Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Tuesday, 16th January, 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
No. Item

77.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

No disclosures on matters under consideration were made.

78.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2017 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2017 be signed as a correct record.

79.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Imran Hussain, Mallinson, Miller, Morris, Mullaney, Naylor, and Shaw.

80.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)

(To be circulated before the meeting).

Minutes:

DEATH OF FORMER LADY MAYORESS, MRS JEAN CAIRNS

 

It is with great sadness that the Lord Mayor reported to Council the death of former Lady Mayoress, Mrs Jean Cairns, who died on 15 January 2018. Mrs Cairns served as Lady Mayoress in the 1997/1998 Civic year supporting her husband, former Councillor Tony Cairns, as Lord Mayor. The Lord Mayor would be writing to Mrs Cairn’s family to express sympathy in their loss.

 

The Lord Mayor was also aware that other Members of Council had lost close ones recently and they were in our thoughts.

 

Members and Officers stood in a minute’s silence in memory of Mrs Cairns.

 

H M THE QUEEN’S NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST

 

The Lord Mayor had written, on behalf of the people of the district, congratulating those who had been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Jacqueline Lesley Daniel, Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, had been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to Healthcare; Janet Mary Armstrong has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of her work on behalf of the community of Oakworth; Linda Colclough, from the Charity Mosaic II, had also received an MBE recognising her services to the victims of sexual abuse in West Yorkshire; and Mary Dowson, Director of BCB Radio, had been made a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her work for community radio.

 

DEPARTURE OF STRATEGIC DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES, STUART McKINNON-EVANS

 

The Strategic Director for Corporate Services, Stuart McKinnon-Evans, was departing from his Council role to take up a new position as Chief Finance Officer at the University of Bradford. Stuart was thanked for his years of dedicated service and he was wished every success in the future.

 

DEPARTURE OF CIVIC AFFAIRS MANAGER, LORAINE RADCLIFFE

 

Loraine Radcliffe, the Civic Affairs Manager, was also leaving the authority after 27 years’ service in the Lord Mayor’s Office. Gratitude was placed on record to thank Loraine for her many years of dedicated service organising the many varied Civic functions and to wish her well in her future endeavours.

81.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Adrian Tumber - 01274 432435)

 

Minutes:

There were no restricted documents.

82.

PETITIONS (Standing Order 11)

Up to five requests for the Council to receive petitions can be considered in accordance with Standing Orders. If any requests are received, in writing, by mid-day three working days before the meeting (Thursday), details will be circulated.

 

(Tracey Sugden – 01274 434287)

 

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

83.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 13)

There are no public questions.

 

(Tracey Sugden – 01274 434287)

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

84.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)

To consider any motions (i) to appoint members to a Committee or a Joint Committee; or (ii) to appoint Chairs or Deputy Chairs of Committees (excluding Area Committees). 

 

Minutes:

There were no changes to committee memberships.

85.

REPORT BY THE LEADER OF COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 76 KB

A written report by the Leader of Council giving an update on key issues will be circulated before the start of the meeting. There shall be a period of up to 15 minutes during which any Member of Council may ask the Leader of the Council (or a Member of the Council nominated by the Leader) a question on any matter arising out of the written report.

Minutes:

Council Document “M” details the verbal questions from Members to the Leader of Council and the answers given on the matters contained in the Leader of Council’s written report.

86.

MEMBER QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 12) pdf icon PDF 314 KB

To deal with supplementary questions arising from the attached questions of which written notice has been given. 

 

Notes:

 

(i)         Answers to written questions shall be circulated at the commencement of the meeting.

 

(ii)        The Lord Mayor will have regard to the list of questions and the political composition of the Council in calling on Members to put their supplementary question to the Leader of Council and Portfolio Holders.

 

(iii)       A period of up to 30 minutes shall be available for supplementary questions to Members of the Executive. 

 

QUESTIONS TO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE

 

1.         Councillor Wainwright

Does the Leader wish to comment on the outrageous proposal by the Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust to set up a company to employ most of the staff at BRI? Bearing in mind Bradford Councillors at the last Full Council meeting voted to oppose the Airedale NHS Trust’s similar proposals.

