Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Wednesday, 25th September 2019 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Morecambe Town Hall

Contact: Debbie Chambers, Democratic Services - telephone (01524) 582057 or email  dchambers@lancaster.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

55.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Paul Anderton, Richard Austen-Baker, Keith Budden, Tim Dant, Gina Dowding, June Greenwell, Debbie Jenkins, Cary Matthews, Alistair Sinclair and Malcolm Thomas.

 

56.

MINUTES

To receive as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the City Council held on 17th July 2019 (previously circulated). 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019 were signed by the Mayor as a correct record.

 

57.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive declarations by Councillors of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Councillors are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Councillors should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Councillors are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 

 

Minutes:

Members advised of the following interests at this stage:

 

Councillor Geoff Knight declared an interest – of the category of ‘other interest, prejudicial’ in relation to the motion on notice regarding no deal Brexit (minute 70 refers) in view of his membership of the EU Committee of the Regions.

 

Councillor Dennison declared an interest – of the category ‘other interest’ which he believed to be prejudicial - in relation to the motion on notice regarding a fully funded, proper pay rise for council workers as a lifetime member of Unison. He announced his intention to withdraw from the Chamber during consideration of that item. Councillor Parr declared an interest - of the category ‘other interest, non-prejudicial’ in the same motion as a retired member of Unison (minute 71 refers).

58.

ANNOUNCEMENT - Honorary Alderman Roger Mace

To receive any announcements which may be submitted by the Mayor or Chief Executive.  

Minutes:

The Mayor reported the sad death of Honorary Alderman Roger Mace at the weekend in St John’s Hospice, following a period of illness. 

 

Roger was first elected to the Council in May 1999 and represented Over Kellet ward for twenty years. He served as Leader of the Council from May 2007 to February 2009 and held of the office of Mayor in 2017/18. Roger was admitted to the roll of Honorary Aldermen in May 2019 in recognition of his eminent service to the district as a past Member of the Council.

 

The thoughts of the Council were with Roger’s wife, Joyce, and their three children.

 

The funeral would be held on Thursday 3 October. A service would be held at the Priory Church at 12pm, followed by a private burial. Any donations should be made to St John’s Hospice.

 

Members stood in a minute’s silence in his memory.

 

 

59.

ANNOUNCEMENT - Charity Events

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked Councillors for attending his Charity Quiz Night which had raised over £600 for his chosen charity.

 

He informed Members that he would be hosting a Christmas Party on Friday 13 December in the Banqueting Suite at Lancaster Town Hall. Tickets would be going on sale shortly from the Mayor’s office, costing £12.50 each, which would include a hot supper.

 

The Mayor then reminded all Councillors not to talk to each other whilst a Member was making a speech, as a matter of courtesy. Councillors were also asked to use the microphones when called upon to speak, to ensure that their voice was picked up on the digital audio recording.

 

In relation to the agenda, the Mayor announced that he was re-ordering the items to take items 14-17 directly after item 9.

 

Before closing the item of business, the Mayor gave permission for Councillor Mumford, the ward Councillor for Kellet ward, to give a speech. Councillor Mumford paid tribute to the former Councillor for Kellet ward, Honorary Alderman Roger Mace, who had recently passed away.  

60.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC UNDER COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 11 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To receive questions in accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rules 11.1 and 11.3 which require members of the public to give at least 3 days’ notice in writing of questions to a Member of Cabinet or Committee Chairman. 

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that three questions had been received from members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.  The first had been submitted by Honorary Alderman Mr Roger Mace to the Leader of the Council regarding disposal of furniture. Roger’s family had requested that the answer to the question be provided to them and the Mayor had therefore asked Democratic Services to make sure that it was supplied.

 

The two remaining questions were:

 

1)            Ms Wendy Haslam to Councillor Frea regarding education about climate change.

2)            Mr Tony Haslam to Councillor Frea regarding taking action on climate change.

 

The Mayor informed Councillors that the questioners were not able to be present to ask their questions in person and he had therefore asked for written answers to be provided to them.

 

The wording of all the questions from the public are appended to the minutes.

61.

PETITIONS AND ADDRESSES

To receive any petitions and/or addresses from members of the public which have been notified to the Chief Executive in accordance with the Council's Constitution. 

