Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Remote

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
No. Item

12.

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:

There were no disclosures of interest.

13.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the budget meeting held on 20 February and the extraordinary meetings held on 8September and 24 November 2020 be signed as a correct record.

 

(Adrian Tumber – 07970 412150)

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the budget meeting held on 20 February and the extraordinary meetings held on 8September and 24 November 2020 be signed as a correct record.

 

ACTION:        City Solicitor

14.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Azam, Gibbons and Abid Hussain.

15.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4) pdf icon PDF 115 KB

(To be circulated before the meeting).

Minutes:

DEATH OF FORMER COUNCILLOR DAVID GRAY

 

It was with sadness that Lord Mayor reported the passing of former Councillor David Gray, on 28 September 2020 who represented the Bolton Ward from 2003 until 2004 and the ward of Bolton & Undercliffe from 2004 until 2014. A dedicated and hard-working Councillor throughout his time with this authority, he served as a Planning Panel member and on numerous panels for Licensing and various Appeals.  A volunteer fire fighter in his younger days, he later became a member of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority.  The Lord Mayor wrote to his widow, Lynne, and family, to express sorrow at his passing.

 

Tribute was paid to former Councillor Gray and a minute’s silence was held.

 

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST

 

A number of local people had been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List including contributors the Covid-19 response. They included the following:

 

Mrs Carol Lesley O’Brien, an OBE for services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Transport Industry;

Dr Thomas Oldroyd Lawton, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, MBE for services to the NHS during Covid-19;

Mrs Christine Ann Bown, the BEM for services to the community in Keighley; Mrs Jane Rosemary Pratt, the BEM for services to the community in Menston;

Mrs Belinda Alison Marks, Bradford District Care Foundation Trust, the BEM for services to the Covid-19 response;

Mr Michael Ignotious Chin-Chan, the BEM for services to Charity during Covid-19;

Mr Matthew Turner, Santander UK, the BEM for services to the Financial Sector and the community in Bradford during Covid-19.

 

The Lord Mayor placed on record gratitude to the recipients for their contribution to the District.

 

APPOINTMENT OF NEW DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS

 

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Ed Anderson, had recently appointed a number of new Deputy Lieutenants to assist him in the performance of his public duties, carried out on behalf of the Sovereign, including Sofia Buncy, based at the Khidmat Centre, Bradford; and also Paul Lawrence, who was recently High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, and acted as the Returning Officer for the Keighley and Shipley Constituencies at the December 2019 elections.

 

The Lord Mayor had written to both Sofia and Paul to congratulate them on their appointment.

 

 

CAROLS FOR THE CITY

 

This year’s Carols for the City carol service from Bradford Cathedral, had moved to being a live streamed service broadcast on 21 December. Due to the restrictions on communal worship only a limited number of places would be available for those wishing to attend in person. Music was to be provided by members of the Cathedral choir but unfortunately this year there would be no City of Bradford Brass Band.

SEASON’S GREETINGS

 

The Lord Mayor extended warm greetings of the season to all Members and Officers of the Council  wishing everyone a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Gratitude was shown for the continued support given by elected Members and Officers to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

 

16.

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 – 07970 412150)

 

Minutes:

There were no restricted documents.

17.

PETITIONS (Standing Order 11)

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

Ward

 

(i)         Keighley’s Carnegie Library                                              KeighleyCentral

(ii)        Damage to village open space, Menston                        Wharfedale

 

Please note that as the Keighley Carnegie Library petition has over 1500 signatures there will be a debate if it can be facilitated in the remote meeting.

 

(Tracey Sugden - 07970 411941)

Minutes:

Following a debate on Keighley Carnegie Library it was

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to the Executive.

 

Damage to village open space, Menston

 

Resolved –

 

That the petition be referred to Shipley Area Committee.

 

ACTION:       City Solicitor

 

18.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 13)

There are no public questions.

 

(Tracey Sugden – 07970 411941)

Minutes:

No questions from the public were received.

19.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)

To consider any requests (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 Dr Samina Karim representing Children’s Social Care be appointed as a non-voting co-opted member to the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the remainder of the Municipal Year.

 

(2)     That Councillor Poulsen replace Councillor Pennington on the Staffing Committee and Councillor Davies replace Councillor Poulsen as an alternate.

 

(3)     That Councillor Poulsen replace Councillor Pennington on the Chief Officer Disciplinary Committee.