 

2.         Councillor Martin Smith

Can the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, advise who has been invited to respond to the Council’s consultation on a methodology for determining green belt boundaries in Bradford and is it appropriate, that on a matter as significant as potential changes to the boundaries of Bradford’s green belt, the consultation period is limited to just six weeks, two of which were over Christmas and New Year?

 

3.         Councillor Griffiths

To the Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety.  On 22 December 2017 the Telegraph and Argus reported comments made by Members of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee about community cohesion in the District.  Can the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Neighbourhoods advise the Council what additional action is he taking in the light of these comments?

 

4.         Councillor Love

Can the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Sport and Culture tell us what impact on our waste service will be of the announcement by the Chinese government that China will severely restrict the amounts of waste plastic that it can import for recycling?

 

5.         Councillor Hawkesworth

Given that:-

1.            The Leader and the Executive are pursuing a scheme to lend a sum of at least £12 million to a private sector company to develop the Odeon site as an events arena to accommodate approximately 4,000 people

2.            The Council owns and operates two performance venues in central Bradford the Alhambra (at present fully operational) and St Georges Hall (which will be reopened after full refurbishment in 12 to 18 months time)

3.            The operations of the Odeon when opened could well adversely affect the profitability and/or viability of the two Council owned venues

4.            The Leader and the Executive have so surrounded the proposals in secrecy that most members of Council let alone members of the public have no meaningful financial information about the proposals

5.            Members of Council will be required to vote on the Council’s 2018/9 budget the papers for which will contain reference to the Odeon proposals

 

Will the Leader please state whether or not before proposals to provide financial assistance to the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 86.

Minutes:

Council Document “N” details the questions from Members to the Leader of Council and Portfolio Holders and the answers given.

87.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEES - RECOMMENDATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE - COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME FOR 2018/19

To consider any recommendations arising from meetings of the Executive and Committees held after the publication of this agenda and prior to the Council meeting.

 

                                                                        (Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

 

Minutes:

Previous reference: Executive Minute 74 (2017/18)

 

The Revenue Support Grant, including funding for Council Tax Reduction (CTR), had been subject to year on year reductions and was expected to reduce further so that by 2020/21 it would cease entirely. The expanded scope of Universal Credit would significantly increase the administrative burden of the current CTR scheme for the Council and create council tax collection difficulties. As a consequence public consultation on proposed changes to the CTR scheme to reduce cost and mitigate the administrative burden had been undertaken.

 

On 9 January 2018 the Executive considered the report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services (Executive Document “AN”) setting out the results of the consultation and making recommendations to Council to revise the CTR scheme for 2018/19 so that transitional support was put in place to help those that see a significant reduction in their CTR as a consequence of the proposed changes.

 

Resolved -

 

(1)       That the outcome of the public consultation as set out in appendix 1 to Executive Document “AN” was considered and noted.

 

(2)       That Members had due regard to their responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty and considered the potential impacts of the proposed changes on working age claimants as set out in the Equality Impact Assessment at appendix 3 to Executive Document “AN”.

 

(3)       That the following amendments to the current Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme are adopted and take effect from 1 April 2018:

(i) Set the maximum CTR for all working age recipients at 70% of a Band A property for all claimants

(ii) Limit entitlement of CTR to those that qualify for £4.00 or more per week

(iii) Remove the Second Adult Rebate

(iv) Introduce a £1 Minimum Change threshold

(v) Assess self-employed in receipt of Universal Credit on actual income for the first 12 months of self-employment, and on actual income or the National Living Wage, whichever is greater, thereafter

 

(4)       That the CTR discretionary support scheme as set out in Appendix 4 to Executive Document “AN” be adopted from 1 April 2018.

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Corporate Services

 

88.

SINGLE USE PLASTICS

To be moved by Councillor Warnes

Seconded by Councillor Love

Bradford Council notes that approximately twelve million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the seas each year; that this form of plastic pollution is on course to increase ten-fold in the next decade; and that this build-up of plastics in our oceans poses serious risks to marine life and human health.

Council notes that ‘single use plastics’ (SUPs) such as packaging, bags, bottles and straws makes up half the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced annually in the world; that the government is consulting on ways to discourage the use of these types of materials; and that the recent introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge has already reduced the use of these bags in England by 85%.

