{meta} Agenda for Council on Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 9.30 am

Agenda

Venue: 100 Embankment - Cathedral Approach, Salford, M3 7NJ. View directions

Contact: Mike Relph, Senior Democratic Services Advisor 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Any announcements or special business (including the submission of any urgent business) introduced by the Chair.

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2.

Apologies for absence

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3.

Declaration of Interests

(Members must indicate which specific agenda item any declaration relates to.)

 

Disclosure by Members of “Disclosable Pecuniary Interests” (as defined by The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012), and Members’ “Personal Interests” in accordance with paragraph 12.1 of Salford City Council’s Code of Conduct for Members.  

 

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Minutes of meeting held on 17 November 2021 pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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9:40 AM

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5.

Receipt of Petitions/Communications

When submitting petitions, elected members are requested to provide contact details (preferably including an email address) for the lead petitioner to which correspondence can be sent.

 

Petitions should also clearly state what issues they concern and any potential outcomes and actions which are sought.

 

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Membership of Committees and Panels 2021/22 - Amendments pdf icon PDF 114 KB

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9:45 AM

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7.

Notice of Motion

H.M. Government’s Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement and Proposed Council Tax and Precept Increases for 2022/23

 

To be moved by Councillor Bill Hinds and seconded by Paul Dennett, City Mayor.

 

1.?This Council notes that: 

 

i.                    On 27 October 2021, the government set out the outcome of the 2021 Spending Review, suggesting that core spending power for councils in England would increase from £50.4 billion in 2021/22 to £55.3 billion by 2024/25.

ii.                   On 16 December 2021, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ provisional local government finance settlement supplied one financial year’s detail for 2022/23, with a headline increase in core spending power of £3.5bn - a 6.9% increase in cash terms, or 4% in real terms, compared to 2021/22 - and opened a 4-week consultation between 16 December 2021 and 13 January 2022

iii.                 The data behind the provisional settlement shows that, when the government suggested in the 2021 Spending Review an estimated 6.9% cash-terms increase for councils in England, they are in fact assuming that councils in England will increase council tax by 2% and the adult social care precept by 1% to raise £1.4 billion from council taxpayers in England in 2022/23.

iv.                 Consequently. within the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ core spending calculations for councils in England, the government contribution element constitutes only 60% of the overall increase of £3.5billion - so, of the stated overall increase of 6.9%, only 4.1% or £2.1 billion relates to the government element.

v.                   The government’s 2021 Spending Review and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ provisional local government finance settlement 2022/23 is set against a backdrop of 11 years of austerity and local government cuts, which has seen Salford City Council face £232 million budget reductions arising from cuts to government grant and unfunded budget pressures between 2010/11 and 2021/22 and an overall reduction in core funding from central government of 53% over the period.

vi.                 The government’s national insurance changes will cost Salford City Council an extra £1.1m (for Salford City Council staff plus a likely impact where we contract for services for example care services) in employer national insurance contributions for 2022/23 and the government’s changes to the national minimum wage will cost Salford City Council an extra £1.4m within the Council and Clinical Care Group’s integrated health and care fund for 2022/23.  This is in addition to additional pressures in 2022/23 such as an additional £400k in employer pension contributions, £1.3m in price inflation and £3.4m to meet pay inflation.

   

2.?This Council recognises that: 

        i.                        The underlying assumptions within consecutive government Spending Reviews and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG)/the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) core spending power calculations for councils in England has been to force councils in England to increase council tax and precepts and passport the costs of any increases onto local council taxpayers. The government has failed numerous times over a number of years to hit its own deadlines  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

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10:00 AM

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8.

Notice of Motion

Salford - City of Sanctuary

 

To be moved by Councillor Wilson Nkurunziza  and seconded by Councillor John Walsh.

 

This Council notes that:

 

1. Salford City Council celebrates diversity through its support for activities and events in the community aiming to welcome and to embrace all people regardless of their background.

 

2. The Council continues to celebrate Refugee Week every year in which we celebrate the contribution of refugees and migrants across the City of Salford.

