Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 10.00 am
Venue: The Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension
Contact: Donald Connolly
Webcast: View the webcast
The Lord Mayor's Announcements and Special Business
Including a presentation by two young people on Climate Change.
Including an adjournment of the meeting to allow Council members to have a private viewing of a film on the rehabilitation programme undertaken by some of the Arena attack survivors. The Council does not have permission from the people in the film for it to be viewed in public. Therefore, during the adjournment other people, the public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting room.
Notice of Motion - Islamophobia
Manchester City Council is proud of its diversity and has a huge asset and a source of great strength. A substantial proportion of its residents are Muslim, who are an integral part of its make-up, playing a huge role in all aspects of the Manchester City’s life.
Manchester City has a strong history of promoting cohesion and welcoming people from all over the world. Its residents have always united and supported each other in the fight against racism and discrimination in all its forms.
"ISLAMOPHOBIA IS ROOTED IN RACISM AND IS A TYPE OF RACISM THAT TARGETS EXPRESSIONS OF MUSLIMNESS OR PERCEIVED MUSLIMNESS."
Contemporary examples of Islamophobia in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in encounters between religions and non-religions in the public sphere could, considering the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
• Calling for, aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of Muslims in the name of a racist/fascist ideology, or an extremist view of religion.
• Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic ‘threat’ posed by Muslims or of a ‘Muslim takeover’.
• Accusing Muslims as a group of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Muslim person or group of Muslim individuals, or even for acts committed by non-Muslims.
• Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against Muslims.
• Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the ‘Ummah’ (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
• Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.
• Applying double standards by requiring of Muslims behaviours that are not expected or demanded of any other groups in society, eg loyalty tests.
• Using the symbols and images associated with classic Islamophobia.
• Holding Muslims collectively responsible for the actions of any Muslim majority state, whether secular or constitutionally Islamic.
This Council asks the Chief Executive of the council to:
1. Write to government ministers asking them to listen to Muslim communities and the cross-party group of MPs and peers and to adopt this definition of Islamophobia which classifies discrimination against Muslims as a form of racism.
2. Continue to prioritise tackling hate crime and Islamophobia in partnership. Manchester City Council works with partners, especially Greater Manchester Police, on a rolling basis, and will now coordinate future actions in line ... view the full agenda text for item 4.
Notice of Motion - Climate Emergency
This Council notes:
· The serious risks to Manchester's people, of climate change/global heating affecting economic, social and environmental well-being, supply chains – including food security, financial systems and local weather, among many others
· That in 2008 the ‘Principles of Tackling Climate Change in Manchester’ were agreed as a call to action to engage people from all walks of life in climate change action and, build support for a new way of thinking about climate change.
· That Manchester leads the way, with an agreed Paris compliant carbon budget set in December 2018 and an acceleration of the target for becoming a zero-carbon city by 12 years, setting 2038 as the new target for the city, based on research from the word-renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change.
· The recent and welcome upsurge of action by the young people of Manchester, exemplifying the radical traditions of which Manchester is proud.
· Declare a Climate Emergency
· Continue working with partners across Manchester and GMCA to deliver the 2038 target, and determine if an earlier target can be possible, through a transparent and open review. Become carbon neutral by the earliest possible date.
· Encourage involvement in all wards by April 2020 through meetings as part of the Our Manchester strategy, to identify residents and partners who want to be actively involved in achieving the target, with provision for those who cannot attend. Ensure ward plans contain specific, measurable, achievable steps
· Review all policies, processes and procedures to ensure the council can become carbon neutral. Present an action plan by March 2020 detailing how the city can stay within its carbon budget. Report back regularly to the NESC. Review the corporate plan
· Work with the Tyndall Centre to review the actual emissions from aviation. Investigate the best way to include aviation in our overall carbon reduction programme in the long term
· Make climate breakdown and the environment, an integral part of activity throughout the Council, including all decision making, ensuring key decisions take into account the impact on achieving the zero-carbon target and including an environmental impact assessment in all relevant committee reports
· Ensure that everyone in the council receives carbon literacy training by the end of 2020. Make attendance easier by varying times and length of sessions
· Encourage all staff on council business to use the lowest carbon, appropriate, travel
· Investigate measures to ensure future procurement is carbon neutral. Increase the percentage of social value with an additional environmental element
· Work with suppliers to green their supply chains, and support local production
· Work with training providers to ensure Manchester residents can take on green jobs
· Investigate and introduce measures to help reach domestic zero carbon levels including addressing fuel poverty and retrofitting existing homes
· Investigate ways to ensure that future local plans place a mandatory requirement for all new development to be net zero carbon by the earliest possible date
· Push GMCA to decarbonise public transport, heat ... view the full agenda text for item 5.
To submit the proceedings of the meeting which took place on 26 June 2019 and, in particular, to consider:
Exe/19/46 Capital Programmes Update
To recommend that the Council approve the following changes to Manchester City Council’s capital programme:
a. Growth and Neighbourhoods – Velodrome Capital Project. A capital budget allocation through transfer of £0.530m from the Asset Management Programme budget is requested, funded by Capital receipts.
b. Highways – School Road Safety Measures – Other sites. A capital budget increase of £0.546m is requested, funded from External Contributions, with a further capital budget allocation through transfer of £2.779m from the Highways Investment Plan budget.
Exe/19/47 Living Wage Accreditation
To recommend to the Council that Manchester City Council applies for accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation.
Exe/19/57 Northern Gateway Strategic Acquisition (PART B)
To recommend that the Council approve the funding of the loan to the Far East Consortium of up to £11 million from the capital programme budget.
Questions to Executive Members under Procedural Rule 23
To note the minutes of the following scrutiny committees:
Resources and Governance – 18 June 2019
Health – 18 June 2019
Children and Young People – 19 June 2019
Neighbourhoods and Environment – 19 June 2019
Economy – 20 June 2019
Communities and Equalities – 20 June 2019
To submit for approval the minutes of the following meetings and consider recommendations made by the committee, as set out in the minutes:
Constitutional and Nomination – 10 July 2019 (to be tabled)
Planning and Highways Committee – 11 April 2019, 30 May 2019 and 27 June 2019
Health and Wellbeing Board – 5 June 2019
Audit Committee – 15 April 2019 and 11 June 2019
Standards Committee – 13 June 2019
Personnel Committee – 26 June 2019 and in particular to consider,
PE/19/14 Living Wage Accreditation
To recommend to Council that the Authority applies for accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation.
PE/19/15 Corporate Core: Senior Management Capacity
To recommend to Council that a market rate supplement of £20,000 be made to the Deputy City Treasurer to reflect the additional responsibilities taken on within existing grade and ensure the retention of the current post holder in light of local market forces. This had the effect of increasing the salary to £125,940.
PE/19/20 Strategic Development: Senior Management Capacity
To recommend that the Council approves the regrade of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing at Senior Grade SS4 (£95,953 - £105,940).
Questions on the Business of the Combined Authority, Joint Authorities and Joint Committees Rule 24
The report of the City Solicitor is enclosed.
The Constitution of the AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) has been revised to reflect the changes in the governance of and coordination of work in Greater Manchester and to recognise the role and statutory purposes of the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority). The Council is recommended to endorse this revised Constitution, a copy of which is attached, so as to allow this document to be adopted in common across Greater Manchester.