Council - Wednesday, 6th October, 2021 10.00 am
Venue: The Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension
Contact: Andrew Woods
Note: This meeting can be viewed on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/615925872
The Lord Mayor's Announcements and Special Business
1. To receive a presentation on the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Accreditation status for Manchester City Council.
2. To receive a presentation on the progress of implementing the findings of the recent race review into Council workforce practices.
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 meeting held on 14 July 2021.
Notice of Motion
This Council notes:-
Universal Credit was increased by £20 a week (or £1,040 a year) in April 2020 as part of a government support package when the country first went into lockdown. This was paid to all working age residents in receipt of Universal Credit and other means tested benefits. This has continued for the last eighteen months and has had a positive impact on residents and the economy of the city.
The government has now withdrawn this additional payment from 6 October 2021. This withdrawal will have a negative impact on low-income households in the city, including those that are working, and is also expected to have an impact on discretionary budgets including the Welfare Provision Scheme and the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme.
This will have a devastating impact on residents across our city. It has been calculated that the withdrawing of the £20 per week uplift will result in a loss of approximately £4.96m per month to families across our city. This will impact an estimated 58,339 households across Manchester.
Many of these households are working households in low paid jobs who rely on Universal Credit to make ends meet on a daily basis. We are talking about carers, shop workers, cleaners the roles that got us all through the pandemic. The roles that had previously been described as low skilled became some of the most important roles in society when Covid hit.
In Manchester we have a long standing commitment to creating good jobs for Manchester residents, proudly paying the real living wage and promoting the GM Good Employment Charter. We must continue to work to create good, sustainable jobs that all Manchester people can access.
This Council moves to:
· Call upon the Conservative Government not to scrap the £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit.
· Call upon the Government to increase the minimum wage to the real living wage that reflects the cost of living.
· To support our residents impacted by government changes to benefits.
· To continue to work to ensure jobs in our city are sustainable, secure and fairly paid.
· To continue to support our residents through training and upskilling to make sure that jobs in this City are accessible to all of our residents.
Proposed by Councillor S Judge, seconded by Councillor Taylor and also signed (via email) by Councillors Baker Smith, Newman and Russell.
To submit the minutes of the Executive on 28 July 2021 and 15 September 2021 and in particular to consider:
Exe/21/74 Capital Programme Monitoring 2021/22
The Executive recommends that the Council approve the virement of £1.0m to the Maintenance Challenge Fund, consolidating the budget to enable priority works to be completed within the Highways Portfolio.
Exe/21/76 National Cycling Centre
To recommend that Council approves:-
· The establishment of a capital budget of £22.456 million for the refurbishment of the Centre, funded from £20.566 million from borrowing and £1.89 million on a spend to save basis funded by joint funds held by Manchester City Council and Sport England and that Council; and
· A virement from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme budget of £2.145 million
Exe/21/86 Capital Programme Update
Recommends that Council approve the following changes to Manchester City Council’s capital programme:
· Children’s Services - Manchester Creative Media Arts Academy Completion Works. A capital budget increase of £0.661m, funded by borrowing.
· Growth and Development - Manchester Equipment and Adaptations Partnership (MEAP) Relocation. A capital budget virement of £2.025m, funded by the Asset Management Programme budget.
Questions to Executive Members and Others under Procedural Rule 23
To receive answers to any questions that councillors have raised in accordance with Procedural Rule 23.
To note the minutes of the following committees:
Resources & Governance 20 July 2021 and 7 September 2021
Health 21 July 2021 and 8 September 2021
Children and Young People 21 July 2021 and 8 September 2021
Environment & Climate Change 22 July 2021 and 9 September 2021
Economy 22 July 2021 and 9 September 2021
To submit for approval the minutes of the following meetings and consider recommendations made by the committee:
Constitutional & Nomination Committee 6 October 2021 (to be tabled)
Health & Wellbeing Board 1 September 2021
Licensing Committee 19 July 2021
Licensing & Appeals Committee 13 September 2021
Licensing Policy 16 August 2021
Planning & Highways 29 July 2021 and 23 September 2021
Report of the Director of City Centre Growth and Infrastructure and Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing attached.
Due to the size of the appendices of this report, these can be viewed on line:–
The report of the City Solicitor is enclosed.