 

3. Salford City Council is a home of the Northwest Refugees Centre Healthcare Professional Education (REACHE) which is hosted by Salford Royal Hospital since its launch in 2003. The Centre has been set up to assist refugees and people seeking access to healthcare professions in the UK. It has helped more than 200 people, predominately doctors, integrate their overseas qualification and gain employment in the NHS.

 

4. The ‘hostile environment’ policies pursued by this Government have made it harder for refugees and those seeking asylum to access services - particularly those who cannot prove their right to remain in the UK. People seeking asylum are left to live on just over £5.00 per day, with no recourse to public funds and unable to work. This leaves many struggling to support themselves and their family resulting in the majority left vulnerable to destitution, isolation and exploitation.

 

5. Salford City Council is concerned about the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill particularly clause 9 which stipulates that British Citizenship can be revoked without notice or any legal oversight whatsoever. It is clear that the Government should amend the bill to ensure that our most respected judicial system in the world is given its place.

 

6. Since 2002, people seeking asylum are only able to apply for the right to work after they have waited over 12 months for an initial decision on their asylum claim, and only if they can be employed into one of the narrow, high skilled professions included on the government’s shortage occupation shortage list. The change in policy could benefit the UK economy by £42.4 millions via increased taxable income and reduced payments of accommodation and subsistence support (Reference : Lift ban report published in October 2018)

 

7. Restrictions on right to work can lead to extremely poor mental health outcomes, and waste of potentially invaluable talents and skills both for the economy of Salford and the UK.

 

8. Salford City Council goes above and beyond in the call of duty to support refugees and asylum seekers despite huge pressures on our own budgets and services. The Government’s failed and unfair asylum dispersal scheme puts significant pressure on the most deprived areas of the UK like Salford whereas the most affluent council areas do little to help the national effort.

 

9. The work of ‘Salford City of Sanctuary Steering Group’ supported by Salford CVS, Salford Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (under the children services’ directorate) as well as the Salford Forum for Refugees and People seeking Asylum, have been fundamental in bringing together  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

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10:15 AM

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9.

Statement of the Elected City Mayor

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Please note in relation to items 10 , 11, 12 and 13 below, it is requested that, wherever possible, any questions are submitted in writing and e-mailed to the Democratic Services Section at decisionmakingandscrutiny@salford.gov.uk

by no later than 48 hours before the meeting (i.e. by 9.30 am on Monday, 17 January 2022).

 

10:35 AM

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10.

General Questions or Comments to the Elected City Mayor

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INTERVAL 11:00 AM

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11:20 AM

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11.

General Questions or Comments to Cabinet Members on the discharge of responsibilities within their portfolios

·         Cllr Tracy Kelly - Statutory Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration 

·         Cllr John Merry - Deputy City Mayor, Lead Member for

Adult Social care

·         Cllr Sharmina August - Inclusive Economy, Anti-Poverty, and Equalities

·         Cllr Jim Cammell - Lead Member for Children’s and Young Peoples Services 

·         Cllr Bill Hinds - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

·         Cllr David Lancaster - Lead Member for Environment, 

Neighbourhoods and Community Safety

·         Cllr Mike McCusker - Lead Member for Planning

and Sustainable Development

 

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11:50 AM

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12.

General Questions or Comments to Chairs of Scrutiny Panels

·         Cllr Gina Reynolds - Overview and Scrutiny Board

·         Cllr Adrian Brocklehurst - Children’s Scrutiny Panel

·         Cllr Stuart Dickman - Community and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Panel

·         Cllr Tanya Burch - Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel

·         Cllr Robert Sharpe - Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel

 

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12:05 PM

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13.

General Questions or Comments on the discharge of functions of Joint Authorities and Outside Bodies

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12:15 PM

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14.

Scheduled Reports from Board Members pdf icon PDF 341 KB

The following report is submitted for information with the intention it be noted. Members who have any questions, or require further information on the contents of this report, are in the first instance advised to contact the representatives indicated:

 

·         Salford Unemployed Community Resource Centre

(Councillors Hinds, Linden and John Walsh)

 

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SCHEDULED FINISH 12.30 pm

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