Motions

24th November 15

It was moved by Cllr Dexter Smith,

Seconded by Cllr Rayman Bains

This council resolves to:

Undertake a full public consultation within the next three months on the future of the Old Town Hall, and the setting of this locally listed building of character, after September 2019, when the present agreement for it to be used as an annex to Claycots School comes to an end. The consultation should assess the strength of public support for the Old Town Hall either being returned for use by the Council for civic purposes or continuing to be used for education or some other purpose. The Council’s scrutiny process would then review the results and develop options for Cabinet; but any ultimate decisions impacting on the future of the Old Town Hall core building, including its usage, beyond September 2019, should be brought back to Full Council for final determination.

Resolved – That the motion was rejected

 

 Full Council – 21st April

Unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation Register

(Moved by Councillor Smith, seconded by Councillor Strutton)

“This Council resolves to:

Respond to the acute shortage of housing in Slough by publishing a register of unlicensed House Multiple Occupation to safeguard the health and welfare of sitting, and future, occupants whilst regulating good quality self-contained units which will be self-financing by the extra council tax generated.”

This motion was rejected.

Conservative Motion –  22nd July 14

The following motion was proposed by Cllr Dexter Smith and seconded by Cllr Anna Wright

This council resolves: 

Following Ofsted's grading of SBC's Children's Centres as "Inadequate" in all three categories - governance, monitoring and service delivery

a) to require the resignation of the Commissioner for Education and Children, due to the services areas she oversees being repeatedly and comprehensively judged as "inadequate" by Ofsted.

and

b) to require examination, through the Education and Children's Services Scrutiny Panel, of how the £8,365,472 early intervention grant from Government was spent on our 13,000 child clients (about £650 per child) in the last financial year, as well as to examine what provisions there are in the Cambridge Education (signed last year) for target setting and performance monitoring, and require a six-monthly scrutiny review of this data beginning with a review of the Action Plan to recover the Children's Centre service

The Commissioner for Education and Children, Cllr Pavitar Mann was not present at the meeting.

Labour would not enter into debate for ‘part b’ of the motion as the early intervention grant has been dissolved into the council’s General Fund. Even though the General Fund includes Children’s Services spend, Labour judiciously swept this under the carpet.   

The motion was rejected.

 

The Conservative Group called the following highway traffic calming motion – 22nd April 14

(Moved by Councillor Smith, seconded by Councillor Wright)

“This council resolves to:

Immediately stop all current/ongoing projects undertaken by the Highways Department to introduce traffic calming, reduce the number of carriageways, narrow carriageway widths, block-off roads to through-traffic, and fill-in bus stop lay-bys; it should thereby present a report open to scrutiny by Members on the effectiveness of such measures already implemented against the criteria of whether they have added to congestion or reduced journey times; any measures that have added to congestion and journey times are inherently unsafe and against the interests of Slough residents going about their daily business and should consequently be removed.”

This motion was turned down.

Extraordinary Council Meeting – 28th March 2014

The Conservative Group called the following motions:

A. This Council resolves:
"to lift standing orders on the 'rules on debate' at paragraph 16.6 of the constitution, to allow members to speak without time restriction and on multiple occasions if they so chose for the purpose of fully debating all the motions on this agenda." Proposed by Cllr Strutton and seconded by Cllr Anna Wright.

B. This Council resolves:

“that as the shocking OFSTED inspection report of 11th February 2014 about SBC's Safeguarding of Vulnerable and Looked-After Children, shows the work of the Council's Children Services Department to be "Inadequate" for a third successive time under his watch, the Leader of the Council should acknowledge responsibility and resign" Proposed by Cllr Anna Wright and seconded by Cllr Strutton.

C. This Council resolves:

"that the Council's Education and Children Services Department should produce, for Scrutiny and Cabinet consideration, a report outlining the Council's plans for change: to address the most recent Ofsted findings; to outline what actions have already been taken to ensure improvements; and to consider what more can be done, including from a list of actions and alternatives that might be appropriate over the longer term." Proposed by Cllr Smith and seconded by Cllr Abe.

D. This Council resolves:

"that a special meeting should be arranged by the Members Services Department as soon as possible at which members of the public may ask the Leader, Commissioners, Chairs or Group Leaders questions about Ofsted's evaluation of Childrens Services in Slough to allow open discussion on this matter of grave public concern.” Proposed by Cllr Abe and seconded by Cllr Coad.

E. This Council resolves:

"to condemn the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and resolves to safeguard girls by implementing an action plan to stop this crime from happening in the borough; Council accordingly calls for examination of the reporting duties for medical professionals and teachers in referring possible FGM cases to the police; and further calls on SBC officers to formulate a strategy to raise awareness of this issue.” Proposed by Cllr Coad and seconded by Cllr Abe.

