Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions.

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Contact: Daniel Wilkinson  Email: committees@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5102

Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 30 January 2019 and 27 February 2019.

 

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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5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Submission of 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 173 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 187 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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11.

Pay Policy Statement 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

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Decision:

Adopted the Pay Policy statement for 2019/20 as outlined at Appendix A of the report and agreed to its publication on the Council’s web site.

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Members' Allowances Scheme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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Decision:

1. Noted that all Councils are required to make annually a scheme for the payment of allowances to Councillors and the scheme must include a basic allowance payable equally to all Councillors, and may include provision for special responsibility allowances.

 

2. Agreed that Allowances should be increased by 2% in line with the local government pay settlement as recommended by the Independent Remuneration Panel.

 

3. Subject to decision 2 above, agreed the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2019/20 as attached at Appendix 1 of the report.

 

4. Agreed that the Members’ Allowances Scheme in Part 6 of the Council’s Constitution be updated accordingly.

 

n.b. Appendix 1 of the report will be updated to increase allowances in line with decision 2 above.

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Motion - "School Funding Cuts" pdf icon PDF 32 KB

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.  This Council notes that as a result of the ongoing government cuts, Greenwich’s schools:

a. Will have lost an aggregate £33.6 million in overall funding between 2015-2020, equating to a loss of on average £367 per pupil.

b. Must bear the brunt of unfunded National Insurance increases.

c. Will suffer inadequate High Needs Block Funding, leaving our must vulnerable pupils without the support they need.

 

2.  Council further notes:

a. That despite the imposed Government cuts, our hardworking teachers, support staff, students and parents are doing their best to maintain our high standards.

b. That 94% of Greenwich’s schools have been rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

d. The Chancellor’s Budget announcement for £400 million for schools to spend on ‘little extras’ was a drop in the ocean compared to the £2.5 billion that has been cut since 2015. Furthermore the £400 million is a one off payment so does not deal with the long term funding crisis in schools.

e.  That free standing nurseries, which are the golden bullet for social mobility, will lose their transitional level funding after this financial year meaning most could face closure.

 

3.  Council resolves to call on Cabinet:

a. To join other councils and Greenwich’s MPs in opposing the government’s ongoing cuts to school budgets and call for more funding to be invested in education.

b. To call on the government to fully fund the pay increase for teachers that is independently recommended by the School Teachers' Review Body.

c. To support the coalition of trade unions campaigning against school cuts.

d. Support the calls of the All-Party Parliamentary group on nurseries for an extension of the level funding for maintained nursery schools for 2020/21 and beyond.

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Motion - "Impact of Crossrail delay on local residents and businesses" pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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Decision:

As the meeting was not extended under Part 4, A1.95 of the Council’s Constitution, at the discretion of the Mayor the motion was deferred to the next ordinary meeting of Council.

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Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 36 KB

The Council is asked to note the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

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