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Council
19 Oct 2021 - 19:00 to 22:00
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Agenda

Standard Items
1 Apologies for Absence

To note any apologies for absence.

2 Matters to be Considered in Private

To determine whether items contain information that is exempt from disclosure by virtue of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

3 Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest made by members.

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2021.

 

5 Mayor's Announcements
6 Public Petition for Debate

A debate petition has been submitted under Rule 9.3 of the Constitution.

The petition had the following wording:

 

Prevent the closure of the Young Adults Centre, protect it from demolition and keep it as the safe space the young people of Southall deserve.

In the borough of Ealing, there are only 3 purpose-built youth centres. In the area of Southall there are over 16,000 young people, many of whom rely on the Young Adults Centre (YAC) as their source of social interaction as well as it being a hub for extracurricular sport and clubs. If Ealing council close the YAC, a certain demographic of young people, living in an already disadvantaged area, will suffer more due to the lack of social interaction. The YAC is a vital community hub in Southall and their young people deserve the same opportunities with the same qualities as those within and outside of the borough of Ealing. It's closure would be a critical blow not only to Ealing's young people, but also to the wider community.

#SaveTheYAC

Notes:

Ealing Young Champions are a group of young people who live, work or study in Ealing and are passionate about getting Ealing's young voices heard. They are part of the Young Ealing Foundation.

 

  • The YAC has been on the council's asset disposal list for sometime and the current plan is for it to be demolished  and turned into a block of flats

  • The YAC has been underused for sometime despite having a variety of facilities such as a sports hall, outdoor football pitch, music studio, beauty therapy rooms, gym, IT room and juice bar

  • The YAC was gifted to the Council from the Southall community over 30 years ago

  • Over a third of Ealing's population is under the age of 25

  • Young people's mental health is at an all time low

  • During COVID the YAC was used as a vital food hub

  • There are many voluntary sector youth groups in the local area who have expressed an interest in delivering services in the YAC and turning it into the thriving community hub it once was and still has the potential to be

 

 

7 Petitions from Members of the Public
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.
8 Petitions from Members of the Council
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.
9 Questions from Members of the Public
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9. To consider any questions from members of the public, due notice having been received.
10 Questions from Members of the Council
To deal with questions of which notice has been given in accordance with Rule 10 of the Council and Committee Procedure Rules.
11 Opposition Motion for Debate

This Council notes that under the threat of COVID-19, several Council services were closed, suspended or halted.

 

As everyday life is now returning to normal for most people and with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, this Council welcomes the Prime Minister’s call for a return to the office.

 

Nevertheless, the Council has yet to resume a number of resident facing services including:

 

  • Gurnell Leisure Centre 

  • Pitshanger Library 

  • Ward Forum Meetings 

  • Opening the Refuse and Recycle Centres to drive in again without having to have made an appointment

 

This Council, therefore, supports the restarting of Council services beginning with a plan to reopen Gurnell Leisure Centre.

12 Other Motions for Debate

The Health and Social Care Levy

 

This council notes:

 

  • The Conservatives tax hike is a manifesto-breaking, economically damaging, unfair tax on jobs.

  • The Tory Health and Social Care Levy is the biggest rise in taxes on families for over 50 years, with no thought to the impact on working people.

  • Boris Johnson's tax rise means a landlord who owns and rents out dozens of properties won’t pay a penny more, but their tenants working in full-time jobs will.

  • A retired billionaire will contribute nothing under this new Tory plan, while nurses, teachers, social workers and social care workers will lose out. 

  • The government can't even say when and if they can clear the NHS backlog - which means we won't know when this money will even be spent on social care.

  • This is the third tax rise on working families from the Conservatives in recent months, a hat trick of broken manifesto promises hitting hard working families. 

  • This is a government that underfunded and weakened the NHS and social care for a decade before the pandemic. NHS waiting lists spiralled, up by two million, and crucial targets on cancer, A&E and mental health were already being missed. 

  • Yet again, the government has failed to involve local government in their decision making, despite the fact that councils like Ealing are on the frontline of the social care crisis.

  • The Conservatives proposals will also do nothing to fix the social care crisis, missing the long-term plan of reform and investment our NHS and social care system needs. 

  • Simply restoring the access to care services caused by austerity-era cuts to local authorities’ government grants would cost £12.5bn.

  • Of the £36bn raised by hiking tax on working people over the next three years, only £5.4bn is for social care, and the majority of the allocation will be used to fund the cap on care costs, not to improve care.

This council rejects the Conservatives’ health and social care levy and commits to:

 

  • Writing to the Conservative secretary of state and Boris Johnson to demand they rethink this ill thought out and unfair tax hike on working people. 

  • Continuing to campaign for a fair and sustainable funding settlement for social care, which this plan is not.
13 Motions not for Debate

Afghanistan 
 
This council notes

  • The government has overseen a series of chaotic failures and miscalculations in Afghanistan that have damaged our international reputation, weakened our security and tragically meant Brits and Afghans who worked alongside us have been left behind. 