Minutes:

The Mayor invited Ms Marianne Birkby to address Council on embracing the local energy revolution, on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland. A copy of the speech had been previously circulated.

 

The Mayor thanked Ms Birkby for speaking to Council and asked the Deputy Leader, whose portfolio included the response to the Climate Change Emergency, if he would like to respond.

 

Councillor Frea thanked Ms Birkby for delivering the address to Councillors and advised her of the work that the Council was already undertaking in the areas of Climate Change and locally owned energy.

 

 

 

62.

LEADER'S REPORT pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To receive the Cabinet Leader’s report on proceedings since the last meeting of Council. 

Minutes:

63.

Executive Arrangements pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of the Leader

 

Report to follow

Minutes:

Council noted a report of the Leader, informing Members that Rule 20 of the Cabinet Procedure Rules had been amended to reflect the new structure of Advisory Groups.

 

 

64.

Appointment of the Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Manager

Minutes:

The Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services left the Chamber before this item commenced.

 

The Democratic Services Manager submitted a report asking Council to consider appointing the City Council’s Chief Executive, Mr Kieran Keane, as the Council’s Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer with immediate effect.

 

Councillor Hanson put forward the recommendation, as set out in the report, seconded by Councillor Lewis

 

There was no debate and the proposal was clearly carried when put to the vote.

 

Resolved:

 

That Mr Kieran Keane, Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council, be appointed to the roles of Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer with immediate effect.

 

The Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services returned to the Chamber at this point.

 

65.

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2019 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive submitted a report to enable Council to consider arrangements for determining the outcome of the review of polling districts and polling places in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Morecambe and Lunesdale and Lancaster and Fleetwood. Proposals for amendments to polling districts and polling places were set out in Appendix B of the report.

 

The Elections Manager responded to questions from Councillors. Rather than deal with proposals for changes individually at the meeting, it was confirmed that this could be done after the meeting. Any Ward Councillors who wished to discuss changes should contact the Elections Manager.

 

Councillor Hanson, seconded by Councillor Hartley, proposed the recommendations as set out in the report.

 

There was no debate. A vote was taken and the proposal was clearly carried.


Resolved:

 

(1)             That consideration be given to amendments to polling districts and polling places in the Morecambe and Lunesdale and Lancaster and Fleetwood Parliamentary Constituencies as outlined in Appendix B to the report.

 

(2)             That delegated authority be given to the Returning Officer in consultation with the relevant ward Councillors, to make any necessary changes to polling places that may arise other than as part of a review.

 

 

 

66.

Appointments to Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Report of the Democratic Services Manager

Minutes:

Council considered a report submitted by the Democratic Services Manager. The report noted that a vacancy had arisen on the Board of the North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), due the resignation of Councillor Biddulph from that body. There was also a place available on the Fylde, Lancaster and Wyre Children’s Board. 

 

The Mayor called for nominations to the North Lancashire CAB Board first. Councillor O’Dwyer-Henry nominated Councillor Hartley, seconded by Councillor Wood, and Councillor Geoff Knight nominated Councillor Anderson, seconded by Councillor Dennison.

 

The Mayor called for a vote. There were 30 votes for Councillor Hartley and 17 votes for Councillor Anderson. Councillor Hartley was duly appointed.

 

The Mayor asked for nominations to the seat on the Fylde, Lancaster and Wyre Children’s Board. Councillor O’Dwyer-Henry, seconded by Councillor Wood, nominated Councillor King.

 

Councillor Caroline Jackson raised a point of order with the Mayor, that the basis of appointment for the seat on the Fylde, Lancaster and Wyre Children’s Board had not been determined before a nomination had been taken. The Mayor took advice. The assumption was that, since a nomination had been put forward, this implied that the basis would be by nomination and voting at Council. To make sure this was the case, the Mayor asked if there were any objections to the basis of appointment being by way of nomination and voting at Council. No objections were stated and no further nominations were made, therefore Councillor King was declared appointed to the Fylde, Lancaster and Wyre Children’s Board.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)          That Councillor Hartley be appointed to the vacancy on the North Lancashire CAB Board.

 

(2)          That, the basis of appointment being confirmed as by nomination and voting at Council, Councillor King be appointed to the Fylde, Lancaster and Wyre Children’s Board.

