Agenda and minutes

Annual meeting, County Council
Thursday, 16th May, 2013 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email: michael.bradbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Election of the Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year

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Mr M. Deaville proposed, and Mr L. Bloomer seconded, and it was:

 

RESOLVED – That Mr I.S. Lawson be elected Chairman of the County Council for the ensuing year.

2.

Confirmation of the minutes of the Council meeting held on 15 March 2013

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RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 15 March 2013 be confirmed.

3.

Election of the Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year

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Mr T. Finn moved, and Mrs K. Perry seconded, and it was:-

 

RESOLVED – That Mrs J. Eagland be appointed Vice-Chairman of the County Council for the ensuing year.

4.

Chairman’s Correspondence

The Chairman will mention a range of recent items of news which may be of interest to Members

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Chairman’s Civic Service

 

The Chairman extended an invitation to all Members to attend the Civic Church Service to be held at St. Mary’s Church, Stafford on Sunday, 9 June commencing at 11:30 am.

5.

Questions

Questions to be asked by Members of the County Council of the Leader of the Council, a Cabinet Member, or a Chairman of a non-Scrutiny Committee.  The question will be answered by the relevant Member and the Member asking the question may then ask a follow up question which will also be answered

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Mr J. Taylor asked the following question of the Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources and Transformation whose reply is set out below the question:-

 

Question

 

In the light of media reports last week saying that the number of officers at Staffordshire County Council earning over £100,000 had increased, can the Leader tell me how many staff (in-house and agency staff) are on the National Minimum wage?”

 

Reply

 

Staffordshire County Council employs no one on the National Minimum wage; all of our employees currently earn more than the National Minimum wage.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Being as there are no employees of the County Council on the National Minimum Wage, does that include agency staff and, secondly, does that mean that it is a policy of the County Council not to have employees on below the “Living Wage”?

 

Reply

 

It would be our policy not to pay people at or below the National Minimum Wage; similarly, it would be our policy not to pay people who work indirectly for us at or below the National Minimum Wage.  As far as the Living Wage is concerned, I do not have that information here with me today and so I will respond after the meeting.

 

Mr J. Taylor asked the following question of the Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills whose reply is set out below the question:-

 

Question

 

The Labour Group is committed to enhancing opportunities for all young people in Staffordshire, including through apprenticeships. Can the Leader therefore tell me how apprenticeships have been created within the Authority and across Staffordshire in the last 4 years?

 

Reply

 

Between 2009/10 to 2011/12 14,146 young people from Staffordshire have started an apprenticeship. Over the three year period apprenticeships have increased year on year with 5,212 young people starting an apprenticeship in 2011/12 compared to 3,912 in 2009/10, an increase of 33% in apprenticeship starts over the period.

 

Within Staffordshire County Council, since September 2009, a total of 336 apprentices have been recruited and successfully completed the apprenticeship course. Of these, 130 have been successful in gaining a substantive post within Staffordshire County Council following completion of their apprenticeship.

 

Apprenticeship opportunities have been offered in a variety of functions including corporately as Outdoor Education Instructors, Grounds maintenance, ICT technicians, Catering,    Social Care and customer services, Business Administration and Animal Health. In addition within Schools as Teaching Assistants, ICT Technicians, Support Supervisors and Business Administration Support.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Of the 336 apprentices that have been recruited by the County Council, can the Cabinet Member tell me how many of those were young people from the “Looked After” system?

 

Reply

 

I do not have that information here with me today and so I will respond after the meeting.

 

Ms S. Woodward asked the following question of the Leader of the Council whose reply is set out below the question:-

 

Question

 

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6.

Results of the County Council Elections - 2 May 2013

To receive an election return showing the names of the candidates elected and the number of seats won by each of the political parties together with the percentage of votes cast.

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The Chairman presented an Election return detailing the names of candidates elected and the number of seats won by each of the political parties, together with the percentage of votes cast.

 

RESOLVED – That the Election return be received.

7.

Members not re-elected

Report of the Chairman of the Council

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The Chairman presented a report detailing those former Members of the Authority who were not re-elected at the County Council Elections on 2 May 2013.  The Leader of the Council and Mr D. Davis paid tribute to the contributions the former Members had made to the work of the Council.

