Agenda

County Council
Wednesday 26 June 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2019.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Please declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other interests that you may have relating to any relevant matters due to be discussed at the meeting.  You should do this by signing the form at the back of the Council Chamber and you may also make an oral declaration if you so wish.  If you become aware of an interest you have during the course of the meeting, you should declare it orally at the time you become aware of it and sign the form at the back of the Chamber at the end of the meeting.

 

4.

Announcements

a)    Honours

To congratulate the following people from Gloucestershire who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:

·         Timothy Hutchinson (Newland, Coleford) – awarded a CBE for services to publishing and literature.

·         Professor John Latham (Chipping Camden) – awarded a CBE for services to higher education.

·         Former Superintendent Gavin Thomas (Gloucestershire Constabulary) – awarded an OBE for services to policing.

·         Tony Allcock MBE (formerly of Cheltenham) – awarded an OBE for services to lawn bowls.

·         Julie Dyer (Stonehouse) – awarded an MBE for services to young people with special needs.

·         Former District Councillor Jane Horne (Newent) – awarded an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to the community in the Forest of Dean.

·         Roger Maggs (Tetbury) – awarded an MBE for services to the economy in Wales.

·         Peter Pepys-Goodchild (Cheltenham) – awarded an MBE for public and political service.

·         Frances Watson (Painswick) – awarded an MBE for services to people with learning disabilities.

·         Dr Peter Whitehead (Priors Norton) – awarded an MBE for services to equestrian sport science and medicine.

·         Roger Beard (Newent) – awarded a BEM for services to the community in Newent.

·         Bren McInerney (Longford) – awarded a BEM for services to volunteering, the public sector and the community.

·         Simon Paul (Lechlade) – awarded a BEM for services to the community.

 

b)    Nelson Trust

To congratulate the Nelson Trust, a Stroud based charity, on their winning entry at the Charity Awards for the category covering social care, advice and support.  The project provides street sex workers in Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire with one-to-one support on overcoming addiction, protecting themselves against sexual violence, finding safe and stable homes and leaving sex work.

 

c)    Mental Health First Aid

To note that two sessions for members run by Richard Castle, Independent Mental Health and Trauma Rehabilitation Consultant, will be held on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at 1pm and Thursday, 31 October at 1pm.  Richard is also a parent governor representative on the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee.  Democratic Services will be in touch with members to find out which session they prefer to attend. 

 

d)    ICT support

Staff from ICT will be on hand over the lunch break to provide advice to members.

 

5.

Public Questions

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the County Council.

 

The closing date for receipt of questions is 10am on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email stephen.bace@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be available prior to the meeting.

6.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, to present the report.

7.

Petitions

To receive petitions presented by members without discussion.

8.

Motions

The Council’s Constitution provides for a maximum of two hours for debate on motions.  At the end of the two hour period, those members who have already indicated their intention to speak on the motion being debated at that time will be allowed to speak, the mover of the motion will be asked to sum-up and the vote will be taken.

 

The time limit for member speeches is three minutes and the time limit for proposing a motion is five minutes.

 

The following motions were received by the closing date of 10am on 18 June 2019: 

 

Motion 839 – Every Child Matters

Proposed by Cllr Lesley Williams

Seconded by Cllr Brian Oosthuysen

 

This Council recognises that every child in Gloucestershire deserves the best education possible.

 

This Council recognises that the county has some schools that do give children  an education that equips them for the best possible start in life. However this Council  should also recognise that some schools do not meet the required standard to deliver a high quality  education.

 

Gloucestershire County Council continues to play an important part in the education of all young people in the County.

 

This Council also recognises that it is Central Government’s intention that all school should become academies or part of a multi academy trust.

 

I propose and request, therefore, that in preparation for any changes in status to schools in the County that there is a thorough study which would provide an analysis, district by district, of the attainment and achievement of students attending schools in the County. Ideally this study would be done as a peer review. 

 

Motion 840 – Terminally ill employees

Proposed by Cllr Kate Haigh

Seconded by Cllr Lesley Williams

 

This Council notes that terminally ill employees are not currently protected under national disability legislation and can therefore be dismissed if they are no longer able to conduct their role with reasonable adjustments. This can mean that terminally ill people can be subjected to stressful assessments, subsequent dismissal and the loss of death in service benefits – all following the diagnosis of a terminal illness. 

 

This Council believes that those receiving a terminal diagnosis are entitled to dignity at work.

 

This Council resolves to:

·      Review sick pay and sickness absence procedures, with specific reference to those with a terminal diagnosis.

·      Make a commitment not to dismiss a member of staff with a terminal illness, due to their condition.

·      Ensure that the Council has a competent programme with the capacity to provide support to any person with a terminal diagnosis.

·      Provide staff training on dealing with terminal illnesses

·      Ensure that Human Resources have procedures in place to make necessary adaptations to work arrangements for staff with a terminal illness.

·      Sign and adopt the TUC’s dying to work charter 

 

Motion 841 – Gloucestershire Youth Council

Proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson

Seconded by Cllr Jeremy Hilton

 

This Council notes that:

·         There are nearly 40,000 young people, aged 11-18 in Gloucestershire, representing a significant proportion of the county’s population.

·         Youth councils  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

Member Questions

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

To answer any written member questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the County Council.

 

The closing date for receipt of questions is 10am on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. Please send questions to the Chief Executive marked for the attention of Stephen Bace (email stephen.bace@gloucestershire.gov.uk).

 

Questions received and proposed responses do not accompany this agenda but will be available prior to the meeting.

10.

Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Richard Blamey, Chair of the Independent Remuneration Panel, to present the panel’s recommendations for the 2019-20 financial year.

 

11.

Audit and Governance pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Cllr Nigel Robbins, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee, to present the annual report summarising activities of the committee over the last 12 months.

12.

Cabinet Member Decision Statements pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To consider the Cabinet Member Decision Statements for the period 1 March to 31 May 2019.

 

13.

Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To receive a report on the activities of the scrutiny committees since the Annual Meeting of the Council.

 

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present a recommendation from the meeting held on 12 June 2019 that there should be six ordinary meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee each municipal year (in line with the other scrutiny committees). 

 

The changes to the Constitution that will be reported as part of the Constitution Committee report (agenda item 12) indicate that there should be a minimum of four ordinary meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in each municipal year.  

14.

Constitution Committee pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chair of the Constitution Committee, to present the recommendations from the meeting held on 29 May 2019.

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