Agenda

Council Meeting - Wednesday 3 March 2021 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Virtual meeting

Contact: Governance Unit  The webcast can be viewed at http://www.rotherham.public-i.tv

Items
No. Item

1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

To consider any announcements by the Mayor in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 3(2)(ii).

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

To receive the apologies of any Member who is unable to attend the meeting.

3.

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Any communication received by the Mayor or Chief Executive which relates to a recommendation of the Cabinet or a committee which was received after the relevant meeting.

4.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETING pdf icon PDF 503 KB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the ordinary meeting of the Council held on 13th January, 2021 and to approve the accuracy thereof.

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5.

PETITIONS pdf icon PDF 284 KB

 

To report on any petitions received by the Council received by the Council and receive statements in support of petitions in accordance with Petitions Scheme and Council Procedure Rule 13.

6.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

To invite Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting, to confirm the nature of those interests and whether they intend to leave the meeting for the consideration of the item.

7.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS

 

To receive questions from members of the public who may wish to ask a general question of the Mayor, Cabinet Member or the Chairman of a Committee in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.

8.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

Should it be necessary, in the opinion of the Mayor, to consider excluding the press and public from the meeting in relation to any items of urgent business on the grounds that private information is likely to be divulged.

 

There are no such items at the time of preparing this agenda.

9.

LEADER OF THE COUNCIL'S STATEMENT

 

To receive a statement from the Leader of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.

10.

MINUTES OF THE CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 176 KB

 

To note the minutes of the Cabinet Meetings held on 25th January and 15th February, 2021.

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11.

RECOMMENDATION FROM CABINET - BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX 2021-22 AND MEDIUM-TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 951 KB

 

To consider the Cabinet’s recommendations in respect of the Budget and Council Tax for the 2021-22 financial year.

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12.

CALENDAR OF COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THE 2021-22 MUNICIPAL YEAR pdf icon PDF 247 KB

 

To approve a calendar of meetings for the Council and its committees for the 2021-22 municipal year.

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13.

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 634 KB

 

To receive an update on the activities of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny bodies in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.

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14.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY - BUILDING USE pdf icon PDF 345 KB

 

To receive for information recommendations from Overview and Scrutiny Management Board in respect of a scrutiny review of building use.

15.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY - HOMES ALLOCATIONS POLICY pdf icon PDF 361 KB

 

To receive for information recommendations from Improving Places Select Commission in respect of a scrutiny review of the Homes Allocations Policy.

16.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY - CALL CENTRE COMMUNICATIONS pdf icon PDF 171 KB

 

To receive for information recommendations from Improving Places Select Commission in respect of a scrutiny review of Call Centre Communications.

17.

THRIVING NEIGHBOURHOODS - UPDATES FROM WARD COUNCILLORS pdf icon PDF 1 MB

 

To receive updates from ward councillors from Brinsworth and Catcliffe, Hoober and Keppel on the activities supporting Thriving Neighbourhoods across the Borough.

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18.

NOTICE OF MOTION - STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE

 

That the Standards and Ethics Committee is not serving the people of Rotherham as a forum for justice, is unfair, biased and not transparent.

 

Mover:-  Councillor John Turner              Seconder:-  Councillor Cowles

19.

NOTICE OF MOTION - THE 'RIGHT TO FOOD' TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE NATIONAL FOOD STRATEGY

 

This Council recognises that we are seeing a crisis of food poverty born out of the political choices and systemic failings created over the past four decades, which has now reached a tipping point for so many Rotherham residents. The figures are devastating for one of the richest nations in the world and highlight the inequality in the UK in 2021.

 

This Council notes:

 

·              That there are consistently high rates of poverty across our borough. There is growing concern amongst our health and care professionals about the current situation and the likely exacerbation of poverty figures due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty as 2021 progresses.

 

·              Between 2015 and 2019 End Child Poverty reported a 3.4 per cent increase in the number of children in Rotherham who live in poverty.  The Rotherham Foodbank gave out 4716 emergency parcels in 2019-20 and have helped 504 clients since January 2020. As there are  other foodbanks operating in the area it is fair to assume that the real figure is likely to be much higher.

 

·              The National Food Strategy is the first independent review of England’s entire food system for 75 years. Its purpose is to set out a vision for the kind of food system we should be building for the future, and a plan for how to achieve that vision. It argues that the Covid-19 crisis has brought into painful focus the flaws in the UK’s food system, especially its effect on the nation’s physical and mental health.

 

This Council supports the demand by The Right to Food campaign that the 11 million people in food poverty should be central to The National Food  Strategy.  Enshrining the ‘Right to Food’ into law would clarify government obligations on food poverty and would introduce legal avenues to hold government bodies accountable for violations.

 

This Council calls for the ‘Right to Food’ to be incorporated into the National Food Strategy. We ask the Chief Executive to write to Henry Dimbleby, who is heading the strategy, to further this request.

 

Mover:-   Councillor Sheppard                Seconder:- Councillor Cooksey

20.

STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 119 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Standards and Ethics Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

21.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE - LGA MODEL MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT pdf icon PDF 193 KB

 

To consider the recommendation from the Standards and Ethics Committee in respect of the LGA’s Model Member Code of Conduct.

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22.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE - OUTCOME OF STANDARDS AND ETHICS SUB-COMMITTEE HEARING REGARDING THE ALLEGED BREACH OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT - COUNCILLOR IRELAND pdf icon PDF 347 KB

 

To consider recommendations from the Standards and Ethics Sub-Committees in respect of Councillor Ireland.

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23.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE - OUTCOME OF STANDARDS AND ETHICS SUB-COMMITTEE HEARING REGARDING THE ALLEGED BREACH OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT - COUNCILLOR ELLIS pdf icon PDF 269 KB

 

To consider recommendations from the Standards and Ethics Sub-Committees in respect of Councillor Ellis.

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24.

AUDIT COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 259 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Audit Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

25.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD pdf icon PDF 220 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

26.

PLANNING BOARD pdf icon PDF 116 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Planning Board.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

27.

STAFFING COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 128 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the Staffing Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

28.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE STAFFING COMMITTEE - PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2021 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

 

To consider a recommendation from the Staffing Committee in respect of the Pay Policy Statement 2021/22.

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29.

LICENSING BOARD pdf icon PDF 102 KB

 

To receive and consider reports, minutes and recommendations of the, Licensing Board Sub-Committee.

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

30.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS TO DESIGNATED SPOKESPERSONS

 

To put questions, if any, to the designated Members on the discharge of functions of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority and South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11(5).

31.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS TO CABINET MEMBERS AND CHAIRPERSONS

 

To put questions, if any, to Cabinet Members and Committee Chairpersons (or their representatives) under Council Procedure Rules 11(1) and 11(3).

32.

URGENT ITEMS

 

Any other public items which the Mayor determines are urgent.

SHARON KEMP,

Chief Executive.