Agenda

Council
Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 4.00 pm

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

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
No. Item

A. PROCEDURAL ITEMS

1.

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.

 

2.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2019 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)

(To be circulated before the meeting).

5.

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)

 

B. BUSINESS ITEMS

6.

PETITIONS (Standing Order 11)

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

Ward

 

(i)         Vine Terrace East, Bradford – Request for no through road   Clayton & Fairweather Green

(ii)        Libraries, Museums and Galleries Service

 

 

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)

7.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 13) pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Questions from the public have been received and are contained in Document “H”.

 

(Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)

8.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)

That the following non-voting co-opted members be appointed to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the 2019/20 Municipal Year:

 

Susan Crowe – Bradford District Assembly Health and Wellbeing Forum

Trevor Ramsay – Healthwatch Bradford and District

 

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). 

 

9.

REPORT BY THE LEADER OF COUNCIL

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.

10.

MEMBER QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 12)

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 Aneela Ahmed

Restart a Heart Day was developed in 2013 by the European Resuscitation Council to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.The following year, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust offered all secondary schools in Yorkshire the opportunity to receive free CPR training for pupils on Restart a Heart Day (on or around 16 October), also known as Shocktober, and many in our district have taken it up. Will the Leader and everyone across the chamber join me in pledging that they will encourage secondary schools in their wards to take up this initiative so Restart a Heart 2020 onwards will be even bigger and better with an aim to have 100% of our secondary schools involved and trained in CPR?

 

2.         Councillor Geoff  Winnard

Further to the recent negative Ofsted Report regarding the levels of service provided to Bradford Council Cared for Children, the hold ups to improvements at the Bradford Train Stations, amongst a number of other significant service level concerns, to which the Council’s recruitment and retention failures have contributed, could the Leader of the Council provide members with a comparison of the salaries of Key Professional positions within this council, our neighbours and other comparable Councils?

 

3.         Councillor David Ward

To the portfolio holder for Education. When does the Portfolio Holder intend to take action to deal with the mounting deficit at Hanson School?

 

4.         Councillor Martin Love

Question for the Leader: Can the Leader of Council tell us how many of the organisations that subscribe to the West Yorkshire Pension Fund have declared a Climate Emergency?

 

5.         Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

Facing the harsh fact that the Ilkley Car Parking Strategy combined with the new on-street car parking charges and revised car parking charges regime introduced into Ilkley on 29th July 2019 are manifestly misconceived in that they are failing to reduce car parking pressure on the residential streets producing social friction and degrading social cohesion damaging business with the consequential threat to livelihoods and the value of commercial property investments and clearly failing to produce the predicted revenue stream will the Portfolio Holder as a temporary measure (until such time as new and fully workable proposals are implemented) agree to suspend the on-street car parking charges and the charges for the Railway Road and Leeds Road car parks and whilst maintaining waiting restrictions re-allocate all-day business parking  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEES (Standing Order 15)

111.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE - TREASURY MANAGEMENT MID YEAR REVIEW UP TO 31 AUGUST 2019 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

At the meeting of the Governance and Audit Committee held on 19 September 2019 consideration was given to the report of the Director of Finance (Governance and Audit Committee Document “P”) presenting the Treasury management Mid Year Review up to 31 August 2019.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Treasury Management Mid Year Review be adopted.

 

(David Willis – 01274 432361)

 

12.

NOTICES OF MOTION (Standing Order 17)

To consider the attached motions of which notice has been given.

121.

SEND PROVISION IN THE NORTH OF THE BRADFORD DISTRICT

To be moved by Councillor Kyle Green

Seconded by Councillor Debbie Davies

This Council notes:

The excellent news that the recent SEND consultation has found new sites for dedicated SEND provision and celebrates the excellent work currently being done by those working at existing SEND dedicated provision.

That finding suitable sites and sponsors for dedicated SEND provision is not an easy or quick process, but is vital to achieve given the growing population in the Bradford district

That research done by Educational Psychologists amongst other professionals discovered that children need a minimum of 8 - 10 hours’ sleep per night in order to function to their utmost capability and that long journeys to and from school are likely to disrupt this

This Council resolves to:

Urgently look at improving the journeys of SEND children, some of who currently face journey times of over 10 hours per week.

Start a comprehensive consultation of users who currently spend 30 minutes or more each way travelling to school each day to be carried out about their thoughts on the current provision and what they would like to see in the future

Act on this consultation and seek to identify and deliver new SEND sites to ensure children across the district do not face long journeys to and from school and have localised appropriate education provision.