 

Labour Group Amendments

“to lift standing orders on ‘rules of debate’ at paragraph 16.6 of the constitution, to allow members to speak without time restriction and on multiple occasions if they so chose for the purpose of fully debating motion B on this agenda following a presentation from the leader.”

Motion C

“that the Council’s Education and Children Services Department should produce, for Education and Children’s services scrutiny and Cabinet, a report outlining the Council’s plans for change: to address the most recent Ofsted findings; to outline what actions have already been taken to ensure improvements; and to consider what form the next stage of improvement will take following discussions with the Department for Education.”

Motion E

“to condemn the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and resolves to work with partners to formulate an action plan to stop this crime from happening in the Borough; Council accordingly calls for scrutiny to examine the reporting duties for medical professionals and teachers in referring possible FGM cases to the police; and to receive the planned LSCB strategy for raising awareness of this issue.”

Motion E was further amended by Cllr Coad to read:

“to condemn the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and resolves to safeguard girls by working with partners to formulate an action plan to stop this crime from happening in the Borough; Council accordingly calls for scrutiny to examine the reporting duties for medical professionals and teachers in referring possible FGM cases to the police; and to receive the planned LSCB strategy for raising awareness of this issue.”

All amended motions were passed.

 

Budget Council- Feb 2014

The Slough Borough Council budget for the 2014/15 financial year, beginning in April, was approved at a full council meeting on Tuesday (18 February). Opposition councillors voiced their disapproval of the budget.

Cllr Dexter Smith put forward the following Amendment which was not moved by council.

Council resolves that:

"Any member of the public who has taken up the opportunity afforded in accordance with the Constitution to inspect the Council's Accounts and related financial documentation, shall be entitled to ask up to three questions and clarifying follow-ons at the Annual Budget Council meeting and/or the Annual Close of Accounts Council meeting, where their inspection has taken place within the current municiple year, in order to promote greater transparency and accountability to residents."

It was resolved that this motion would be put on the agenda at the next constitutional panel meeting

 

Jan 14

On 28th January, the Conservative Group put forward the following motion before full council. It was proposed by Cllr Dexter Smith and seconded by Cllr Anna Wright, Leader of Slough Conservative Group:

This council resolves: 

To address the unacceptable shortfall in the ratio of patients to doctors in Slough and produce a plan, with partners in the NHS, that will bring the Slough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area up from its present ratio of 21.2 full-time-equivalent (FTE) doctors per 100,000 patients, with the objective of achieving over the next 5 years a ratio the same as that of Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot (which is 35.1 FTE doctors per 100,000 patients), thereby reducing health inequalities and improving the health and well being of Slough residents, in accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Labour amended above motion to read:

This Council resolves to recognize the shortage in access to doctors in some wards. The Council endorses the commitment of the NHS England to review the number of GPs across the region, and supports the Slough CCG’s commissioning intentions that specifically include access as a top priority. This Council also supports the CCG’s investment in extending access across GPs in Slough. Whilst the per capita measurement of GP numbers is of concern, the national target to be achieved, as in the government’s National Outcome Framework for Health, is access to 3.4 appointments per patient per year, by which measure Slough GPs are achieving a local figure of 3.8 – exceeding this national target. The Council and partners will continue top work collaboratively with the CCG and NHS England to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and well being of Slough residents, in accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

This amendment was passed by 28 votes from the Labour Group. Cllr Smith hit back by stating that Slough Labour twisted the original motion into something positive thereby diminishing the real problem in health care as addressed by the Conservative Group. He said that Labour have yet again failed to commit to a plan with clear objectives and an end goal.

Extraordinary General Meeting - Date: 7th November 2013

This Council resolves:

"..... it has lost confidence in the present leadership of Slough Borough Council because of recent examples of financial mismanagement and poor governance, and it calls on those responsible to resign."

The Conseravtives called on the Leader of the Council (Rob Anderson, Labour) and Deputy Leader (James Swindlehurst, Labour) to resign

This motion was rejected by Labour.

Date: 23rd July 2013

The following motion was proposed by Cllr Dexter Smith and seconded by Cllr Anna Wright at Council on 23rd July 2013.

This Council resolves to:-

Produce a Report for Cabinet on the exact position regarding uncollected Council Tax arrears for the last three municipal years, following the Local Government Minister’s ranking of Slough’s level of arrears per Council Taxpayer as the second worst in the country; the report shall include an action plan outlining how the council intends to improve its performance in collecting Council Tax arrears, thereby reducing the financial pressures on those who do fully pay their Council Tax and that are subsidising those who don’t.

