Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council
Wednesday 17th January, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Dean Devine  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

291.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 15 November 2017 of Council pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017 were signed as a correct record.

292.

Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

None declared.

293.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda for which the press and public should be excluded.

Minutes:

There were no items on the agenda for which the press and public should have been excluded.

294.

Questions and Petitions

To answer questions under Procedural Rule No. 4.16 from members of the public and from Councillors under Procedural Rule No. 4.17.2 and to receive Petitions under Access to Information Rules.

 

Minutes:

None received.

295.

Notices of Motion

To receive Notices of Motion.

 

Councillor Len Davies submitted the following motion:

 

‘Recent media announcements have reported an alarming and worsening shortage of nurses and associated health professionals in the NHS.

 

I ask that this Council agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Health urging the reinstatement of bursaries for student nurses and associated health professionals to be implemented with immediate effect in order to encourage those who wish to study for service in the NHS – thus helping to alleviate the chronic understaffing in our hospitals.

 

I also ask that Council agrees to invite the following, to add their signatures to the intended letter to underline our joint clear message regarding the legitimate concerns, that there are distinct and dire consequences to our National Health Service provision if prompt action is not taken:-

 

  • Cumbria County Council
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Unison
  • GMB
  • All MP’s who represent the people of Cumbria’

Minutes:

Councillor L Davies moved the following:

 

Recent media announcements have reported an alarming and worsening shortage of nurses and associated health professionals in the NHS.

 

I ask that this Council agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Health urging the reinstatement of bursaries for student nurses and associated health professionals to be implemented with immediate effect in order to encourage those who wish to study for service in the NHS – thus helping to alleviate the chronic understaffing in our hospitals.

 

I also ask that Council agrees to invite the following, to add their signatures to the intended letter to underline our joint clear message regarding the legitimate concerns, that there are distinct and dire consequences to our National Health Service provision if prompt action is not taken:-

 

  • Cumbria County Council
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Unison
  • GMB
  • All MP’s who represent the people of Cumbria

 

Councillor J Cook seconded the motion.

 

Councillor A Smith moved that the motion be amended to read as follows:

 

Recent media announcements have reported an alarming and worsening crisis facing the NHS this winter. Despite the efforts of our fantastic NHS staff, Government underfunding to the NHS and Adult Social Care has left our health service more vulnerable than ever before.

 

A & E performance was the worst on record, across England over 300,000 patients waited longer than four hours in A & E, almost 70,000 had to wait longer than four hours on a trolley for a hospital bed and so far this winter more than 92,000 patients have been stuck in the back of ambulances outside hospitals. The latest figures also show 1 in 4 people wait a week or more to speak to a GP or nurse, or don’t get an appointment at all.

 

Demand for NHS Services is up somewhere between 10% and 20%. Unfortunately, the number of nurses has started falling and the number of vacant posts are rising. The severe cuts to the NHS are having a detrimental impact on the retention of nursing staff especially among the under 40’s age group. 33,000 nurses quit the NHS last year which equates to approximately 10% of the nursing workforce. The vote on Brexit has also had an impact. In 2014/15 and 2015/16 for example 6,000 additional nurses per year came to work in the NHS. Last year only 2,900 arrived whilst 4000 left the UK.

 

It is clear that the Government is letting patients down in Allerdale and across the country.

 

We ask that this council agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Health (& Social Care) asking for a reversal of the savage cuts made to both the NHS and Adult Social Care which have led to this crisis.

 

In addition we ask that he also comes up with a longer-term plan to make the NHS sustainable including:

 

a)  The reinstatement of bursaries for student nurses and associated health professionals to be implemented with immediate effect in order to encourage those who wish to study for service in the NHS – thus helping to alleviate the chronic understaffing in our hospitals.

b)  Put safe staffing levels into law.

c)  Halt closure plans to hospitals or wards and especially plans in which affect patients in West Cumbria.

d)  Join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service at the earliest opportunity.

 

The amendment to the motion was seconded by Councillor C McCarron-Holmes.

 

A vote was taken on the amendment – 30 voted in favour, 10 against. The amendment was carried and became the substantive motion on the floor.

 

A vote was taken on the substantive motion – 31 voted in favour, 0 against and 9 abstained from voting. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

That the Council agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Health (& Social Care) asking for a reversal of the savage cuts made to both the NHS and Adult Social Care.

