Manchester City Council

Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Council - Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions

Contact: Donald Connolly 

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18.

Appointment of a Chair for the meeting

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Minutes:

In the absence of both the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Lord Mayor nominations were sought for a councillor to take the chair and preside over this meeting. Having been properly nominated, and with their being no other nominations, Councillor Newman was appointed to preside over the meeting.

 

In the Chair – Councillor E Newman

 

 

19.

The Lord Mayor's Announcements and Special Business

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Minutes:

The Chair announced that he had agreed to the submission of the minutes of the meetings of the Executive and of the Personnel Committee which had both met earlier that morning. The meeting of the Constitutional and Nominations Committee had not gone ahead at 9.30am.

 

 

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 998 KB

To submit for approval the minutes of the budget meeting held on 6 March 2020.

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

 

21.

Notion moved without notice - procedural motion to combine the debate on the remaining business

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Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Leese, and seconded by Councillor Nigel Murphy, that the debate on all the remaining items of business be combined. The Chair put that motion to the Council and it was agreed.

 

Decision

 

To combine the debate on all the remaining items of business.

 

The Council then debated all of the remaining business. At the end of that debate the Chair asked the Council to consider, in turn, the recommendations that were contained in the minutes of the meetings that were before the meeting.

 

22.

Proceedings of the Executive pdf icon PDF 174 KB

 

To submit the second part proceedings of the meeting of the Executive on 12 February 2020, the minutes of the meeting on 11 March 2020, and the minutes of the meeting on 25 March 2020 (to be tabled). In particular to consider:

 

Exe/20/43        Capital Programme Update

 

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

 

a)         Growth and Development – Piccadilly Gardens Phase 1. A capital budget virement of £1.811m is requested, funded by Sustaining Key Initiatives budget.

b)         Growth and Development – HOME Arches Phase 1. A capital budget increase of £0.215m is requested, funded by Borrowing.

c)         Neighbourhoods - Purchase of Electric RCV’s. A capital budget increase of £9.4m is requested, funded by £5.7m Borrowing and £3.7m Invest to save.

d)         Public Sector Housing - Northwards Housing 2020/21 Capital Programme. A capital virement of £10.406m is requested from Northwards Housing Unalllocated, funded by HRA (RCCO).

e)         Growth and Development – Carbon Reduction Programme Phase 2. A capital budget increase of £15m is requested, funded by Borrowing.

f)          Growth and Development – Carbon Reduction Action Plan Delivery. A revenue budget increase of £1m is requested, funded by Capital Fund.

g)         Growth and development – Greening of the City. A capital budget increase of £1m is requested, funded by Capital Fund.

 

Also to consider any recommendations that are made to Council arising from the meeting of the Executive to be held on 25 March, the minutes of which will be tabled.

 

 

 

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Minutes:

The proceedings of the Executive on 12 February, 11 March and 25 March 2020 had been submitted. The Council was asked to give particular consideration to the following recommendations:-

 

Exe/20/43 Capital Programme Update

 

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

 

(a) Growth and Development – Piccadilly Gardens Phase 1. A capital budget virement of £1.811m is requested, funded by Sustaining Key Initiatives budget.

 

(b) Growth and Development – HOME Arches Phase 1. A capital budget increase of £0.215m is requested, funded by Borrowing.

 

(c) Neighbourhoods - Purchase of Electric RCV’s. A capital budget increase of £9.4m is requested, funded by £5.7m Borrowing and £3.7m Invest to save.

 

(d) Public Sector Housing - Northwards Housing 2020/21 Capital Programme. A capital virement of £10.406m is requested from Northwards Housing Unalllocated, funded by HRA (RCCO).

 

(e) Growth and Development – Carbon Reduction Programme Phase 2. A capital budget increase of £15m is requested, funded by Borrowing.

 

(f) Growth and Development – Carbon Reduction Action Plan Delivery. A revenue budget increase of £1m is requested, funded by Capital Fund.

 

(g) Growth and Development – Greening of the City. A capital budget increase of £1m is requested, funded by Capital Fund.