In April 2013, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said, “Incompetent and rotten Labour boroughs are turning a blind eye to tax evasion”. Of which Slough was ranked the second most incompetent and rotten Labour borough. Slough Borough Council retorted by claiming that the wrong numbers were given to Eric Pickles and that the actual arrears equated to half the figure quoted by Pickles.

The Conservative Group requested Council Tax Collection figures for the last 3 full financial years and low and behold the figures highlighted arrears that were actually in excess of those quoted by Pickles. Initially, we were told that in 2012-13 Slough Borough Council had failed to collect 4.7% Council Tax which equated to £2,275,129. Therefore they had average arrears of £952.73 per household (4.7% of 50,800 is 2388 residents) which is well above the figures Eric Pickles quoted in April. Doing the same for 2011-12, the 4.2% equates to 2134 in arrears, each with average arrears of £941.91 per household; and in 2010-11 we had 2083 in arrears, averaging £932.55 per household.

The motion was rejected by Labour.

Date: 23rd April 2013

(Moved by Cllr Smith, seconded by Cllr Anna Wright)

Khalsa Secondary Academy

This Council recommends:-

That the interests of Slough taxpayers are put first:

(a) by the Council not pursuing further its legal challenge to the Government's direction to make the former Arbour Vale School site available for the Khalsa Secondary Academy which the Government had agreed to fund

(b) by obtaining "best value" through its sale of this former school site to enable further use for educational purposes when there is a long-term shortage of secondary school places in Slough and when the alternative of development for housing and a football stadium has been pursued for at least six years without a deal being concluded.

RESOLUTION
The motion was put and lost by 3 votes to 30 votes with 2 abstentions.

Date: 29th January 2013

(Moved by Cllr Dexter Smith, seconded by Cllr Anna Wright)

Licensing

This motion recommends: -

That any member found to be in breach of planning, licensing or trading standards guidelines and regulations, resulting in a successful prosecution, a fine, an enforcement notice and/or a withdrawal of a license, should not be appointed to a commissionership post or serve on any quasi-judicial committee of the Council, not only for the duration of the penalty but for a rehabilitation period.

RESOLUTION

This motion was rejected by the leading group.

Date: 27th November 2012

(Moved by Councillor Wright, seconded by Councillor Strutton)

A5 PREMISES

This motion recommends:-That the health and well being priorities in the Sustainable Community Strategy (2011) and other relevant national and regional guidance in relation to improving the health of children be expanded  by considering ways to prevent any new premises with A5 from opening within 300-500 metres of any school within the Slough borough borders.

RESOLUTION

Council resolved that the health and well being priorities in the Sustainable Community Strategy (2011) and other relevant national and regional guidance in relation to improving the health of children be expanded  by considering ways to prevent any new premises with A5 from opening within 300-500 metres of any school within the Slough borough borders and that consideration of the issue takes place through referral to the O&S Committee for Member input and appropriate recommendations be made to the Planning Committee on new policy.

Date: 27th September 2012

 OUTSIDE BODIES

 (Moved by Councillor Smith, seconded by Councillor Wright)

 “This Council recommends:-

 • Any changes to Slough Borough Council membership of outside bodies will be agreed by full Council.

• Any allowances offered to members holding positions on outside bodies should be published on the Slough Borough Council website”

 

RESOLUTION

 It was moved as an amendment by Councillor Anderson, seconded by Councillor Swindlehurst.

 Resolved - “This Council resolves to:

Any allowances offered to members holding positions on outside bodies that are appointed by the Council should be published on the Slough Borough Council websites.

Date: 24th April 2012

HONOUR BASED CRIME

(Moved by Councillor Coad, seconded by Councillor Dodds)

“This Council resolves to:-

• Condemn honour killing in any community.

• Condemn honour based violence and crime in any form and in any

community.

• Condemn domestic violence in any form and in any community.

• Commit to facilitating the introduction of workshops and educational

sessions in the public sector and local schools in conjunction with

organisations such as Karma Nirvana who campaign to bring an end to

honour based crimes”.

 

RESOLUTION

It was moved as an amendment by Councillor Anderson, seconded by Councillor Swindlehurst.

The substantive motion was put and carried unanimously.

Resolved - “This Council resolves to:-

• Condemn honour killing in any community.

• Condemn honour based violence and crime in any form and in any community.

• Condemn domestic violence in any form and in any community.

• Commit to investigate the introduction of workshops and educational sessions in the public sector and local schools in conjunction with organisations such as Karma Nirvana who campaign to bring an end to honour based crimes”.