 

In addition the Council asks that he also comes up with a longer-term plan to make the NHS sustainable including:

 

a)  The reinstatement of bursaries for student nurses and associated health professionals to be implemented with immediate effect in order to encourage those who wish to study for service in the NHS – thus helping to alleviate the chronic understaffing in our hospitals.

b)  Put safe staffing levels into law.

c)  Halt closure plans to hospitals or wards and especially plans in which affect patients in West Cumbria.

d)  Join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service at the earliest opportunity.

296.

Councillor Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding 5 minutes each), for up to a specified period of 15 minutes, from individual members on a local issue in the Member’s Ward, of which 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

None received.

297.

Announcements from the Mayor, Leader or Head of Paid Service pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

The Mayor made reference to the engagements she and the Deputy Mayor had undertaken since the last meeting.

298.

Portfolio Holder Updates pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Minutes:

Councillor A Smith, Leader of the Council presented his report.

 

Councillor T Markley raised concerns about coastal erosion along the road from Silloth to Maryport. He asked for support and awareness from Councillors with regard to the issue.

 

Councillor A Smith assured Councillors that he made sure relevant parties were aware of such issues when attending meetings of the Industrial Communities Alliance, Northern Powerhouse All Party Parliamentary Group, Joint Districts and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership. He expected that members of Cumbria County Council were also raising awareness of such issues.

 

Councillor M Fryer, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for

Economic Growth presented his report.

 

Councillor J Lister left the meeting.

 

Councillor M Heaslip, Portfolio Holder for Locality and Environmental Quality presented his report.

 

Councillor T Annison asked for information on how to apply for street lights at Eaglesfield Paddle CE Primary Academy car park, on behalf of Blindbothel Parish Council. Councillor M Heaslip replied that if the Parish Council were to write to the Council with regard to this it could be looked into.

 

Councillor W Jefferson, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture presented his report.

 

Councillor J Lister returned to the meeting.

 

Councillor L Maguire left the meeting.

 

Councillor L Maguire returned to the meeting.

 

Councillor C McCarron-Holmes, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and

Wellbeing presented her report.

 

Councillor B Cannon, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources (Finance and

Property) presented her report.

 

Councillor A Pitcher raised concerns on behalf of Wigton Town Council and the Wigton Burial Joint Committee. The Town Council had been notified that it would no longer be receiving the Burial Support Grant. Councillor B Cannon said that she would look into this and provide a response.

 

Councillor J Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Governance and People Resources presented her report.

 

Councillor L Davies left the meeting.

 

Councillor K Hansen, Portfolio Holder for Transformation presented his report.

299.

Update from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Minutes:

Councillor A Pitcher, Co-Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee presented the report.

 

Members noted the report.

300.

Reference from Audit Committee 27 November 2017 - Treasury Management Operations – Mid-year review 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 39 KB

To inform members of the Council’s treasury management activities during the six month period ending 30th September 2017. This report also provides assurances that treasury management activities have been undertaken in accordance with the Council’s approved Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Investment strategy

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor N Schofield, Chair of the Audit Committee moved the recommendation made by the Committee at its meeting on 27 November 2017. This was seconded by Councillor M Fryer.

 

Members noted the report.

 

Resolved

 

That the contents of the Treasury Management Operations – Mid-year review 2017/18 report be noted.

301.

Museums’ Collections Disposals Policy pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor C McCarron-Holmes left the meeting.

 

Councillor W Jefferson moved the recommendations set out in the report. Councillor M Fryer seconded the motion.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – the vote in favour was unanimous. The motion was carried.

 

Councillor C McCarron-Holmes returned to the meeting.

 

Councillor N Schofield left the meeting.

 

Resolved

 

That the Council agrees the revised versions of the policies and specifically, in terms of financially motivated disposal, selects option A; the Council will not undertake disposal motivated principally by financial gain to be included in the policy going forward.

302.

Calculation of Council Tax Base 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor B Cannon moved the recommendations set out in the report. Councillor M Fryer seconded the motion.

 

Councillor N Schofield returned to the meeting.

 

A vote was taken on the motion – the vote in favour was unanimous. The motion was carried.

 

Resolved

 

  1. That the report for the calculation of the council’s tax base for the year 2018-19 as set out in the Appendices, be approved.

 

  1. That pursuant to the report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Allerdale Borough Council as its tax base for the whole area for 2018-19 shall be 30,359.94.

 

  1. That the major precepting authorities (Cumbria County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria) be notified for the purpose of calculating the basic amount of its council tax.

 

  1. That the tax bases be used by Allerdale Borough Council for calculating the basic amount of council tax as required by the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended.