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Venue: Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ

Contact: Democratic Services  Committee Manager

Note: This meeting is the continuation of the adjourned meeting of Thursday 15 February 2024. The meeting will consider agenda items 6d, 9, 10b, 11, 12a 

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No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 611 KB

4.

Mayor's announcements

5.

Public questions time

6.

To consider the recommendations of the Executive for adoption

6a

Executive Councillor for Housing: HRA Budget Setting Report (BSR) 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Additional documents:

6b

Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources: Capital Strategy 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Additional documents:

6c

Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources: Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2024/25 to 2026/27 pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Additional documents:

6d

Leader of the Council: Hartree - Proposed Early Stage Development and Possible Acceleration (Subject to Permissions)

The report relates to information which following a public interest test the public is likely to be excluded by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 ie. Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

 

Additional documents:

7.

To consider Budget Recommendations of the Executive for adoption

7a

Budget Setting Report (General Fund) 2024/25 to 2028/29 pdf icon PDF 209 KB

Part of appendix G to the report contains exempt information during which the public is likely to be excluded from the meeting subject to determination by the Council following consideration of a public interest test. This exclusion would be made under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

Additional documents:

8.

To consider the recommendations of Committees for adoption

8a

Civic Affairs Committee: Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 246 KB

Recommendation from Committee to follow.

8b

Licensing Committee: Cumulative Impact Statement pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Additional documents:

9.

To deal with oral questions

10.

To consider the following notices of motion, notice of which has been given by:

10a

Councillor Holloway - Care Experience as Protected Characteristic

This Council notes that:

 

-       care experienced people face significant barriers that impact on them throughout their lives. One in five care leavers feels lonely most or all of the time (Baker et al. 2019, p. 6), care leavers make up 25% of Britain’s homeless population (Mackie and Thomas 2014, p. 27), and adults who have spent time in care are far more likely than their peers to die prematurely (Sacker et al. 2021, p. 33).

-       despite the resilience of many care experienced people, society too often does not take their needs into account. Josh Macalister wrote in The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care that “The disadvantage faced by the care experienced community should be the civil rights issue of our time” (Macalister 2022, p. 24).

-       care experienced people often face direct and indirect discrimination, and need to be protected against both. This discrimination occurs in many areas of life, including housing, health, education, relationships, employment and criminal justice.

-       care experienced people may encounter inconsistent support in different geographical areas.

-       councillors should be champions of care experienced people and challenge the negative attitudes and prejudices that exist in all aspects of society.

-       the Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies, such as councils, to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and victimisation of people with protected characteristics.

-       Current Care Leaver provisions end at age 25, whereas recognition of care experience as a protected characteristic would mean that care experience would be taken into account for a lifetime – in the same way as the discrimination and hardships resulting from care experience last a lifetime.

-       Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have passed motions recognising care experience as if it were a protected characteristic, on 16 May 2023 and 29 November 2023 respectively.

 

 

This Council therefore resolves that:

 

-       it recognises that care experienced people are a group who are likely to face discrimination.

-       it recognises that councils have a duty to put the needs of disadvantaged people at the heart of decision-making through co-production and collaboration.

-       future decisions, services and policies made and adopted by this Council should be assessed through Equality Impact Assessments to determine the impact of changes on people with care experience, alongside those who formally have a protected characteristic.

-       in its delivery of the Public Sector Equality Duty, this Council will include care experience in the publication and review of Equality Objectives and the annual publication of information relating to people who have a protected characteristic in services and employment.

-       this Council will treat care experience as if it were a protected characteristic.

-       this Council formally calls upon all other bodies, including other local authorities in Cambridgeshire, to treat care experience as a protected characteristic until such time as this recognition may be introduced by legislation.

-       this Council will continue proactively seeking out and listening to the voices of care experienced people when developing new policies.

 

Notes (not part  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10a

10b

Councillor Bennett - Equality Training 2024

Cambridge City Council provides training on certain protected characteristics. This helps councillors to provide the best support we can to residents and make the best policy choices.

 

However, we don’t provide this training on all protected characteristics.

 

The purpose of this motion is to correct that omission and also extend cover to care leavers who do not yet enjoy statutory protection under the Equality Act 2010

 

This council reaffirms its commitment to supporting all its residents to the best of its ability.

 

In particular, it notes the importance of ensuring appropriate training for councillors so that they can provide the best support to all residents.

It notes that to date training has been provided on aspects of some but not all protected characteristics or on care leaver status.

 

In particular, no training has been provided for councillors to help them support those residents who have the protected characteristics of age and disability. Yet both of these characteristics have a significant impact on how residents use the services we provide as a council. 

 

This council commits to introducing appropriate disability training for councillors in 2024.

 

Appropriate disability training should as a minimum cover:

 

The social model of disability

Hidden disabilities

The stigma attached to disability

The disability services provided by the council and its partner agencies..

An understanding of how attitudes to disability can prevent residents seeking appropriate help.

 

The council also commits to reviewing the training on protected characteristics that it provides with group leaders to provide the most appropriate programme for councillors so that as comprehensive training as possible can be provided within the time and budgetary constraints applicable.

 

End of Active Motion

 

Background Notes (not part of active motion):

 

The Equality Act 2010 introduced 9 protected characteristics and made it illegal to discriminate against them. It imposes a particular duty of care on public bodies.

 

The current protected characteristics are:

·       Age

·       gender reassignment

·       being married or in a civil partnership

·       being pregnant or on maternity leave

·       disability

·       race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin

·       religion or belief

·       sex

·       sexual orientation

 

There is a current proposal to give care leavers protected characteristics (see Labour motion)

 

Green Group wishes to thank officers of the Local Government Association and Disability Rights UK as well as a number of individuals for their help and support in putting this motion together. Any errors or omissions are of course our own.

 

 

11.

Written questions pdf icon PDF 7 KB

No discussion will take place on this item. Members will be asked to note the written questions and answers document as circulated around the Chamber.

 

12.

To note Urgency Action Taken by Officer

12a

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority- Appointment of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee reserve (substitute) member pdf icon PDF 185 KB

13.

Information Pack pdf icon PDF 3 MB