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You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.
Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.
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Declarations of interest were reported as follows:
Councillor G Bell – Item 5 – Motion 2 - non-registerable personal interest as he is a military veteran.
Councillor G Bell – Item 5 – Motion 2 - registerable personal interest as he works for a veteran’s charity and a Director of Veterans Community Interest Company.
Councillor K Clark – Item 6 – Council Plan Refresh - registerable personal interest as she is employed by Justice Prince and is a Director of Justice Prince Community Interest Company.
Councillor J Cruddas – Item 6 – Council Plan Refresh - registerable personal interest as she is employed by Justice Prince and is a Director of Justice Prince Community Interest Company.
Councillor John Hunter – Item 6 – Council Plan Refresh - non-registerable personal interest as he is a trustee of the Wallsend Memorial Hall.
Councillor G Madden – Item 5 – Motion 1 - non-registerable personal interest as he has involvement with the Walking With Project.
Councillor G Madden – Item 6 – Council Plan Refresh - non-registerable personal interest as he is a trustee of the Wallsend Memorial Hall.
Councillor M Madden – Item 6 – Council Plan Refresh - non-registerable personal interest as she is a trustee of the Wallsend Memorial Hall.
Councillor A Newman – Item 5 – Motion 2 - non-registerable personal interest as he is a military veteran.
Councillor M Thirlaway – Item 5 – Motion 3 - non-registerable personal interest as he is employed by a social care provider.
Councillor P Oliver – Item 5 – Motion 3 – non-registerable personal interest as she has a family member who receives social care from the Authority.
Minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2021 (previously circulated).
Resolved that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 22 July 2021 be taken as read, confirmed and signed by the Chair.
To receive the return of Councillor Elected for the Camperdown Ward following the By-Election held on 9 September 2021.
The Council received the return of the Councillor elected for the Camperdown Ward following the by-election held on 9 September 2021.
The Chair welcomed Councillor Tracy Hallway to the Council.
Four valid Motions on Notice, signed by at least three Members of the Council, have been received for consideration at this meeting.
It was moved by Councillor S Brockbank and seconded by Councillor L Bartoli that:
The horror of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan remains writ large in all our minds – and rightly so.
The oppression of groups ranging from women to other faith groups, from the LGBTQ community to those who have served the people in a military role, is a human crisis. There are many differing views as to whether it was right to withdraw from this troubled theatre of war, but as local politicians it is incumbent on us to ensure that North Tyneside Council has made all preparations to welcome those who have been assessed by Her Majesty’s Government as needing our protection and ensure that they have access to services.
Equally, the impact on the heroic service personnel who have protected and, in sad cases, died for the cause of freedom in Afghanistan must be considered and the Council must ensure that the bravery shown is reflected in the speed and quality of the service that our military can expect.
We call on the Elected Mayor and Cabinet to:
1. Re-assure Council and residents that all preparations have been made to accommodate refugees.
2. Re-assure Council that service personnel will be at the front of any queue of service provision.
3. Provide Council with a clear plan as to how arrangements will be monitored and reviewed.
Delete the following wording in the second paragraph:
“but as local politicians it is incumbent on us to ensure that North Tyneside Council has made all preparations to welcome those who have been assessed by Her Majesty’s Government as needing our protection and ensure that they have access to services”.
And replace with
“The United Kingdom made several promises to the people of Afghanistan chief among them is that we would not abandon them, this Council believes that the Government has not gone far enough in assessing those who assisted the British and allied mission in Afghanistan. As well as those already assessed by the Government, we believe the Government has a moral duty to evacuate and offer asylum to the many interpreters, their families and many others that worked with us, many of whom have been left behind”.
Reword bullet point 2 by the deletion of the wording:
“at the front of any queue of service provision”.
Being replaced by:
“given the appropriate priority in terms of service provision”.
And the addition of a further bullet point 4:
4. “Write to the Home Secretary to:
· Outline our concerns about the thousands of eligible Afghan nationals and British citizens left behind in Afghanistan.
· Confirm our support to evacuate as many of those eligible to be evacuated by any means possible.
· Ask the Home Secretary to detail funding and initiatives that will be set up to aid with the resettlement of Afghan refugees.
· Ask the Home Secretary to grant immediate asylum status to those Afghan ... view the full minutes text for item C34/21
Motion 2 - Veteran Support
It was moved by Councillor A Newman and seconded by Councillor G Bell that:
North Tyneside Council notes:
North Tyneside Council calls upon the Mayor to:
write to both the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Leo Docherty to request that they supply ringfenced funding to help support local services dedicated to our armed forces personnel.
Motion 3 - Social Care Spending
It was moved by Councillor W Samuel and seconded by Councillor J Kirwin that:
North Tyneside Council believes:
North Tyneside Council calls upon the Mayor to:
Under Council notes, in the second bullet point, delete the wording after ‘The Conservative Government’ and replace with:
“is committed to taking the difficult decisions and tackling these problems head on, creating a sustainable adult care system that is fit for the future.’’
Delete the third and fourth bullet points and replace with:
· An extra £36 billion will be invested in the health and care system over the next three years, including £5.4 billion in adult social care, to ensure it has the resources it needs to recover from the pandemic. In order to fund such a significant increase in permanent spending, the Government has had to make the tough but responsible choice to increase taxes. A new 1.25 per cent dedicated Health and Social Care Levy, based on National Insurance Contributions, is being introduced.
