Council - Wednesday, 14th July, 2021 10.00 am
Venue: Exchange Hall, Manchester Central Convention Centre, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX
Contact: Andrew Woods
Note: This meeting can be viewed on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/569337416
The Lord Mayor's Announcements and Special Business
To allow members an opportunity to declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they might have in any items which appear on this agenda; and record any items from which they are precluded from voting as a result of Council Tax or Council rent arrears. Members with a personal interest should declare that at the start of the item under consideration. If members also have a prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they must withdraw from the meeting during the consideration of the item
To submit for approval the minutes of the Annual meeting held on 19 May 2021.
Notice of Motion - Pay Day Loans
This Council notes:-
The rising cost of living and falling incomes is causing genuine problems to people with their finances. This has become much worse in the last eighteen months, due to the pandemic. More and more people are falling into debt due to zero hours contracts, and then going to the likes of payday loans etc. Those who borrow from high-cost credit companies, on average borrow £326 per month. The interest paid on this money is punishing rates of up to 5,800% APR . Many are unable to make the repayments and are pushed into a spiral of debt.
We all know that the long-term solution to the problem of pay day loans, must be to increase wages and control the cost of living, so that people are not forced into their arms. In the short term more needs to be done to give our residents more information about other ways to access credit unions and debt agencies.
Credit Unions offer a sustainable alternative to high-cost short term credit and should be supported by this council. As someone who used to sit on the board of a credit union, I have seen at first-hand how much they can help people who might be struggling with their finances. South Manchester Credit Union and Voyager Alliance Credit Union are just two in Manchester. Credit unions are open to all and are beneficial to all.
This Council resolves:-
(1) To block access to payday loan websites through any council-controlled IT systems, including libraries and staff computers.
(2) Where access has been blocked, to display information about pay plan (www.payplan.com) and other free local debt counselling services, and contacts for local credit unions, such as South Manchester CU.
(3) To promote local credit unions by working with council and external organizations to, for example give cheaper bus tickets to local CU members.
(4) To restrict the growth of payday loans companies on high streets, using an article 4 direction to take back control of planning permission for conversions of general shops and offices into payday loan shops.
Proposed by Councillor Hughes, seconded by Councillor Clay and also signed (via email) by Councillors Akbar, Azra Ali, Farrell, Kamal, Reid and Wheeler.
To submit the minutes of the Executive on 2 June 2021 and 30 June 2021 and in particular to consider:
(1) Recommends that the Council approve the following changes to Manchester City Council’s capital programme:
· Resident and Business Digital Experience (RBDxP). A capital budget decrease of £5.228m funded from borrowing along with a corresponding revenue budget increase of £5.228m funded from Capital Fund.
· Riverdale Maisonettes. A capital budget increase of £2.856m, funded by an RCCO from the HRA.
Exe/21/64 Capital Programme Outturn 2020/21
Recommend that the Council approve the virements over £0.5m between capital schemes to maximise use of funding resources available to the City Council (as set out in the appendix to the 30 June 2021 minutes).
Exe/21/65 Capital Programme Update
To recommend that the Council
approve the following changes to Manchester City Council’s
· Highways Services – Patching Defect Repairs Programme 2021/22. A capital budget increase of £4.244 is requested, funded by £0.500m RCCO and £3.744m Grant. A capital budget virement of £1m is also requested, from the Highways Project Delivery Fund budget.
· Neighbourhoods – Library Refurbishment. A capital budget increase of £0.500m is requested, funded by Borrowing.
· Neighbourhoods - New Islington Marina Bridge Works. A capital budget increase of £0.156m is requested, funded by Borrowing.
· Public Sector Housing - Newton Heath High Rise Blocks Improvements. A capital budget increase of £14.113m is requested, funded by an RCCO from the Housing Revenue Account.
To receive answers to any questions that councillors have raised in accordance with Procedural Rule 23.
To note the minutes of the following committees:
Communities & Equalities 25 May 2021 and 21 June 2021
Resources & Governance 25 May 2021 and 21 June 2021
Health 26 May 2021 and 22 June 2021
Children and Young People 26 May 2021 and 22 June 2021
Environment & Climate Change 27 May 2021 and 23 June 2021
Economy 27 May 2021 and 23 June 2021
To submit for approval the minutes of the following meetings and consider recommendations made by the committee:
Audit 15 June 2021
Constitutional & Nomination Committee 13 July 2021
Health & Wellbeing Board 9 June 2021 and 7 July 2021
Licensing & Appeals 7 June 2021
Planning & Highways 3 June 2021 and 1 July 2021
Standards 17 June 2021
The report of the City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer is enclosed.
The report of the City Solicitor is enclosed.