Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 4.00 pm

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

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
No. Item

14.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Minutes:

A vote was taken and carried under Rule of Procedure 9.1.2 on re-ordering the business on the agenda so that Motion on Celebrating and Seeking Justice for the Windrush Generation was considered following agenda item 5.

15.

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:

The following disclosures on matters under consideration were made:

 

Motion – Quality of Inpatient Meals Provided by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Minute 28)

Councillor Aneela Ahmed declared an interest as a Council appointed Governor of the Bradford District Care Trust.

 

Motion – Potholes (Minute 32)

Councillor Dodds declared an interest as a relative was employed as a highways engineer.

 

Motion – Community Lottery (Minute 33)

Councillors Davies, I Khan, M Pollard, D Smith, M Smith and Thirkill declared an interest as being involved with charitable organisations that could benefit from a community lottery.

 

Motion – Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service (Minute 35)

Councillors Aneela Ahmed, Godwin, Griffiths, Mir, Nazir and Wood declared an interest as receiving employment through the NHS; Councillor Bacon was a trade union representative working with the NHS; and Councillor T Hussain had a relative employed by the NHS.

 

The disclosures were made on the basis of transparency and those Members remained in the meeting during consideration and voting on the item.

 

ACTION:       Interim City Solicitor

16.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2018 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2018 be signed as a correct record.

17.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Berry, Humphreys and Shaw.

18.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR

(To be circulated before the meeting).

Minutes:

DEATH OF FORMER LORD MAYOR, PAUL HOCKNEY

It was with sadness the Lord Mayor reported to Council the death of former Lord Mayor, Paul Hockney, who passed away on 1 July 2018, aged 87 years. Paul served this Council, and its predecessor, as a Liberal/Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for the Idle Ward from 1970 until 1984.  He was twice Leader of his Group from 1975/1976 and again from 1982/1984. In the municipal year 1977/78, part of which included the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen, Paul took on the role of Lord Mayor, supported by his wife Jean as Lady Mayoress and became known for his patriotic attire. Paul’s Civic Appeal fund was dedicated to acquiring the land and building the Nell Bank Centre on Denton Road in Ilkley.  Many thousands of local children have had the opportunity to participate in the wide range of outdoor learning programmes provided at the Centre.

 

The Lord Mayor accompanied by the Lady Mayoress were due to attend Paul’s memorial service in Ilkley and had, on behalf of the people of the district, written to Paul’s widow and family to express sadness at his passing and gratitude for his work for this Council.

 

DEATH OF MR PETER GIBBONS, FORMER HEAD OF THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL

On 17 June 2018 Peter Gibbons, the former head of the Virtual School who retired last year, had died following a long illness. His outstanding work in the field of education had been of immense value to many children, young people and families throughout the District.  The Lord Mayor had written to Peter’s widow and family to extend the condolences of the local community.

 

Members were asked to stand and join the Lord Mayor in a minute’s silence in memory of Paul Hockney and Peter Gibbons for their contributions to the life of the District.

 

THE DRAGONBOAT FESTIVAL

Gratitude was placed on record to all the Council staff working as volunteers, in collaboration with the public and local businesses, to deliver the Dragonboat Festival, which took place from 22 to 24 June 2018. Over 100 teams took to the River Aire, encouraged by their families, friends and many festival-goers and the event had been formerly recognised as the largest in the UK by the British Dragonboat Association.

 

VETERANS’ WEEK AND THE EMPIRE WINDRUSH 70TH ANNIVERSARY

The Lord Mayor had been very pleased to be involved in recent events to mark the significant occasions of the annual Veterans’ Week and also celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary arrival of the Empire Windrush.

 

An event was held to recognise the sacrifice made by the veterans in the service of their country and the Lord Mayor was pleased to have the opportunity to meet so many ex-service men and women, hear their stories and recognise their contribution to upholding freedom and peace.

 

A huge impact had been made on the life of not just our District, but to that of the whole country, by members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

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.

20.

CELEBRATING AND SEEKING JUSTICE FOR THE WINDRUSH GENERATION

To be moved by Councillor Richard Dunbar

Seconded by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

 

This Council notes:

           June 2018 was the 70th anniversary of the Windrush Generation arriving-the first wave of post war workers from the Caribbean travelling to Britain in 1948.

           The exemplary contribution that the Windrush Generation have made to our district and country as a whole.

