To consider any Notices of Motion submitted in
accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.
Pets as Prizes: This
Has to Stop
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.
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