Agenda

Council Meeting
Thursday, 29th November, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

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Items
No. Item

1.

Formalities and Announcements

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1.(i)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 18 October 2018.

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1.(ii)

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Council.

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1.(iii)

Mayor's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Mayor.

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1.(iv)

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they may have in any of the items on the Summons for the meeting.

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2.

Community Engagement

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2.(i)

Public Question Time

To receive any questions from and provide answers to the public in relation to matters relevant to the Council’s activities.

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2.(ii)

Petitions and Presentations

To receive petitions, and by prior arrangement, receive delegations and presentations from members of the public, community groups or partnership organisations.

 

No such arrangements have been made for this meeting.

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2.(iii)

Joint Authorities

(a)       Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel

 

Councillor Sheila Bailey to answer questions, if any, on the business of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel.

 

(b)       Greater Manchester Combined Authority

 

The following councillors to answer questions (if any) on the business of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee:-

 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority   

- Councillor Alex Ganotis

Transport for Greater Manchester Committee

- Councillor John Taylor

Greater Manchester Waste Committee

- Councillor Roy Driver

 

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3.

Policy Framework and Budget

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3.(i)

Treasury Management Strategy and Annual Investment Strategy Mid-Year Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 205 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Policy, Finance and Devolution.

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3.(ii)

Gambling Policy pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing.

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4.

Leader's Report and Cabinet Question Time

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4.(i)

Cabinet Business

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council and other members of the Cabinet on the conduct of Cabinet business since the last Council Meeting.   

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4.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions and receive comments from Councillors addressed to the Leader of the Council or other members of the Cabinet, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

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4.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet held on 13 November 2018 and the record of executive decisions taken since the last Council Meeting, (schedule enclosed, decisions previously circulated) and consider any recommendations they contain.

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5.

Scrutiny

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees on the conduct of Scrutiny business.

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5.(i)

Scrutiny Business

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees on the conduct of Scrutiny business.

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5.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Scrutiny Chairs, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

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5.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To receive the Minutes of the following Scrutiny Committees:-

 

Adult Social Care & Health – 23 October 2018

Children & Families – 31 October 2018

Communities & Housing – 29 October 2018

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance – 29 October 2018

Economy & Regeneration – 1 November 2018

Scrutiny Co-ordination – 12 November 2018

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6.

Ordinary, Area and Ward Committees

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6.(i)

Regulatory Business

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Planning & Highways Regulation; Licensing, Environment & Safety; and Audit Committees on the conduct of their business since the last Council Meeting.

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6.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Chairs of Ordinary and Area Committees, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

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6.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To receive the minutes of the following Ordinary, Area and Ward Committees:-

 

Ordinary Committees

 

Appointments – 8 October 2018

Employment Appeals – 28 September 2018

Funding – 17 October 2018

Health & Wellbeing Board – 13 November 2018

Health & Wellbeing Board (Better Care Fund) Sub – 17 October 2018

Licensing, Environment & Safety – 10 October 2018

Licensing, Environment & Safety Sub – 22 October, 24 October and 7 November 2018

Member – 15 October 2018

Planning & Highways Regulation – 11 October 2018

 

Area Committees

 

Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South – 8 November 2018

Central Stockport – 8 November 2018

Cheadle – 6 November 2018

Heatons & Reddish – 5 November 2018

Marple – 7 November 2018

Stepping Hill – 6 November 2018

Werneth – 5 November 2018

 

Ward Committees

 

Brinnington & Reddish Joint – 22 October 2018

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7.

Motions - Notice of which have been given under Council Meeting Procedure Rule 12

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7.(i)

Period Poverty

 This Council notes that:

 

·         A survey by Plan International UK found that 1 in 10 girls had been unable to afford sanitary products;

·         56% of girls said they would rather be bullied at school than talk to their parents about periods;

·         This is particularly problematic for girls from low-income families who see their parents struggling to make ends meet and feel reluctant to ask them to add sanitary products to the weekly shop;

·         In many cases, as a result, they may lose a significant number of days of schooling; 

·         Regrettably, even women in low-income employment are sometimes unable to afford such products when struggling to meet household bills and feed their families;

·         Ironically, only female prisoners have a statutory right to access free sanitary products.

 

Council believes that, in a country as wealthy as Britain, ‘Period Poverty’ is a scandal that should be ended.