           This occasion was marked with numerous events including a Civic Reception and a day of celebration in City Park on 23rd June.

 

This Council resolves to support the Windrush Generation by:

           Campaigning to secure their rights to indefinite stay in Britain as citizens of the UK

           Demand that the Government restores the rights of those who have been deported or refused re-entry to the UK following a visit overseas

           Supporting the campaign to compensate Windrush members for losses incurred during their period of difficulties caused by the Home Office

           Calling on the Government to restore their rights to work, receive services and benefits, to which they are entitled, and be able to move around the country freely like all other UK citizens

 

Minutes:

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

 

An amendment moved by Councillor Sunderland was defeated.

 

Resolved –

 

This Council notes:

           June 2018 was the 70th anniversary of the Windrush Generation arriving-the first wave of post war workers from the Caribbean travelling to Britain in 1948.

           The exemplary contribution that the Windrush Generation have made to our district and country as a whole.

           This occasion was marked with numerous events including a Civic Reception and a day of celebration in City Park on 23rd June.

 

This Council resolves to support the Windrush Generation by:

           Campaigning to secure their rights to indefinite stay in Britain as citizens of the UK

           Demand that the Government restores the rights of those who have been deported or refused re-entry to the UK following a visit overseas

           Supporting the campaign to compensate Windrush members for losses incurred during their period of difficulties caused by the Home Office

           Calling on the Government to restore their rights to work, receive services and benefits, to which they are entitled, and be able to move around the country freely like all other UK citizens

 

ACTION:       Chief Executive

21.

PETITIONS

To consider up to five requests for the Council to receive petitions in accordance with Standing Orders. 

                                                            Ward

 

(i)         Request to make School Green, Thornton, a private access-only road for residents.                                                                    Thornton & Allerton

(ii)        Maintenance of unadopted road joining Woodhall Road and Gwynne Avenue.                                                                Bradford Moor

(iii)       Traffic calming measures for Meadway, Woodside       Royds

(iv)       Peel Park Lower Play Area                                                Bolton & Undercliffe

 

If any further requests are received, in writing, by mid-day three working days before the meeting (Thursday), details will be circulated.

 

(Fatima Butt – 01274 432227)

 

Minutes:

The following petitions were received:

 

School Green, Thornton – Request for residents access only road

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to Bradford West Area Committee.

 

Woodhall Road and Gwynne Avenue – Maintenance of unadopted road

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to Bradford East Area Committee.

 

Meadway, Woodside

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to Bradford South Area Committee.

 

Peel Park Lower Play Area

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to Bradford East Area Committee.

 

ACTION:       Interim City Solicitor

 

22.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

There are no public questions.

 

(Palbinder Sandhu – 01274 432269)

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

23.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES

To consider any further 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:

Resolved -

 

(1)       That Councillor Duffy be appointed to the Bradford West Area Committee in place of Councillor Mullaney and Councillor Mullaney be an alternate.

 

(2)       That Councillor Lal be appointed as an alternate for the Regulatory and Appeals Committee in place of Councillor Jenkins.

 

(3)       That Councillor Kamran Hussain be appointed as an alternate for the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in place of Councillor Vanda Greenwood.

 

(4)       That Councillor Kamran Hussain be appointed to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee in place of Councillor Johnson.

 

(5)       That Councillor Shaw be removed as a Conservative Group alternate on the Shipley Area Committee.

 

(6)       That the following non-voting co-opted members be appointed to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the 2018/2019 Municipal Year:

 

Susan Crowe – Strategic Disability Partnership

Trevor Ramsay – Strategic Disability Partnership

G Sam Samociuk – former Mental Health Nursing Lecturer

 

(7)       That the following non-voting co-opted members be appointed to the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the 2018/2019 Municipal Year:

 

            Julia Pearson - Bradford Environment Forum

Nicola Hoggart – Environment Agency

 

ACTION:       Interim City Solicitor

24.

REPORT BY THE LEADER OF COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 102 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 “D” 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.

25.

MEMBER QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 301 KB

To deal with supplementary questions arising from the following 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. 

 

 

1.         Councillor Richard Dunbar

Universal Credit is now being rolled out across the district. Would the Leader be able to point out the support available for those recipients who will now struggle with the harsh realities of this failed scheme?

 

2.         Councillor Debbie Davies

Following the Born in Bradford report, which stated that 2572 Bradford children need glasses but hadn’t been taken to their appointments (having a direct impact on literacy) can the Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing advise whether anything is being done to ensure that parents take their responsibilities more seriously?