 

(4)     That Councillor Pollard replace Councillor Goodall on the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Councillors Barker and Winnard replace Councillors Pollard and Sullivan as alternates.

 

(5)     That Councillor Sullivan replace Councillor Riaz as an alternate on the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

(6)     That Councillor Sullivan replace Councillor Goodall as an alternate on the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

(7)     That Councillor Kyle Green replace Councillor Goodall on the Keighley Area Committee and Councillor Goodall be an alternate and Councillor Gibbons be deleted as a Conservative Group alternate.

 

(8)     That Councillor Pennington replace Councillor Brown on the Regulatory and Appeals Committee and Councillor Brown replace Councillor Pollard as an alternate.

 

ACTION:        City Solicitor

20.

REPORT OF THE LEADER OF COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 61 KB

A written report by the Leader of Council giving an update on key issues has been circulated in advance 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 “B” 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.

21.

MEMBER QUESTION TIME (Standing Order 12) pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To deal with supplementary questions to the Leader of Council and portfolio holders providing advance notice has been given by the Member asking the supplementary question by 1000am on Monday 7 December arising from the attached questions of which written notice has been given. 

 

Notes:

 

(i)         Answers to written questions shall be circulated to Members on Friday 4 December.

 

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

 

1.         Councillor Carol Thirkill

The fire that raged in Bradford next to the railway line was enormous and caused considerable distress to residents and businesses nearby.  Please can you tell us a history of the site and how this happened?

 

2.         Councillor Jackie Whiteley

Given that The High Court judgement of June 2020 regarding building on Green Belt in Guiseley - ref Aireborough CO/3279/2019 ruled that Leeds City Council had acted illegally in allowing planning permission to build on Green Belt, can the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, please advise of the implications  this has for Green Belt Planning permissions in Bradford and clarify why this wasn’t included in the Inspector’s notes for the Sun Lane Enquiry given that the challenge was first heard in February 2020?

 

3.         Councillor Jeanette Sunderland

How many Council owned, rented, or let premises are not fully accessible?

 

4.         Councillor Martin Love

Can the Leader of Council tell us how many £10,000k Covid-19 business grants have the council paid to political associations or political parties, how many have been returned and which recipients have kept the grant?

 

5.         Councillor Richard Dunbar

Would the Leader agree with me that Government freezing pay for teachers, early years workers, support staff, youth workers and other key workers is an insult considering the pivotal work they play and especially during this pandemic?

 

6.         Councillor Richard Dunbar

Lockdown has provided victims of domestic abuse additional worrying challenges. How have we responded as a district during this crisis to best support victims and survivors?

 

7.         Councillor John Pennington

Further to a deplorable, violent incident in City Park, when several youths were arrested approximately 20 months ago, could the Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods & Community Safety, update members on what action has been taken in relation to Council Warden Training etc, to improve responses to such incidents and can the Portfolio Holder inform members of whether he considers it conducive to improving public safety, that no prosecutions have yet taken place?

 

8.         Councillor Richard Dunbar

The launch of the Bradford Music Network is very much welcomed. Can the Portfolio Holder explain how this will be developed and anticipated outcomes?

 

9.         Councillor Richard Dunbar

Can we have an outline of how our children in care have been supported through this pandemic and are there gaps in support which need filling?

 

10.       Councillor Russell Brown

Could the Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, advise colleagues of; the reason for using paper based School Admission Appeals in the first instance, rather  ...  view the full agenda text for item 21.

Minutes:

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

22.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE - TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 469 KB

On 25 June 2020 the Director of Finance submitted Document “AF1” to the Governance and Audit Committee presenting the Council’s 2020-21 Treasury Management Strategy. The document links the budget decisions for 2020-21 set out in the Capital Strategy and Revenue Estimates.

 

Recommended –

 

That the changes to the Treasury Management Strategy (Governance and Audit Committee Document “AF1”) be adopted.

 

                                                                        (David Willis – 01274 432361)

Minutes:

On 25 June 2020 the Director of Finance submitted Document “AF1” to the Governance and Audit Committee presenting the Council’s 2020-21 Treasury Management Strategy. The document links the budget decisions for 2020-21 set out in the Capital Strategy and Revenue Estimates.

 

Resolved –

 

That the changes to the Treasury Management Strategy (Governance and Audit Committee Document “AF1”) be adopted.

