Manchester City Council



Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: The Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Contact: Donald Connolly 

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The Lord Mayor's Announcements and Special Business




Minutes pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To submit for approval and signature the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2019.


Proceedings of the Executive pdf icon PDF 354 KB

To submit the part proceedings of the meeting on 13 February and the minutes of the meeting held on 13 March 2019 (to follow) and in particular to consider:


Exe/19/10        Capital Programme Monitoring 2018/19


To recommend that the Council approve the virements over £0.5m between capital schemes to maximise use of funding resources available to the City Council set out in the appendix to these minutes.


Exe/19/31      Capital Programme Update


To recommend that the Council approve the following changes to Manchester City Council’s capital programme:


(a)       ICT – End User Experience. A capital budget allocation and transfer of £4.193m from the ICT Investment Plan budget is requested, funded by borrowing.

(b)       ICT – Wi-Fi Business Case. A capital budget allocation and transfer of £1.468m from the ICT Investment Plan budget is requested, funded by borrowing.


Exe/19/32        Relocation of Leaving Care Services to Seymour Road


To recommend that the Council approve a capital allocation of up to £1.2m to cover any unforeseen costs, funded by prudential borrowing; and


To recommend that the Council delegate authority to Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, in consultation with Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, to set the final budget for the project, the capital allocation and the borrowing.


Questions to Executive Members under Procedural Rule 23


Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 387 KB

To note the minutes of the following committees:


            Health – 5 February and 5 March 2019

Children and Young People – 5 February and 5 March 2019

Neighbourhoods and Environment – 6 February and 6 March 2019

Economy – 6 February and 6 March 2019  (to follow)

Communities and Equalities – 7 February and 7 March  2019 (to follow)

Resources and Governance – 7 February and 7 March 2019 (to follow)



Proceedings of Committees pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To submit for approval the minutes of the following meetings and consider recommendations made by the committee:


Audit Committee – 11 February and 11 March 2019 (to follow)

Constitutional and Nomination 27 May 2019 (to be tabled)

Health and Wellbeing Board – 20 March 2019 (to follow)

Licensing Committee – 4 March 2019

Licensing and Appeals Committee – 4 March 2019

Planning and Highways Committee – 14 February and 14 March 2019 (to follow)

Standards Committee – 21 March 2019 (to follow)


Personnel Committee – 13 February and 13 March 2019 (to follow) and in particular to consider:


PE/19/08        Senior Management Arrangements for the Homelessness Service


To recommend to Council that the Director of Homelessness Services post is remunerated at Grade SS4 (£94,072 - £103,863).


PE/19/11        Pay Policy Statement 2019/20


To note the organisations Pay and Grading Structure for the financial year 2019/20 (appended to the Pay Policy Statement) and recommend it for Council approval.


PE/19/12        Director of ICT


To recommend that Council approves the post of Director of ICT be recruited to at Grade SS4 (£94,072 - £103,863) increasing to £95,953 - £105,940 from 1 April 2019 with an additional market rate supplement of up to £30,000, subject to the stipulated review processes after 18 months.


Business of the Combined Authority, Joint Authorities and Joint Committees

To receive answers to any questions raised in accordance with Procedural Rule 24 on the business of: (a) the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, (b) the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, and (c) any other joint authority.


Key Decisions Report pdf icon PDF 114 KB

The report of the City Solicitor is enclosed.


Notice of Motion - Public Health Funding

The public health grant funds vital services and functions that prevent ill health and contribute to the future sustainability of the NHS. Local authorities are responsible for delivering most of these services, but their ability to do so is compromised by public health grant reductions and the broader funding climate.


In 2018/19 and 2019/20 every local authority will have less to spend on public health than the year before. Taking funds away from prevention is a false economy. Without proper investment in public health people suffer, demand on local health services increases and the economy suffers. Poor public health costs local businesses heavily through sick days and lost productivity. Unless we restore public health funding, our health and care system will remain locked in a ‘treatment’ approach, which is neither economically viable nor protects the health of residents.


The Government is looking to phase out the Public Health Grant by 2020/21. Thereafter, they plan to fund public health via 75% business rates retention. Whatever the model, it is vital that local authorities have enough funding to deliver the functions and services they need to provide. Deprived areas often suffer the worst health outcomes, so it is also vital that areas with the greatest need receive sufficient funding to meet their local challenges.


This Council notes that around four in ten cancers are preventable, largely through avoidable risk factors, such as stopping smoking, keeping a healthy weight and cutting back on alcohol. Smoking accounts for 80,000 early deaths every year and remains the largest preventable cause of cancer in the world. Smoking-related ill health costs local authorities £760 million every year in social care costs. Additionally, obesity and alcohol account for 30,000 and 7,000 early deaths each year respectively. All three increase the risk of: cancer, diabetes, lung and heart conditions, poor mental health and create a subsequent burden on health and social care.


This Council believes that the impact of cuts to public health on our communities is becoming difficult to ignore. This case becomes more pressing given the Government’s consideration of a 10-year plan for the NHS. For this reason, we support Cancer Research UK’s call for increased and sustainable public health funding. 


This Council calls on the Government to deliver increased investment in public health and to support a sustainable health and social care system by taking a ‘prevention first’ approach. In turn, Manchester City Council will continue to support and fund public health initiatives to the best of our abilities -to prevent ill-health, reduce inequalities and support a health and social care system that is fit for the future.


Proposed by Councillor T Judge, seconded by Councillor Wilson and also signed by Councillors K Simcock, Raikes, Cooley, B Priest and Kirkpatrick



Notice of Motion - Intentional Homelessness

As a Council we have a responsibility to look after children and young people who come into our care. This responsibility does not stop when these young people leave care it continues through until they turn 25.


Currently if a care leaver presents as homeless to this council they can still be deemed intentionally homeless. We know our young people often face extensive challenges for a variety of reasons and sometimes need extra support to assist them to transition to adulthood.


These are Our Young people and we have a duty to support them as their corporate parents. This involves supporting them through their mistakes and providing guidance to help them make more positive choices in the future. This task is made more difficult if the young person is deemed intentionally homeless as this can lead to them losing touch with services.


In Manchester we are developing the homelessness pathway for all young people across the city. This is designed to support young people and prevent homelessness in the first place. We are however aware that sometimes people slip through the net.


This Council will


1)    Ensure effective and appropriate support is available through personal advisors to our young people and that this support is effectively communicated to the young people

2)    Take a clear stance and change policy to ensure that no care leavers are classed as intentionally homeless, and are always supported back into accommodation.


Proposed by Councillor S Judge, Seconded by Councillor Taylor, and also signed by Councillors Midgley, Sheikh, Richards and Bridges