Venue: One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton, NN1 1ED
Contact: Democratic Services
Note: The meeting will be webcast. Please use the following link to view the meeting from 6pm: https://vimeo.com/event/1293698
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 15th July 2021.
To receive communications from the Chairman of the Council.
(1) Receipt of Petitions (if any) from Local Government Electors for the District
(2) Questions (if any) from the Public
To receive any written questions and answers which have been submitted with advance notice in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.
Questions of which prior notice have been given may be asked of the Chair, Leader, Portfolio Holder or the Chair of a Committee.
Announcements by the Leader of the Council
To receive communications from the Leader of the Council
Items of Business
To debate any motions which have been submitted with advance notice, in accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rules.
Proposed by Cllr. Rufia Ashraf
Seconded by Cllr. Bob Purser
This Council notes:
· That analysis of the 2019 Local Election results by the Fawcett Society found that only 35% of councillors in England are women, up 1% since 2018. Of the seats that were up for election in 2018, 38% went to women, up just 3 percentage points on 2014 when these seats were last contested;
· As of October 2020, 27 councils have passed the LGA Labour Group’s Parental Leave policy, and an additional 9 councils have their own parental leave policy in place;
· That the role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to start a family to remain as councillors;
· That parental leave must apply to parents regardless of their gender, and that it should also cover adoption leave to support those parents who choose to adopt.
This Council resolves:
· To adopt the parental leave policy drafted by the LGA Labour Group’s Women’s Taskforce to give all councillors an entitlement to parental leave after giving birth or adopting;
· To ensure that councillors with children and other caring commitments are supported as appropriate;
· To notify the LGA that this council has passed a motion at full council to adopt the parental leave policy.
Proposed by: Cllr Julie Davenport
Seconded by: Cllr Dennis Meredith
This council understands the huge negative impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on local businesses and in particular the Town Centre retail and hospitality sectors.
West Northamptonshire Council aims to support its local businesses. Our residents and council ask the executive to investigate the options, including free car parking, for car parking in all council owned car parks and to continue looking at other initiatives to improve and stimulate our town centres.”
Proposer: Cllr. Stone
Seconder: Cllr. Alwahabi
The Authority recognises the many challenges faced by care leavers. We have shown our commitment to them by taking away the burden of council tax for all care leavers until they reach the age of 25 years. We now commit to the provision of one year’s free broadband for all young people leaving care, for the first 12 months.
Proposer: Cllr. Alwahabi
Seconder: Cllr. Haque
WNC is a new authority and committed to change and transformation where it will benefit our most vulnerable residents. The Pandemic has highlighted the need for more IT resources for children living in disadvantaged circumstances. WNC commits to recycling all unwanted IT devices and handing them over to a local charity for refurbishment and redistribution for West Northants children, young people, and care leavers.
Proposed by: Cllr Gareth Eales
Seconded by: Cllr Janice Duffy
Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)
The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.
Exclusion of Press and Public
The following report(s) contain exempt information as defined in the following paragraph(s) of Part 1, Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972.
*DELETE AS APPROPRIATE*
Paragraph 1 – Information relating to any individual.
Paragraph 2 – Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.
Paragraph 3 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).
Paragraph 4 – Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
Paragraph 5 – Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.
Paragraph 6 – Information which reveals that the authority proposes;
a) To give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or
b) To make an order or direction under any enactment
Paragraph 7 – Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.
Members are reminded that whilst the following item(s) have been marked as exempt, it is for the meeting to decide whether or not to consider each of them in private or in public. In making the decision, members should balance the interests of individuals or the Council itself in having access to the information. In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.
Should Members decide not to make a decision in public, they are recommended to resolve as follows:
“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph(s) XXXXX would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”