 

Council commends:

 

·         The Scottish Government for its commitment to tackle ‘Period Poverty’ by introducing free sanitary products in all educational establishments, and notes that Scotland was one of the first countries to pilot a scheme to young women and girls in need in Aberdeen;

·         The ‘dignity bags’ scheme established by Chepstow Town Council where members of the public can donate sanitary products in branded boxes located in prominent places, such as pharmacies and libraries, for re-distribution to women in need.

 

Council resolves to:

 

·         Ask the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Well-being Board, working with relevant Cabinet Members, officers and partners, to explore with local secondary schools and colleges how sanitary products can be made available free in their establishments and the practicality of establishing a ‘dignity bags’ scheme in the Borough;

·         Ask the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Education and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, asking the Government to scrap the VAT levied on female hygiene products as soon as is practicable and, in the meantime, to use the VAT collected on these products to fund the provision of free sanitary products for girls and women in need.

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7.(ii)

Electric vehicle charging points

This Council notes:-

 

·         the continuing deterioration of air quality across the UK, with particular areas of exceedance of nitrogen dioxide legal limits across Greater Manchester, including in Stockport;

·         the current work ongoing at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to seek ways of improving air quality, reported to Members at a recent briefing; and

·         the main cause of poor air quality is fossil fuel burning vehicles, particularly when they encounter congestion.

 

This Council further notes:-

 

·         electric vehicle sales are increasing, but Battery Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles still account for only one in twelve new cars sold in the UK;

·         by 2017 only 3% of Britons had ever driven an electric vehicle and only 7% had been a passenger in one; and

·         purchase cost, fear of obsolescence, slow speed of re-charging and limited availability of rapid-charging stations are cited as the main reasons why more drivers do not switch to electric vehicles

 

This Council welcomes the investment made across Greater Manchester over several years, making our electric vehicle network one of the biggest and most modern in the UK, with nearly 2,000 registered drivers by the end of 2017 and an average of 50 new members joining each month.

 

This Council regrets the recent government decision to cut the subsidies for new electric vehicles by £1,000 to £3,500 and to abolish altogether the subsidy of £2,500 for new hybrid cars, announced only three months after the transport secretary published the “Road to Zero” strategy (which looks to curb vehicle emissions by promoting greener cars) and only three days after the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change called for an urgent switch to electric vehicles.

 

This Council believes we should do all that we can to encourage the further use of electric vehicles but notes the relative absence of electric options for commercial vehicles, including waste and recycling collection vehicles and larger vans, and the challenges faced by those who do not have off-street parking options.

 

This Council recognises work already being done elsewhere, for example Lancaster City Council’s planning policies include a requirement for new developments (including conversions) to promote Ultra Low Emission Vehicles by requiring the provision of dedicated parking bays and charging points as follows:

 

·         one electric vehicle dedicated charging point per house with garage or driveway;

·         at least 10% of parking bays for flats to be provided with dedicated charging points and all other spaces to be provided with passive wiring to allow future charging point connection; and

·         all other developments to have 4% of parking bays (minimum 2 bays) marked out for use by electric vehicles only, together with charging infrastructure and cabling.

 

This Council further recognises the government’s scheme to provide grants to local authorities for 75% of the capital cost to provide residential on-street charge points for plug-in electric vehicles, aimed at those who do not have off-street parking options.  Bids can include schemes for retrofitting electric charge points into car parks where these are near to residential properties who lack off-street parking.

 

This Council resolves to include in our planning policy as soon as practicable the requirement that new developments (including conversions) make provision for dedicated electric vehicle charging points, using the Lancaster guidelines as outlined above as the starting point.

 

This Council further resolves to ask the Council Leader to instruct officers to form a project group, initially to put together an urgent bid for grant funding as outlined above and then to devise a comprehensive plan of how best to develop the borough-wide on-street charging infrastructure we would need to meet future demand.

 

Moved by:                  Councillor Colin MacAlister

 

Seconded by:            Councillor Christine Corris

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7.(iii)

Addressing Period Poverty

This Council notes that:

 

·           A survey by Plan International UK found that 1 in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary products;

·           A survey by Bodyform has found that 52% of girls said they would rather be bullied at school than talk to their parents about periods;

·           This is particularly problematic for girls from low-income families who see their parents struggling to make ends meet and feel reluctant to ask them to add sanitary products to the weekly shop;

·           In many cases, as a result, they may lose a significant number of days of schooling; 

·           Regrettably, even women in low-income employment are sometimes unable to afford such products when struggling to meet household bills and feed their families; and

·           Ironically, only female prisoners have a statutory right to access free sanitary products.