67.

APPOINTMENTS AND CHANGES TO COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Group Administrators to report any changes to Committee Membership.  

 

Minutes:

No appointments or changes to committee memberships were reported.

68.

MOTION ON NOTICE - VOTER ID PILOTS pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider the motion to be proposed by Councillor Jack O’Dwyer-Henry. Seconded by Councillors Erica Lewis, Jason Wood.

 

“This Council notes that:

·         Of the 44.6 million votes cast in UK elections in 2017, there was just one conviction resulting from the 28 allegations of in-person voter fraud.

·         After the May 2018 Voter ID pilots, the Electoral Reform Society concluded that the introduction of Voter ID is “a sledge hammer to crack a nut”.

·         In 2018, Electoral Commission research found that about 7.5% of the electorate do not have access to any form of photo ID.

·         That young people, older people, people with disabilities, trans people, BAME communities and the homeless would especially be negatively impacted by a requirement to produce photo ID to cast a vote.

·         Over 1,100 people have been denied a vote in local government elections due to the 2018 and 2019 Voter ID pilots.

This Council believes that introducing mandatory Voter ID would undermine our democracy.

 

Therefore, this Council resolves to not participate in any Voter ID pilots for any elections in our District.

 

And this Council further resolves to instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Cabinet Office to express this Council’s opposition to the introduction of mandatory Voter ID in any UK elections.”

 

An officer briefing note is attached.

Minutes:

The following motion of which notice had been given to the Chief Executive in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15 was moved by Councillor O’Dwyer-Henry and seconded by Councillor Lewis:-

 

“This Council notes that:

 

·         Of the 44.6 million votes cast in UK elections in 2017, there was just one conviction resulting from the 28 allegations of in-person voter fraud.

·         After the May 2018 Voter ID pilots, the Electoral Reform Society concluded that the introduction of Voter ID is “a sledge hammer to crack a nut”.

·         In 2018, Electoral Commission research found that about 7.5% of the electorate do not have access to any form of photo ID.

·         That young people, older people, people with disabilities, trans people, BAME communities and the homeless would especially be negatively impacted by a requirement to produce photo ID to cast a vote.

·         Over 1,100 people have been denied a vote in local government elections due to the 2018 and 2019 Voter ID pilots.

This Council believes that introducing mandatory Voter ID would undermine our democracy.

 

Therefore, this Council resolves to not participate in any Voter ID pilots for any elections in our District.

 

And this Council further resolves to instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Cabinet Office to express this Council’s opposition to the introduction of mandatory Voter ID in any UK elections.”

 

Background information was supplied in an officer briefing note which had been published with the agenda.

 

There were no questions to the proposer of the motion. Debate was underway when Councillor Barber proposed an amendment to the motion “that Lancaster District be put forward as an ideal place for a pilot scheme for Voter ID”. Councillor Black raised a point of order, informing the Mayor that the effect of Councillor Barber’s wording was to negate the motion and could not be accepted as a valid amendment. The Mayor confirmed this was the case, and Councillor Barber withdrew the wording.

 

There was further debate. Councillor Dennison then proposed an amendment:

 

“That anyone entitled to vote who does not have identification should be supplied with it by the government.”

 

Councillor Guilding seconded the amendment, however, the Deputy Monitoring Officer queried whether this was being proposed to replace the motion (opposing the introduction of mandatory ID), or as an addition to the motion (in which case it would appear  to be a wrecking amendment, lacking relevance to the course of  action proposed by the motion). Councillor Dennison confirmed that his wording was intended as an addition to the motion, not a replacement. After receiving advice from the Deputy Monitoring Officer, the Mayor ruled that Councillor Dennison’s amendment was not relevant to the motion, as required by Council procedure rule 17.6 (a), and Councillor Dennison withdrew it.

 

Debate was concluded, a vote was taken and the motion was clearly carried.

 

Resolved:-

 

This Council notes that:

 

·         Of the 44.6 million votes cast in UK elections in 2017, there was just one conviction resulting from the 28 allegations of in-person voter fraud.

·         After the May  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

MOTION ON NOTICE - SKERTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

To consider the motion to be proposed by Councillor Sandra Thornberry. Seconded by Councillors Philip Black, Jean Parr, Mandy King, Abbott Bryning and Robert Redfern. 