 

ACTION:        Director of Finance

23.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE - ANNUAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT REPORT 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

This Council is required by regulations issued under the Local Government Act 2003 to produce an annual treasury management review of activities and the actual prudential and treasury indicators for 2019-20. This report meets the requirements of both the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management, (the Code), and the CIPFA Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities, (the Prudential Code).

 

On the 25 June 2020 the Director of Finance will presented to the Governance and Audit Committee Document “AG” which shows the Council’s Treasury Management activities for the year ending 31 March 2020.

 

Recommended-

 

That the report and the changes to the Treasury Management Policy, detailed in paragraph 7 of Governance and Audit Committee Document “AG”, be adopted.

 

                                                                        (David Willis – 01274 432361)

Minutes:

This Council was required by regulations issued under the Local Government Act 2003 to produce an annual treasury management review of activities and the actual prudential and treasury indicators for 2019-20. This report met the requirements of both the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management, (the Code), and the CIPFA Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities, (the Prudential Code).

 

On the 25 June 2020 the Director of Finance presented to the Governance and Audit Committee Document “AG” which showed the Council’s Treasury Management activities for the year ending 31 March 2020.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report and the changes to the Treasury Management Policy, detailed in paragraph 7 of Governance and Audit Committee Document “AG”, be adopted.

 

ACTION:        Director of Finance

24.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION - CONTRACT STANDING ORDERS AND FINANCIAL REGULATIONS pdf icon PDF 104 KB

On 20 August 2020 the Governance and Audit Committee considered the report of the Strategic Director Corporate Resources (Document “C”) providing details of the annual review of the Financial Regulations and Contract Standing Orders sections of the Council’s Constitution and made recommendations for their amendment.

 

Recommended –

 

That the proposed changes to Contract Standing Orders and Financial Regulations contained in Governance and Audit Document “C” be accepted to support improvements in the organisation’s financial and procurement processes and procedures.


(Ian Westlake/Helen Keith – 07971 540171/01274 432730)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

On 20 August 2020 the Governance and Audit Committee considered the report of the Strategic Director Corporate Resources (Governance and Audit Committee Document “C”)providing details of the annual review of the Financial Regulations and Contract Standing Orders sections of the Council’s Constitution and made recommendations for their amendment.

 

Resolved –

 

That the proposed changes to Contract Standing Orders and Financial Regulations contained in Governance and Audit Document “C” be accepted to support improvements in the organisation’s financial and procurement processes and procedures.

 

ACTION:        City Solicitor/Head of Procurement/Director of Finance

25.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE - TREASURY MANAGEMENT MID-YEAR REVIEW UP TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 pdf icon PDF 841 KB

On 26 November 2020 the Governance and Audit Committee the report of the Director of Finance (Document “N”) presenting the Council’s Treasury Management Mid-Year Review up to 30 September 2020.

 

Resolved-

 

That the report (Governance and Audit Committee Document “N”) be adopted.

 

                                                                        (David Willis – 01274 432361)

 

Minutes:

On 26 November 2020 the Governance and Audit Committee considered the report of the Director of Finance (Governance and Audit Committee Document “N”) presenting the Council’s Treasury Management Mid-Year Review up to 30 September 2020.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report (Governance and Audit Committee Document “N”) be adopted.

 

ACTION:        Director of Finance

26.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE - THE COUNCIL PLAN 2021-2025 pdf icon PDF 799 KB

The Council Plan is a key document that outlines the Council’s overall strategic objectives as a Local Authority over a four-year period and identifies our key priorities. A draft Council Plan was approved for consultation at Executive in October. This paper outlines the results of this consultation and is the first of several key strategic documents presented to this Executive Committee including the future financial strategy, the Equality Plan, the Procurement Strategy and the Council Workforce strategy.

 

The report of the Chief Executive (Executive Document “CQ”) provides a final version of the Council Plan and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for approval (included as Appendices 1 and 2). This has been amended following an external consultation on the Council Plan, a summary of this consultation can be found in Appendix 3.  

 

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution the Council Plan is a key Council document and is recommended to Council for adoption.

 

Recommended –

 

That the draft Council Plan set out in Appendix 1 to Executive Document “CQ”and draft KPIs and targets in Appendix 2 be adopted.

 

(Philip Witcherley – 01274 431241)

Minutes:

The Council Plan was a key document that outlined the Council’s overall strategic objectives as a Local Authority over a four-year period and identified  key priorities. A draft Council Plan was approved for consultation at the meeting of the Executive in October. This paper outlined the results of the consultation.