 

Decisions

 

1.         To receive the minutes of the Executive held on 12 February, 11 March and 25 March 2020.

 

2.         To approve the following changes to the Manchester City Council’s Capital Programme

 

·         Growth and Development – Piccadilly Gardens Phase 1. A capital budget virement of £1.811m , funded by Sustaining Key Initiatives budget.

 

·         Growth and Development – HOME Arches Phase 1. A capital budget increase of £0.215m, funded by Borrowing.

 

·         Neighbourhoods - Purchase of Electric RCV’s. A capital budget increase of £9.4m, funded by £5.7m Borrowing and £3.7m Invest to save.

 

·         Public Sector Housing - Northwards Housing 2020/21 Capital Programme. A capital virement of £10.406m from Northwards Housing Unalllocated, funded by HRA (RCCO).

 

·         Growth and Development – Carbon Reduction Programme Phase 2. A capital budget increase of £15m, funded by Borrowing.

 

·         Growth and Development – Carbon Reduction Action Plan Delivery. A revenue budget increase of £1m, funded by Capital Fund.

 

·         Growth and Development – Greening of the City. A capital budget increase of £1m, funded by Capital Fund.

 

23.

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.

 

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Minutes:

No questions had been submitted.

 

 

24.

Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 534 KB

To note the minutes of the following committees:

 

Resources and Governance on 4 February 2020 and 3 March 2020

Health on 4 February 2020 and 3 March 2020 (to follow)

Children and Young People on 5 February 2020 and 4 March 2020

Neighbourhoods and Environment on 5 February 2020 and 4 March 2020

Economy on 6 February 2020 and 5 March 2020

Communities and Equalities 6 February 2020, 5 March 2020 (to follow) and 11 March 2020 (to follow)

 

The minutes of Health on 3 March 2020 and Communities and Equalities on 5 March 2020 and 11 March 2020 are now enclosed.

 

 

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Minutes:

The minutes of the following Scrutiny Committee meetings were submitted:

 

Resources and Governance – 4 February 2020 and 3 March 2020

Health – 4 February 2020 and 3 March 2020

Children and Young People – 5 February 2020 and 4 March 2020

Neighbourhoods and Environment – 5 February 2020 and 4 March 2020

Economy – 6 February 2020 and 5 March 2020

Communities and Equalities – 6 February 2020, 5 March 2020 and 11 March 2020

 

Decision

 

To receive those minutes.

 

25.

Proceedings of Committees pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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

 

Audit Committee on 11 February 2020 and 10 March 2020

 

Personnel Committee on 11 March 2020 (to be tabled). The meeting was adjourned, to be resumed on 25 March 2020. It is likely that when it meets on 25 March the Committee will make recommendations to this meeting of the Council. They will be set out in the minutes which will be tabled at the Council meeting.

 

Planning and Highways on 16 January 2020, 13 February 2020 and 12 March 2020 – now enclosed

 

Standards Committee on 19 March 2020 – With the present risks to health the participants in this were advised not to attend if they felt that would involve some risk to them. As a consequence there was not a quorum for the meeting and it did not go ahead.

 

Health and Wellbeing Board on 18 March 2020 enclosed.

 

Constitutional and Nomination on 25 March 2020 (to be tabled)

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Minutes:

The minutes of the following meetings had been submitted:-

 

Audit Committee on 11 February 2020 and 10 March 2020

 

Personnel Committee on 11 March 2020 (which had been adjourned to 25 March) - The Council was asked to give particular consideration to the following recommendations:-

 

PC/20/12 Children’s Services Leadership Arrangements

 

To recommend that Council approve a market rate retention supplement of £10,000 be made to the Deputy Strategic Director of Children’s Services to ensure the retention of the current post holder in light of local market forces.