Council therefore resolves to:

1)    follow the example of Brighton and Hove City Council and become a full signatory of the ‘Plastic Free Pledge’;

2)    become a ‘single-use-plastic-free’ authority by April 2020, phasing out the purchase and procurement of SUPs through the Council’s supply chain as quickly as possible;

3)    end the sale and provision of SUP products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in Council buildings;

4)    work with tenants and operators in commercial properties owned by the Council to end the sale and provision of SUP products at their meetings and events;

5)    review the options for requiring pop-up food and drink vendors at Council events to avoid SUPs as a condition of their contract;

6)    introduce conditions relating to the use of SUPs on event organisers using our public parks;

7)    encourage users of our public parks to avoid the use of SUPs;

8)    encourage Bradford’s businesses, other organisations, residents and visitors to go ‘single-use-plastic-free’, and work with best practice partners to develop a ‘plastic free network’ to provide practical support and advice relating to a transition from SUPs to sustainable alternatives.

 

Minutes:

 

A motion was moved by Councillor Warnes.

An amendment, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Ferriby and was carried.

Resolved –

Bradford Council notes that approximately 12 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the seas each year; that this form of plastic pollution is on course to increase ten-fold in the next decade; and that this build-up of plastics in our oceans poses serious risks to marine life and human health.

Council notes that ‘single use plastics’ (SUPs) such as packaging, bags, bottles and straws makes up half the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced annually in the world; that the government is consulting on ways to discourage the use of these types of materials; and that the recent introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge has already reduced the use of these bags in England by 85%.

Council notes this is a global issue which requires concerted high-level national and international action to deliver the necessary global impact. It is right that we also make efforts locally and individually to lessen our negative impact on the environment.

Council therefore resolves to:

-       Continue our successful work with residents to improve overall recycling rates. As a district we have seen a 46% increase in kerbside recycling since 2013.

-       Reduce our use of single use plastic when there are practical and equally affordable alternatives.

-       Ask Environment Scrutiny to look at this matter in more depth cross party and make recommendations.

-       Call on government to be more ambitious in its target to eradicate avoidable plastic waste in the UK and to enable the more widespread use of plastic-free alternatives.

-       Call on the Government to introduce legislative powers to back the current “A Green Future Plan”.

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Corporate Services/ Strategic Director Place/City Solicitor (Scrutiny Lead for Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee)

89.

MENINGITIS C VACCINATION PROGRAMME

To be moved by Councillor Davies

Seconded by Councillor Whiteley

                                                   

Council conveys its sympathies and best wishes for the future, to the family of Kia Gott, the young child whose plight due to infection with Meningitis C, has upset and concerned many people throughout the country.

 

Council notes:

 

  • That prior to the introduction of the Men C Vaccine in 1999, there were approximately 1,000 cases of Meningitis C per annum resulting in 70-80 deaths

 

  • In a twelve month period in 2015/16, only 1 child under 12 months contracted the disease, with this increasing to 4 in 2016/17, a massive increase in percentage terms.

 

Council resolves to:

 

  • Request that the Chief Executive write to Dr Mary Ramsay, the Head of Immunisation at Public Health England and Professor Andrew Pollard, Chairman of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation, outlining the Council’s concerns and requesting that the decision to withdraw the Men C Vaccine for babies at 12 weeks be revisited as a matter of urgency.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, moved by Councillor Davies was carried.

 

Resolved –

 

Council conveys its sympathies and best wishes for the future, to the family of Kia Gott, the young child whose plight due to infection with Meningitis C, has upset and concerned many people throughout the country.

 

Council notes:

 

·         That prior to the introduction of the Men C Vaccine in 1999, there were approximately 1,000 cases of Meningitis C per annum resulting in 70-80 deaths.

 

·         In a twelve month period in 2015/16, only 1 child under 12 months contracted the disease, with this increasing to 4 in 2016/17, a massive increase in percentage terms.

 

Council resolves to:

 

Request that the Chief Executive write to Dr Mary Ramsay, the Head of Immunisation at Public Health England and Professor Andrew Pollard, Chairman of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation, outlining the Council’s concerns and requesting that the decision to withdraw the Men C Vaccine for babies at 12 weeks be revisited as a matter of urgency.

 

ACTION:       Chief Executive

90.

QUEENSBURY TUNNEL

To be moved by Councillor Senior

Seconded by Councillor Cooke

 

Council welcomes the efforts of the Queensbury Tunnel Society and Sustrans in developing proposals for the tunnel to be re-opened as a cycle and walking route.

