The Council considered the following Notices
of Motion, which had been submitted in accordance with Council
Procedure Rule 8:
Abolish Section 21
of the Housing Act 1988
This Council believes strongly that a secure
home is at the heart of all our lives. It gives security, enables
aspiration and gives children a stable home in which to
This Council believes that residents living in
the private rented sector should have the security to build their lives and futures, and to become an
active part of the community, just as residents in other housing
tenures. We note that the largest reason for homelessness is
eviction from the private rented sector.
We therefore mandate Managing Director to
write to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government
to call on Government to abolish S21 of the Housing Act 1988, which
allows eviction without the landlord having to establish fault on
the part of the tenant. Removing this unfair clause would help make
renting more secure, improve standards, increase tenant confidence
and ultimately contribute to making renting a viable long term
alternative to home ownership or social rent for the millions who
currently cannot access either.
The proposer, Councillor Berry and the
seconder, Councillor Denham, both spoke in support of the
Other Members spoke on the Motion, following
which the Motion was put to the vote. The Motion was agreed and it
RESOLVED: That the
Council mandates the Managing Director to write to the Minister for
Housing, Communities and Local Government to call on Government to
abolish S21 of the Housing Act 1988.
Worcester and Gouzeaucourt
This Council will make the temporary
Friendship Pact created in 2014 with Gouzeaucourt a small town in Northern France, into
a permanent twinning arrangement between Worcester Council and
Gouzeaucourt. The Twinning Association
have considered this request and are confident that all the
criteria to decide on the suitability of a relationship have been
met and that this twinning relationship would benefit the City of
The proposer, Councillor Hodges and the
seconder, Councillor Gregson, both spoke in support of the Motion.
Other Members spoke on
the Motion, following which the Motion was put to the vote. The
Motion was agreed and it was
RESOLVED: That the
Council agrees to make a permanent twinning arrangement between
Worcester and Gouzeaucourt.
Thanks to West
The violence and mayhem caused by a few thugs
and hooligans in nearby Bristol has once again shown how important
the police are in defending communities like ours in Worcester.
They deserve our admiration and respect for the role they play in
preserving a decent and civil society.
This Council therefore
asks the Managing Director to write to the Chief Constable of West
Mercia thanking him and his officers for all their efforts during
the pandemic in keeping law and order and protecting us from those
who seek to disrupt our work and progress.
The proposer, Councillor Mitchell and the
seconder, Councillor Alan Amos, both spoke in ...
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