Agenda and minutes

Venue: Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BG

Contact: Anita Vukomanovic - Email: anita.vukomanovic@barnet.gov.uk, 020 8359 7113 

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Anthony Finn.

2.

Elect a Member to preside if the Mayor is absent

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor was present.

3.

Prayer

    Minutes:

    Father Gladstone Liddle was called upon by the Worshipful the Mayor to speak to Council and say prayers.

4.

Declarations of Interest

    Minutes:

    Councillor Arjun Mittra declared a non-pecuniary interest in relation to Agenda Items 14.2 (Administration motion in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen – The Barnet View) and 14.5 (Opposition motion in the name of Councillor Paul Edwards – Winter Homeless Shelter) by virtue of being an employee of the GLA.

     

    Councillor Paul Edwards advised that he wished to give notice that he is a recipient of the London Borough of Barnet Pension Scheme, as set out in Agenda Item 11.3 (Report of the Pension Fund Committee - London CIV (Collective Investment Vehicle) Governance Changes)

     

5.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 92 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting of Council, and the Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of Council, both dated 31 July 2018, be agreed as a correct record. 

     

6.

Official announcements

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor congratulated The Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, on being awarded Freedom of the Borough and noted that he, alongside other Members and distinguished guests, had attended the ceremony on 24 October 2018. 

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor congratulated Chris Flathers, who has served as Headteacher for the Orion Primary School, Edgware, since 2000, and nearby Goldbeaters Primary School since 2004, on being awarded the prestigious national award of being named Primary School Headteacher of the Year.  The Worshipful the Mayor further noted the inspirational work of Mr. Flathers as a headteacher, as well as his support of pupil’s families and the wider community through the numerous projects such as the five week long learning festival ‘GO FEST’, holiday clubs, weekend football and the recently launched ‘BYT’ charity.

     

    Councillor Arjun Mittra MOVED under Council Procedure Rule 10.3 (move that an item of business in the summons takes precedence) that Part 4 of Council Business take place before the break.  This was duly SECONDED.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor Moved to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    37

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The motion was declared lost. 

     

7.

Any business remaining from last meeting

    Minutes:

    There was none. 

8.

Questions to the Leader (and Committee Chairmen if he/she has delegated)

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Answers to the questions submitted were provided as a supplementary paper to the agenda.

     

    Supplementary questions were then asked and answered within the allotted time given for the item.

9.

Petitions for Debate (20 minutes)

    Minutes:

    None.

10.

Reports from the Leader

    Minutes:

    At the invitation of The Worshipful the Mayor, the Leader informed Council that he had received representations from a number of residents in respect to Victoria Park Lodge.  He advised that he had asked the Chief Executive to seek further advice on the matter.

     

    RESOLVED that Council note the verbal report of the Leader.

     

11.

Reports from Committees

11.1

Report of the Constitution and General Purposes Committee - Constitution Review pdf icon PDF 212 KB

11.2

Report of the Policy and Resources Committee - Treasury Management - Out-Turn Report (2017/18), Mid-Year Review (2018/19) and Revised Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 232 KB

11.3

Report of the Pension Fund Committee - London CIV (Collective Investment Vehicle) Governance Changes pdf icon PDF 204 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Mark Shooter, Chairman of the Pension Fund Committee, introduced the report.  Debate ensued.

     

    On the recommendations in the report being put to the vote the recommendations were unanimously agreed.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That Council agrees to:

     

    1.     Revoke the Council’s delegation of the joint discharge of the relevant functions to the Pensions CIV Joint Committee (“PCSJC”).

     

    2.      Endorse the new governance arrangements referred to in the paper and in the letter signed by the Chief Executive of London CIV and the Chief Executive of London Councils dated 13 June 2018 (Appendix 1) “New Arrangements”).

     

    3.     Confirm and accept that the new governance arrangements supersede the PCSJC, support the dissolution of the PCSJC, and the making of appointments to the new Shareholder Committee and additional non-executive appointments and a Treasurer observer.

     

7.45pm - 9.30pm

12.

Reports of Officers

12.1

Report of the Head of Governance pdf icon PDF 232 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The representative of the Head of Governance introduced the report.  Appendix A detailed changes to Committees during 2018-19.  Appendix B set out nominations to Outside Bodies and to Committee Membership.  Appendix C included further nominations to Outside Bodies and a correction to the number of nominations to the Finchley Charities, which was 3, not 2.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    1.    That Council notes the changes to the calendar of meetings as set out in Appendix A.

     

    2.    Council makes appointments to the Outside Bodies as listed in Appendix B.

     

    3.    Council makes appointments to the following Outside Bodies as set out in Appendix C, which are The Finchley Charities, London CIV Shareholder Committee, and Fostering Approvals Panel.

     

13.

Questions to Council Representatives on Outside Bodies

    Minutes:

    None. 

14.

Motions

14.1

Administration Motion in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen - The Barnet View pdf icon PDF 38 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Dean Cohen moved the motion in his name.  Councillor Jo Cooper moved the amendment in her name.  Debate ensued.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Jo Cooper was put to the vote.

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For:

    25

    Against

    37

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

    The motion in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen was put to the vote. Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For:

    37

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The motion was declared carried.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council recognises the distinct social, environmental, health, housing and transport needs of outer London boroughs such as Barnet and their differences to those of inner London boroughs. These relate to, among other things, less developed public transport infrastructure, an older and more sparsely settled population, and links with areas beyond the borders of Greater London.