 

The report of the Chief Executive (Executive Document “CQ”) provided a final version of the Council Plan and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for approval (included as Appendices 1 and 2). This had been amended following the external consultation on the Council Plan, a summary of this consultation can be found in Appendix 3.  

 

Resolved –

 

That the draft Council Plan set out in Appendix 1 to Executive Document “CQ”and draft KPIs and targets in Appendix 2 be adopted.

 

ACTION:        Chief Executive

27.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE - PROCUREMENT STRATEGY 2021-2025 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

The Procurement Strategy is a key document that outlines the Council’s procurement vision and aims over the next four years.

 

The Procurement Strategy is an enabling strategy for the Council Plan within the priority area of an ‘Enabling Council’. 

 

The report of the Strategic Director Corporate Resources (Executive Document “CP”) provides a summary of the Council’s Procurement Strategy 2021-2025 for Members to consider. The strategy is attached at Appendix 1.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Procurement Strategy 2021-2025 (Executive Document “CP” be adopted.

 

(Ian Westlake - 07971 540171)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Procurement Strategy was a key document that outlined the Council’s procurement vision and aims over the next four years.

 

The report of the Strategic Director Corporate Resources (Executive Document “CP”) provided a summary of the Council’s Procurement Strategy 2021-2025 for Members to consider. The strategy was attached at Appendix 1.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Procurement Strategy 2021-2025 (Executive Document “CP”) be adopted.

 

ACTION:        Head of Procurement

28.

SUPPORT FOR ONE PERSON HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE CURRENT PANDEMIC

To be moved by Councillor David Ward

Seconded by Councillor Brendan Stubbs

 

This Council notes that the current pandemic has highlighted the problem of providing help and support for solitary people without family or any form of support network and who are therefore particularly vulnerable. The number of people living on their own went up by 16% to 7.7 million between 1997 and 2017, while the UK population went up only by 13%.  By 2039, the number of one-person households is projected to rise to 10.7 million and whilst many of them will have families, a significant proportion of that number will not. An outcome of the pandemic is a realisation that people without a support network are particularly vulnerable and that no person or service appears to have responsibility for ensuring their safety and care.

 

The Council resolves to:

1.    Work with groups and organisations such as Ageing Without Children to quantify the scale of the problem faced by solitary people.

2.    Create a point of contact where help and support can be accessed by and for solitary people without family

3.    Work with the police, health services and the voluntary sector to establish clear areas of responsibility for those living alone without any form of family support.

 

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor David Ward.

 

Resolved –

 

This Council notes that the current pandemic has highlighted the problem of providing help and support for solitary people without family or any form of support network and who are therefore particularly vulnerable. The number of people living on their own went up by 16% to 7.7 million between 1997 and 2017, while the UK population went up only by 13%.  By 2039, the number of one-person households is projected to rise to 10.7 million and whilst many of them will have families, a significant proportion of that number will not. An outcome of the pandemic is a realisation that people without a support network are particularly vulnerable and that no person or service appears to have responsibility for ensuring their safety and care.

 

The Council resolves to:

 

(1)       Work with groups and organisations such as Ageing Without Children to quantify the scale of the problem faced by solitary people.

(2)       Create a point of contact where help and support can be accessed by and for solitary people without family.

(3)       Work with the police, health services and the voluntary sector to establish clear areas of responsibility for those living alone without any form of family support.

 

ACTION:        Chief Executive/Strategic Directors

29.

COVID-19 AND THE WAY FORWARD

To be moved by Councillor Rebecca Poulsen

Seconded by Councillor Mike Pollard

 

Council notes:

 

  • Covid19 has impacted on many residents and businesses across the District and continues to devastate families who have lost loved ones.  Many people have made huge sacrifices. 

 

  • There has been an unprecedented challenge to the Government & Local Authorities, posed by the Covid 19 pandemic

 

  • Government has worked with the local authority to financially support areas such as local test and trace, PPE and loss of council income during the pandemic. 

 

  • the government continues to assist the District through and beyond the pandemic, including additional funding for schools, safer streets and investment in infrastructure and retraining in industries of the future, to create jobs and grow the economy

 

  • the continuation of the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021

 

  • The recently announced pay rise to the lowest paid council staff is welcomed at a time that many people across the district are losing their jobs and facing pay cuts. 