 

Council notes the plans from the Department for Transport and Highways England’s Historical Railways Estate to permanently close the tunnel

 

Council resolves to:

 

  1. Engage with the Queensbury Tunnel Society, Sustrans and other interested parties in exploring the options for the tunnel

 

  1. Ask the Chief Executive to investigate the feasibility of Bradford Council taking ownership of the tunnel so as to secure the option of it being reopened as a cycle route

 

  1. Facilitate discussions about the tunnel with the Department for Transport, the Historic Railways Estate and potential funders

 

  1. Request an early report to Executive setting out these actions

 

 

 

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, moved by Councillor Senior was carried.

 

Resolved –

 

Council welcomes the efforts of the Queensbury Tunnel Society and Sustrans in developing proposals for the tunnel to be re-opened as a cycle and walking route.

 

Council notes the plans from the Department for Transport and Highways England’s Historical Railways Estate to permanently close the tunnel.

 

Council resolves to:

 

(1)       Engage with the Queensbury Tunnel Society, Sustrans and other interested parties in exploring the options for the tunnel.

 

(2)       Ask the Chief Executive to investigate the feasibility of Bradford Council taking ownership of the tunnel so as to secure the option of it being reopened as a cycle route.

 

(3)       Facilitate discussions about the tunnel with the Department for Transport, the Historic Railways Estate and potential funders.

 

(4)       Request an early report to Executive setting out these actions.

 

ACTION:       Chief Executive/Strategic Director Place        

91.

ENCOURAGING STEM OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BRADFORD DISTRICT

To be moved by Councillor Tait

Seconded by Councillor Imran Khan

 

This Council notes:

-          Education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can give young people high-quality career opportunities across a number of sectors

-          Demand for suitably qualified workers to fill STEM jobs is growing in the UK and globally

-          Schools, colleges and universities take a lead in teaching formal qualifications, but STEM knowledge and skills can also be supported and developed outside formal education

This Council resolves to ask the Leader to appoint a Councillor to be STEM Champion to identify new opportunities for young people and businesses to benefit from STEM learning, to include:

-          Working with the West Yorkshire STEM Ambassador Hub to encourage more people to sign up as STEM Ambassadors who volunteer to inspire the next generation in Bradford District schools

-          Working with the council’s public, private and voluntary sector partners to build support for STEM, including building links between businesses and schools to benefit young people

-          Celebrating excellence in STEM so that good practice in our district is shared and acknowledged

 

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Tait and was carried.

 

An amendment moved by Councillor Ward was defeated.

 

Resolved –

 

This Council notes:

·         Education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can give young people high-quality career opportunities across a number of sectors

·         Demand for suitably qualified workers to fill STEM jobs is growing in the UK and globally

·         Schools, colleges and universities take a lead in teaching formal qualifications, but STEM knowledge and skills can also be supported and developed outside formal education

This Council resolves to ask the Leader to appoint a Councillor to be STEM Champion to identify new opportunities for young people and businesses to benefit from STEM learning, to include:

·         Working with the West Yorkshire STEM Ambassador Hub to encourage more people to sign up as STEM Ambassadors who volunteer to inspire the next generation in Bradford District schools

·         Working with the council’s public, private and voluntary sector partners to build support for STEM, including building links between businesses and schools to benefit young people

·         Celebrating excellence in STEM so that good practice in our district is shared and acknowledged

ACTION:       Leader of Council/Strategic Director Children’s Services

92.

BRADFORD DISTRICT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT FOR FUNDING TO MATCH NEEDS

To be moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Imran Khan

 

This Council notes:

-          Due to cuts in government funding, this council has had to make cuts of £256m since 2010, with further cuts to come as the government reduces the revenue support grant for Bradford District down to zero by 2020.

-          The Department for Communities and Local Government has just announced a consultation on the future of council funding with the announcement that by 2020/2021 75% of business rates will be retained by councils rather than the 100% previously stated.  The consultation closes on 12th March 2018.

-          Named “Fair Funding Review” the consultation is seeking to establish the cost drivers which will determine how much each local authority receives.  It includes the question of whether rurality should be included in the relative needs assessment as a common cost driver, which provides additional funding to authorities with rural populations.

