Power and, more recently, the work on Thriving Communities.

 

When combined with proposals for the Alexandra Park Eco-centre, Northern Roots presented a significant opportunity and could be a positive new vehicle for change in Oldham, with the potential to be a powerful brand, pulling together existing and developing new initiatives around food, growing, sustainability and wellbeing in the borough, as well enabling community

engagement on opportunities and sites across the Borough.

 

Options/Alternatives considered:

Option 1 – Agree the recommendations

Option 2 – Do not agree the recommendations

 

RESOLVED - That the Cabinet would consider the commercially sensitive information contained at Item 11 of the agenda.

 


28/01/2019 - Alexandra Park Re-Build of Depot Site ref: 3504    Recommendations Approved

Improvements to depot area of Alexandra Park

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet gave consideration to a report of the Principal Regeneration Officer which sought approval for funding for the Alexandra Park Depot Site Project.

 

The report presented a summary of the detailed work carried out to date in bringing forward the Alexandra Park Depot Site Project to ensure effective service delivery and support the Council’s ambition to make Oldham a green and growing place. This investment, and the delivery of an eco-centre, marked the first step for Oldham’s innovative Northern Roots project which would work with local communities to investigate ways that Oldham could celebrate, protect and enhance its green spaces for the benefit of local people, the local economy and the planet.

 

Northern Roots would initially focus on the 160-acre Snipe Clough site adjacent to Alexandra Park and would investigate ways to enhance the sustainability and biodiversity of the site, to offer even greater opportunities for recreation and leisure for local people, and to use the space for growing and green enterprise projects.

 

The report made recommendations for capital funding for the project.

 

RESOLVED - That the Cabinet would consider the commercially sensitive information contained at Item 12 of the agenda.

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Wards affected: Alexandra;

Lead officer: Brian Enright


28/01/2019 - School Admission Arrangements 2020-2021 ref: 3502    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet gave consideration to a report of the Interim Education Provision Manager which

1.     Set out the Council’s statutory obligations to determine the admission

arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools in Oldham for the academic year 2020-2021.

2.     Informed the Cabinet of the proposed Co-ordinated Scheme for admissions for 2020-2021 and to sought approval for the proposals.

3.     Informed the Cabinet of the proposed admission arrangements for admissions to community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools for the academic year 2020-2021 and to sought approval for the proposals.

4.     Sought Cabinet approval to continue the current arrangements for appeals to the Independent Appeal Panel.

 

Options/Alternatives considered:

Option 1 - To approve the proposed Co-ordinated Scheme at Appendix A, the arrangements for admission to community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools, as set out in the Appendices B & C and the continuation of existing arrangements for appeals to the Independent Appeal Panel.

Option 2 - To request changes to the proposed admission arrangements.

 

RESOLVED – That the Co-ordinated Scheme and arrangements for admissions to community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools (as set out in Appendices A to C) and the current arrangements for appeals to the Independent Appeal Panel, for the academic year 2020-2021, be agreed.

 


28/01/2019 - Pursuit of Accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation to be a Living Wage Employer ref: 3501    Recommendations Approved

To consider accreditation through the Living Wage Foundation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/01/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Strategy, Partnerships & Policy Manager (Corporate) and the Strategic Reward & Recognition Lead which sought approval to apply for Living Wage Accreditation and to note the cost of becoming and remaining accredited. A further report would come to a future meeting of the Cabinet and would include the proposed milestone plan, and full procurement and future financial implications.

 

The Cabinet were informed that the ambition for Oldham was to build an inclusive economy, with thriving communities and co-operative services. Oldham would be a place where everyone had a fair and real chance to access opportunities and improve their own lives. It would strive for an ambitious and socially mobile borough through making significant progress in living standards, wages and skills for everyone. As a major local employer, the Council was able to set an example demonstrating its aspirations and values.

 

The Living Wage Foundation recognised and celebrated the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. The aim was to increase the number of employers in the UK who were recognised for paying their staff the Living Wage. The Living Wage was an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. This was UK wide and announced in November of each year during Living Wage Week. The current rate for the Living Wage was £9.00 per hour (announced in November 2018). This rate was above the Government’s current National Living Wage of £7.83 per hour (£8.21 from April 2019).

 

Members were informed that improving wages played a significant role in building an inclusive economy, therefore the Living Wage was an important tool because it provided a level of pay that adequately allowed workers to provide for themselves and their families. As such, the Living Wage could help

tackle inequality. Paying a Living Wage could also boost the local economy by giving workers more money to spend on goods and services.

 

Members noted that, if the Council decided to apply for formal accreditation, it would require providers/suppliers to the Council, including sub-contractors, to all pay the Foundation Living Wage, in addition to that rate being paid for directly employed staff.

 

Phased accreditation recognised that full compliance could not be made at the outset, and the Council would have three years to achieve it, which was in line with the approach that other Councils had taken. The report included roposals to develop a three-year milestone plan with an ambition to secure full compliance within that time.

 

Options/Alternatives considered:-

Option 1 - Make an application to be a Living Wage employer

Option 2 - Not make an application to be a Living Wage employer (although continue to pay our directly employed staff the appropriate hourly rate from April each year)

 

RESOLVED - That:

1.     Oldham Council’s application for Living Wage Accreditation be agreed, and the detailed work would proceed, with a further report to be presented back to Cabinet including the proposed milestone plan, and full procurement and future financial implications.

2.     The annual cost of £480 to be paid to the Living Wage Foundation to become and remain accredited be noted. The detail of this would be included in the next Cabinet report as part of the overall implementation proposal.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Heather Moore


07/01/2019 - Preparation of master licence and social value conditions ref: 3500    Recommendations Approved

To secure expert support for the Council to establish a master licence and social value conditions for a key project and initiative Appendix 1 refers. This is an original piece of work requiring specialist skills and experience both of which the proposed contractor has.

Decision Maker: Director of Strategic Reform – Rebekah Sutcliffe

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 07/01/2019

Decision:

Approval given for the contract to establish a master licence and social value conditions for the key project and initiative.

Lead officer: Jackie Wilson