122.

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS AT CHRISTMAS

To be moved by Councillor Debbie Davies

Seconded by Councillor Kyle Green

 

Council notes that:

 

(1)       Small Business Saturday, which was launched in 2010, takes place on Saturday 7th December, offering us a fantastic opportunity to ‘shop local’ and support local shops and businesses.

 

(2)       The run up to Christmas is a very important time for local shops and businesses with many shops relying on successful Christmas trading to survive.

 

(3)       The rise in internet shopping and initiatives such as Black Friday have impacted negatively on more traditional shops.

 

(4)       Villages and towns across the district have been hit hard by the introduction of parking charges where previously parking was free and by increases in charges.

 

(5)       Other Councils in Yorkshire have managed to retain free parking all year round for their towns and villages.

 

Council resolves:

(1)       To support Small Business Saturday any way we can e.g. through social media, website etc.

 

(2)       To suspend parking charges in Council car parks in towns and villages across the district on the three weekends running up to Christmas, i.e. 7/8 December, 14/15 December and 21/22 December in order to support our local shops and encourage residents to shop locally.

123.

RENEWED COMMITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

To be moved by Councillor Robert Hargreaves

Seconded by Councillor Paul Sullivan

 

Council notes:

 

           The growing need for Mental Health and Wellbeing provisions and a robust plan which provides clear and decisive support for its residents.

 

           The great work already being carried out across the district by the council, NHS and commissioned VCS organisations.

 

Council resolves to:

 

           Work with training providers within the NHS and commissioned VCS Mental Health organisations to establish and deliver a comprehensive and co-ordinated mental health training programme to all frontline council staff and elected members within 3 years. The resulting programme will then be rolled out to other relevant frontline staff and private sector organisations.

 

           Review the council’s progress in delivering its part of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy in relation to mental health. This review should focus on the strategic capabilities of the council to fulfil its commitments rather than the front line delivery, taking into account budget restraints and timescales. Given the increased need since the strategy was created, the review should also look at priorities and, where shortfalls are identified, broaden the scale of the actions to be taken to ensure that best possible outcomes are achieved.

 

           Review the progress of the Bradford District Mental Wellbeing Strategy, with a heavy focus on early intervention and prevention.

 

           Carry out an impact assessment of departmental cuts within the authority on the mental wellbeing of the population of the district. The assessment should also include the council’s policies for debt collection in relation to overdue council tax payments.

 

           Work towards reducing social isolation by investigating the possibility of introducing a community transport scheme and by signing up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

 

           Ensure advice services, such as debt advice and benefits advice, are maintained and properly funded to protect the poorest and most vulnerable people in the district.

 

           Better promote and encourage the district’s businesses and organisations to sign the Mental Health Charter Mark for Businesses.

 

           Look at increasing the percentage of funding given to the prevention pillar of the health and wellbeing strategy which currently stands at less than 10% of overall spend.

 

           Identify gaps/weaknesses around mental health in the JSNA and ensure work is done to fill in/strengthen where required.

 

          The Bradford and Airedale Health and Wellbeing Board will monitor the progress and commitments toward the ‘Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Consensus Statement’. An annual report will also be presented to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

124.

LIBRARIES

To be moved by Councillor Rebecca Poulsen

Seconded by Councillor Mike Ellis

 

Council notes that:

 

1.         The Labour budget agreed to cut over £1.5M from libraries and museums for 2020/21

2.         Libraries serve an essential role in education – from early years through to older children and adults.

3.         Museums provide a valuable educational and cultural resource to all ages.

4.         Local libraries serve many valuable purposes including providing books, talking books, children’s activities, newspapers, computers and companionship.

5.         Libraries and museums need to be accessible to people, many of whom may not have their own transport or have the means to pay for public transport.

6.         All the Visitor Information Centres across the district except for the central Bradford one have closed in recent years to save money.

7.         The Local Studies Collection is a valuable resource and should remain in Bradford and Keighley and be accessible to all

8.         Baildon and Clayton are examples of libraries which have successfully run under the hybrid model using a mixture of paid staff and volunteers for the past two years.

 

Council resolves:

 

1.         To close Bradford Visitor Information Centre and relocate it to Central Library to reduce running costs.  This would give the opportunity to use the Bradford Visitor Information Centre space to raise income to put back into the service and also position visitor information in a better location for visitors to the city centre. 

