Agenda

County Council - Wednesday 22 May 2024 10.00 am

Contact: Stephen Bace 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Election of Chair

To elect the Chair of the Council for the 2024-25 Civic Year

3.

Election of the Vice Chair

To elect the Vice Chair of the Council for the 2024-25 Civic Year

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 210 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2024.

5.

Declarations of Interest

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

6.

Announcements

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

7.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 184 KB

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, 13 May 2024.

However, questions that relate to reports on the agenda may be submitted up to 10am on Wednesday, 15 May 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.

8.

Council Committees pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Democratic Services.

TO FOLLOW

9.

Corporate Parenting pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to present the Corporate Parenting report.

10.

Petitions

To receive any petitions from members without discussion

11.

Motions pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Motion 937:  Road Safety

 

Proposed: Cllr Roger Whyborn

 

Seconded: Cllr Lisa Spivery

 

Council notes positively that there has been a reduction in fatalities on the county’s roads in 2023 but has concern that the number of people who have been seriously injured in collisions in 2023 remains at a rising trajectory compared to the previous decade.

 

Council acknowledges that a new road safety policy, introduced in late 2022, meant extra resource was allocated to improving road safety, including money for “hotspots” across the road network. We also note the additional personnel who have been brought on board to address the subject.

 

However, the situation in the county is still poor, and more needs to be done, with Gloucestershire having one of the highest rates for Deaths or Seriously injured per capita on our roads in England.

 

Council believes that the situation is both serious and urgent and urges cabinet to refer the road safety subject to Environmental Scrutiny Committee, recommending that a Task and finish group be set up to start around autumn 2024 with a specific remit to:

 

Scrutinise the effectiveness of the planned safety works, and improvements made against the new policy, and review the effectiveness of the policy itself.

Scrutinise the resources available of both money and officer time, as to whether these are sufficient, and well enough directed, to make enough “difference” to achieve the target of 50% reduction in casualties by 2032, which is the stated aim of the 2022 road safety policy.

 

 

Motion 938:  Minimum Service Levels Legislation

 

Proposed: Cllr David Drew

 

Seconded: Cllr John Bloxsom

 

Council congratulates the Public and Commercial Services Union and the Trades Union Congress on holding a national rally in Cheltenham in January 2024 to defend the right to strike - forty years on from workers at GCHQ being told to resign their union membership or be sacked, a ban that was eventually and rightfully reversed.

 

Council regrets that the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 now turns the clock back by placing severe and unacceptable restrictions on the fundamental right of a worker to take industrial action to defend their pay and conditions.

 

Council believes that these are unfair and undemocratic restrictions that risk making disputes, which should be resolved through negotiation, harder to solve. Council notes that there are agreed protocols in place to maintain essential ‘life and limb’ cover during industrial action and believes that the use of this legislation could undermine trust between employers and employees and weaken goodwill and cooperation.

 

Council deplores the introduction of regulatory powers which enable Government Ministers to define minimum service levels that would apply where there are strikes in public services, such as health, education and fire and rescue. This could result in employers issuing a "work notice" stating who should work in the event of a strike, with no automatic protection against unfair dismissal for those who refuse.

 

We believe that Ministers threatening to sack workers for going on strike during a dispute is both wrong and likely  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.

12.

Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 176 KB

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, 13 May 2024.

However, questions that relate to reports on the agenda may be submitted up to 10am on Wednesday, 15 May 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 12 March 2024 to 13 May 2024 are available on the GCC website:

, 12 March 2024 - 13 May 2024 (gloucestershire.gov.uk)

13.

Annual Scrutiny report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 554 KB

To receive the Annual Scrutiny Report 2022-23.

 

To receive an update on current scrutiny activity.

Additional documents:

14.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE PENSION FUND ANNUAL REPORT 2022/2023 pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:

15.

Calendar of Meetings for 2025 pdf icon PDF 42 KB