Agenda

Council Meeting - Wednesday 29 September 2021 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Magna, Magna Way, Templeborough, Rotherham S60 1FD

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 270 KB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the ordinary meeting of the Council held on 21st July, 2021, and to approve the accuracy thereof.

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5.

PETITIONS

 

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

 

No petitions have been received since the previous Council Meeting held on 21st July, 2021.

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 304 KB

 

To note the minutes of the Cabinet Meetings held on 19th July and 16th August, 2021.

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11.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES AND MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 240 KB

 

To formally notify Council of the appointment of the Assistant Director Legal Services and Monitoring Officer and to approve the appointment as the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

12.

AUDIT COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 504 KB

 

To consider the report and approve the Audit Committee Annual Report 2020/21.

13.

AMENDMENTS TO APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO COMMITTEES, BOARDS AND PANELS pdf icon PDF 268 KB

 

To inform Council of amendments to the nomination of Members to serve on Committees, Boards and Panels.

14.

CONSTITUTION AMENDMENTS pdf icon PDF 354 KB

 

To consider amendments to various parts of the Council’s Constitution following a periodic review by the Constitution Working Group.

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15.

CABINET RESPONSE TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SCRUTINY REVIEW OF BUILDING USE pdf icon PDF 261 KB

 

To note the Cabinet’s response to the recommendations arising from the scrutiny review of Building Use.

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16.

NOTICE OF MOTION - UNIVERSAL CREDIT

 

That this Council notes:-

 

The Government is currently continuing to press ahead with its plans to cut £20 per week from recipients of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit on the 6th October.

 

This means almost thirty thousand households in our borough will suffer from increased anxiety over how to make ends meet, as £20 each week is removed from an already extremely tight budget.  Figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation show that 16,380 of the households in the borough of Rotherham are families with children.

 

The devastating impact of this proposed cut is unimaginable, unnecessary, and unconscionable.

 

Therefore, this Council resolves to call on the Government to protect the most vulnerable households in our borough and across the country by not withdrawing £20 per week from those with the lowest incomes in our society.

 

Mover:-  Councillor Sheppard                 Seconder:-  Councillor Allen

 

17.

NOTICE OF MOTION - END 'FIRE AND REHIRE' NOW!

 

This Council notes:-

 

·       1 in 10 workers have experienced ‘fire and rehire’ - told to reapply for their jobs on worse pay, terms and conditions or face the sack, with BME workers facing this at twice the rate of white workers since March 2020 (TUC research, January 2021). A quarter of all workers have experienced a worsening of their terms and conditions – including a cut in their pay - since the pandemic began.

 

·       That while the prime minister has called the practice “unacceptable” he has continually refused to take action to outlaw the practice, raising concerns that he will not intervene in this race to the bottom as an escalating number of employers, across all sectors, take advantage of our weak employment protections and force their staff to accept worse terms and conditions, leaving many having to work longer hours and for lower pay, with what can be devastating consequences for workers and their families.

 

·       Even before the pandemic, 1 in 9 workers – 3.8 million people – were already ‘insecure’, meaning they did not have access to basic rights at work and could be dismissed at will; including those on zero hour contracts and agency workers.

 

·       Despite austerity, as a Labour led council we pay our employees the real living wage. It is important that working people have a decent wage to live off and the council is committed to working towards being a Living Wage Employer and encouraging others to do the same.

 

·       We have been committed to improving pay and conditions and preventing exploitation by signing up to initiatives such as Unison’s Ethical Care Charter and the Charter against Modern Slavery. The latter of which placed conditions on our suppliers including the right to join a trade union.

 

·       We have strengthened our community wealth building approach and introduced a social value policy to ensure that good employment practice and support for local business is prioritised.

 

This Council, therefore, resolves to:-

 

·       Ensure local residents are protected against such unscrupulous employers and agrees to ask the Leader of the Council to write to the Prime Minister demanding he outlaw fire and rehire and act now to keep his promise to local residents to protect their employment terms and conditions.

 

·       Not use fire and rehire itself as an employer and discourage its use by council contractors, and to ensure the council has a procurement practice that means we are working with contractors that have good employment, trade union, equality and environmental records.

 

·       Promote the increasing number of progressive local employers prioritising their employees’ standard of living and their wellbeing, work with our anchor institutions and key partners to bring forward plans to ensure all have best practice employment and to work with recognised trade unions on this.

 

·       Support the TUC campaign for a ‘New Deal for Working People’.

 

Mover:-  Councillor Cooksey                   Seconder:-  Councillor Yasseen

18.

NOTICE OF MOTION - REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADES

 

Each November, communities come together to honour those who have fought to defend our freedoms, and pay respects to our fallen soldiers.

 
Remembrance Day Parades are a feature of these acts of commemoration up and down the country, but in our Borough they are under threat.


In the past, road closures to allow parades to go ahead in villages across the Borough have been facilitated by South Yorkshire Police, but a change in police policy means this will no longer be the case. Instead, local event organisers will need to apply to RMBC for a temporary road closure, provide a traffic management plan, and use volunteers or a traffic management company to facilitate closures.


At present, the process for doing so is opaque and no information or guidance from RMBC is publicly available. The costs for smaller scale event organisers may also be prohibitive.


Unless the Council takes action, Remembrance Day Parades are unlikely to go ahead in villages where they usually take place.

 
Therefore, we call on the Council to:-

 

-               Set out a clear process for community event organisers to apply for temporary road closures for Remembrance Day Parades and other community events;

 

-       Provide written guidance, a template traffic management plan, a template risk assessment, and Officer support to event organisers;

 

-               Share the costs associated with road closures to enable Remembrance Day Parades with organisers, in recognition of the important role these events have within communities and out of respect for the armed forces;

 

-               Make all reasonable efforts to assist community organisers and enable Remembrance Day Parades to go ahead this year.

 

Mover:- Councillor Barley                        Seconder: Councillor Tinsley

19.

AUDIT COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 199 KB

 

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

20.

PLANNING BOARD pdf icon PDF 137 KB

 

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

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21.

LICENSING BOARD SUB-COMMITTEE AND LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 204 KB

 

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

 

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

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22.

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).

23.

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).

24.

URGENT ITEMS

 

Any other public items which the Mayor determines are urgent.

SHARON KEMP,

Chief Executive.