2.         To value the expertise of paid staff who work in libraries and use their experience and knowledge to ensure our libraries stay open but in a slightly different role, emphasising the importance of supporting volunteers.

3.         To look at how local communities and volunteers can work with our museums rather than just reducing opening hours.

4.         Support our two Local Studies Collections and ensure there are trained staff available to manage the collections in Bradford and Keighley

5.         To invest in people by way of training volunteers to secure the future of our remaining libraries by using the hybrid model.

6.         To work with parish and town councils where they exist to recruit, support and organise volunteers.

7.         Support the “I can” initiative to encourage volunteers to support library staff

125.

WEST YORKSHIRE COMBINED AUTHORITY SUPPORT FOR LEEDS BRADFORD AIRPORT

To be moved by Councillor Martin Love

Seconded by Councillor Kevin Warnes

 

Council welcomes: 

(1)       the declaration of a Climate Emergency made by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) on 27 June 2019;

(2)       the Climate Emergency declarations made by councils in the WYCA region since Bradford led the way in January 2019.

 

Council notes that:

(1)       air travel (passengers and freight) was responsible for over 900 million tonnes of CO2 pollution in 2018;

(2)       aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the UK have more than doubled since 1990, according to the Climate Change Committee;

(3)       the International Council on Clean Transportation estimates that CO2 emissions from aviation will triple by 2050;

(4)       on current trends, aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions will contribute up to 15% of global warming from all human activities within 50 years;

(5)       the Climate Change Committee recommended in September that the UK should plan for “net-zero emissions by 2050” for aviation, and stated that this “means reducing actual emissions” in the aviation sector;

(6)       WYCA is planning to invest in transport links to Leeds Bradford Airport in order to facilitate its continued expansion, despite the fact that 70% of flights are taken by just 15% of the population and most people do not fly at all in the typical year;

(7)       WYCA’s growth-driven strategy is socially-exclusive, environmentally unsustainable and therefore incompatible with its own Climate Emergency declaration and those from councils across the region.

 

Council therefore calls on WYCA to:

(1)       withdraw funding support for transport links to Leeds Bradford Airport, including for highways projects designed in part to facilitate additional road traffic to and from the airport - such as the South East Bradford Link Road through the Tong valley;

(2)       reinvest those funds in sustainable forms of travel across West Yorkshire that will benefit all the people living in our communities;

(3)       apply the principles of their Declaration of a Climate Emergency in all the decisions they make.

126.

PROTECTING CHILDREN'S LEGAL RIGHT TO EDUCATION

To be moved by Councillor David Ward

Seconded by Councillor Julie Humphreys

 

There is growing evidence, at both a local and national level, that too many children are not receiving their full legal entitlement to an education. The cause of this failure to provide children with this entitlement is increasingly due to the failure of schools and local authorities to track pupils who have left a school and the long delays in finding alternative provision that too often occurs following exclusion from a school. In many cases parents are unaware of the rights of their children, but even if they are aware, they lack the support needed to fight for their children’s rights.

 

This Council therefore calls on the Director of Childrens’ Services to:

 

·         Investigate the most cost-effective way of providing all parents of children attending schools with a clear and concise statement on their rights as parents and the rights of their children to an education.

·         Consider how the local authority can support parents who are in dispute with the school that their children are attending through independent advice and advocacy.

127.

REDUCING ACOUSTIC STRESS FROM FIREWORKS

To be moved by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

Seconded by Councillor Brendan Stubbs

 

This Council notes:

 

·         That firework displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations.

·         The rising number of complaints about all year round noise nuisance from fireworks.

·         The impact loud bangs have on some people with mental ill health, some people who are anxious about loud noises, some people with a disability for whom loud noises can be extremely disturbing and those people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

·         The distress suffered by many household pets and wild animals because of the use of fireworks.

·         Increasing public health concerns surrounding the use of fireworks

 

This Council believes that everyone has a right to enjoy firework displays. This Council also believes that this should not be at the expense of the amenity of others and notes the work done by the people of Collecchio in the province of Parma in Italy to introduce legislation to reduce acoustic stress.

 

This Council believes that with the increasing availability of quieter fireworks which can create “quieter” or “low noise” or “silent” displays which reduce the noise nuisance and impact on others, it is time for the Council to investigate the creation of more peaceful firework displays that can be enjoyed by all.

 

This Council therefore instructs the Chief Executive to :

 

·         Investigate making available quieter or low noise firework displays in public parks available to the public without charge.

·         Investigate the passing of a by-law to prohibit the use of noisy fireworks in the District.