 

Council resolves:

 

  • To thank key workers and those who have worked so tirelessly throughout the pandemic

 

  • Ensure Government Business Support Grants are passed onto businesses who need them as soon as possible

 

·        to complement essential reactive responses to Covid 19, with an increased focus on proactive, post Covid 19 restrictions strategies, to minimise the ongoing detrimental effects of the infection on local people and the local economy. 

 

·         To look at practical steps the council can take such as rents the council charges to tenants and parking charges being cut to support local businesses. 

 

·        to work cross party on the council and with WYCA, the LEP, schools, colleges, university, employers and other key partners to ensure we support people locally with the skills and support they need to gain valuable employment

 

·         to promote the need for partnership working to minimise the ongoing damages caused by the pandemic. 

 

  • To ensure local ward councillors are involved in covid19 decision making in their ward

 

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Rebecca Poulsen.

 

Resolved –

 

Council notes:

 

  • Covid19 has impacted on many residents and businesses across the District and continues to devastate families who have lost loved ones.  Many people have made huge sacrifices. 

 

  • There has been an unprecedented challenge to the Government & Local Authorities, posed by the Covid 19 pandemic

 

  • Government has worked with the local authority to financially support areas such as local test and trace, PPE and loss of council income during the pandemic. 

 

  • the government continues to assist the District through and beyond the pandemic, including additional funding for schools, safer streets and investment in infrastructure and retraining in industries of the future, to create jobs and grow the economy

 

  • the continuation of the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021

 

  • The recently announced pay rise to the lowest paid council staff is welcomed at a time that many people across the district are losing their jobs and facing pay cuts. 

 

Council resolves:

 

  • To thank key workers and those who have worked so tirelessly throughout the pandemic

 

  • Ensure Government Business Support Grants are passed onto businesses who need them as soon as possible

 

·        to complement essential reactive responses to Covid 19, with an increased focus on proactive, post Covid 19 restrictions strategies, to minimise the ongoing detrimental effects of the infection on local people and the local economy. 

 

·         To look at practical steps the council can take such as rents the council charges to tenants and parking charges being cut to support local businesses. 

 

·        to work cross party on the council and with WYCA, the LEP, schools, colleges, university, employers and other key partners to ensure we support people locally with the skills and support they need to gain valuable employment

 

·         to promote the need for partnership working to minimise the ongoing damages caused by the pandemic. 

 

·         To ensure local ward councillors are involved in covid19 decision making in their ward.

 

ACTION:  Chief Executive/Strategic Directors

30.

COVID-19: THE DISTRICT'S RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

To be moved by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Seconded by Councillor Imran Khan

 

First and foremost we offer our sincere condolences to all families in the district, the country and across the world, who have lost loved ones to Covid-19. Every single loss is a tragedy.

 

Faced with such a challenge we give a big heartfelt thank you to the people of the district, the volunteers, council staff, school staff, health service and all our partners for the incredible work you have done during this difficult time. It has been a real community effort by the whole district. Your fortitude has been amazing and humbling; it will see us through the pandemic to a potential vaccine, recovery and return to a more normal way of life once again.  For now, West Yorkshire is in Tier 3 along with South Yorkshire and the Humber, we must do everything we can to continue this effort and get the infection rate down.

 

There have been countless examples of ingenuity, brilliance and self-sacrifice, showcasing the very best of our district. Refuse collectors receiving gifts and children’s drawings from residents grateful that their bin collections have continued uninterrupted; volunteers in Ilkley sewing personal protective equipment; school children making visors; school staff providing meals and home learning as well as school-based education through lockdown and beyond; community centres getting food to our most vulnerable residents; our Stronger Communities team helping people visit the graves of loved ones safely; Covid ambassadors and wardens out reassuring their neighbourhoods and supporting test, trace and isolate; our social workers continuing with visits and substantive checks amid growing demands, as we took the decision not to apply the emergency statutory instrument which would have allowed us to reduce checks and visits on our children; finance staff working all hours to get grants out to businesses; staff from areas such as leisure services and school transport redeployed to do incredible work in our bereavement services. Just a few examples of the incredible team effort.

 

As a council communication has been vital.  We have worked to keep our communities, councillors and staff well informed throughout.