 

PC/20/14 Growth and Development Directorate

 

To recommend that Council approve the redesignation of the post of Head of Work and Skills as Director of Inclusive Economy and recommend that Council approves a regrade from SS3 (£78,715 - £87,217) to SS4 (£95,953 - £105,940)

 

To recommend that Council approve the redesignation of the post of Head of City Centre Growth and Regeneration as Director of City Centre Growth and Infrastructure and recommend that Council approves the grade as SS4 (£95,953 - £105,940).

 

Planning and Highways on 16 January 2020, 13 February 2020 and 12 March 2020

Standards Committee on 19 March 2020

Health and Wellbeing Board on 18 March 2020

 

Decisions

 

1.    To receive those minutes.

 

2.    To approve a market rate retention supplement of £10,000 be made to the Deputy Strategic Director of Children’s Services to ensure the retention of the current post holder in light of local market forces.

 

3.    To approve the redesignation of the post of Head of Work and Skills as Director of Inclusive Economy and recommend that Council approves a regrade from SS3 (£78,715 - £87,217) to SS4 (£95,953 - £105,940)

 

4.    To approve the redesignation of the post of Head of City Centre Growth and Regeneration as Director of City Centre Growth and Infrastructure and recommend that Council approves the grade as SS4 (£95,953 - £105,940).

 

26.

Constitutional Amendments and Other Matters for Council Business Continuity pdf icon PDF 275 KB

The report of the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, and the City Solicitor is now enclosed.

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Minutes:

The Council considered the report of the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive & City Treasurer and the City Solicitor which set out proposals for the making of arrangements to ensure continuity of the Council’s decision-making functions during the COVID-19 outbreak, with the risks that might arise from Members and Officers being unable to participate in council business.

 

Decisions

 

The Council agrees:-

 

1.       That from 25 March 2020 until 26 November 2020, under the provisions of Sections 85(1) and Section 85(2A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the protection of the health of the residents of the city or the health of the individual member shall be an approved reason for the non-attendance of a Member at any meeting (including, in the case of members of the Executive, non-attendance at meetings of the Executive); and that for this approval Rule 25 of the Council Procedure Rules be suspended so that this may be rescinded or extended by the Council at any time before then.

 

2.       That the set of delegations set out in section 4 of the report be approved until 26 November 2020, and that for each of these, Rule 25 of the Council Procedure Rules be suspended so that it may be rescinded or extended by the Council at any time before then.

 

3.       That should an Officer declare an interest in any decision to be made under (2) above, then the delegated authority transfers as follows:

·                from Chief Executive to the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer,

·                from the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer to the City Solicitor.

 

4.       That in relation to scrutiny committee “call-in” the constitutional amendment proposed in section 6.3 of the report be approved until 26 November 2020, and that Rule 25 of the Council Procedure Rules be suspended so that this may be rescinded or extended by the Council at any time before then.

 

5.       That for urgent financial decisions the Council agree that until 26 November 2020 the provisions of Rule 6 of the Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules be amended to include urgent decisions outside of the budget, including the use of the Council’s reserves, and that for this constitutional change, Rule 25 of the Council Procedure Rules be suspended so that it may be rescinded or extended by the Council at any time before then.

 

6.       That for urgent financial decisions the Council agree that until 26 November 2020, where this amended provision of Rule 6 of the Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules is to be used to make an urgent change to the revenue or capital budget, that Rule 7 of the same rules be suspended, and that for this constitutional change Rule 25 of the Council Procedure Rules be suspended so that it may be rescinded or extended by the Council at any time before then.

 

7.       That all Chief Officers and Officers set out in Chapters 3A and 3B of Part 3, Section F of the Constitution that are already able to exercise delegated authority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Findings of the Standards Committee into complaints against a Councillor pdf icon PDF 392 KB

The report of the Monitoring Officer is attached, including the Summary Decision Notice of the Standards (Hearing) Sub Committee.

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Minutes:

The Council had received the report of the Monitoring Officer which set out the findings of the Standards (Hearing) Sub Committee in respect of complaints concerning a breach of the Code of Conduct for Members.

 

Decision

 

To receive and note the findings of the Standards (Hearing) Subcommittee.