Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 14th July, 2021 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 19TH MAY 2021 BE SIGNED AS A CORRECT RECORD pdf icon PDF 229 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

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There are no petitions to consider.

7.

YOUTH COUNCIL

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There is no Youth Council business to consider.

8.

Questions Time

8a

Public Questions

(time limit 15 Minutes)

8b

Questions to Leader and Cabinet

(time limit 30 minutes)

8c

Questions on Cabinet Minutes pdf icon PDF 350 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

23rd February 2021

23rd March 2021

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8d

Questions on Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 429 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

AGMA

12th February 2021

GMCA

12th February 2021

23rd March 2021

GM Police, Fire and Crime Panel

29th January 2021

GM Waste and Recycling Committee

13th January 2021

GM Health and Social Care Partnership

31st January 2021

26th March 2021

GM Transport Committee

11th December 2020

12th February 2021

24th March 2021

National Park Authority

4th December 2020

19th February 2021

19th March 2021

Oldham Leadership Board

16th April 2021

Commissioning Partnership Board

25th February 2021

25th March 2021

Health and Wellbeing Board

26th January 2021

23rd January 2021

 

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9.

Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Councillor Mushtaq to MOVE and Councillor Moores to SECOND:

 

Recovery in Education and Young Children’s Development

This Council notes that:

  • Sir Kevan Collins, appointed by the Prime Minister as the Government’s Education Recovery Commissioner judged that some £15bn was needed to repair the damage done to the nation’s pupils because of Covid.
  • On 2nd June the Government published its plans for education recovery after the pandemic. Its offer, £1.4bn, falls far short and is completely inadequate to build back better from the pandemic and have an education system that supports high standards and strong mental health for everyone. 
  • The Government’s funding is intended mainly for tutors for children in schools. Other essential support, especially for disadvantaged children is not provided for.
  • Moreover, there is no mention of support to ensure good development of children in their early years.

This Council further notes that

  • Evidence from research for the Government supports the necessity for greater resources for children in Oldham, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable. Oldham suffered extended periods of lock-down and studies have shown that pupils have fallen behind, losing progress in maths and reading. Progress, about which Oldham is rightfully proud, in reducing the gap in attainment between Oldham’s children and those nationally, has been jeopardised. It has been confirmed in national research that the poorest pupils have lost more learning than the average.
  • Prolonged absence from social contact with peers and adults in school has negatively affected the mental health of children and young people.  
  • Attendance in early years settings in Oldham, as more generally in the country, has fallen during the pandemic. This has implications for their development and school readiness.

 

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This Council therefore resolves:

  • To urge the Government to value and invest in all our children, so they are supported to develop well, to learn, succeed, and go on to have bright futures. 
  • To write to the Prime Minister and call on the Government to scale up its ambition for all our children in their early years, in school and in adolescence, to provide the resources needed to ensure that no child is left behind by putting in the investment called for by its own former Education Recovery Commissioner. This investment must include proper provision for pupil and early years premiums, ensuring access to school lunch throughout the year, and to sports and social activities which promote health and mental wellbeing.
  • To continue to use the resources available to the Council for the development of all Oldham’s children – in school, in college and in early years settings – and to encourage families to do what they can to promote the sound development of their children.  

 

Motion 2

 

Councillor Hulme to MOVE and Councillor Jabbar to SECOND:

 

Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill

This Council notes

  1. the ongoing climate crisis is the biggest challenge we face in our world. Climate breakdown is causing global temperatures and sea levels to continue to rise and we are experiencing  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.

10.

Notice of Opposition Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

 

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

Pension Fund Divestment from Fossil Fuels

This Council recognises that:

  • Burning fossil fuels contributes significantly to global warming, jeopardising the stability of our climate upon which our well-being and economy depend. Such activity also has a negative impact upon air quality and so public health.
  • Research demonstrates that 80% or more of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves will have to remain unburnt if we are to have a reasonable chance of keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, the globally agreed target for climate change mitigation.
  • Since 80% of fossil fuels must remain in the ground, the reserves of the fossil fuel industry risk becoming ‘stranded assets’ with little or no value – representing a substantial financial risk for those that invest in them.
  • Greater Manchester Pension Fund currently has around £1.7 billion invested in the oil, coal and gas industries. This is environmentally and financially irresponsible.
  • To date, over 1,100 institutions representing over $14 trillion in assets have committed to divest from fossil-fuel companies.  These include the World Council of Churches, the Irish state, New York City, the British Medical Association and a growing number of UK local authority pension funds.
  • As a local authority with a commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2025, it is illogical for Oldham Council to make employer contributions towards a pension fund that is committed to investments in fossil-fuel companies.

 

Council resolves:

  • Not to invest directly in fossil fuel companies.
  • To mandate its representative to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund Board to call for the adoption of Responsible Investment policies which:
  • Immediately freeze any new investment in the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies;
  • By the end of this year, divest from direct ownership of companies involved in coal mining;
  • Within two years, divest from direct ownership of all fossil fuel companies, along with any commingled funds that include any fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds;
  • Set out an approach to quantifying and addressing climate change risks affecting all other investments, and
  • Focus future investments on areas that minimise climate change risk and, where possible, invest in local climate solutions that will benefit fund members, their families and the wider community.

 

  • To ask the Chief Executive to write to the Leaders and Chief Executives of the other 9 Greater Manchester local authorities outlining this Council’s position and asking for their support.

 

Motion 2

 

Councillor Murphy to MOVE and Councillor C Gloster to SECOND:

Pavement Parking: Options for Change

This Council notes that:

·         Pavement parking can pose a hazard to pedestrians, especially people with sight loss, parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and other disabled people.

·         People with sight loss are especially at risk as they can be forced into the road and faced with oncoming traffic that they cannot see.

·         Pavements are not designed to take the weight of vehicles and so surfaces can become damaged or subside, presenting a further hazard for pedestrians, particularly  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

UPDATE ON ACTIONS FROM COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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12.

COVID-19 RECOVERY STRATEGY 2021 - 2022 pdf icon PDF 258 KB

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13.

Districts and Lead Members - Changes to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 541 KB

14.

Constitution - Consequential Amendments pdf icon PDF 226 KB