·         Investigate how the Council can use public displays of low noise fireworks to celebrate the cultural diversity of the district and support its bid to be the City of Culture 2025.

128.

A FULLY FUNDED, PROPER PAY RISE FOR COUNCIL AND SCHOOL WORKERS

To be moved by Councillor Brendan Stubbs

Seconded by Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

 

This Council notes

 

·         Local government has endured central government funding cuts of nearly 50% since 2010.

·         Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost 60p out of every £1 they have received from central government.

·         The 2019 LGA survey of council finances found that 1 in 3 councils fear they will run out of funding to provide even their statutory, legal duties by 2022/23. This number rises to almost two thirds of councils by 2024/2025 or later.

·         The LGA estimates councils will face a funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. Faced with these cuts from central government, the local government workforce has endured years of pay restraint with the majority of pay points losing 22 per cent of their value since 2009/10.

·         At the same time as seeing their pay go down in real terms, workers experience ever increasing workloads and persistent job insecurity.

·         Across the UK, an estimated 876,000 jobs have been lost in local government since June 2010 – a reduction of 30 per cent. Local government has arguably been hit by more severe job losses than any other part of the public sector.

·         There has been a disproportionate impact on women, with women making up more than three quarters of the local government workforce.

 

This Council believes

 

·         Our workers are public service super heroes. They keep our communities clean, look after those in need and keep our towns and cities running.

·         Without the professionalism and dedication of our staff, the council services our residents rely on would not be deliverable.

·         Government funding has been cut to the extent that a proper pay rise could result in a further reduction in local government services.

·         The government needs to take responsibility and fully fund increases in pay. It should not put the burden on local authorities whose funding been cut to the bone.

 

This Council resolves to

 

·         Support the pay claim submitted by GMB UNISON and Unite on behalf of council and school workers for a £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10 per cent uplift across all other pay points in 2020/21.

·         Call on the Local Government Association to make urgent representations to central government to fund the NJC pay claim.

·         Write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State to call for a pay increase for local government workers to be funded with new money from central government.

·         Meet with local NJC union representatives to convey support for the pay claim.

·         Encourage all local government workers to join a union

129.

CONDEMN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN KASHMIR

To be moved by Councillor Naveed Riaz

Seconded by Councillor Zafar Ali

 

This Council condemns the on-going human rights violations in Kashmir.

 

This Council notes that:

 

1.            There has been an escalation of human rights violations since 5th August, and the revoking of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

 

2.             The history of human rights violations in Kashmir is long-standing, and has been a continuing issue since partition in 1947.

 

3.            The history of human rights violations is documented in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report Update of the Situation of Human Rights in Indian-Administered Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019, published on 8th July 2019, prior to the recent escalation.

 

4.            Kashmir should be taken seriously as an issue within Britain, since it poses the possibility of the unrest and distrust between the communities in Kashmir being transferred to Britain, producing division and conflict between communities within The UK.

 

This Council resolves to:

 

1.            Condemn human rights violations in Kashmir

 

2.            Stand in solidarity with the people of Kashmir

 

3.            Offer all possible support to Bradford residents who have family and/or friends living in Jammu Kashmir.

 

4.            Facilitate events, within Bradford, that cross religious divides, in order to promote open dialogue and unity.

 

5.            Write to:

 

a.            The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,

b.            The Indian Prime Minister

c.             The United Nations

 

To express Bradford Council’s: stance of solidarity with the people of Jammu Kashmir; condemnation of Human Rights violations, and the contents of this Motion; and to call on them to implement United Nation Security Resolution 47.

1210.

BRADFORD STANDS UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN KASHMIR

To be moved by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Abdul Jabar

 

This Council shares the concern of many Bradford District residents about the current situation in Kashmir, including Bradford District residents who have family and friends in the region.

 

This Council condemns the recent actions of the Indian Government to revoke article 370 of the Indian Constitution and thereby ending the special status of the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

 

This Council also notes with concern the following:

 

i) The addition of 180,000 extra troops to the region, which already has over 700,000 troops, and the reports of Human Rights abuses and killings of Kashmiri civilians by the Indian Government troops.

ii) The removal of access to communications with the outside world and the right to travel to and from the region which has impacted on Bradford residents travelling to and from Kashmir, and

iii) The house arrest of all the political leaders and activists from the region, with thousands of people reported to be detained

 

This Council therefore calls on the Government to take the following actions:

 

a) Commit to supporting the retention of article 370 of the Indian constitution until the United Nations resolutions adopted in 1947/8 are implemented.

b) Commit to supporting the Kashmiri people’s right of self-determination, including the use of instruments of international law.

c) Call on the Indian Government to restore all communications to the region immediately and lift all travel bans.

d) Demand an end to all human rights abuses and killings of civilians; and demand immediate free access to the region for international observers and human rights organisations.

e) Urge the Indian Government to agree to international mediation to bring about peace and prosperity to the region.