“As the 5 year anniversary of the closure of Skerton Community High School passes, Council reflects on the continued dispossession and dereliction of these premises in the heart of our urban community.

 

Skerton Community High School had offered a site for education and a focal point for the community in north Lancaster since the mid 1930’s.  The High School was closed and has stood empty since 31stAugust 2014.  The buildings are becoming increasingly dilapidated and are understood to contain hazardous materials such as asbestos.

 

The land and buildings in question are owned and managed by Lancashire County Council, who have been unwilling or unable to indicate their intentions for the future of the site.

 

This Council believes that the site has massive potential to be used once again primarily for educational purposes, and possibly also as a hub for the community, to promote health and wellbeing, sports, environment, and provide a local economic boost for residents in North of Lancaster.

Council therefore resolves to;

  1. Call upon Lancashire County Council to bring the site back into regular use, possibly for a plurality of uses, but certainly education again as soon as possible.
  2. To actively seek out, and support potential partners/occupiers of the site in their dealings with Lancashire County Council.
  3. To liaise with Lancashire County Council in trying to identify potential partners and uses for the site, such as provision for children with EHCP’s (Education and Health Care Plan), a city centre campus for a university, a technical college, a community centre, woodland or town green.
  4. To liaise with Lancashire County Council (or other 3rdparties utilising the site) to ensure any renovations or developments comply with our ‘ambitions’, in particular in terms of local procurement, employment standards and the climate emergency declaration.”

 

No briefing note has been provided as this is a County Council issue.

Minutes:

Councillor Thornberry proposed the following motion having given the required notice to the Chief Executive in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15:-

“As the 5 year anniversary of the closure of Skerton Community High School passes, Council reflects on the continued dispossession and dereliction of these premises in the heart of our urban community.

 

Skerton Community High School had offered a site for education and a focal point for the community in north Lancaster since the mid 1930’s.  The High School was closed and has stood empty since 31stAugust 2014.  The buildings are becoming increasingly dilapidated and are understood to contain hazardous materials such as asbestos.

 

The land and buildings in question are owned and managed by Lancashire County Council, who have been unwilling or unable to indicate their intentions for the future of the site.

 

This Council believes that the site has massive potential to be used once again primarily for educational purposes, and possibly also as a hub for the community, to promote health and wellbeing, sports, environment, and provide a local economic boost for residents in North of Lancaster.

Council therefore resolves to;

(1)          Call upon Lancashire County Council to bring the site back into regular use, possibly for a plurality of uses, but certainly education again as soon as possible.

(2)          To actively seek out, and support potential partners/occupiers of the site in their dealings with Lancashire County Council.

(3)          To liaise with Lancashire County Council in trying to identify potential partners and uses for the site, such as provision for children with EHCP’s (Education and Health Care Plan), a city centre campus for a university, a technical college, a community centre, woodland or town green.

(4)          To liaise with Lancashire County Council (or other 3rdparties utilising the site) to ensure any renovations or developments comply with our ‘ambitions’, in particular in terms of local procurement, employment standards and the climate emergency declaration.”

 

Councillor Redfern seconded the motion.

 

An amendment to the motion, in the form of an addendum, was moved by Councillor Bannon and seconded by Councillor Caroline Jackson:

 

“5. To instruct officers to investigate with Lancashire County Council, the availability of the site for acquisition within the City Council Capital Strategy as a potential investment, with a view to the extensive site providing affordable/social housing and generating funding for the creation of the community facilities.”

 

Councillor Thornberry spoke to say that she would not accept this as a friendly amendment as it did not reflect the motion’s emphasis on keeping education as the primary use for the site.

 

At this point, the Mayor asked the Deputy Monitoring Officer to speak. She provided clarification about the validity of the amendment with regard to the Constitution, explaining that it was not relevant to the motion being debated. The amendment proposed a radically different course of action to the one outlined in the motion. Council did not have supporting factual information about the resource implications which investigating acquiring and developing the land might  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.

70.

MOTION ON NOTICE - NO DEAL BREXIT pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider the motion to be proposed by Councillor Philip Black. Seconded by Councillors Oliver Robinson, Jack O'Dwyer Henry, Jean Parr and Sandra Thornberry.