 

Our ongoing communications with the public has included: letters to every household in the district; regular Stay Connected newsletters to 30,914 subscribers to Covid bulletins and 7,198 subscribers to our coronavirus business support emails; almost 3.4 million views of our Covid webpages; and huge engagement with our social media and customer services.

 

At the time of writing, the latest weekly update on 11th November showed that our hub had spoken to 10,024 people and visited 591 businesses in that week, we gave out 17,630 masks, Environmental Health received 225 complaints or requests for advice and took action on a further 159 reactive cases. Staff and volunteers continue to adapt and respond to the ever changing situation.

 

·         24th March – ‘The Council’s on-going emergency response to Covid-19’

·         30th April – ‘The response to Covid-19 and the forecast financial impact’

·         9th June – ‘Building a Better Future:  ...  view the full agenda text for item 30.

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe.

 

Resolved –

 

First and foremost we offer our sincere condolences to all families in the district, the country and across the world, who have lost loved ones to Covid-19. Every single loss is a tragedy.

 

Faced with such a challenge we give a big heartfelt thank you to the people of the district, the volunteers, council staff, school staff, health service and all our partners for the incredible work you have done during this difficult time. It has been a real community effort by the whole district. Your fortitude has been amazing and humbling; it will see us through the pandemic to a potential vaccine, recovery and return to a more normal way of life once again.  For now, West Yorkshire is in Tier 3 along with South Yorkshire and the Humber, we must do everything we can to continue this effort and get the infection rate down.

 

There have been countless examples of ingenuity, brilliance and self-sacrifice, showcasing the very best of our district. Refuse collectors receiving gifts and children’s drawings from residents grateful that their bin collections have continued uninterrupted; volunteers in Ilkley sewing personal protective equipment; school children making visors; school staff providing meals and home learning as well as school-based education through lockdown and beyond; community centres getting food to our most vulnerable residents; our Stronger Communities team helping people visit the graves of loved ones safely; Covid ambassadors and wardens out reassuring their neighbourhoods and supporting test, trace and isolate; our social workers continuing with visits and substantive checks amid growing demands, as we took the decision not to apply the emergency statutory instrument which would have allowed us to reduce checks and visits on our children; finance staff working all hours to get grants out to businesses; staff from areas such as leisure services and school transport redeployed to do incredible work in our bereavement services. Just a few examples of the incredible team effort.

 

As a council communication has been vital.  We have worked to keep our communities, councillors and staff well informed throughout.

 

Our ongoing communications with the public has included: letters to every household in the district; regular Stay Connected newsletters to 30,914 subscribers to Covid bulletins and 7,198 subscribers to our coronavirus business support emails; almost 3.4 million views of our Covid webpages; and huge engagement with our social media and customer services.

 

At the time of writing, the latest weekly update on 11th November showed that our hub had spoken to 10,024 people and visited 591 businesses in that week, we gave out 17,630 masks, Environmental Health received 225 complaints or requests for advice and took action on a further 159 reactive cases. Staff and volunteers continue to adapt and respond to the ever changing situation.

 

·         24th March – ‘The Council’s on-going emergency response to Covid-19’

·         30th April – ‘The response to Covid-19 and the forecast financial impact’

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APPOINTMENT OF THE HONORARY RECORDER DOTX 44 KB

The purpose of the report of the City Solicitor (Document “A”) is to formally invite the Council to approve the appointment of His Honour Judge Richard Mansell QC as Honorary Recorder of Bradford following the retirement of His Honour Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       To formally approve the appointment of  His Honour Judge Richard Mansell QC as Honorary Recorder of Bradford during his tenure as Resident Judge at Bradford Combined Court Centre, in accordance with the Courts Act 1971.

 

(2)       To request that the City Solicitor, in consultation with the Lord Mayor make appropriate arrangements to mark his appointment when circumstances permit.

 

                                                                                    (Parveen Akhtar – 01274 432496)

Minutes:

The purpose of the report of the City Solicitor (Document “A”) was to formally invite the Council to approve the appointment of His Honour Judge Richard Mansell QC as Honorary Recorder of Bradford following the retirement of His Honour Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the appointment of  His Honour Judge Richard Mansell QC as Honorary Recorder of Bradford during his tenure as Resident Judge at Bradford Combined Court Centre, in accordance with the Courts Act 1971, be formally approved.

 

(2)       That the City Solicitor be requested, in consultation with the Lord Mayor, to make appropriate arrangements to mark his appointment when circumstances permit.

 

ACTION:        City Solicitor