  • Despite having 18 months to prepare for withdrawal, their failure to plan, their inability to influence others and the complacency they have shown towards the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has resulted in the chaos we have seen over the past weeks.

  • While we are incredibly grateful for the brave efforts of troops and civil servants on the ground, the catastrophic collapse in Afghanistan has left huge numbers of people stranded in fear for their lives.

 
This council believes:

 

  • Britain has an obligation to help people who have been left in Afghanistan. This includes people who have served alongside Britain’s representatives in Afghanistan and those Afghans who stepped up in to public life - especially women - with assurances about national security.

  • Britain should play a leading role in focusing international efforts to address the humanitarian and refugee crisis.

  • Ealing stands ready to help, but the Government must come forward and outline how they will help fund the scheme and what the overarching strategy is.

Our thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan, and particularly for the women whose freedoms are being taken away from them, and the future generations of children who face growing up under oppressive Taliban rule. 
 
This Council commits to welcome Afghan refugees seeking safety into our communities.
 
Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs
 
This council welcomes the publication of Ealing’s Plan for Good jobs and notes:

 

  • Ealing’s economy and local jobs have been strongly impacted by the pandemic.

  • Ealing has had the 2nd highest number of furloughed employments in London (Mar 21) and the 4th highest number of out of work benefits claimants in London (Feb 21).

  • Ealing Council’s commitment to help Ealing get back on its feet and create a sustainable economy post Covid. 

  • Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs shows how economic growth can be achieved in a more sustainable way by putting climate action, inclusion and social justice at its core.

  • Ealing Council has three priorities: creating good jobs, tackling the climate crisis and fighting inequality. 

This council resolves to create good jobs here in Ealing, and to:

 

  • Make Ealing the best place in West London to live, learn, work, invest and visit

  • Make it easier for local people to know how and where to find job and training opportunities

  • Help local people retrain and upskill for jobs in growing industries

  • Welcome new businesses and offer support to get local businesses off the ground

  • Support businesses through our Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes

  • Consult on policy to create more affordable spaces for businesses in Ealing

COP26 and the climate crisis
 
This council notes:

 

  • Every week is bringing more evidence of the devastation of the climate crisis - wildfires ravaging the Mediterranean and floods drowning the American coastlines.

  • The UK is bracing for a winter where we will see more extreme weather events and resulting strains on public services.

  • The Committee on Climate Change states that the UK is way off track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

  • This council’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis.

  • The upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow.

This council believes: 

 

  • That the Conservative government are failing in their ambition to tackle climate change.

  • It is disgraceful that the only meaningful proposals on tackling the climate crisis are coming from climate activists and the Labour Party; it is time for the government to step up and take action on the biggest issue facing us as a species.  

  • There is huge potential for more community-scale renewable energy generation infrastructure to be built across the country and for this growth to bring substantial benefits to local economies – this isn’t being encouraged or supported by the Conservatives.

  • We cannot trust Boris Johnson to fight the climate crisis and secure the future of our planet without considerable political and public pressure.  

This council calls for:

 

  • The Conservative government to finally wake up to the reality of the climate crisis and take a lead.

  • The government must work with other world leaders at COP26 to commit to a global carbon budget to limit warming to 1.5°C

  • The government must join this council and support the Local Energy Bill – enabling community-scale renewable energy generation to make more sustainable energy and support local economies and green jobs post Covid-19.

  • The government must join this council and support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill - establishing a framework of overarching policy imperatives that recognise our responsibility to reduce the UK’s entire emissions and ecological footprint as fairly and urgently as possible

 

Conservative Motion not for Debate

 

The new housing Minister recently announced that fresh new laws would ban ‘ugly development’ and acknowledged that homes built out of steel and concrete had the worst environmental impact. 

  

This Council welcomes residents having the right to vote against development that will be a blot on their landscape and the acknowledgement of the dangers of embedded carbon in buildings, especially tall buildings.

 
17 Urgent key decisions exempted from call-in

There were no urgent key decisions exempted from call-in since the last Council meeting.

 

18 Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies

The following changes to appointments to Committees have been proposed by party whips:

 

  1. Councillor Donnelly to replace Councillor Martin on the Council and Trade Union Joint Committee.

  2. Councillor Woodroofe to replace Councillor Aslam on Planning Committee.

 

The following appointment to an Outside body to the Council has been proposed by the party whips:

 

Councillor Johnson to be appointed to the one vacancy the Council has on the Gunnersbury Park Museum and Regeneration Trust.

 

Note: The Gunnersbury Park Museum and Regeneration Trust was incorrectly named Gunnersbury Park Regeneration Trust and allocated 3 vacancies at the annual meeting on 18 May 2021. This appointment supersedes these appointments as the trust is now correctly named and the correct number of vacancies are referred to.

 

19 Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on 14 December 2021.

 


Attendance

Name
No other member attendance information has been recorded for the meeting.
NameReason for Sending Apology
Councillor Josh Blacker 
Councillor Lauren Wall 

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

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