Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 6.15 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Mrs Joanne Griffiths  Tel: 01744 673219

Items
No. Item

37.

Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 September 2017 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

38.

Apologies for Absence

39.

Declarations of Interest from Members

40.

The Mayor's Communications

41.

To hear and respond to any questions submitted by Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9

42.

To hear and respond to any questions submitted by members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10

43.

To hear any deputations by members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11

44.

Report of Cabinet - Corporate Financial Report pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Additional documents:

45.

Transport for the North - Incorporation as a Sub-National Transport Body and Consideration of Draft Regulations pdf icon PDF 68 KB

46.

Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12

47.

Submitted by Councillor Neal

 “St Helens Council notes that hundreds of thousands of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011 but were not notified of the changes until relatively recently. Some women were not notified until two years ago of a six-year increase in their pension age.

 

This Council believes that women born in the 1950s are bearing a disproportionate cost of Conservative plans to reduce state spending. Many women born in the 1950s are living in hardship and their retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Many of these women are 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 due to the Government’s unfair ideological drive to reduce the cost of the state.

 

This Council also believes that these women have worked hard, raised families and paid their income tax and national insurance with the reasonable expectation that they would be financially secure after finishing work.

 

 The pension age itself is not disputed - it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time. The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and this has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women directly affected.

 

St Helens Council therefore resolves to call upon the Government to make fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6 April 1951, who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age, so that these women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not told about until it was too late to make alternative arrangements.”

47a

Submitted by Councillor L Preston

During the last 12 months, the number of Human Trafficking incidents identified by local authorities across the country has increased significantly prompting urgent calls for heightened public awareness on this issue to tackle the rising threat of modern slavery within communities.  We are aware that criminal gangs, through the misery they inflict on others, are making large sums of money by forcing vulnerable people, often by threatened or actual physical violence, to work for little or no pay.

 

As a Council, we are working with our partners, particularly Merseyside Police, to raise awareness of Human Trafficking, to identify and tackle those who profit from this activity and to rescue the victims from a life of servitude.

 

This issue presents additional unprecedented challenges for agencies working in Community Safety Partnerships at a time when both the Council and Merseyside Police are required to make further significant budget costs in addition to those savings which have been made since 2010.

 

To address this challenge and to meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 this motion commits the Council to:

 

(a)        work with all partners to ensure that all employers in the Borough are legally employing those from abroad coming to work and that working conditions and pay are fair and compatible with all relevant legislation;

 

(b)        support those rescued from modern slavery and human trafficking;

 

(c)        ensure transparency in the supply chain for those providing services to the Council and to implement the necessary checks to provide assurance on this matter; and

 

(d)        call upon the Government to support the Council and Merseyside Police to meet these unprecedented challenges by halting the cuts they are required to deliver and to increase their funding to protect those at risk from this illegal activity and the wider community as a whole.