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No. Item


Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


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 Committee.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Of the meeting held on 8th November 2023 to be approved and signed.


Worcester Community Trust Annual Update on Delivery of Business Plan pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To note the contents of this report and in particular:


a)   Worcester Community Trust presentation on review of 2022/23 and looking ahead to 2023/24 at Appendix 1;

b)   Worcester Community Trust outline business plan 2023-26 and Strategic Progress Report at Appendix 2 and Appendix 3; and

c)   Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 March 2023 for Worcester Community Trust at Appendix 4.

Additional documents:


Quarter 3 Performance Report for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

That the Communities Committee notes the Council’s quarter 3 performance for 2023/24.

Additional documents:


Setting of the Budget for 2024/25 and Medium Term Financial Plan to 2028/29 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

1.   That the Committee notes the proposed Budgets for the various services identified for 2024/25;


2.   That the Committee considers the priorities within each service and recommends any change for the services’ Budgets;


3.   That the Committee considers the services’ Capital programme and future projects and recommends any changes or additions; and


4.   That the Committee reviews any new budget proposals from Members and makes recommendations to Policy and Resources Committee as appropriate.

Additional documents:


Worcester Play Council Review pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Report to follow.


Council of Sanctuary pdf icon PDF 138 KB

That the Committee:


1.  Endorses the City of Sanctuary Charter (attached as Appendix 1) through the Council signing up as a Supporting Organisation by joining the City of Sanctuary Network and commits to work towards recognition as a ‘Council of Sanctuary’; and


2.  Agrees to commit the allocation of £86,515 from the Homes for Ukraine and Dispersal Accommodation grant over the course of three years as detailed in section 7.1 in order to work towards recognition of Worcester City Council as a Council of Sanctuary.

Additional documents:


Worcester City Faith Covenant pdf icon PDF 131 KB

That the Committee:


1.     Notes the contents of the report and commitment and value of a Faith Covenant for Worcester;


2.   Instructs officers to engage with community faith leaders and the Worcestershire Inter Faith Forum to establish a steering group to identify and define the vision, scope and content of a Worcester City Faith Covenant; and


3.     Delegates to the Corporate Director - Operations, Homes and Communities, in consultation with Chair and Vice-Chair of Communities Committee, the adoption of a Worcester City Faith Covenant.


Council Motion of 28th November 2023 - Israel / Palestine Conflict pdf icon PDF 133 KB

That the Committee note the contents of the report, and in particular the Motion approved at Council on 28th November 2023.


Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chair is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.