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Agenda

Venue: Conference Room, Guardsman Tony Downes House, Droylsden

Contact: Robert Landon, Head of Democratic Services  0161 342 2146 or Email: robert.landon@tameside.gov.uk

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Items
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1.

CIVIC MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Civic Mayor to make any appropriate announcements.

 

At this juncture the Civic Mayor will retire from the Chair and the Chair of Council Business shall assume the Chair for the remaining business.

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2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 290 KB

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Meeting of Council held on 9 October 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair of Council Business (or other person presiding) (Minutes attached).

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3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Council.

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4.

COMMUNICATIONS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive any announcements or communications from the Chair of Council Business, the Executive Leader, Members of the Executive Cabinet or the Chief Executive.

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5.

COUNCIL BIG CONVERSATION

To consider any questions submitted by Members of the public in accordance with Standing Orders 31.12 and 31.13.

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6.

EXECUTIVE LEADER'S ANNUAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Chair of Council Business to invite the Executive Leader. Councillor Brenda Warrington, to give her annual keynote address, following which the Leader of the Opposition Group will be entitled to respond with a final right of reply reserved for the Executive Leader.

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MEETING OF EXECUTIVE CABINET pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To receive the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Cabinet held on 24 October 2018 and 28 November 2018 (to follow) and the following recommendations to be agreed:

 

24 October 2018

 

PROPOSAL FOR A FORM OF INDEMNITY TO BE GRANTED TO MEMBERS AND OFFICERS

 

Recommendation:

 

That approval be given to refresh the existing indemnity and adopt a form of indemnity as detailed in appendix of the submitted report.

 

(Link to Cabinet report: http://tameside.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s40920/Item%204c%20-%20Indemnity%20Report%20FINAL.pdf )

 

 

28 November 2018

 

COUNCIL TAX DISCOUNT FOR CARE LEAVERS AGED BETWEEN 21 AND 25

 

Recommendation:

 

That Council agree to amend the Council Policy to reflect the AGMA protocols to:

 

(i)      Award a Council Tax discount of up to 100% of the Council Tax due up to a care leavers 25th birthday.     

(ii)     If the care leaver is joint and severally liable for the Council Tax that is due or becomes a member of a household where a previous exemption or disregard is in place, such as a Single Person Discount or Student Exemption, the care leaver should be ignored for the purposes of retaining the Council Tax exemption/disregard.

(iii)    Care leavers up to aged 25 to be included as a specific vulnerable group in the Council’s discretionary financial support policies including the Welfare Provision Scheme, the Discretionary Council Tax Support Scheme and the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme.

(iv)    For the purposes of this report a care leaver is defined as an individual whom a Council has Corporate Parent responsibilities for.  This includes a person who is currently resident in the Greater Manchester area and has been in the care of a local authority (looked after) for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and who was in care on their 16th birthday.

(v)     If approved this decision would be effective from the beginning of the 2018/19 financial year and, as such, any awards would be backdated to 1 April 2018 where appropriate. 

 

(Link to Cabinet report: http://tameside.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s43914/ITEM%206c%20-%20GM%20Care%20leaver%20FINAL.pdf )

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MEETING OF STANDARDS COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To receive the minutes of the Meeting of the Standards Committee held on 6 November 2018.

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MEETING OF OVERVIEW (AUDIT) PANEL pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To receive the minutes of the Meeting of the Overview (Audit) Panel held on:12 November 2018.

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10.

MEMBERSHIP OF COUNCIL BODIES

To consider any changes to the membership of Council bodies.

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11.

HONORARY ALDERMAN

To agree that, in recognition of his eminent service he has rendered to the Borough of Tameside, Councillor John Bell be made an Honorary Alderman of the Borough at the Annual Meeting of Council on 21 May 2019.

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12.

NOTICES OF MOTION

Motion in the name of Councillor Feeley

That the Council calls upon the Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1950, who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA) with lack of appropriate notification.

 

This Council notes that hundreds of thousands of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011 with little/no/personal notification of the changes. Some women had only two years notice of a six-year increase to their state pension age.

 

Many women born in the 1950's are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Many of these women are already out of the labour market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for grandchildren, or suffer discrimination in the workplace so struggle to find employment. Women born in this decade are suffering financially. These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure when reaching 60. It is not the pension age itself that is in dispute - it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same age. The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected, leaving women with no time to make alternative arrangements.

 

The Council calls upon the Government to reconsider transitional arrangements for women born on or after 6 April 1950, so that women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not told about until it was too late to make alternative arrangements.

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13.

QUESTIONS

To answer questions (if any) asked under Standing Order 17.2, for which due notice has been given by a Member of the Council.

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14.

URGENT ITEMS

To consider any other items which the Chair of Council Business (or other person presiding) is of the opinion shall be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

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