Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 8th September, 2021 6.10 pm

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, 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 14th July 2021, 28th July 2021 and 25th August 2021 be signed as a correct record pdf icon PDF 655 KB

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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.

Council Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 126 KB

7.

Youth Council

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There is no Youth Council business to consider.

8.

To receive and note petitions received relating to the business of the Council

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There were no petitions received.

9.

Questions Time

9a

Public Questions

(time limit 15 Minutes)

9b

Questions to Leader and Cabinet

(time limit 30 minutes)

9c

Questions on Cabinet Minutes pdf icon PDF 228 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

21St June 2021

26th July 2021

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9d

Questions on Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 511 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

GM Health and Social Care Partnership

28th May 2021  

MIOCARE

15TH April 2021

GMCA

26TH March 2021

28th May 2021

GM Transport Committee

18th June 2021  

GMCA Waste and Recycling Committee

21st April 2021

Police, Fire and Crime Panel

14th May 2021

National Park Authority

21st May 2021

 

 

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10.

Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

 

Councillor Jabbar to MOVE and Councillor Roberts to SECOND the motion:

#keepthelifeline

This Council notes the devastating effect the Coronavirus pandemic has had on many of Oldham’s communities, laying bare the inequalities opened up by austerity policies imposed by successive Coalition and Conservative Governments.

This Council further notes that despite the introduction of the National Living Wage and record employment, poverty amongst workers and children was rising before the pandemic. The cuts and freezes in social security played a significant part in this.

This Council is concerned that policies put in place to protect the most vulnerable during the pandemic are being wound down and in particular that furlough is due to end on the 30 September 2021 – the National Institute for Economic and Social research estimates 150,000 additional people will lose their jobs across the UK.

In addition, the Conservative Government has so far refused to continue the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit– unfairly never paid to those receiving legacy benefits. The removal of the uplift will amount to a loss of benefit income of £1,040 per year from early October and will have the most severe impact in the North of England, Wales, the West Midlands and Northern Ireland. The Government has also re-instated the minimum income floor for self-employed earners claiming Universal Credit.

The ability of those on low incomes to pay their housing costs will be impacted by these changes at a time when the evictions ban has ended and when Local Housing Allowance rates have been frozen from April this year. These changes will result in a real terms income cut for renters receiving Housing Benefit or Universal Credit despite the cost of rents rising across the country.

This Council resolves to

  1. Support the #keepthelifeline campaign to stop the planned cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit

 

  1. Urge the Conservative Government to
    1. Keep the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit
    2. Stop discriminating against families receiving ‘legacy benefits’, such as Employment Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support, by not giving them this uplift.
    3. Remove the minimum income floor for self- employed earners claiming Universal Credit
    4. Remove the April 2021 freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates
    5. Bring forward as soon as possible legislation to end s21 no fault evictions

 

  1. Ask the interim Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for MHCLG respectively outlining our concerns and asking for swift action to

·         prevent the 45,000 families who are Oldham residents in receipt of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits (69% of whom are families with children) from falling deeper into poverty because of the changes to these benefits

·         prevent the homes of the most vulnerable families in private rented accommodation in Oldham from being at risk because of the freeze in Local Housing Allowance rates and the end of the evictions ban.

 

Motion 2

Councillor Chadderton to MOVE  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

Notice of Opposition Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Councillor Arnott to MOVE and Councillor Byrne to SECOND the motion:

For Queen and Country

The Council notes that.

 • Saying that you are proud to be British should not be a source of shame and there is nothing wrong with Patriotism or flying our national flag. It is one of many things that binds our society together.

• That the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is in fact a unique bastion of freedom and that we should be proud of the outstanding role it has played across the world in education, art, culture, science, engineering and in exporting democracy and the rule of law.

 • We all have heroes in our communities – whether they are historical or present day, and we should properly celebrate these individuals, and their contribution to our country.

This Council resolves that:

 • The Chief Executive of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council write to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office and Secretary of State for Education asking them to support Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council by providing support for schools to teach the national anthem, fly the Union Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, display a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II and teach our islands’ history.

 • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council reaffirms its support for the sovereignty of the Union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Crown dependencies and United Kingdom Overseas Territories. • That the relevant cabinet member will request all schools in the Oldham Metropolitan Borough to: - Teach their children to sing the national anthem. - Fly the Union Flag all year round. - Display a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II in a prominent place in schools.

• That Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council display a proper and fitting portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II (and any future sovereign) in a prominent place within the Council chamber and at the reception of Oldham Council along with our Union Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. –

 • This Council rejects the phenomena known as ‘Cancel Culture’ and that it holds these truths to be self-evident, that of freedom of speech and democracy. Truths which must be cherished and defended

 

Motion 2

Councillor Kenyon to MOVE and Councillor Al-Hamdani to SECOND the motion:

Adopting ‘Permission Accomplished’ standards in planning

This Council:

  • Believes that confidence in the planning process is undermined in circumstances where the public, elected members and professionals are convinced, or simply perceive, that pre-determined bias exists, that the process is not fully transparent, or worse, that corrupt practices prevail.

 

  • Commits that Oldham follow best practice standards in planning to provide reassurance to all parties that the process has integrity, impartiality and is transparent.

 

  • Notes that Transparency International UK (TI-UK), part of the world’s leading non-governmental anti-corruption organisation, published a report ‘Permission Accomplished’ in July 2020 identifying best practice.

 

Council believes that the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.

12.

Update on Actions from Council pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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13.

Revised Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 27 KB

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14.

Appointment of Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report to follow.

15.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy pdf icon PDF 272 KB

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16.

Treasury Management Outtturn Report 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 968 KB