Council will:

          Make representations to the “Fair Funding Review” emphasising that the main drivers for allocation of any future funding should be the needs of Looked After Children, the Elderly population and economic deprivation.

          Question the Government’s definition of “rural” which is currently based on concentrated “super sparsity”.  Emphasise that Bradford’s huge diversity - from urban centres to small rural villages should be encompassed by any rural definition.  We are two thirds rural and proud of our rural landscapes.

         Lobby with similarly effected Local Authorities such as Calderdale and Kirklees who also have a high proportion of rural communities.

§     Brief all the district’s MPs on the “Fair Funding Review” and ask them to make representations on our behalf.

 

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Hinchcliffe and was carried.

 

Resolved –

 

This Council notes:

·         Due to cuts in government funding, this council has had to make cuts of £256m since 2010, with further cuts to come as the government reduces the revenue support grant for Bradford District down to zero by 2020.

·         The Department for Communities and Local Government has just announced a consultation on the future of council funding with the announcement that by 2020/2021 75% of business rates will be retained by councils rather than the 100% previously stated.  The consultation closes on 12th March 2018.

·           Named “Fair Funding Review” the consultation is seeking to establish the cost drivers which will determine how much each local authority receives.  It includes the question of whether rurality should be included in the relative needs assessment as a common cost driver, which provides additional funding to authorities with rural populations.

Council will:

·           Make representations to the “Fair Funding Review” emphasising that the main drivers for allocation of any future funding should be the needs of Looked After Children, the Elderly population and economic deprivation.

·           Question the Government’s definition of “rural” which is currently based on concentrated “super sparsity”.  Emphasise that Bradford’s huge diversity - from urban centres to small rural villages should be encompassed by any rural definition.  We are two thirds rural and proud of our rural landscapes.

·           Lobby with similarly effected Local Authorities such as Calderdale and Kirklees who also have a high proportion of rural communities.

·           Brief all the district’s MPs on the “Fair Funding Review” and ask them to make representations on our behalf.

ACTION:       Chief Executive/Strategic Director Corporate Services

93.

LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH IN BRADFORD

To be moved by Councillor Dunbar

Seconded by Councillor Farley

 

This Council notes:

·         LGBT+ History Month is marked every February in the UK and is designed torecognise the invaluable contributions LGBT+ people have made to society.

·         2017 saw the LGBT History Month Programme in Bradford include over 130 events, thought to be the most active district in the UK.

·         The important contribution LGBT History Month will make in raising awareness and fighting intolerance and prejudice locally, regionally and nationally.

·         The importance of working  to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities and to promote the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, which in turn benefits society as a whole;

·         The 2018 LGBT+ History Month will focus on the theme of ‘Geography: Mapping the world’ and will include a broad range of partners across the district.

·         In 2017 Bradford became the largest authority in the UK to recognise the status of non-binary people on all Council related forms.

·         That many LGBT+ people face harassment or even violence, while young LGBT+ people are more likely to suffer poor mental health and attempt suicide.

·         Being LGBT+ is still criminalised in 72 countries around the world.

This Council resolves to:

·         Fully support the LGBT+ History Month 2018 programme in Bradford District by encouraging partner organisations and wider public to attend events

·         Reaffirm our commitment to LGBT+ rights in this district and throughout the world.

·         Support LGBT History Month being added to the national curriculum and that radical policy changes in the school curriculum would be implemented to better reflect LGBT+  issues;

·         Support the ‘Justice for Chechnya’ campaign throughout history month in order to encourage the UK Government to put pressure on Russian authorities to stop the murder, torture and detention of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya.

·         Ensure all Council policies are LGBT+ inclusive

·         Fight against inequality and injustice wherever it is seen and recognise that a key part of this battle is in raising awareness and levels of education on these issues and this is why initiatives such as LGBT+ History Month are so important and should be encouraged throughout Bradford District.

 

Minutes:

A motion, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Dunbar and was carried.

 

Resolved –

 

This Council notes:

·         LGBT+ History Month is marked every February in the UK and is designed to recognise the invaluable contributions LGBT+ people have made to society.

·         2017 saw the LGBT History Month Programme in Bradford include over 130 events, thought to be the most active district in the UK.

·         The important contribution LGBT History Month will make in raising awareness and fighting intolerance and prejudice locally, regionally and nationally.

