Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions

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Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 

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1.

Apologies for absence

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Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 18 July 2018.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

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Mayor's Announcements

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Up to half an hour will be allowed for questions by Members of the Public.

 

Questions will be taken in the order notices are received by the Chief Executive.  Each question to have no more than one part.  No member of the public shall ask more than 2 questions at a meeting.

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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 128 KB

a.      To receive written responses to questions submitted by Members in line with procedure Rule A1.38.

b.      Up to 10 minutes will be allowed for Members questions.

 

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Matters for early debate

Up to 3 items of business may be prioritised for consideration under this section.  Each political party may select an item of business, from the list of items on the agenda, for early debate. 

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Amendment to Members' Allowances Scheme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

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Decision:

Agreed an amendment to the Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) in the Members’ Allowance Scheme 2018/19 as follows

 

(i)An increase to the SRA for the Chief Whip by £5,000 to take into account the level of work that is required for this position.

(ii)Set aside £10,000 to finance two project assistants (Elected Members) to work alongside Cabinet Members to support them, and the wider group, in the development of policy.

 

 

 

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Appointment of Member to new Outside Body for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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Appointed Councillor Christine Grice to serve on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union for the Municipal Year 2018/19 

 

 

 

 

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Calculation of Annual Leave for Term-Time-Only Staff pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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Agreed that the without prejudice settlement agreed by Cabinet on 17 October 2018 and noted below is funded as described in the Assistant Director of Finance & Deputy s151 Officer’s comments in paragraph 9 of the report.

 

Noted the decision of Cabinet on 17 October 2018 that;

a. the formula used to calculate the annual leave allowance for term time only staff is revised and that this is effected from 1st April 2018.

b. that a settlement sum is offered equivalent to the shortfall to affected term time only staff backdated for 5 years 3 months from 1st April 2018 to 1st January 2013. This represents the difference between the annualised hours already received and annualised hours due under the new formula. This payment will count as pensionable in the year it is paid and will not amend any pensionable service.

c. that term time only staff with less than 5 years and 3 months continuous service receive settlement sums to reflect their length of service with RBG, GS Plus and GSS.

d. that a payment of £50 for each year of continuous pensionable service is made in recognition of pensionable service up to 31st March 2014 for any term time only employee who was a member of the Local Government Pension scheme and has not received a refund.

 

 

 

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Annual Audit Letter pdf icon PDF 50 KB

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Decision:

Noted the 2017/18 Annual Audit Letter

 

 

 

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Parent Governor appointments to Overview and Scrutiny (Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel) pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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Appointed Pastor Osayande Collins Eghafona (Linton Mead Primary School) as the parent governor representative (primary) to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee until 31 March 2021.

 

Appointed Michael Freeman (The John Roan Secondary School) as the parent governor representative (secondary) to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee until 31 March 2021.

 

 

 

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Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 45 KB

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Decision:

Noted the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

 

 

 

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Motion - "People's Vote on the final Brexit deal" pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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Decision:

Resolved -

 

This Council calls upon the Government to allow the citizens of the United Kingdom to have a ‘People’s Vote’ on the final Brexit deal.

 

Council notes:

·        The Government is incapable of agreeing a unified position on what Brexit is and its aims for Brexit.

·        The Brexit negotiations have been chaotic, which makes it more likely we will get a bad deal, if we get a deal at all. In either case, all outcomes are worse than remaining in the EU.

·        Promises made about Brexit during the Leave campaign, including £350m a week for the NHS; new trade deals ready for March 2019, frictionless trade borders and wider benefits to jobs and the economy will not be kept.

·        The public have changed their minds on Brexit – with polling consistently showing that the Government is doing a bad job of negotiating Brexit, the majority of people now support a ‘People’s Vote’ on the final deal.

Leaving the EU with no deal or a deal with worse trade conditions than we have now will damage the UK economy and put jobs and British industries at unnecessary risk.

 

This Council requests that the Government gives the decision on the final deal back to the British people, through a ‘People’s Vote’, once a proposal has been reached before we leave the EU.

 

Council resolves to:

·        Formally add its voice to those calling for a public, ‘People’s Vote’, on the final Brexit deal.

·        Agrees to write to its MPs expressing its views and asking them to support the ‘People’s Vote’ campaign.

 

 

 

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Motion - "To resist further academisation" pdf icon PDF 45 KB

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Resolved -

 

This Council congratulates the schools, their staff and students of the Royal Borough in the continued success and progress made with some 94% of schools being now good or outstanding.  We commend the stellar performance at Foundation and Primary stage being among the best outcomes in England though recognise that while still above national average, we still have some challenges as secondary level.

 

We note the Angel Solutions report of July 2018 showing that local authority maintained schools in general perform better than academy schools in OfSTED inspections and that councils are best when it comes to boosting inspection grades of inadequate schools. Further, we note the concern of the National Audit Office and others at the value for money and effectiveness of the academies programme.

 

Council firmly believes that our schools should be comprehensive, inclusive and rooted in and accountable to our local communities. Further, we believe that the local authority framework offers the best level of support to Governing Bodies and Heads.  We are concerned that some academies have become predatory businesses, establishing trading arms, paying salaries higher than the Prime Minister's and always looking for the next school to acquire, and while there are "softer academies", we note when they fail there is no turning back.

 

We therefore resolve to resist further academisation, to promote the local authority framework and Greenwich Direct services to schools and to further develop the Greenwich family of schools working with existing academies to the benefit of all our children. Further, we call on the Government to delete the clause in the 2016 Education and Adoption Act that automatically triggers an Academy Order when OfSTED judge a school to be inadequate and to allow academies and free schools to revert to Community, Voluntary controlled or voluntary aided status to establish a level-playing field.

 

 

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Motion - "Greenwich Street Ideas Map online engagement exercise" pdf icon PDF 124 KB

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Decision:

The motion was not carried.