     

    Council therefore supports the adoption of a Barnet-focused view in responding to the current consultations, particularly in support of Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding applications, which should reflect the priorities of this borough and its residents and not those of inner London.

     

    Council calls on the Environment Committee to ensure that we maximise LIP receipts and allocate them in line with the Barnet view.

     

14.2

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Reema Patel - Brexit and Barnet pdf icon PDF 47 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Reema Patel moved the motion in her name. 

     

    Councillor Richard Cornelius MOVED that the motion now be put.  The Worshipful the Mayor moved to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    37

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The motion in the name of Councillor Richard Cornelius was carried and the submitted amendment in the name of Councillor Ross Houston fell.

     

    The Mayor moved to the vote on the motion in the name of Councillor Patel.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    37

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The motion was declared lost. 

14.3

Administration Motion in the name of Councillor David Longstaff - Right to Buy pdf icon PDF 36 KB

    Minutes:

    The motion in the name of Councillor David Longstaff was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    37

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The motion was declared carried.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council notes that some cracked paving stones don’t reach the criteria that warrant replacement from the Highways department, but are unsightly.

     

    Council supports residents and businesses who wish to pay for our term contractor to replace cracked paving stones on a like-for-like basis.

     

    Council requests that the Environment Committee develop proposals to make this service available to all residents and businesses.

     

     

14.4

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke - School cuts pdf icon PDF 43 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Coakley Webb was put to the vote. The amendment was unanimously agreed and was declared carried.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Longstaff was put to the vote.  The amendment was unanimously agreed and was declared carried.

     

    The Mayor moved the substantive motion to the vote which was unanimously agreed.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council notes that because of ongoing Government work to balance the economy, a new funding formula has been introduced. Barnet schools will see increased pressure on their budgets, resulting in lower reserves for many.

    Council notes that Barnet schools, under current arrangements, will fund the National Insurance increases.

     

    Council also notes the shortfall in High Needs Block Funding is being topped-up by the Schools Forum.

     

    Some Barnet schools have depleted their reserves to the point where they have asked the Council to assist them, in the short term, while they balance their budgets.

     

    Council supports our schools and notes that pupils' education attainment remains excellent.

     

    Council resolves:

     

    1.     To call for more national funding in schools and for the Government to fund any cost increase for teachers.

     

    2.     Council asks the Children's, Education & Safeguarding Committee to continue to monitor the funding situation for all Barnet Schools and to assist those schools in need where possible.

     

     

14.5

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Barry Rawlings - Breaking Point campaign pdf icon PDF 56 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Moore was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    37

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

    The original motion was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    37

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The motion was declared lost. 

14.6

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Paul Edwards - Winter homeless shelter pdf icon PDF 51 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    ThThe amendment in the name of Councillor Farrier was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    37

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Rozenberg was put to the vote. 

     

    For

    37

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    1

     

    The amendment was declared carried.  The substantive motion was agreed.   

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council notes that:

     

    ·       rough sleeping nationally has increased 169% since 2010.

    ·       7,484 rough sleepers in London were seen by outreach workers in 2017/18.

    ·       it is extremely dangerous to sleep outdoors in the UK in winter.

    ·       some homeless people die while sleeping on London streets.

     

    Council thanks Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB) and the many volunteers and charitable and religious organisations working hard to help the homeless in Barnet.

     

    Council welcomes improvements already made by our Labour Mayor of London which include:

     

    ·       87% of people helped by Mayoral services left the streets last year.

    ·       An 8% drop in the number of London’s rough sleepers last year, for the first time in a decade.

    ·       The Mayor’s new Plan of Action to tackle rough sleeping.

     

    Council notes that the Council's draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy seeks to procure accommodation specifically for entrenched rough sleepers and for those with low to medium support needs, but that this has only just gone out to consultation and will not be formally agreed until April 2019.

    Council resolves:

     

    ·       To call on the Mayor of London to set up and fund a homeless winter shelter in one building in Barnet throughout the winter as Severe Weather Emergency Provision for rough sleepers.

    ·       That this shelter should be well-equipped to support rough sleepers, and should be opened as soon as possible and close at the end of March.

    ·       To publicise streetlink.org.uk, which members of the public can contact to connect people sleeping rough with local services that can support them.

     

     

14.7

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Arjun Mittra - Celebrating Diwali in Barnet Schools pdf icon PDF 39 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Gordon was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    37

    Against

    0

    Abstentions

    25

    Absent

    1

     

    The amendment was carried. 

     

    The substantive motion was then put to the vote. The substantive motion was unanimously agreed.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council looks forward to Diwali in November this year, and recognises the importance of the celebration in the lives of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. The Council notes that the teaching of Diwali has happened in Barnet schools for many decades, and is a welcome contribution to community relations, promoting a better understanding of the customs of our friends and neighbours.

     

    Council believes that though we are all different, we are one community, and that our diversity and multiculturalism is a strength. It helps to promote an open and accepting culture, which in turn helps make Barnet a place for trade and business, as well as expanding our cultural horizons. Council believes schools are best placed to decide how best to teach students about different faiths and their festivals.