 

RESOLVED – That the former Members named below be thanked for the valuable contribution they had made to the work of the Authority during their term(s) of office:

 

·        Paul Atkins – 2009 - 2013 - Burntwood South (Lichfield)

·        Ray Barron – 2009 - 2013 - Stafford North (Stafford)

·        John Bernard – 2009 - 2013 - Hednesford and Rawnsley (Cannock Chase)

·        John Cooper – 2009 - 2013 - Wolstanton (Newcastle)

·        Pat Corfield  - 2009 - 2013 - Cannock Town Centre (Cannock Chase)

·        DylisCornes – 2009 - 2013 - Audley and Chesterton (Newcastle)

·        Christina Jebb – 1989 - 2013 - Biddulph South and Endon (Staffordshire Moorlands)

·        Ivan Jennings – 2009 - 2013 - Stafford West (Stafford)

·        Geoffrey Locke – 2009 - 2013 - Kidsgrove and Talke (Newcastle)

·        David Nixon – 2001 - 2005 and 2009 – 2013 - Cross Heath and Silverdale (Newcastle)

·        Jeremy Oates – 2009 - 2013 - Amington (Tamworth)

·        Michael Oates – 2009 - 2013 - Bolebridge (Tamworth)

·        John Rowley  -  2009 - 2013 - Cannock Villages (Cannock Chase)

·        Liz Staples – 2009 - 2013 - Horninglow and Stretton (East Staffordshire)

·        Steve Tranter – 2009 - 2013 - Burntwood North (Lichfield)

8.

Appointment of the Leader of the Council

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Mr I.M. Parry moved and Mr B. Adams seconded, and it was:-

 

RESOLVED – That Mr. P.E.B. Atkins be appointed Leader of the County Council.

9.

To set the maximum number of members of the Cabinet

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On the motion of Leader of the Council it was: –

 

RESOLVED – That the maximum the number of members of the Cabinet be set at five, plus the Leader of the Council.

10.

Statement by the Leader of the Council of the members appointed to the Cabinet

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The Leader of the Council outlined his plans for the Council for the next four years including promoting economic prosperity for the County and protecting the most vulnerable in our society.   He also circulated a statement setting out his Cabinet, as follows:-


 

 

Cabinet Member

 

 

Leader of the Council                                                                       Philip Atkins

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for                                       Ian Parry

Finance, Resources and Transformation                                      

 

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing                                   Robbie Marshall

 

Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills                                        Ben Adams

 

Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure                          Mark Winnington

 

Cabinet Member for Communities                                                  Mike Lawrence

and Localism                                                                                     

 

 

Support Members (4)

 

Care                                                                                                    Alan White

 

Public Health and Community Safety                                              Mark Sutton

 

Environment and Rural Affairs                                                          Gill Heath

 

Transport and the Connected County                                              Simon Tagg

 

The Leader of the Labour Group on the Council made a statement setting out his Shadow Cabinet, as follows:

 

  • George Adamson
  • Maureen Compton
  • Brian Jenkins
  • Sheree Peaple

Sue Woodward

11.

Proposed Changes to the Constitution - Section 10 (Officers)

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The Council considered a report of the Director of Democracy, Law and Transformation concerning proposed amendments to the Council’s Constitution by providing for a new Scheme of Delegation to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for People.

 

RESOLVED - (a) That the new Scheme of Delegation to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for People (as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report) be approved.

 

(b) That the Constitution, as revised, be approved.

12.

Proposed Changes to the Constitution - Committee Arrangements

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The Council considered a report of the Director of Democracy, Law and Transformation concerning proposed changes to Cabinet Member responsibilities; the Council’s Committee arrangements and the re-introduction of the proposal for a Shadow Cabinet.  In response to questions from Members, the Monitoring Officer explained that the report had been tabled rather than being sent out with the papers for the meeting due to the tight timescale between the elections and the Annual Council Meeting.

 

Mrs Compton enquired as to which Select Committee would be responsible for scrutinising Entrust.  The Leader of the Council responded by indicating that Entrust was a separate legal entity and that the County Council had two seats on the company’s management board.  He added that one of the Council’s Select Committees would be responsible for scrutinising the commissioning of services through Entrust.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(a)      the Council be recommended to make the amendments to the Constitution as outlined in this report;

 

(b)      the Constitution is amended to reflect changes to Cabinet titles and the Shadow Cabinet with Cabinet responsibilities being determined by the Leader following Full Council;

 

(c)      authority is given to the Political Group Leaders to agree membership of the All Party Member Groups following Full Council;

 

(d)      the powers of Health Scrutiny be discharged by the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee;

 

(e)      the Safe and Strong Communities Select Committee becomes the Council’s statutory crime and disorder panel;

 

(f)        the Director for Democracy, Law and Transformation be granted authority to make any minor subsequent changes to the Constitution as a consequence of the changes set out in this report; and

 

the Constitution, as revised, be approved by Council.

