Agenda

City Council
Monday, 11th November, 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

4.

Petitions from Councillors on behalf of citizens

5.

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of Council held on 9 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 693 KB

6.

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

7.

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

8.

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

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9.

Council Plan 2019-23 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

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10.

Decisions taken under urgency procedures pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

11.

Crime and Drugs Partnership Plan 2019-2022 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Safety and Communications

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12.

Motion

Motion in the name of Councillor Rebecca Langton:

 

This Council recognises that 9 years of austerity, cuts to benefits, the introduction of Universal Credit, low and insecure wages, rising private sector rents and the rising cost of living have made life harder for Nottingham people.

 

The benefit cap, bedroom tax and benefits freeze alone have made Nottingham families an average of £320 per year worse off since 2016. This amounts to more than £53 million of welfare income taken away from Nottingham people. This is on top of losing £529 per household of council funding, which has been lost since 2010. At the same time, the cost of living has risen faster than wages, with Nottingham households experiencing poverty up from 25.6% to 30.8%.

 

This Council recognises that this time of year can be difficult for Nottingham people, with extra things to spend money on, from gifts to food and decorations to social engagements. The Bank of England estimates that a typical household spends an extra £500 in December.

 

The 2018 Citizens Survey found that 22% of people in Nottingham are struggling to keep up with bills and 38% of people do not know where to get financial advice and welfare information.


This Council resolves to:

 

·  Campaign for a government that will:

o  reduce living costs

o  deliver fair wages and secure jobs through a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’

o  scrap universal credit

o  put an end to austerity, with investment in public services including the NHS and the Police

o  build more council housing to provide affordable good quality homes

·  Protect funding for community based benefit and debt advice, and use our ‘MONEY’ campaign to increase the number of people who know where to get support and information

·  Arrange drop-in welfare and debt advice sessions in every ward in the city

·  Promote Nottingham’s Credit Union as an ethical alternative bank

·  Protect services for the most vulnerable

·  Sign-post people to help and advice through The Arrow, AskLion, MyNottingham social media pages, face to face sessions and frontline services

 

13.

Motion

Motion in the name of Councillor Salma Mumtaz:

 

Nottingham City Council regrets the decision by the Indian Government to revoke Article 370 and sub clause 35A of the constitution and end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.  Nottingham has a large community with Kashmiri heritage with many of them having friends or family currently living in or visiting the region. They are anxious about the threat to the peace and security of the region and the safety of people there following reports of human rights violations.

 

This Council recognises that events abroad can lead to concerns here. Nottingham is a diverse city where people from different backgrounds get on with each other and we reaffirm our commitment to community cohesion in our city.

 

This Council therefore resolves to: 

1.  Call on the UK Government to do all it can to bring the Indian and Pakistan Governments together to find a peaceful resolution which respects the rights of the Kashmiri people and implements the UN resolutions.

2.  Recognise the strong ties between Nottingham and Kashmir and that many people in the City have Kashmiri heritage and ties to the region. 

3.  Write to the Foreign Secretary urging immediate action on the resolutions moved and agreed by this Council, and to express its concerns regarding the human rights violations and the threat of increased conflict in the region and beyond.

4.  Call upon the Leader of the Council to write on behalf of Nottingham citizens to the High Commissioners of India calling for the immediate lifting of the curfew and restrictions on free speech and bring peace and stability to the region. 

5.  Continue to work with Nottingham’s diverse communities from all backgrounds to encourage community cohesion and understanding of what we have in common

 

 

14.

Membership Change

To note that:

 

a)  Councillor Leslie Ayoola has resigned as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board; and

 

b)  Councillor Merlita Bryan has resigned as a member of the Health Scrutiny Committee.