 

This Council emphasises that this motion is in no way a reflection on the Indian community in Bradford.  We value their social and economic contribution to the district as Bradfordians.  We support the Bradford District MPs in lobbying Government to address this issue with urgency.

1211.

TAKING A STAND AGAINST ANTISOCIAL AND ILLEGAL USE OF FIREWORKS

To be moved by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Abdul Jabar

 

This Council notes:

 

Local residents are expressing serious concerns about nuisance fireworks blighting their lives and neighbourhoods.  Large fireworks celebrations now appear to be happening all year round and in the early hours of the morning disturbing people’s sleep and pets.

 

Fireworks can be used responsibly by sensible adults particularly at well-run public events at reasonable times of day, but all too often fireworks are let off at unsociable times and in an antisocial way.

 

The weeks around Bonfire Night in particular are costly for firefighters and emergency services colleagues and pose a risk to their safety. Antisocial behaviour and attacks against these professionals at any time of year are unacceptable, put lives at risk and divert resources from emergencies.

 

This Council requests Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny committee to do a wholesale review within the next six months of the use of fireworks in our neighbourhoods.  Partners involved in the review should be the police, the fire service, trading standards and licensing.

 

In the meantime this Council:

·         Will work with police and other partners to review and build on prevention and enforcement activities, including a review of licensing requirements and other regulations around fireworks.

·         Urges everyone to act responsibly when using fireworks and to avoid causing nuisance to other residents, ideally by attending well-run public events, getting appropriate permissions and helping to educate young people about the dangers.

·         Calls on everyone to act respectfully towards the public servants who keep us safe at Bonfire Night and throughout the year.

·         Reiterates its support for the ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign and will continue to support safety and awareness campaigns to promote the tougher sentences arising from the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act.

1212.

A FULLY FUNDED, PROPER PAY RISE FOR COUNCIL AND SCHOOL WORKERS

To be moved by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Imran Khan

 

This Council notes:

 

- Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost 60p out of every £1 they have received from central government.

 

- The 2019 LGA survey of council finances found that 1 in 3 councils fear they will run out of funding to provide even their statutory, legal duties by 2022/23. This number rises to almost two-thirds of councils by 2024/2025 or later.

 

- The LGA estimates councils will face a funding gap of £8 billion by 2025.

 

- Faced with these cuts from central government, the local government workforce has endured years of pay restraint with the majority of pay points losing 22 per cent of their value since 2009/10.

 

- At the same time as seeing their pay go down in real terms, workers experience ever increasing workloads and persistent job insecurity. Across the UK, an estimated 876,000 jobs have been lost in local government since June 2010 – a reduction of 30 per cent. Local government has arguably been hit by more severe job losses than any other part of the public sector.

 

- There has been a disproportionate impact on women, with women making up more than three quarters of the local government workforce.

 

This Council believes

 

- Our workers are public service super heroes. They keep our communities clean, look after those in need and keep our towns and cities running.

 

- Without the professionalism and dedication of our staff, the council services our residents rely on would not be deliverable.

 

- Government funding has been cut to the extent that a proper pay rise could result in a reduction in local government services.

 

- The government needs to take responsibility and fully fund increases in pay; it should not put the burden on local authorities whose funding has been cut to the bone.

 

This Council resolves to

 

- Support the pay claim submitted by GMB, Unison and Unite on behalf of council and school workers for a £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10 per cent uplift across all other pay points in 2020/21.

 

- Call on the Local Government Association to make urgent representations to central government to fund the NJC pay claim

 

- Write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State to call for this pay increase for local government workers to be funded with new money from central government.

 

- Meet with local NJC union representatives to convey support for the pay claim.

 

- Encourage all local government workers to join a union.

1213.

CLIMATE EMERGENCY IN SCHOOLS

To be moved by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Sarah Ferriby

 

Bradford Council celebrates the leadership young people are showing on the climate emergency agenda.

 

As the youngest city in the UK we know that our young people are the leaders of tomorrow and support our schools in educating their students on the importance and impact of climate change here in the UK and across the world.