13.

Committee Membership

To consider the appointment of the members to Committees on the nomination of Group Leaders.

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RESOLVED – That the members indicated below serve on the Committees indicated for the period up to the annual Council meeting in 2013:-

 

Corporate Review Committee

Frank Chapman

Brian Jenkins

Carol Dean

Philip Jones

Tim Corbett

Kath Perry

Brian Edwards

John Taylor

John Francis

Sue Woodward

Derrick Huckfield

Mike Worthington

Keith Jackson

 

 

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

George Adamson

Geoff Martin

Ann Beech

Geoff Morrison

Len Bloomer

Mark Olszewski

Mark Deaville

Martyn Tittley

Brian Edwards

Diane Todd

 

Safe and Strong Communities Select Committee

Margaret Astle

John Francis

Maureen Compton

Alison Spicer

Michael Davies

Stephen Sweeney

Derek Davis

Conor Wileman

Terry Finn

David Williams

 

Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee

Charlotte Atkins

Christine Mitchell

Frank Chapman

Sheree Peaple

Chris Cooke

Kath Perry

Bob Fraser

Trish Rowlands

Michael Greatorex

David Smith

David Loades

Mike Worthington

Shelagh McKiernan

 

 

Planning Committee

Ann Beech

Ian Lawson

Ron Clarke

David Loades

Chris Cooke

Geoff Martin

Tim Corbett

Mark Olszewski

Mark Deaville

Jeff Sheriff

Alan Dudson

David Smith

John Francis

David Williams

Ian Hollinshead

 

 

Pensions Committee

Philip Atkins

Philip Jones

Ron Clarke

Mike Lawrence

Derek Davis

Shelagh McKiernan

Carol Dean

Stephen Sweeney

Bob Fraser

 

 

Audit and Standards Committee

Frank Chapman

Philip Jones

Derek Davis

Alison Spicer

Bill Day

Martyn Tittley

Janet Eagland

Diane Todd

Michael Greatorex

Conor Wileman

Derrick Huckfield

Caroline Wood

Kevin Jackson

Mike Worthington

Keith James

 

 

Corporate Parenting Panel

Margaret Astle

Mike Lawrence

Peter Davies

Ian Lawson

Bill Day

David Loades

Janet Eagland

Geoff Morrison

Bob Fraser

Trish Rowlands

Terry Finn

Jeff Sheriff

Sandra Hambleton

Caroline Wood

Keith James

 

 

14.

Appointment of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Committees (circulated at the meeting)

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RESOLVED – That the under-mentioned be appointed as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committees stated for the period up to the annual Council meeting in 2014:-

 

Corporate Review Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Philip Jones

            Vice-Chairman

Frank Chapman

 

 

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Brian Edwards

            Vice-Chairman

Martyn Tittley

 

 

Safe and Strong Communities Select Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

John Francis

            Vice-Chairman

David Williams

 

 

Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Kath Perry

            Vice-Chairman

David Loades


 

 

 

Planning Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Tim Corbett

            Vice-Chairman

David Smith

 

Pensions Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Stephen Sweeney

            Vice-Chairman

Bob Fraser

 

 

Audit and Standards Committee

 

 

 

            Chairman

Mike Worthington

            Vice-Chairman

Keith James

 

Corporate Parenting Panel

 

 

 

            Chairman

Mike Lawrence

            Vice-Chairman

Janet Eagland

 

15.

Appointment of Members to Outside Bodies 2013/14 (to be circulated at the meeting)

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RESOLVED – (a) That the following members be appointed to serve on the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Combined Fire Authority for 2013/14:

 

Charlotte Atkins

Sandra Hambleton

Len Bloomer

Ian Hollinshead

Ron Clarke

Keith James

Bill Day

Geoff Martin

Peter Davies

Christine Mitchell

Mike Davies

Jeffrey Sherriff

Mark Deaville

Stephen Sweeney

Terry Finn

Mark Winnington

Bob Fraser

Caroline Wood

Michael Greatorex

 

 

(b) That the Leader of the Council, in consultation with the Political Group Leaders, be authorised to approve the appointment of members to the remaining Outside Bodies for 2013/14 and. subsequently to make any changes to those appointments as necessary.

16.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority Periodic Report of the Chairman on Authority Matters

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Mr P. Davies paid tribute to Mr L. Bloomer for is Chairmanship of the Fire and Rescue Authority over the past four years.

 

RESOLVED – That the Periodic Report of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority be received.