· There are further proposals to follow on tackling the Social Care issues later this year.
Delete the wording after ‘North Tyneside Council believes’ and replace with:
· The Conservative Government has taken decisive action to deliver the funding that the NHS needs to get back on its feet after the pandemic, and a long-term funding plan for our social care system which has been neglected by parties of both sides for decades.
Delete the wording after ‘North Tyneside Council calls upon the Mayor to’ and replace with:
· Write to the Prime Minister to welcome that a sustainable long-term plan for social care has ... view the full minutes text for item C36/21
Motion 4 - Universal Credit
It was moved by Councillor H Johnson and seconded by Councillor C Johnson that:
North Tyneside Council notes that:
North Tyneside Council believes that:
North Tyneside Council calls upon the Mayor to:
The motion, on being put to the meeting, was approved by 43 votes to 8 votes.
To seek Council’s approval of an updated Our North Tyneside Council Plan, in light of the findings from engagement with residents and other key stakeholders.
Council received a report that sought approval to the updated Our North Tyneside Council Plan, in light of the findings from engagement with residents and other key stakeholders.
It was moved by Councillor C Johnson and seconded by the Elected Mayor that:
Council approves the updated Our North Tyneside Council Plan, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.
The Motion, on being put to the meeting, was approved by 43 votes to 0 votes, with 8 abstentions.
To receive any announcements by the Chair of Council.
The Deputy Chair informed Members of two recent events that she had attended in which she handed out dancing medals to children at Marden Residents Centre and laid a wreath at the War Memorial at the Links to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Elected Mayor's Announcements
To receive any announcements by the Elected Mayor.
In her announcements the Elected Mayor stated how delighted she was that the North Tyneside’s Youth Justice Service had been rated ‘outstanding’ by Government inspectors. The Council were rated outstanding for both social care and the youth justice service.
The Elected Mayor praised and paid tribute the Council’s youth justice worker Justin Laidler who had received a Police commendation for his work with young people which had been described as both inspirational and life changing.
In addition, the Elected Mayor informed the Chamber that the Council’s Children’s Services team had won an award in the Workforce Transformation category at the Municipal Journal Awards 2021, which recognised excellence in local government services.
The Elected Mayor highlighted the activity programme that had taken place over the summer, providing activities for youth people to be healthy and active. Nearly 1400 children had accessed the sessions provided, which included both indoor and outdoor activity. The programme had received positive feedback from parents’ and carers.
The Elected Mayor stated that the Council was aware of residents’ continued concern about the condition of the boroughs roads and pavements and gave assurance that this continued to be a priority for the Council. She stated that although there had been a 30% cut in Central Government funding there would be continued investment of £2m per year through the Council budget to carry out repairs.
The Elected Mayor informed of the success of the recent free festival celebrating North Tyneside’s cultural diversity that had been organised by the Borough’s BAME residents and had taken place in Northumberland Square, North Shields in September. This was the first event of this kind in the Borough and the Council would support the BAME community to support arrangements for the next event.
In concluding her announcements, the Elected Mayor informed the Council Chamber of the retirement of Dave Brown, Senior Manager Democratic and Electoral Services. She thanked him for his loyal service to the Authority and wished him well for the future.
Three valid questions on notice have been received for a response at this meeting.
1. Question to the Elected Mayor by Councillor Karen Clark
The Social Metrics Commission reported that 4.5 million people are experiencing the deepest levels of poverty in the UK. Can the Mayor confirm North Tyneside Council fully supports the North of Tyne poverty truth commission?
Councillor C Johnson responded on behalf of the Elected Mayor as follows:
First of all it’s absolutely shocking that 4.5 million people are experiencing the deepest level of poverty in this country. One of the proudest things the last labour government did was take millions of children out of poverty.
I’m sure working with our North of Tyne Cabinet colleagues and officer team though we are proud to be developing the North of Tyne Poverty Commission and of course myself and Mayor Redfearn will be doing everything we can to support it.
Here in North Tyneside we work hard to support our residents who are living in poverty or are struggling with daily living costs. One of our recent policy decisions was the Poverty Intervention Fund to provide practical help to alleviate the financial, health and social impacts of poverty on our residents.
As Members know we started this project by listening to a range of people to ensure we were developing what would make the biggest impact on those living in poverty.
The projects funded have ranged from supporting children and families with school clothing to working with our older residents to ensure that they have access to the benefits they are entitled to. The fund is also supporting all our schools to go through the Poverty Proofing the School Day to make sure no child is disadvantaged when going to school.
In total the project has, so far, helped over 5,000 families.
But you know I am also worried about the impact of the pandemic in inequalities in the Borough. That is why the Mayor’s manifesto and our new Council Plan commits us to tackling those inequalities.
Our new Health and Wellbeing Strategy will look at what we know about inequality in the borough and add to what we have learned about the impact of the pandemic on those most vulnerable in our Borough. We know it has widened the gap and that we have to act.
We are using the Marmot policy objectives to shape our work so that we know our approach is rooted in evidence of what works. And we also know we will need help from all of our partners.
That is why The State of the Area event this year is an opportunity to talk to our residents and our partners from the Voluntary Community Sector, businesses, and other public bodies about inequalities in the borough and what they think we should be doing about them.
All the work going on in North Tyneside shows that we support the inclusion of stakeholders in these key conversations and is at the heart of what we are doing, so we support the North of Tyne Poverty Truth Commission’s work.
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