Agenda

Venue: Assembly Room, Guildhall

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Of the Annual Council Meeting and the Extraordinary Meeting held on 18th May 2021 to be approved and signed.

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4.

Mayor's Communications

To receive any communications the Mayor may wish to make.

5.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Council in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

6.

Questions

The Leader of the Council, the Deputy Leader of the Council or the Chair of any Committee or Sub-Committee to take any questions that may be submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.

7.

Notice of Motion

To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.

 

Pets as Prizes: This Has to Stop

 

This Council:  

·          is concerned about the number of cases reported to the RSPCA each year regarding pets given as prizes via fairgrounds, social media and other channels in England, and notes the issue predominantly concerns goldfish;

·          is concerned for the welfare of those animals that are being given as prizes;

·          recognises that many cases of pets being as prizes may go unreported each year;  

·          supports a move to ban the giving of live animals as prizes, in any form, on Worcester City Council land.  

 

The Council agrees to: 

·          ban outright the giving of live animals as prizes, in any form, on Worcester City Council land; and

·          mandate the Managing Director to write to the Minister of Animal Welfare, urging an outright ban on the giving of live animals as prizes on both public and private land. 

 

Proposed by: Councillor Laurenson

 

West Mercia Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Support Centre

 

West Mercia Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Support Centre is the only organisation in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to offer specialist support to the victims of rape and sexual violence. Services are free, confidential and non-judgemental and currently available to survivors who have experienced any form of rape and/or sexual violence at any time in their lives. WMRCSASC offers both telephone advice and face to face counselling sessions to survivors of rape and sexual violence, both men and women, young and old, and offers a specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service to survivors over the age of 5. The majority of those seen by the service are between the ages of 11 and 25.

 

It is therefore devastating to hear that the service has had to close it’s doors to new referrals whilst it clears the backlog of over 400 people currently on the waiting list, with a current estimated wait time of over 18 months from referral to a first face to face session. Whilst approximately one third of funding for the service comes from the Ministry of Justice, and the advocacy service is currently funded by the PCC, there is a significant funding gap and it is no longer ethical or sustainable for the service to accept new referrals.

 

This Council notes the hardship that is currently being experienced by WMRCSASC and calls on the Managing Director, Director of Homes and Communities, and Leader of the Council to work with partners across Worcestershire including MPs, the PCC, the NHS and social services in order to assist WMRCSASC in being able to carry out this valuable and life saving work.

 

Proposed by: Councillor Griffiths

 

8.

Appointment of Members to Committees pdf icon PDF 183 KB

That the Council agree to remove Councillor Allcott as a member of Licensing and Environmental Health Committee and appoint Councillor Lawrance.

9.

Amendment To The Scheme For Members' Allowances 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

That the Council approve the amendment to the Scheme for Members’ Allowances 2021/22 as set out in the report.

10.

Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision

To receive reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council for decision.

10a

Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee - Replacement of Wetside Floor Tiles at Perdiswell Leisure Centre pdf icon PDF 188 KB

That the Council agree an amendment to the Capital Programme of up to £182,100 to meet the costs of the capital works.

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10b

Referral Report from Standards Committee - Standards Committee Annual Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

That the Council receive the Standards Committee Annual Report 2020/21.

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11.

Report from the Leader of the Council on any matters which he is of the opinion require urgent consideration by The Council

To receive a report, if necessary.

12.

Items Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Council is invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

 

PART II

(ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND DECISION IN PRIVATE)

13.

Any Exempt Issues

To consider any exempt matters which might arise.