·         The importance of working  to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities and to promote the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, which in turn benefits society as a whole;

·         The 2018 LGBT+ History Month will focus on the theme of ‘Geography: Mapping the world’ and will include a broad range of partners across the district.

·         In 2017 Bradford became the largest authority in the UK to recognise the status of non-binary people on all council related forms.

·         That many LGBT+ people face harassment or even violence, while young LGBT+ people are more likely to suffer poor mental health and attempt suicide.

·         Being LGBT+ is still criminalised in 72 countries around the world.

This Council resolves to:

·         Fully support the LGBT+ History Month 2018 programme in Bradford District by encouraging partner organisations and wider public to attend events

·         Reaffirm our commitment to LGBT+ rights in this district and throughout the world.

·         Support LGBT History Month being added to the national curriculum and that radical policy changes in the school curriculum would be implemented to better reflect LGBT+  issues;

·         Support the ‘Justice for Chechnya’ campaign throughout history month in order to encourage the UK Government to put pressure on Russian authorities to stop the murder, torture and detention of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya.

·         Ensure all council policies are LGBT+ inclusive

·         Fight against inequality and injustice wherever it is seen and recognise that a key part of this battle is in raising awareness and levels of education on these issues and this is why initiatives such as LGBT+ History Month are so important and should be encouraged throughout Bradford District.

ACTION:             Chief Executive/all Strategic Directors

 

94.

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE (MND) CHARTER

To be moved by Councillor Nicola Pollard

Seconded by Councillor Reid

 

Bradford Council notes that the Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Charter is made up of 5 points:

 

1. The right to an early diagnosis and information

2. The right to access quality care and treatments

3. The right to be treated as individuals and with dignity and respect

4. The right to maximise their quality of life

5. Carers of people with MND have the right to be valued, respected,

    listened to and supported.

 

This Council agrees to:

 

Adopt the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter, which sets out the care

and support that people living with MND and their carers deserve and

should expect.

 

This Council will:

 

Promote the Charter by making it available to all Councillors, Council staff,

partner organisations and health and social care professionals who deliver

services for the Council;

 

Raise awareness of MND and what good care looks like for those living with

this devastating disease, as stated in the Charter, and work to positively

influence the quality of life for local people with MND and their carers living

in our community.

 

 

 

Minutes:

A motion was moved by Councillor Nicola Pollard.

 

An amendment, as set out in the resolution below, was moved by Councillor Val Slater and was carried.

 

Resolved –

 

Bradford Council notes that the Motor Neurone disease charter is made up of 5 points:

1.    The right to an early diagnosis and information

2.    The right to access quality care and treatment

3.    The right to be treated as individuals and with dignity and respect

4.    The right to maximise their quality of life

5.    Carers of people with MND have a right to be valued, respected, listened to and supported.

This Council agrees:

·         To adopt the Motor Neurone Disease Charter as outlined above and promote it widely in order to raise awareness of MND and what good care looks like for those living with this terrible disease. It has impacted on valued colleagues in this Council Chamber and we have all therefore seen its devastating effects.

·         That the above points should be our aim for all people and their carers in Bradford District who have challenging health conditions and we will work with our partners to achieve these.

ACTION:       Strategic Director Health and Wellbeing

95.

THE BRADFORD EDUCATION COVENANT pdf icon PDF 141 KB

This report (Document “L”) provides a summary of the progress that has been made in implementing the Education Covenant to increasing the level of support, time and investment from our local community, whether voluntary organisations, businesses, or parents, in our children and young people. 

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That Council consider the report and endorse the progress of the work.

(2)       That Council commend the work of our community partners in delivering work   with Bradford children and young people undertaken as part of the Covenant.

(3)       That members of Council promote the Education Covenant in their networks.

 

                                                                                    (Jenny Cryer – 01274 434333)

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Portfolio Holder Children’s Services (Document “L”) provided a summary of the progress that had been made in implementing the Education Covenant increasing the level of support, time and investment from our local community, whether voluntary organisations, businesses, or parents, in our children and young people.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the progress of the work be endorsed.

(2)       That the work of our community partners in delivering work with Bradford children and young people undertaken as part of the Covenant be commended.

(3)       That members of Council promote the Education Covenant in their networks.

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Children’s Services