 

Council believes that, in a country as wealthy as Britain, ‘Period Poverty’ is a scandal that should be ended.

 

Council commends:

 

·           The Scottish Government for its commitment to tackle ‘Period Poverty’ by introducing free sanitary products in all educational establishments, and notes that Scotland was one of the first countries to pilot a scheme to young women and girls in need in Aberdeen;

·           The ‘dignity bags’ scheme established by Chepstow Town Council where members of the public can donate sanitary products in branded boxes located in prominent places, such as pharmacies and libraries, for re-distribution to women in need;

·           The work of The Red Box Project in Stockport, who currently deliver stocked boxes of free sanitary products directly into some of our primary schools and who have four collection points across the borough; and

·           The efforts being made towards sustainably addressing this issue in Stockport, with the Council working in collaboration with partner organisations to ensure free access to sanitary products and learning resources in relation to sanitary products in schools, colleges, community centres, foodbanks and other contact points for young women.

 

This Council resolves to ask the Cabinet Member for Education to:

 

·           Work with officers to continue to expand the reach of free sanitary products and related learning resources across all schools and colleges;

·           Through regular communications notify all schools and colleges of the Council’s support for this scheme and work with them to overcome any barriers which may prevent or delay any individual school from participating;

·           Investigate how best the council can support projects such as the Red Box scheme to deliver further free sanitary products to our schools and colleges; and

·           Report back to this Council to update upon progress on this issue within the calendar year.

 

This Council further resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Education and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, requesting that they reconfirm their ongoing commitment to scrap the VAT levied on female hygiene products as soon as possible as outlined in the provisions of the Finance Act 2016 and that in the meantime the VAT collected from women’s sanitary products is directed towards women and girls in need through the Tampon Tax Fund, and that the use of these funds is continually reviewed to have optimal impact in addressing these needs, inclusive of period poverty.

 

Moved by:                  Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick

Seconded by:           Councillor Lisa Smart

Councillor Alanna Vine

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7.(iv)

Universal Credit

This Council notes:

 

·           cross-party backing for the principles behind Universal Credit (UC), including the amalgamation of benefits, access via one application portal and ensuring work always pays; 

·           the work of this Council and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to help and support people in relation to navigating the changing benefits system and mitigating the risks of change; and

·           that despite this, the Government’s approach to UC rollout has raised significant concern in relation to monthly payments in arrears, overuse of sanctions, the pacing of transition and rollout; opacity in relation to the benefits entitlement, and cuts to the benefits system which are not reflective of need.

 

This Council further notes concerning reports that for many people, this has led to:

 

·           exacerbated poverty and hardship, in particular for those living with disabilities;

·           increased poverty for low income working families;

·           people having to choose between food and rent;

·           indebtedness due to delayed payments;

·           increased rent arrears for tenants in social and private housing relating to the removal of the former direct payments system;

·           making it harder for victims of domestic abuse to escape relationships;

·           disadvantages for non-IT literate people; and

·           instances where these factors have led to loss of employment.

 

This Council believes that:

 

·           measures contained in the recent Budget to provide resources to help improve the taper and help with return to work are to be welcomed, but as the Children’s Society has noted, they do not and cannot fully address the aforementioned concerns;

·           as such, this Budget represented a missed opportunity to bring in both these measures immediately and pause Universal Credit rollout completely, allowing for the full review needed to fully address these problems. 

 

This Council therefore resolves to:

 

·           continue to work with partner organisations to mitigate as far as possible the risks and challenges associated with this month’s UC rollout;

·           request that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions urging a pause to further rollout of the ‘Full Service’ system;

·           in that letter, emphasise the need to address all of the above points, with particular emphasis on ending the current system of monthly payments in arrears; and

·           request that the Chief Executive write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer requesting that funding be urgently found to address the needs of UC recipients and plug the wait times gap.

 

Moved By:                Councillor Elise Wilson

Seconded by:           Councillor Andy Sorton

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8.

Standards Committee Annual Report pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider a report of the Chair of the Standards Committee.

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9.

Health & Wellbeing Board Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer.

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