Council Minutes

Council Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 1 April 2015
Time:
7:00 p.m.
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Kerr (Chair), Arundale, Biswas, Bloundele, Brady, Brunton, Budd, Carr, Clark, Cox, Davison, Harvey, Hawthorne, C Hobson, J Hobson, Hubbard, Hudson, Hussain, Junier, P Khan, Loughborough, Lowes, Mawston, McIntyre, McPartland, McTigue, Michna, Morby, Mrs H Pearson, OBE, G Purvis, P Purvis, Rooney, Rostron, Sanderson, Saunders, Taylor, B Thompson, M Thompson, J A Walker, N J Walker
Officers:
R Broad, P Duffy, A Hoy, J Lewis, S Lightwing, A Pain, T Parkinson and K Whitmore
Apologies for absence:
Cole, J Sharrocks, P Sharrocks and The Mayor (R Mallon)
Declarations of interest:

There were no Declarations of Interest made at this point of the meeting

Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
14/88 MINUTES - COUNCIL - 18 FEBRUARY AND 4 MARCH 2015

The minutes of the meetings of Middlesbrough Council held on 18 February and 4 March 2015 were submitted and approved as a true record.

14/89 ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS

There were no announcements or communications.

 

NOTED

14/90 MAYOR'S STATEMENT AND REPORT

There was no written report or specific statement from the Mayor for this meeting.

 

NOTED

14/91 DEPUTY MAYOR AND EXECUTIVE MEMBER REPORTS

(a) Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Developments

 

A Member referred to a recent investigation carried out into CSE by the Community Safety and Leisure Scrutiny Panel and the efforts made to raise awareness about this issue and how it was being tackled. Middlesbrough was actively involved in the Home Office work taking place on CSE and a Members’ Briefing had taken place on 4 March 2015.

 

(b) Planning and Development

 

A Member referred to several major schemes in the town that were currently taking place and the investment that was being made in Middlesbrough. The Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development agreed that the investments were excellent news for Middlesbrough and commented that the 'Middlesbrough is Changing' pages on the Council’s website provided further details.
 

NOTED

14/92 REPORT OF THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY BOARD

The Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Board thanked the Scrutiny Chairs, Members, Scrutiny Officers and the Governance Team for their contributions to the scrutiny process during the past year. The Chair commented that scrutiny remained non-political and some excellent reports had been produced which had challenged both Council and non-Council services.

 

NOTED

14/93 URGENT ITEMS

The Assistant Director, Organisation and Governance, presented a report outlining the progress made in reviewing the Council’s Constitution. The Constitution and Members’ Development Committee met on 25 March 2015 to consider the revised Constitution and recommended that Council approve the changes as set out in the submitted report.

Members were asked to note the delegation to the Monitoring Officer for any requirements needed due to legislative changes.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to new legislation received from the Government on 26 March 2015, the day after the Constitution and Members’ Development Committee met, that would come into effect in May 2015. This new legislation related to disciplinary arrangements for the three statutory officers: the Chief Executive, the Section 151 Officer and the Monitoring Officer.

 

If Council approved the report, the Constitution would be amended to reflect the new legislation under the delegated powers of the Monitoring Officer.

 

Consideration was given to an amendment proposed by Councillor Junier and seconded by Councillor Loughborough, that approval of the revised Constitution should be deferred until all Members had had time to consider it.

 

On a vote being taken, the amendment was declared LOST.

 

The Chair reminded Members that the Council’s Constitution was a living document which could be amended throughout the Municipal Year.

 

Moved, seconded and following a vote it was ORDERED as follows that the revised Constitution be approved and that any alterations as a result of new legislation be made under the delegated powers given to the Monitoring Officer to deal with changes as a result of legislative changes, together with any inconsequential changes that remove ambiguities and correct typographic and grammatical errors.

14/94 MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

There were no questions for this meeting.

 

NOTED

14/95 NOTICE OF URGENT MOTION

There were no urgent motions for this meeting.

 

NOTED

Business Reports
14/96 FORMALISING THE PENSION BOARD

A report of the Chief Finance Officer and Lead Responsible Officer for the Teesside Pension Fund was submitted for approval to formally establish the Local Pensions Board as a Council Committee as required by the Public Sector Pensions Act 2013.

 

Moved, seconded and ORDERED as follows that: 

1. The Local Pension Board was established as a new Committee of the Council to discharge the functions required by the Public Sector Pensions Act 2013.
2. The Terms of Reference for the Local Pension Board, attached at Appendix One to the submitted report, were adopted.

14/97 TEESSIDE PENSION FUND AND INVESTMENT PANEL - ANNUAL REPORT 2014/2015

The Chair of the Teesside Pension Fund and Investment Panel presented the Annual Report 2014/2015. Middlesbrough Council was the Administering Authority for the Teesside Pension Fund.

 

The value of the Fund had risen from £3.02 billion as at 31 March 2013 to £3.05 billion as at 31 December 2014 and had 66,000 members. The latest actuarial valuation showed that at 31 March 2013 the funding level had risen to 100%, meaning that the Teesside Fund was among the best funded of all the Local Government Pension Scheme Funds in England and Wales.

 

Moved, seconded and ORDERED as follows that the Teesside Pension Fund and Investment Panel Annual Report 2014/2015 was approved.

14/98 PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2015-16

A report of the Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate Services was presented to submit the Pay Policy Statement 2015-2016 for consideration and approval.

 

To ensure compliance with the Localism Act 2011 Councils had to review and approve the Pay Policy Statement annually. A copy of the Pay Policy Statement 2015-2016 was attached at Appendix One to the submitted report.

 

Moved, seconded and ORDERED as follows that the Pay Policy Statement 2015-2016 was approved.

14/99 THANKS

The Chair thanked Members for the honour of being Chair of the Council for the past Municipal Year and also the people of Middlesbrough for letting him work with them, and for them, over the past 32 years.

 

NOTED

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