Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 26 June 2024 10.00 am

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

Contact: Stephen Bace 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 322 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 22 May 2024.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Please see Note (b) at the end of the agenda.

4.

Announcements

Please see the briefing note, which does not accompany this agenda but will be circulated prior to the meeting.

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 was 10am on Monday, 17 June 2024.

However, questions that relate to reports on the agenda may be submitted up to 10am on Wednesday, 19 June 2024. 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 circulated prior to the meeting.

6.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Additional documents:

7.

Petitions

8.

Motions pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Motion 940: Water Companies

 

Proposer Paul Hodgkinson

Seconder Lisa Spivey

 

Council believes that Thames Water is failing to clean up our rivers and replace creaking infrastructure. It also believes that it is an insult to residents that water companies are planning to increase water bills by up to 90% by 2030, whilst they have paid out billions pounds to shareholders since 2010.

 

In our area, Thames Water and other water companies have failed to clean up our rivers. In Andoversford, 2000 hours of raw sewage was pumped into the River Coln in 2023.

Council hereby resolves to ask the Chair of Thames Water to come before the Environment Scrutiny committee to explain the reasons for the increase in bills.

It also asks the Leader to write to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs calling for the Government to put Thames Water into special measures.

 

 

Motion 941 – Care Leavers

 

Proposer: Cllr Stephen Davies

Secondary: Cllr Paul McLain

 

This council believes

·       That every young child in Gloucestershire should have access to the Education, Employment and Training (EET) that they need to thrive as active and fulfilled members of a vibrant economy.

·       As corporate parents, we have a specific responsibility to ensure that our Care Experienced Young People (CEYP) have equal access to EET opportunities.

 

This council is proud of

 

·       Our Care Leavers – Step Forwards programme that provides tailored 1-1 support for care leavers

·       Our Ambassadors who work closely with the corporate recruitment team providing advice and training to ensure that GCC’s recruitment practices are as inclusive as possible for CEYP.

 

However, noting that only 54% of under 25 care leavers are in employment, education, or training, more needs to be done to make Gloucestershire a county where CEYP have both the skills and opportunities to thrive in the workplace.

 

Therefore, council requests that:

·       We write to Gloucestershire’s district councils and other public sector organisations to advise them of this council’s ambitions for our care leavers and to request that they champion recruiting practices that are inclusive for care leavers within their organisations, especially with regard to apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.
 

·       A communications plan is developed to reach out to private sector employers across the county to advise them of the training available to support them in recruiting CEYP.

 

·       An information session is held for all elected members to provide information on how councillors can champion apprenticeship and employment opportunities for care leavers in their divisions as corporate parents.

 

 

Motion 942: Voting Rights for 16 and 17 year olds in Gloucestershire

Proposed: Cllr John Bloxsom

Seconded: Cllr Wendy Thomas 

 

Council regrets that on the 4 July 2024, 16 and 17 year olds who can work, pay taxes and serve in the armed forces will not be able to vote in the general election. 

 

Council believes that this should be the last general election that excludes 16 and 17 year olds.

 

This change would bring UK elections in line with  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

Members' Questions

Up to 45 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 was 10am on Monday, 17 June 2024.


However, questions that relate to reports on the agenda may be submitted up to 10am on Wednesday, 19 June 2024.

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 circulated prior to the meeting.

As background information, the Cabinet Member Decision Statements over the period 14 May 2024 to 17 June 2024 are available on the GCC website:

 

, 14 May 2024 - 17 June 2024 (gloucestershire.gov.uk)

 

10.

Scrutiny Report pdf icon PDF 149 KB

11.

Constitution Committee pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Additional documents:

12.

Appointment of Members to Economic Strategy Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 47 KB