 

“This council notes that;

The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on 31st of October 2019.

 

Parliamentary legislation has been passed that seeks to diminish the likelihood of a No-Deal Brexit.  

 

Despite this the Government is determined that we should exit the EU by any means, regardless of consequences, therefore a No-Deal Brexit remains a very real possibility.

 

Preparations for the impact of a No-Deal Brexit in this authority area are being conducted by the disaster and emergency planning body – the Lancashire Resilience Forum.

 

According to The Institute for Government, advice from the Local Government Association, and crucially the Government’s own publicly available guidance papers - residents in our district can anticipate difficulty and disruption affecting:

·         Heysham Port (as part of the UK border, customs and movement of people)

·         Higher Education Institutions (research funding, income from EU students’ fees)

·         Nuclear Power Stations (importing plutonium & uranium radioactive fuel products)

·         NHS Services (availability of medicines, staffing and waiting times for procedures)

·         Businesses in the following sectors: Food and Drink (including school meals), Manufacturing, Farming, Agriculture, Animals, Fisheries, Forestry, Legal & Professional Services, Charities & Voluntary Organisations, Construction, Environmental, Defence, Energy, Entertainment, Arts, Culture & Heritage, Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Health & Social Care, Telecoms and Information Services, Chemicals, Mining, Public Administration, Retail, Tourism & Hospitality, Couriers and Shipping Services. Especially where these businesses import/export, hire staff from the EU or have employees who need to travel or work in the EU.

 

This Council believes that;

 

Taken as a whole, and based on the Government’s own advice papers, it reasonable to infer that a No-Deal Brexit will have a detrimental impact on our authority district, its businesses, communities and residents.

 

A No-Deal Brexit is highly likely to expose the Council to additional challenges, costs and pressures.

 

Opposing a No-Deal Brexit is the right and proper stance for this authority to adopt.

 

The Government should respect the will of Parliament and rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

 

This Council resolves that;

 

The Chief Executive of the Council will write to the Brexit Minister, the Minister for Local Government and the Prime Minister.  The letter will outline our concerns, explain our position and call for the Government to take whatever steps are necessary to categorically rule out the possibility of a No-Deal Brexit.”

 

An officer briefing note to follow.

 

 

Minutes:

Having previously declared an interest, Councillor Geoff Knight left the Council chamber for the duration of the following item.

 

The following motion had been submitted to the Chief Executive, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15, by Councillor Black (proposer), and Councillors Robinson, O’Dwyer-Henry, Parr and Thornberry (seconders).

 

The proposer of the motion and the Leader of the Council both responded to questions about the motion from Members, before it was moved by Councillor Black and seconded by Councillor Robinson:-

 

“This council notes that;

The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on 31st of October 2019.

 

Parliamentary legislation has been passed that seeks to diminish the likelihood of a No-Deal Brexit.  

 

Despite this the Government is determined that we should exit the EU by any means, regardless of consequences, therefore a No-Deal Brexit remains a very real possibility.

 

Preparations for the impact of a No-Deal Brexit in this authority area are being conducted by the disaster and emergency planning body – the Lancashire Resilience Forum.

 

According to The Institute for Government, advice from the Local Government Association, and crucially the Government’s own publicly available guidance papers - residents in our district can anticipate difficulty and disruption affecting:

·         Heysham Port (as part of the UK border, customs and movement of people)

·         Higher Education Institutions (research funding, income from EU students’ fees)

·         Nuclear Power Stations (importing plutonium & uranium radioactive fuel products)

·         NHS Services (availability of medicines, staffing and waiting times for procedures)

·         Businesses in the following sectors: Food and Drink (including school meals), Manufacturing, Farming, Agriculture, Animals, Fisheries, Forestry, Legal & Professional Services, Charities & Voluntary Organisations, Construction, Environmental, Defence, Energy, Entertainment, Arts, Culture & Heritage, Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Health & Social Care, Telecoms and Information Services, Chemicals, Mining, Public Administration, Retail, Tourism & Hospitality, Couriers and Shipping Services. Especially where these businesses import/export, hire staff from the EU or have employees who need to travel or work in the EU.

 

This Council believes that;

 

Taken as a whole, and based on the Government’s own advice papers, it reasonable to infer that a No-Deal Brexit will have a detrimental impact on our authority district, its businesses, communities and residents.