 

3.         Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

Leeds City Council has agreed 20mph will become the new speed limit for 90 additional areas with signage (rather than traffic calming) to hasten improvements to pedestrian safety and to make Leeds a Child Friendly City.

 

Can the Portfolio Holder advise the Council what plans they have for following the excellent example set by Leeds Council?

 

4.         Councillor Kevin Warnes

Does the Leader of Council agree that it is vital that local residents and councillors are fully involved in developing plans for the new Otley Road/Bradford Road junction, as was the case when the old ‘Saltaire roundabout’ junction was re-developed five years ago, in order to ensure that the final design incorporates as many beneficial features as possible for local families, the nearby school, pedestrians and cyclists; and what steps is she taking to ensure that this process of community engagement actually happens?

 

5.         Councillor Dunbar

Would the Leader welcome the recent announcement that the maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2 after a well fought campaign but criticise the unnecessary delay which will cause more harm in this district and across the country?

 

6.         Councillor Aneela Ahmed

Does the Leader join with me in congratulating Judith Cummins MP’s well deserved award from the charity Brake recognising her work on road safety which this Labour Group has made one of its manifesto priorities?

 

7.         Councillor Jackie Whiteley

Does The Portfolio Holder for Health & Wellbeing recognise that despite recent initiatives to retain staff, a regrading exercise is also required in order to attract and retain more experienced Social Workers, as the failure to do so is resulting in an increased use of expensive agency staff and subsequent increased budget pressures, whilst increasing the workloads of full time permanent staff?

 

8.         Councillor Cath Bacon

What steps have been taken to improve our response times to street light repairs and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 25.

Minutes:

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

26.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE - MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY 2019/20 TO 2012/22 AND BEYOND pdf icon PDF 829 KB

At its meeting on 10 July 2018 the Executive considered the report of the Assistant Director Finance and Procurement (Executive Document “F”) presenting the Medium Term Financial Strategy. The Strategy focuses on how the Council intends to respond to the forecasted public sector funding reductions as a result of the on-going austerity measures imposed by the Government’s spending plans. It sets out the approaches and principles the Council will follow to ensure the Council remains financially viable and delivers on its priorities.

 

The Executive also considered a draft submission to the Government’s 2019/20 budget consultation in accordance with the resolution made by Council at its meeting on 17 October 2017 (Minute 53 refers).

 

The Executive,

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That Executive considered the Medium Term Financial Strategy as an assessment of the Council’s financial outlook to 2021/22 and beyond, and a framework for it to remain financially viable and deliver sustainable public services in line with its priorities and the principles set out in Appendix 1 to Document “F”.

 

(2)       That Executive recommends the updated and revised Medium Term Financial Strategy at Appendix 1 to Document “F” be forwarded to Council for approval.

 

(3)       That the Executive also recommends that the tabled document which sets out the Outline Submission to the 2019/20 National Budget be forwarded to Council for approval.

 

(Tom Caselton – 01274 434472)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Previous reference: Executive Minute 15 (2018/19)

 

At the meeting of the Executive on 10 July 2018 the Assistant Director Finance  and Procurement submitted a report (Executive Document “F”) presenting the Medium Term Financial Strategy focusing on how the Council intended to respond to the forecasted public sector funding reductions as a result of the on-going austerity measures imposed by the Government’s spending plans. It set out the approaches and principles the Council would follow to ensure the Council remained financially viable and delivered on its priorities.

 

Attached to the report for approval was an outline submission to the Government’s 2019/20 budget consultation.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the updated and revised Medium Term Financial Strategy at Appendix 1 to Document “F” be approved.

 

(2)       That the document setting out the Outline Submission to the 2019/20 National Budget be approved.

 

ACTION:       Assistant Director Finance and Procurement

27.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE - 2017/18 MINIMUM REVENUE PROVISION POLICY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 158 KB

At the meeting of the Executive on 10 July 2018 the Assistant Director Finance and Procurement presented a report (Document “G”) giving an overview of the proposed changes to the Council’s Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) policy from 2017-18 onwards. MRP is a statutory requirement to make an annual charge to the Council’s budget to provide for the repayment of historic capital debt and other related liabilities. The Executive:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the contents of Document “G” and the proposed changes             to the             MRP Policy be noted.

