Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 15 May 2019. (Copy attached).

3.

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.

4.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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.

5.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 341 KB

 

Committee/Date

Subject

     Recommendation

Cabinet

25 June 2019

Treasury Management Annual Report 2018-19

(Report attached)

 

That, in accordance with CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management, the report be noted.

 

 

6.

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To receive a Statement 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 and Cabinet Members 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.

 

Verbal questions on the work of the Cabinet since the last Council meeting will be allowed subject to a limit of one question per Councillor.

7.

INTEGRATING HEALTH AND CARE - BURY ONE COMMISSIONING ORGANISATION pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Report attached

Additional documents:

8.

REVIEW OF THE AGMA CONSTITUTION pdf icon PDF 65 KB

A report is attached.

Additional documents:

9.

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 148 KB

(A)        A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Transport for Greater Manchester.

(B)        Questions (if any) on the work of the Joint Authorities to be asked by Members of the Council for which the necessary notice has been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2

Additional documents:

10.

NOTICES OF MOTION

 

(i)                 Education Standards in Bury:

 

 This Council notes:

 

The hard work and dedication of school leaders, governors, teachers, support staff and all professionals working within the education sector in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.

 

That many schools within Bury are delivering good educational provision to our children and teachers are working tirelessly to achieve this.

 

However, Council is alarmed by the declining educational and behavioural standards at a number of schools within the Borough. In 2007 Bury’s schools were ranked 45th out of 148 Local Authorities in the 5ACEM indicator and 3rd in Greater Manchester, however in 2017 Ofsted ranked Bury 141st out of a 162 Local Authorities and 21st out of 23 in the North West. In 2017 21.6 % pupils attended an RI / Inadequate school and the situation is getting worst.

 

A recent OFSTED Inspection of a High School within the Borough found it was “ failing to give it’s pupils an acceptable standard of education.” Council is concerned that such comments highlight a wider problem with educational standards, especially within our High Schools. Furthermore it is inexcusable that a recent OFSTED report found that children with special educational needs and disabilities were being let down by Bury Council.

 

Council believes that the ruling Labour Group, in power since 2010 have let down children and families within our Borough by allowing such a deterioration in educational standards. It is inexcusable that we do not have a full-time Assistant Director of Education in place with a plan to drive up standards and the lack of leadership from Bury MBC over many years on this issue is shameful. How can it be the case that other comparable Local Authorities, whose schools have been funded in the same manner as Bury have seen educational standards rise whilst they have plummeted in many schools within our Borough.

 

Council therefore instructs:

 

1.   The Interim Assistant Director of Education to provide a written report to all councillors by Friday 9th August 2019 to confirm what immediate steps must be taken to improve educational standards within the Borough.

2.   The Interim Assistant Director of Education to provide a written report to all councillors by Friday 9th August 2019 identifying which individual schools within the Borough are failing to provide an acceptable standard of education to their pupils and highlighting what emergency steps must be taken by Bury MBC to address these problems.

3.   The Chief Executive to provide a written report to all councillors by Friday 9th August 2019 amending the Budget passed by Council in February to ensure that funding be made available immediately to invest in educational support services. If money can be found to employ highly remunerated directors it can be found to support services to the most vulnerable in our Borough. That within this report the Interim Assistant Director of Education highlight the amount of money needed to assist schools in improving their educational provision.

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11.

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

12.

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).

13.

DELEGATED DECISIONS OF THE COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Questions on the delegated decisions made by the Regulatory Committees and Scrutiny Committees contained in the Digest of Decision 1 (2019) published  since the last meeting of the Council, providing four clear working days’ notices has been given of the question.