 

A No-Deal Brexit is highly likely to expose the Council to additional challenges, costs and pressures.

 

Opposing a No-Deal Brexit is the right and proper stance for this authority to adopt.

 

The Government should respect the will of Parliament and rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

 

This Council resolves that;

 

The Chief Executive of the Council will write to the Brexit Minister, the Minister for Local Government and the Prime Minister.  The letter will outline our concerns, explain our position and call for the Government to take whatever steps are necessary to categorically rule out the possibility of a No-Deal Brexit.”

 

An officer briefing note had been supplied with the agenda.

 

A lengthy debate followed.

 

Councillor Caroline Jackson proposed moving to the vote. This procedural motion was seconded by Councillor Mumford and was carried when the Mayor called for a vote.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

MOTION ON NOTICE - A FULLY FUNDED, PROPER PAY RISE FOR COUNCIL WORKERS pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To consider the motion to be proposed by Councillor Jason Wood. Seconded by Erica Lewis, Jack O’Dwyer-Henry Robert Redfern and Faye Penny.

“Lancaster City Council notes:

1.    Local Government overall has endured central government funding cuts of nearly 50% since 2010.

2.    Between 2010 and 2020, Lancaster City Council will have lost 54p out of every £1 they have received from central government.

3.    The 2019 Local Government Association (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.

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

5.    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.

6.    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.

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

 

Lancaster City Council believes:

 

1.    Our public service workers are a valuable resource. They keep our communities clean, look after those in need and keep our towns and cities running.

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

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

4.    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.

 

Lancaster City Council resolves to:

 

1.    Support the pay claim submitted by GMB UNISON and Unite on behalf of council workers for a:

a.    £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10 per cent uplift across all other pay points in 2020/21,

b.    one day increase to the minimum paid annual leave entitlement set out in the Green Book,

c.    two hour reduction in the standard working week as set out in the Green Book, and

d.    comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental ill-health throughout local authorities

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

3.    Request the Council Chief Executive 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.

4.    Request the Cabinet member for Resources  ...  view the full agenda text for item 71.

Minutes:

Having previously declared an interest which he felt required him to leave the meeting, Councillor Dennison left the council chamber for the duration of the following item.

 

The required notice of the following motion had been given to the Chief Executive in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15 by Councillors Wood, Lewis, O’Dwyer-Henry, Redfern and Penny.

 

After responding to questions from Councillors, Councillor Wood proposed the following motion. In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17.7 he added the word ‘national’, for clarification, into the first resolution, to change “pay claim” to “national pay claim”.

 “Lancaster City Council notes:

(1)          Local Government overall has endured central government funding cuts of nearly 50% since 2010.

(2)          Between 2010 and 2020, Lancaster City Council will have lost 54p out of every £1 they have received from central government.

(3)          The 2019 Local Government Association (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.

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

(5)          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.

(6)          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.

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

 

Lancaster City Council believes:

 

(1)          Our public service workers are a valuable resource. They keep our communities clean, look after those in need and keep our towns and cities running.

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

(3)          Government funding has been cut to such an extent that a proper pay rise could result in a reduction in local government services.

(4)          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.

 

Lancaster City Council resolves to:

 

(1)          Support the national pay claim submitted by GMB UNISON and Unite on behalf of council workers for a:

a)     £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10 per cent uplift across all other pay points in 2020/21,

b)     one day increase to the minimum paid annual leave entitlement set out in the Green Book,

c)     two hour reduction in the standard working week as set out in the Green Book, and

d)     comprehensive joint national  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

QUESTIONS UNDER COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 12

To receive questions in accordance with the provisions of Council Procedure Rules 12.2 and 12.4 which require a Member to give at least 3 working days’ notice, in writing, of the question to the Chief Executive. 

Minutes:

No questions had been received.

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MINUTES OF CABINET pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To receive the approved Minutes of Meeting of the Cabinet held on 6th August and the draft minutes of the Cabinet meeting on 3rd September 2019 which require Cabinet’s approval. 

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Minutes:

Council considered the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 6August 2019 and draft minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 3 September 2019. No questions were raised.

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of 6 August 2019 and the draft minutes of 3 September 2019 Cabinet meetings be noted.