Agenda

Venue: Concert Hall, Town Hall, Reading

Contact: Michael Popham - Democratic Services Manager  Email: michael.popham@reading.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Mayor's Announcements

To receive Mayor’s Announcements.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 287 KB

The Mayor to sign the Minutes of the proceedings of the previous Council Meeting.

4.

Petitions

To receive petitions in accordance with Standing Order 8.

5.

Questions from Members of the Public

Questions in accordance with Standing Order 9.

6.

Questions from Councillors

Questions in accordance with Standing Order 10.

7.

Reading's Bid for City Status pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Report by Executive Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services

Additional documents:

8.

Berkshire West Health and Wellbeing Strategy pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Report by Executive Director of Adult Care & Health Services

Additional documents:

9.

Opposition to the Universal Credit Cut

Councillor Terry to move:

 

This Council notes that:

 

  • The Government has ended the £20 uplift in universal credit (UC)

 

 

  • Since then the cost of living rises, potential food supply problems, rises in energy costs and the increase in National Insurance contributions will make life even harder for the many people in work who rely on UC as well as for the many for whom work is not a choice because of illness, disability and caring responsibilities. The choice will be to eat or heat among the many miserable choices this cut and decades of austerity will force people to make.

 

  • The number of children in poverty will significantly increase with figures quoted ranging from 200,000 to 290,000 on top of the 4.2 million children already living in poverty

 

This Council believes that:

 

  • It is unacceptable that being in work does not enable people and families to be able to afford the basics and have a decent standard of life

 

  • It is unacceptable that UC does not provide people who do not have the choice to work with enough to keep them out of poverty and have a decent standard of life

 

  • The future of the country is negatively affected when so many children are living in poverty given the potential harm that this is likely to cause their health, well-being and economic potential

 

Consequently, this Council resolves to:

 

  • Require the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to convey our concern around the impact of the cut on Reading’s residents and request the reinstatement of the £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit.

 

Call on all employers across the town and beyond to accept their responsibility to pay a real living wage (currently £9.50 UK and £10.85 London, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation) as opposed to the Government’s so-called national living wage of £8.91.

10.

Cuts to Reading's Community Safety Funding

Councillor Barnett-Ward to move:

 

This Council notes that:

 

The Conservative Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner recently announced that Reading’s community safety funding will be cut by more than half over the next three years.

 

This Council believes that:

 

  • The Council’s Community Safety Partnership is an important tool in preventing crime and tacking its causes in Reading.

 

  • This savage cut in funding will result in Reading’s communities being less safe in future.

 

  • The cut to Reading’s funding is politically motivated since Wokingham Borough Council will receive a 46% increase in community safety funding while both Labour Councils in Berkshire, Reading and Slough, lose out by 53% and 40% respectively.

 

Consequently, this Council resolves to:

 

Require the Chief Executive to write to the Police and Crime Commissioner of the Thames Valley asking him to restore Reading’s community safety funding in full so that we can maintain our valuable partnership preventing crime in Reading and work to keep our communities safe.

11.

Responsible Use of Fireworks

Councillor Leng to move:

 

This Council notes that:

 

Although the majority of people use fireworks in a responsible manner – bringing a great deal of enjoyment to people in the celebration of many events and festivities – there remains an issue with irresponsible use across the country.

 

This Council believes that:

 

  • The anti-social behaviour caused by inappropriate use of fireworks is a significant problem for communities in Reading and has an especially profound impact for certain groups of people, including children and older people.

 

  • Sensible and simple actions can be taken by all firework users to ensure the minimisation of distress and disruption upon people and animals.

 

Consequently, this Council resolves to:

 

  • Require all public firework displays within the local authority boundaries to be advertised in advance of the event.

 

  • Actively promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks.

 

  • Request that the Leader of the Council write to the Secretary of State, urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private displays.

 

  • Encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public display.

 

Continue, and promote, the excellent work of the Council’s Regulatory Services team in tackling the illicit sale of fireworks across the Borough.