Agenda

City Council
Monday, 9th September, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council House, Old Market Square

Contact: Jane Garrard, Senior Governance Officer  Email: jane.garrard@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interests

3.

Questions from citizens

Additional documents:

4.

Petitions from Councillors on behalf of citizens

5.

To confirm the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on 8 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 604 KB

6.

To confirm the minutes of the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 8 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 189 KB

7.

To receive official communications and announcements from the Leader of the Council and/or the Chief Executive

8.

Questions from Councillors - to the City Council's lead Councillor on the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority

9.

Questions from Councillors - to a member of Executive Board, the Chair of a Committee and the Chair of any other City Council body

Additional documents:

10.

Decisions taken under Urgency Procedures pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

11.

Non Executive Amendments to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 197 KB

Report of the Chair of the Audit Committee

Additional documents:

12.

Motion

Motion in the name of Councillor Georgia Power:

 

Food poverty in the UK is a growing issue with the Trussell Trust issuing a record 1.6 million foodbank parcels in 2018/19, a 75% increase compared to five years ago. In the East Midlands 75,659 people received foodbank parcels during that period. Food banks in Nottingham see many issues including debt, money management and mental health. Welfare changes and stagnant wages are two of the many reasons however, meaning people do not have enough money to pay for the essentials.In Nottingham, food poverty amongst children is a particular concern especially during the school holidays.

A small scale operation was trialled last year over 3 weeks that helped provide 600 lunches per week to children at activities across the City. This provision is essential and, for some children, it was the first food they had had on the day. This year thanks to the commitment of dozens of volunteers the Council was able to expand this. More still needs to be done though with nearly 25,148 children in Nottingham at risk of falling into holiday hunger during the summer holidays according to End Child Poverty.

This council therefore resolves to:

  • Support the work of foodbanks across the city and work to ensure they are sustainable where appropriate.
  • Support social eating schemes such as the Bestop Kitchen at Bestwood Park Church and Parkgate in Clifton and advertise existing schemes through AskLion
  • Promote welfare rights and employment services to help tackle causes of poverty.
  • Introduce Community Surgeries, bringing together a range of services and agencies to support local residents like the ones that have been piloted at Bestwood Park Church. Following the success of this scheme we will roll out the scheme to food banks across the city, where they are wanted and needed. 
  • Thank all volunteers of food banks for the support they provide to some of Nottingham’s most in need.
  • Tackle holiday hunger by supporting school holiday lunch clubs in our most deprived neighbourhoods and campaign to extend free school meals to all primary school children by 2025
  • Thank all the volunteers and organisers for their on their work on holiday hunger project over the summer holidays.
  • Continue to campaign against Government cuts which have led to an increase in the number of Nottingham citizens requiring a food bank voucher. 

13.

Motion

Motion in the name of Councillor Sam Webster:

 

This council believes that public services should be delivered by public servants for the public good where possible. Putting public service first improves local services, saves local tax payers money and increases democratic accountability.

 

Nottingham has a proud history of public ownership and public service. From buses to street cleansing, sustainable energy generation to school dinners, we’ve led on public service. 

 

The council welcomes the publication of The Labour Party’s ‘Democratising Local Public Services: A Plan for Twenty-First Century Insourcing’ which provides a plan to roll back decades of orthodoxy that has seen many local councils forced into outsourcing the delivery of key public services to profit making private companies.

 

This council resolves to promote and prioritise public ownership, public service delivery and public accountability.

14.

Membership Change

To note that Councillor Leslie Ayoola has been appointed to replace Councillor Audrey Dinnall as a member of the Planning Committee.