 

(2)       The Executive recommends to Council that:

 

a)    The 2018-19 MRP policy for PFI assets is brought in line with the main MRP Policy and the charge of the principal to the revenue account is over the life of the school building assets.

b)   For 2017-18 calculate the MRP on Supported Borrowing for 2008 to 2016 on a 2% straight line method. The overprovision of £52m will be included in a reserve and applied to reduce the annual MRP charge from 2017-18 onwards.  

 

(3­)       That Executive also recommends to Council that the MRP Policy be amended to reflect the following conditions:

 

i)       Total MRP after applying previous overpayment will not be less than zero in any financial year.

ii)     The same amount of principal has to be repaid over time irrespective of the method, the recommendation will be to hold the £52m freed up from the change in policy in an earmarked reserve, and it will be used to reduce the annual MRP cost.

iii)    The changes to MRP are agreed, releasing the overprovision of £52m over the coming years. As the overprovision is released, and given our balanced financial plan, the cash saving is credited to a dedicated earmarked MRP Adjustment Reserve so that future usage can be appropriated and monitored.

iv)    The PFI budgetary saving is used to reduce the net reported cost pressure in 2018-19.

v)     That the following checkpoints are met, and the implications of each are understood, before future usage of the proposed MRP Adjustment Reserve is determined:

a)    Formal 2018-19 monitoring to determine likely outturn and further detailed understanding of structural cost pressures.

b)   Review of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) to determine detailed anticipated budgetary gaps over the next three years.

c)    Clarity on future savings delivery, including the Demand Management strategy, for 2019-20 and 2020-21.

d)   Finalising the 2019-20 and 2020-21 detailed budget process.

vi)    Subject to the outcomes noted above, consideration is given to a future voluntary repayment of outstanding capital debt using any residual amount set aside.  This would therefore designate this move as a last resort insurance policy to protect against any negative consequences associated with the uncertainties outlined above.

 

(Lynsey Simenton – 01274 434232)

Minutes:

Previous reference: Executive Minute 16 (2018/19)

 

At the meeting of the Executive on 10 July 2018 the Assistant Director Finance and Procurement presented a report (Document “G”) giving an overview of the proposed changes to the Council’s Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) policy from 2017/18 onwards. MRP was a statutory requirement to make an annual charge to the Council’s budget to provide for the repayment of historic capital debt and other related liabilities.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That on the recommendation of the Executive it be approved that:

 

a)    The 2018-19 MRP policy for PFI assets is brought in line with the main MRP Policy and the charge of the principal to the revenue account is over the life of the school building assets.

b)   For 2017-18 calculate the MRP on Supported Borrowing for 2008 to 2016 on a 2% straight line method. The overprovision of £52m will be included in a reserve and applied to reduce the annual MRP charge from 2017-18 onwards.  

 

(3­)       That on the recommendation of the Executive the MRP Policy be amended to reflect the following conditions:

 

i)       Total MRP after applying previous overpayment will not be less than zero in any financial year.

ii)     The same amount of principal has to be repaid over time irrespective of the method, the recommendation will be to hold the £52m freed up from the change in policy in an earmarked reserve, and it will be used to reduce the annual MRP cost.

iii)    The changes to MRP are agreed, releasing the overprovision of £52m over the coming years. As the overprovision is released, and given our balanced financial plan, the cash saving is credited to a dedicated earmarked MRP Adjustment Reserve so that future usage can be appropriated and monitored.

iv)    The PFI budgetary saving is used to reduce the net reported cost pressure in 2018-19.

v)     That the following checkpoints are met, and the implications of each are understood, before future usage of the proposed MRP Adjustment Reserve is determined:

a)    Formal 2018-19 monitoring to determine likely outturn and further detailed understanding of structural cost pressures.

b)   Review of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) to determine detailed anticipated budgetary gaps over the next three years.

c)    Clarity on future savings delivery, including the Demand Management strategy, for 2019-20 and 2020-21.

d)   Finalising the 2019-20 and 2020-21 detailed budget process.

vi)    Subject to the outcomes noted above, consideration is given to a future voluntary repayment of outstanding capital debt using any residual amount set aside.  This would therefore designate this move as a last resort insurance policy to protect against any negative consequences associated with the uncertainties outlined above.

 

ACTION:       Assistant Director Finance and Procurement

 

 

28.

QUALITY OF INPATIENT MEALS PROVIDED BY BRADFORD TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

To be moved by Councillor Kevin Warnes

Seconded by Councillor Martin Love

 

Council notes that:

a)    Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 500,000 people living in Bradford and the surrounding area;

b)    Inpatient admissions for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were 93,508 in the year to November 2017;

c)    the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection Report published in June 2018 found that the Trust “requires improvement”, the same conclusion of the previous inspection report published in 2016;

d)    the results of the Inpatient Survey published by the CQC in June 2018 show that patient satisfaction with ‘the hospital and ward’ is rated as “worse” compared with other trusts, and that patient satisfaction with the quality of the meals in our local NHS hospitals is markedly lower than with nearly all other aspects of hospital care;

e)    vegan options on the menus available to Inpatients at Bradford Royal Infirmary are extremely limited.

Council therefore:

1)    requests that the Chief Executive writes to Professor Clive Kay, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to find out what measures the Trust is taking to improve the quality of its Inpatient meals;

2)    requests that the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee considers holding a review of the quality of the meals provided by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

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.

 

An amendment was also moved by Councillor Warnes.

 

Resolved –

 

Council notes that:

 

a)    Inpatient admissions for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were 93,508 in the year to November 2017;

b)   Good nutrition is an important part of health and recovery;

c)    Green Party councillors have expressed concerns that the results of the Inpatient Survey published by the CQC in June 2018 suggest that patient satisfaction with the quality of the meals in our local NHS hospitals is lower than with nearly all other aspects of hospital care, and that there are “extremely limited” vegan options for inpatients at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Council requests that:

                                                                                                                    

1)    The Chief Executive brokers a meeting between Green Party councillors and Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive Officer of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to find out what measures the Trust is taking to improve the quality of its inpatient meals.

2)    That the Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places subsequently meets with Green Party councillors to hear their concerns and to support them in resolving any issues arising from the meeting with the hospital.

ACTION:       Chief Executive/Portfolio Holder Healthy People and Places

29.

IMMIGRATION DETENTION

To be moved by Councillor Kevin Warnes

Seconded by Councillor Martin Love

 

Council notes that:

(a)       over 30,000 people are locked up each year for not having the correct immigration papers – more than any other European country;

(b)       the UK is the only country in Europe that allows indefinite immigration detention;

(c)        most detainees are eventually released;

(d)       this detention system costs taxpayers in excess of £160 million per annum;

(e)       indefinite immigration detention has been condemned by Brighton and Hove City Council, Cambridge City Council and Manchester City Council.

Council therefore:

(1)       endorses the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ campaign;

(2)       calls on the government to implement in full the recommendations of the Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the UK, jointly published in March 2015 by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration;

(3)       requests that the Chief Executive writes to our District MPs to ask them to raise this matter in the House of Commons and to support changes in the law and immigration policies and procedures that promote alternatives to detention;

(4)       requests that the Leader of Council seeks further support for the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ campaign via the Local Government Association.

;

 

Minutes:

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

 

An amendment moved by Councillor Sunderland was defeated.

 

Resolved –

 

Council notes that:

(a)       over 30,000 people are locked up each year for not having the correct immigration papers – more than any other European country;

(b)       the UK is the only country in Europe that allows indefinite immigration detention;

(c)       most detainees are eventually released;

(d)       this detention system costs taxpayers in excess of £160 million per annum;

(e)       indefinite immigration detention has been condemned by Brighton and Hove City Council, Cambridge City Council and Manchester City Council.

Council therefore:

(1)       endorses the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ campaign;

(2)       calls on the government to implement in full the recommendations of the Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the UK, jointly published in March 2015 by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration;

(3)       requests that the Chief Executive writes to our District MPs to ask them to raise this matter in the House of Commons and to support changes in the law and immigration policies and procedures that promote alternatives to detention;

(4)       requests that the Leader of Council seeks further support for the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ campaign via the Local Government Association.

ACTION:       Chief Executive/Leader of Council

30.

ENSURING HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION PROVISION FOR VULNERABLE LEARNERS

To be moved by Councillor David Ward

Seconded by Councillor Julie Humphreys

 

A recent report entitled ‘Making the Difference – breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion’, submitted to the House of Commons Education Select Committee as part of its Inquiry into Alternative Provision identified that the level of educational attainment and life chances of young people excluded from school were amongst the lowest of any group.

