Council meeting Wednesday 21st February

Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA

Contact: Emma Perry, Governance Services  Tel: 020 8356 3338 Email:  Governance@Hackney.gov.uk

Items

No. Item
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Speaker’s Announcements
3. Declarations of Interest

This is the time for Members to declare any disclosable pecuniary or other non-pecuniary interests they may have in any matter being considered at this meeting having regard to the guidance attached to the agenda.

4. Minutes of the previous meeting  PDF 213 KB
5. Petitions for debate – Walford Road area closures consultation  PDF 219 KB

·  Walford Road area closures consultation

6. Deputations

We are a group of parents of disabled children with special educational needs  in Hackney who wish to highlight our grave concerns about council proposals to change Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Funding Arrangements and plans for 5% funding cuts for all high needs pupils from April 2018.

 

We believe the council’s proposed model will result in significant cuts to support for vulnerable and disabled children with high needs in Hackney’s maintstream schools.

 

If implemented, many SEND pupils will no longer be able to study alongside their non- disabled peers, school exclusions will rise and parents will be forced to seek places for their children in over-subscribed local special schools or in expensive out of borough provision. We have also received clear legal advice that the model is unlawful and would open the council up to legal challenge and an increase in appeals to the SENDIST Tribunal.

 

Furthermore, we wish to highlight that council plans to cut funding by 5% for all children on Education Health and Care Plans will reduce their access to speech and language therapy, specialist teacher and behaviour support, hollowing out vital interventions that are crucial for enabling our children to communicate, learn and make progress.

 

Our deputation therefore asks the council to abandon its proposals for an unlawful and damaging new model of SEND funding and take steps to protect all funding for disabled and vulnerable children with special educational needs in Hackney.

 

The deputation will be introduced by Cllr Margaret Gordon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Questions from Members of the Public

7.1  Question from Mr Christopher Sills to the Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing Need:

What steps do you propose to take to eliminate the use of bed and breakfast accommodation during the next administration both on financial and social grounds and would you agree with me that blaming the Government is no excuse for inaction.

 

7.2  Question from Mr Les Kelly to the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement

 

In light of the many major music and cultural events in parks on Hackney’s borders, what measures is the council taking to reduce disruption and nuisance to local residents on our side of the border?

 

8. Questions from Members of the Council

8.1  From Councillor Snell to the Mayor:

The ‘Hackney Loves You’ campaign is very popular with the very high proportion of European citizens who live in Hackney, and particularly the even higher proportion in Dalston. Can the Mayor please advise Council what has been achieved so far by this initiative and what the government should do to help the Council better support local residents living in fear of Tory Brexit policies?

 

8.2   From Councillor Stops to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks:

It’s good to read that all of Hackneys plastics are re-processed in the UK. Can you tell members the reprocessing company by material, percentage fraction and what these materials are used for? Can you also tell members what happens to the rest of the materials?

 

8.3  From Councillor Rickard to the Mayor:

Could the Mayor update us on the current Guinness Trust plans for the regeneration of the Northwold estate?

 

8.4  From Councillor Ebbutt to the Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources:

‘Can the Cabinet Member responsible for equalities tell me what support the council gives to members of staff who are parents of premature babies?’

 

8.5  From Councillor Abraham Jacobson to the Cabinet Member for Housing

What is being done with the regards to the ongoing situation with defective Gerda doors installed in Hackney Homes streetproperties?

 

8.6  From Councillor Ian Sharer to the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement

What measures are being taken to reduce violent crime in the borough.

 

8.7  From Councillor Harvey Odze to the Mayor:

In the Mayor’s opinion what are the most important strategic actions that he can take to alleviate the current housing crisis in Hackney.

 

8.8  From Councillor Gordon to the Mayor:

Hackney Almshouse Charity wants to build 30 flats at social rent for local residents and is looking for a suitable site. Could the Mayor update us on the progress of the asset management Strategy In respect of land and property owned by the Council.

 

8.9  From Councillor Potter to the Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing Need:

Following the news that Northamptonshire County Council, a Conservative led administration, has introduced a ban on all new spending through a section 114 notice in the wake of successive government cuts; can the Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing Needs outline the council’s position on maintaining a balanced budget in this period of austerity.

8.10  From Councillor Adams to the Mayor:

What reassurance can the Mayor give to residents living in the area of the Britannia project which is designed to deliver a new school and leisure centre; about the use of any surplus income from the sale of private homes to (a) provide much needed homes at social rent and (b) provide genuinely affordable homes which can be purchased by the communities such as the one that I represent?

 

8.11  From Councillor Dawood Akhoon to the Mayoral adviser Private Renting and Housing Affordability

The rent under the London Mayor’s living  …  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9. Elected Mayor’s Statement
10. Budget And Council Tax Report 2018/19  PDF 529 KB

Additional documents:

11. Report of the Chief Executive: Changes To The Constitution – Data Protection Officer  PDF 71 KB
12. Group Director of Finance And Corporate Resources : Audit Committee Annual Report 2017/18  PDF 151 KB
13. Report of the Chief Executive: Gender Pay Gap Report  PDF 82 KB

Additional documents:

14. Report of the Chief Executive: Community Safety And Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission – Reach And Accessibility Of Council Services To Vulnerable Migrants  PDF 64 KB

Additional documents:

15. Motion

MOTION 1 – WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

 

This council notes that 2018 marks one hundred years since the Representation of People Act 1918, a turning point in political history, when some women were able to vote in local and national elections and to stand for election to Parliament for the first time.

The enfranchisement of women came as a response to the tremendous efforts made by the women of this country in the war effort between 1914 and 1918, and because of the heroic efforts made by the women’s suffrage campaign and their supporters, both male and female.

This council notes with pride the involvement of local women in the war effort and also, the local activitists and politicians who had fought for universal suffrage before 1914. In particular we note the contribution of Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer, editor, campaigner, adventurer, mother and ‘founder of modern feminism’; the Women’s Freedom League, which provided employment in a toy factory in south Hackney for women put out of work as dress-making suffered a drop in demand; Henry Fawcett, husband of Millicent Fawcett, who was MP for Hackney from 1874 until his death in 1884; and those Hackney residents who signed the 1866 women’s suffrage petition demanding women should have the same political rights as men.

The council also notes the voices of intersectional feminists, past and present such as Sojourner Truth and KimberleCrenshaw who have paved the way for contemporary British writers, academics and social policy analysts, to continue to make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the experiences of women from marginalised communities.

The Council resolves that, on the centenary of women’s suffrage, we unanimously commit to ensuring that the sacrifices and achievements of those local heroines and heroes who fought for equal suffrage is celebrated locally and that barriers are removed to enable all women electors to vote according to their own opinions and to vote in secrecy without harassment or intimidation.”

Proposed: Cllr Carole Williams
Seconded: Cllr Feryal Demirci

 

 

MOTION 2 – ANTISEMITISM

 

In light of the fact that Hackney has one of the highest percentages of Jewish residents (6.28% according to the 2011 census) of any borough in the United Kingdom, this council expresses alarm at the rise in antisemitism in recent years across the UK. This includes incidents when criticism of Israel has been expressed using antisemitic tropes. Criticism of Israel can be legitimate, but not if it employs the tropes and imagery of antisemitism.

 

We therefore welcome the UK Government’s announcement on December 11th 2016 that it will sign up to the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

 

The guidelines highlight manifestations of antisemitism as including:

 

• Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the  …  view the full agenda text for item 15.

16. Draft Programme Of Meetings 2018-19  PDF 83 KB

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