Agenda item

Notices of Motion

(a) Mrs C. Atkins to move the following motion:

“In view of the level of public concern and the impact of the Autumn Budget, this Council urges the Cabinet to reconsider their decision to end funding for school crossing patrols.”

 

(b)  Mr Atkins to move the following motion:

 

“This Council uses its influence with partners in the public and private sectors to improve opportunities for those who are care leavers in employment and training, so when they leave our care they have the same opportunities and aspirations as other young people, and also to help those who are workless who need help in returning to work.”

Minutes:

(a) Mrs Atkins moved, and Mr Dave Jones seconded, the following motion:

 

“In view of the level of public concern and the impact of the Autumn Budget, this Council urges the Cabinet to reconsider their decision to end funding for school crossing patrols.”

 

Mrs Atkins indicated that thousands of people had signed petitions asking the Council to think again in respect of the Cabinet’s proposals to remove School Crossing Patrols.  She also stated that there was a high level of public concern about the removal of the Patrols and that the such an action would put children’s’ lives at risk.  She added that schools did not have huge resources to enable them to meet the cost of providing the Patrols and that community groups were unlikely to have the appetite or funding to take on board responsibility for the provision of the Patrols.  She concluded by indicating that it was vital that the Cabinet reconsiders its proposals.

 

Mrs Fisher moved, and Mr Wileman seconded the following amendment:

 

To delete all of the words after “in view of” and replace them with “concerns and in anticipation of the local government settlement, this Council encourages people to take part in the ongoing consultation on school crossing patrols and for Cabinet to take into consideration the results of that consultation when they make their decision.”

 

Mrs Fisher indicated that the original motion implied that a decision to remove School Crossing Patrols had been taken and that this was not the case.  She also expressed the view that the motion would deter people from participating in the public consultation which was currently taking place.  Mr Wileman added that he would encourage all Members to get involved in this consultation.

 

Mr Robinson indicated that he was opposed to the removal of School Crossing Patrols and that the suggestions that Parish Council’s or community groups would step-in to provide the service was unrealistic, particularly in those areas of the County which were not “parished”.

 

Mr Atkins moved that the question be put.  The Chairman indicated that before doing so he would allow Mr Dave Jones, as seconder of the original motion, to speak; allow Mrs Fisher to respond; and then give Mrs Atkins the right of reply.

 

Mr Jones indicated that in his view the removal of school crossing patrols would put children’s lives at risk and that he could not support the amendment to the motion proposed by Mrs Fisher.  In response, Mrs Fisher stated that the Council recognised what a fantastic job those providing school crossing patrols did and she encouraged people to take part in the consultation and that, to date, nearly 400 responses had been received.  She reiterated that no decision on the future of School Crossing Patrols had been taken.

 

Mrs Atkins indicated that there was real public concern about the implications of removing School Crossing Patrols and that it was unlikely that community groups/volunteers would take on the role.

 

Following a vote the amendment was agreed and became the substantive motion.

 

RESOLVED – In view of concerns and in anticipation of the local government settlement, this Council encourages people to take part in the ongoing consultation on school crossing patrols and for Cabinet to take into consideration the results of that consultation when they make their decision.

 

 

(b) Mr Atkins moved, and Bryan Jones seconded, the following motion:

 

“This Council uses its influence with partners in the public and private sectors to improve opportunities for those who are care leavers in employment and training, so when they leave our care they have the same opportunities and aspirations as other young people, and also to help those who are workless who need help in returning to work.”

 

Mr Atkins indicated that as a major employer in Staffordshire, the County Council already provided a range of opportunities for care leavers including the “open door” scheme which recently celebrated its thousandth person into employment.  He added that more could be done to encourage other organisations in both the public and private sectors to improve opportunities for care leavers.

 

Mrs Woodward indicated that she supported the motion and moved that the question be put.

 

Following a vote, it was:

 

RESOLVEDThis Council uses its influence with partners in the public and private sectors to improve opportunities for those who are care leavers in employment and training, so when they leave our care they have the same opportunities and aspirations as other young people, and also to help those who are workless who need help in returning to work.