 

The report presented evidence that less than 1% of children excluded from school achieved 5 A* GCSEs and 63% of prisoners had been excluded at some point in their education with 43% of Youth Offenders having being excluded. Disproportionately excluded children and young people are either from poor backgrounds, have Special Educational Needs, are Looked After Children or are from other vulnerable groups.

 

The report also presented research findings that many children were simply ‘lost’ i.e. schools had lost contact altogether with children and that there was also clear evidence of undue pressure applied to some parents by schools to consider removing their child from the school and to instead have Elective Home Education.

 

Council is asked to note that between 2015-6 and 2016-17 there was a 500% increase in exclusions from Bradford Primary Schools (from 3 to 18) and a 19%

increase from Bradford Secondary Schools (from 26-31).

 

Recommendation:

 

In the light of these disturbing findings the Council directs the Strategic Director for Children’s Services to carry out an investigation into Alternative Provision in Bradford to assess the quality of the provision and to identify areas that need to be improved to provide the very best educational provision for all vulnerable groups.

 

Minutes:

A vote taken under Rules of Procedure 9.1.6 and 18.2 to withdraw this motion submitted by Councillor Ward was defeated.

 

The motion was moved by Councillor Ellis.

 

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

 

An amendment was also moved by Councillor Davies.

 

Resolved –

 

Council notes:

-       Nationally and locally we have a responsibility to raise the educational attainment and life chances of vulnerable learners.  This particularly includes those who are excluded from school, those with emotional and behavioural difficulties in mainstream schools and those with special needs. Their educational outcomes are disproportionately low compared to other groups.

-       The national report entitled ‘Making the Difference – breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion’, submitted to the House of Commons Education Select Committee, presented evidence that children excluded from school are especially vulnerable and nationally the education system does not do enough to break their cycle of disadvantage.

-       Outcomes for vulnerable learners, including those who are excluded or at risk of exclusion, are very much a priority for Bradford Council. We are taking a number of actions to improve outcomes for all our vulnerable learners.

-       The Leader and Deputy Leader have already asked for a review of all our work with vulnerable learners.  This is ongoing and will report back later this year.

-       Bradford Education Opportunity Area now has a sub group leading on Parental involvement and one leading on Attainment.  As such the role of the Education Improvement Strategy Board (EISB), currently chaired by the Deputy Leader is being reviewed by him.

-       The EISB review will feed back in September. Our current view is that we think this board should prioritise vulnerable learners in its deliberations.

-       In addition we work closely with our headteacher colleagues in the three Behaviour and Attendance Collaboratives (BACs) as well as the Regional Schools Commissioner. We have also established the Education Safeguarding team which focuses on all vulnerable learners.

 

Council requests that:

-       Once completed the Deputy Leader will share the findings of the review and next steps with other parties and interested councillors.

-       Our vulnerable learners are treated as a priority group who need and deserve the best education.

 

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

31.

SUPPORTING BRADFORD RESIDENTS APPLYING FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP

To be moved by Councillor Simon Cooke

Seconded by Councillor Mike Ellis

 

Council notes:

 

The provision of a European Passport Return Service (EPRS) and Nationality Document Return Service (NDRS) by many local authorities including Leeds, Calderdale and Wandsworth.

 

Council resolves:

 

To instruct the Chief Executive to prepare proposals for the Executive, including cost, administration and uptake implications.

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved –

 

Council notes:

 

The provision of a European Passport Return Service (EPRS) and Nationality Document Return Service (NDRS) by many local authorities including Leeds, Calderdale and Wandsworth.

 

Council resolves:

 

To instruct the Chief Executive to prepare proposals for the Executive, including cost, administration and uptake implications.

 

Action:          Chief Executive

32.

POTHOLES

To be moved by Councillor John Pennington

Seconded by Councillor Jack Rickard

                              

Council notes:

 

1.    Following decades of underinvestment, the District’s Highway Network is in places a danger to those who use it

2.    The monetary value of vehicle damage caused by potholes is increasing throughout the country, costing many millions of pounds

 

Council resolves:

 

1.    To prioritise the problem, requiring relevant officers to investigate and prepare a report for members, outlining the various quicker and more cost effective methods of repair being brought to the market by advances in technology

 

2.    Devise and resource an action plan to ensure that the District is at the forefront of local Highway Network repairs 

 

Minutes:

A motion was moved by Councillor Pennington.

