Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 19th January, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre Moss St, Bury BL9 0DR

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Council are requested to declare any interests which they have in any items or issues before the Council for determination.

3.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 285 KB

Minutes attached.

4.

MAYORAL COMMUNICATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive communications from the Mayor and any announcements by the Leader of the Council or the Chief Executive on matters of interest to the Council.

5.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

To answer questions from members of the public, notice of which has been given, on any matter relevant to the Council or its services to the community. Up to 30 minutes will be set aside for this purpose. If time permits, further questions will be invited from members of the public present.

6.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 448 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

     Recommendation

Cabinet – 12th January 2022

Appointment of Mayor/Deputy Mayor

That Council be recommended to appoint Councillor Shaheena Haroon as Mayor and Councillor Sandra Walmsley as Deputy Mayor for the Civic year 2022/23.

Audit Committee – 12th January 2022

External Audit Procurement

That the Council accepts the PSAA invitation to opt into the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors to principal Local Government and Police Bodies for five financial years from 1 April 2023.

 

 

7.

LOCAL COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT SCHEME 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 527 KB

Report and appendix is attached.

Additional documents:

8.

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 310 KB

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council on the work of the Cabinet and to answer written questions from Members of the Council to the Leader, Cabinet Members and Chair of a Committee on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the Borough, provided the necessary written notice has been given. (30 minutes)

 

A member may ask a verbal question of the Leader, any Member of the Cabinet or Chair of a Committee about any matter on the Council agenda and which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the Borough.  Only one verbal question per Councillor. (20 minutes)

 

Additional documents:

9.

COMBINED AUTHORITY REPORT AND QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL'S COMBINED AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVES pdf icon PDF 557 KB

 

(A)        A combined authority update report is attached, for information

(B)        Questions (if any) on the work of the Combined Authority to be asked by Members of the Council for which the necessary notice has been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rules (20mins)

 

10.

NOTICES OF MOTION

(i)          OFSTED Report

 

A motion had been received and set out in the Summons in the names of:

 

Bernstein, Brown, Caserta, Cropper, Dean, Gartside, Harris, Lancaster, Hurst, Hussain, N Jones, Lewis, McBriar, Rydeheard, Vernon, Y Wright

 

The Council received a report from OFSTED on Friday 17th December 2021 following an inspection of Children’s Services between 25 October 2021 to 5 November 2021.

This Council is deeply concerned with the recent OFSTED report and notes that children are at risk in our borough now.

 

This Council notes:-

• The Conservative Group in December 2021 requested an Emergency Council Meeting to be held before New Year (2022) due to the reported risk to Children in Bury as it believed it was of upmost importance to address the report quickly.

• The Mayor of Bury passed the emergency request to the Chief Executive of Bury Council to consider the contents of the report published 17th December 2021 prepared by HM Inspector, Lorna Schlechte attached to this motion.

• The Council is required to submit an improvement plan to the Department for Education before 31 March 2022.

 

This Council resolves to:-

• Call on the Chief Executive to schedule briefings each week with Leaders of Political Groups to update on the progress.

• Conduct an urgent review of all cases to identify risk and ensure, as per the OFSTED report that they are not over-optimistic in their analysis.

• Instruct the Chief Executive and the relevant Executive Director to bring a report on the progress of the programme and updated risk register to the monthly Cabinet and ordinary Council meetings.

• Implement an Improvement Plan with progress of implementation to be monitored by the Council’s Children’s Scrutiny Committee as a standing agenda item until the completion of all actions.

 

(ii)               TACKLING FUEL POVERTY

A motion had been received and set out in the Summons in the names of:

CouncillorsM Powell, C Tegolo and S Wright

Council notes that:

Research from Friends of the Earth shows that 13% of households in Bury are living in fuel poverty – and heating homes accounts for 44% of local carbon emissions.

Rising energy prices will make this significantly worse, and the National Energy Action charity has warned that rising household energy bills could cause at least 2 million more homes to slip into fuel poverty

All housing in our borough should be insulated to a minimum of EPC C standard with good quality loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, double-glazing and draught exclusion.

The Government have set a target to upgrade all housing to the above standard by 2030. To meet this target a total of 5,859 homes in Bury would need insulation upgrades each year.

The scale of this challenge is significant but at the same time we must make a commitment to end fuel poverty and excess carbon emissions from poorly insulated homes and develop a strategy to achieve this goal.

Council therefore commits to:

1             Ensure that we are doing what we can as an  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

11.

COUNCIL MOTION TRACKER pdf icon PDF 341 KB

A report setting out progress in respect of Motions passed at the last meeting of Council is attached for information.

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12.

SCRUTINY REVIEW REPORTS AND SPECIFIC ITEMS "CALLED IN" BY SCRUTINY COMMITTEES

13.

QUESTIONS ON THE WORK OF OUTSIDE BODIES OR PARTNERSHIPS

Questions on the work of Outside Bodies or partnerships on which the Council is represented to be asked by Members of the Council (if any).