 

The Council notes the many great initiatives happening in schools across the district on this agenda including:

 

·         Keighley College announcing it has stopped selling bottled water and is aiming to go plastic free, issuing drinks bottles to all new students.

·         Glenaire Primary School in Shipley, which has installed solar panels on its school with advice and support from the Council

·         Cavendish Primary school in Eccleshill, which has an allotment for every year group

·         Schools across the district, which are working with Rethink Food CIC to educate students about food in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Bradford Council, as part of the Leeds City Region Climate Coalition, accepts the challenge of achieving net zero carbon by 2038 making significant progress by 2030.

 

Bradford Council supports schools on the climate emergency agenda and already has a wide range of initiatives to support schools and students including:

 

·         District-wide roll-out of ‘No Idling Zones’ around schools starting this month

·         Development of Play Streets and potential road closures near schools to support walking and active play

·         Technical advice and support to schools looking to invest in renewable energy

·         Largest ever roll-out of 20mph zones around schools

·         Bikeability’ programme offering cycling lessons to schoolchildren across the district

Bradford Council resolves to go further and faster on this agenda including:

 

·         Widening the roll-out of 20mph zones to include more schools and communities

·         Increased support for the ‘Bikeability’ programme

·         Delivering Play Streets and road closures near schools

·         Engaging schools with our tree planting programme so children have the opportunity to plant trees in their community

·         Advertising grant funding opportunities through the Schools Forum relating to climate emergency

1214.

SUPPORTING ILKLEY TOWN CENTRE

To be moved by Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw

Seconded by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

 

Ilkley is a principal town of Bradford district and a jewel in Bradford’s crown. The Lido is one of only four open-air swimming pools in Yorkshire, Ilkley Moor is of international renown and the town is home to successful and nationally renowned Ilkley Literature Festival.

 

Bradford Council has invested to support and develop Ilkley’s economy through:

 

·         Grant funding to support Ilkley Business Improvement District (BID), backing a ‘YES’ vote and offering at-cost accommodation in the Town Hall

·         Launching the District Growth Scheme offering business rate relief to businesses in Ilkley town centre, where the vacancy rate from June to September has fallen

·         Purchasing the mixed use and fully let Moors Centre in the heart of Ilkley as a strategic investment

·         Supported the Community Asset Transfer of Ilkley Manor House and its development as a heritage and arts centre

·         Grant funding for Ilkley Literature Festival, allowing them to unlock further funding from the Arts Council

·         In principle support for designating the river Wharfe as having ‘Bathing Water Status’, which would be the first river in the country to be awarded this status

·         Supported the relocation of the Real Food Ilkley market to a trial home on The Grove, where it is currently proving to be a huge success

·         Planned town centre 20mph zone and electric vehicle charge points to promote road safety and a green economy

Bradford Council notes:

 

·         Ilkley’s success has created huge demand for parking space throughout the town centre and surrounding residential streets dating back many years

·         Going as far back as 2009, an editorial in the Ilkley Gazette referred to the ‘age old problem of parking in Ilkley

·         The 2017 Steer Review was commissioned and implemented by the Council after long-standing requests from local councillors and residents to consider the extent of parking problems in Ilkley and propose recommendations to deal with them

·         The introduction of time limited permits for people working in the town centre was a result of concerns raised throughout the consultation process about the potential impact of the proposals on those who work in the town centre

·         Since the scheme went live a number of businesses have said the roll-out of the scheme was generally smooth and the turnover of cars on-street in the town centre has helped their business, residents have stated previously unsafe junctions are now safer, new disabled parking bays are being well used and residents on a number of streets have found it easier to park closer to their home

·         However, other residents have raised significant concerns about the balance between different types of permits in the permit zones where demand for spaces is outstripping supply, causing issues for people trying to park on their own street and workers trying to find a space to park to go to work. Officers are continuously monitoring the impact of the permits and have made and will continue to make amendments as required which has included reallocating worker permits  ...  view the full agenda text for item 1214.

13.

REVIEW OF POLLING DISTRICTS, POLLING PLACES AND POLLING STATIONS 2019 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

The report of the Chief Executive (Document “K”) details proposals in respect of the review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations, for consideration by Council and as required by law.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)     That the proposed changes and recommendations to the polling districts, polling places and polling stations set out in Appendix A, be approved.

 

(2)        That the designation of the whole polling district as the polling place, be approved.

 

                                                                     (Susan Saunders - 01274 432285)

 

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