 

An amendment, as set out in the resolution below, moved by Councillor Ross-Shaw was carried.

 

An amendment was also moved by Councillor Stubbs.

 

Resolved –

 

Council notes:

1.    Last year’s harsh winter has contributed to national pothole-related breakdowns hitting a three-year high according to the RAC and a recent sharp increase in pothole reports across Bradford District

2.    The monetary value of vehicle damage caused by potholes is increasing throughout the country, costing many millions of pounds

3.    Bradford has invested in innovative pothole repair delivery, such as the Velocity Patcher, which can repair 300 pot holes in a single week, and in preventative work to stop potholes appearing in the first place

4.    As a result Bradford has seen a reduction in the number of potholes across the district over the past five years at a time when the issue is becoming more prominent nationally but recognises the issue continues to be a priority for the district’s road users

 

Council resolves:

1.    To continue prioritising pothole repair and preventative work across the district, engaging with ward members on this year’s pothole fund and the patching and pothole repair that will take place in each constituency

2.    To continue exploring new ways of making pothole repair and highway maintenance more efficient and effective

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Place

33.

COMMUNITY LOTTERY

To be moved by Councillor Debbie Davies

Seconded by Councillor John Pennington

 

The Council notes:

 

1.    That in recent years a number of libraries, swimming pools and other services have ceased being provided by the Council.    

 

2.    That on-going budget pressures will continue to require the Council to decide which services can continue to be provided.

 

Council resolves:

 

1.    To instruct the Chief Executive to investigate the merits and otherwise of setting up an online community lottery, as pioneered by Aylesbury Vale District Council, to raise funds for non essential but much valued community services.

 

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved –

 

The Council notes:

 

1.    That in recent years a number of libraries, swimming pools and other services have ceased being provided by the Council.    

 

2.    That on-going budget pressures will continue to require the Council to decide which services can continue to be provided.

 

Council resolves:

 

1.    To instruct the Chief Executive to investigate the merits and otherwise of setting up an online community lottery, as pioneered by Aylesbury Vale District Council, to raise funds for non essential but much valued community services.

 

ACTION:       Chief Executive

34.

ADOPTION OF IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM BY BRADFORD COUNCIL

To be moved by Councillor David Green

Seconded by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

 

This Council is concerned by the rise in hate crime and racism across the UK and the wider world. Bradford is rightly proud of its efforts to tackle discrimination in all its forms and as part of this work we believe that we need to build in clearer definitions of what is and isn’t acceptable as part of our Equal Rights Policy, whether this relates to gender, sexuality or discrimination against people on the grounds of race, religion or culture.

 

Bradford Council expresses alarm at the rise in antisemitism in recent years across the UK.  As well as physical manifestations through violence and criminal damage it has also been seen in the use of antisemitic tropes in criticism of Israel. It is legitimate to criticise the policies and practices of Israel but not if this involves using tropes and imagery of antisemitism.  

Bradford Council therefore resolves to join with the Government and the major political parties in the UK in signing up to the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, towards Jewish Community institutions and religious facilities.”

 

The guidelines highlight manifestations as including:

·         Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extreme view of religion.

·         Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonizing or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other social institutions.

·         Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

·         Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (eg gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)

·         Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

·         Accusing Jewish citizens as being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations

·         Denying the Jewish people their right to self determination, eg by claiming that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

·         Applying double standards by requiring of it behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

·         Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (eg claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis.

·         Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis

·         Holding Jews collectively responsible for the actions of the state of Israel.

This Council resolves to:

1)    Restate its condemnation  ...  view the full agenda text for item 34.

Minutes:

A motion was moved by Councillor Green

 

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

 

Amendments were also moved by Councillor Love and Councillor Ward.

 

Resolved –

 

1.    Bradford Council opposes any form of anti-semitism.  We also oppose racism against all communities, in keeping with our commitment to eradicate all acts of hatred on grounds of faith, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

 

2.    This motion does not constitute a new law, Bradford Council will continue to oppose, challenge and condemn any acts of abuse by the Government of Israel against the Palestinian people and their right to establishing a democratic state.

 

3.    The members of the Jewish community should not be blamed and held responsible for the actions of the Government of Israel.

 

4.    Bradford Council will uphold the rights of the people of Bradford to criticise or challenge the Government of Israel or any other government, for their abuse of basic human and democratic rights.

 

This Council is concerned by the rise in hate crime and racism across the UK and the wider world. Bradford is rightly proud of its efforts to tackle discrimination in all its forms and as part of this work we believe that we need to build in clearer definitions of what is and isn’t acceptable as part of our Equal Rights Policy, whether this relates to gender, sexuality or discrimination against people on the grounds of race, religion or culture.

 

Bradford Council expresses alarm at the rise in anti-semitism in recent years across the UK.  As well as physical manifestations through violence and criminal damage it has also been seen in the use of anti-semitic tropes in criticism of Israel. It is legitimate to criticise the policies and practices of the Israeli Government but not if this involves using tropes and imagery of antisemitism.  

 

Bradford Council therefore resolves to join with the Government and the major political parties in the UK in signing up to the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, towards Jewish Community institutions and religious facilities.”

 

The guidelines highlight manifestations as including:

 

·         Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extreme view of religion.

·         Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonizing or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other social institutions.

·         Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

·         Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (eg gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

CELEBRATING THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

To be moved by Councillor Sarah Ferriby

Seconded by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

 

This Council notes:

-          The NHS turned 70 on 5th July 2018 and it has been an incredibly valued asset to the people of the Bradford District ever since, through world class healthcare and as an important employer providing high quality jobs.

-          The NHS, providing universal healthcare free at the point of delivery, is one of the country’s most loved institutions.

-          The NHS and local government share common goals to support and improve people’s lives.

-          The great variety of ‘NHS 70’ events which have been taking place across the district to celebrate the anniversary, including the NHS 70 parkrun at Lister Park on 9th June, the Big 7 Tea Party on 5th July, the Roberts Park Birthday Party on 7th July and all the other art projects, bake-offs and celebrations that have been taking place to mark this proud anniversary.

 

This Council resolves to:

-          Take this opportunity of the 70th anniversary celebrations to place on record our support for the committed public servants of the NHS who improve the lives of people across the Bradford District.

-          Continue working closely with our NHS partners to rise to our common challenges in ensuring that local people get the high quality medical and social care they deserve.

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved –

 

This Council notes:

 

-          The NHS turned 70 on 5th July 2018 and it has been an incredibly valued asset to the people of the Bradford District ever since, through world class healthcare and as an important employer providing high quality jobs.

-          The NHS, providing universal healthcare free at the point of delivery, is one of the country’s most loved institutions.

-          The NHS and local government share common goals to support and improve people’s lives.

-          The great variety of ‘NHS 70’ events which have been taking place across the district to celebrate the anniversary, including the NHS 70 parkrun at Lister Park on 9th June, the Big 7 Tea Party on 5th July, the Roberts Park Birthday Party on 7th July and all the other art projects, bake-offs and celebrations that have been taking place to mark this proud anniversary.

This Council resolves to:

 

-          Take this opportunity of the 70th anniversary celebrations to place on record our support for the committed public servants of the NHS who improve the lives of people across the Bradford District.

-          Continue working closely with our NHS partners to rise to our common challenges in ensuring that local people get the high quality medical and social care they deserve.

ACTION:       Chief Executive

36.

APPOINTMENT TO THE POST OF STRATEGIC DIRECTOR CORPORATE RESOURCES pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Council is asked to approve the proposal to appoint to the position of Strategic Director Corporate Resources on the salary package set out in the report of the Chief Executive (Document “F”) in accordance with Article 4 of the Council’s Constitution, Section 7 of the Council’s Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 and the Officer Employment Procedure Rules.

 

Recommended –

 

That Council agrees the proposal to appoint to the position of Strategic Director Corporate Resources on the salary package as detailed in paragraph 2.6 of Document “F” and in accordance with Article 4 of the Council’s Constitution, Section 7 of the Council’s Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 and the Officer Employment Procedure Rules.

 

                                    (Kersten England, Chief Executive  – 01274 432002)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Council was asked to approve the proposal to appoint to the position of Strategic Director Corporate Resources on the salary package set out in the report of the Chief Executive (Document “F”) in accordance with Article 4 of the Council’s Constitution, Section 7 of the Council’s Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 and the Officer Employment Procedure Rules.

 

Resolved-

 

That the proposal to appoint to the position of Strategic Director Corporate Resources on the salary package as detailed in paragraph 2.6 of Document “F” and in accordance with Article 4 of the Council’s Constitution, Section 7 of the Council’s Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 and the Officer Employment Procedure Rules be agreed.

 

ACTION:       Chief Executive