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On the agenda – Knowsley Council meeting on Wednesday 28 June

by Comms Team

A full meeting of the council takes place this evening at 6pm.

You can see the agenda and read the reports on the council website. Below is a summary of the main items.

Public Health Annual Report

Councillors will be asked to approve the Public Health Annual Report 2016 / 17 which gives an overview of the key health and wellbeing issues facing the borough. This year’s report focuses on older adults, aged 65 and above, and is the final in a series of four life-themed reviews. Called Age Well, the 2016/17 report looks at issues including poverty and cold homes, mental health and well-being, dementia, preventing hospital admissions and promoting independence.

Annual Reports – Governance Committee / Policy & Performance

Members of Knowsley Council are asked to approve the 2016/17 annual reports for both the Policy and Performance Committees and the Governance Committee.

Each of the annual reports highlights the valuable contributions made by these specialist functions to service delivery and improvement, policy development, and good corporate governance across the authority.

Amendment to the Scheme of Allowances LCR Transport Committee

Council will be consulted on a proposed amendment to the Scheme of Members’ Allowance in relation to Councillors who have been appointed to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee for 2017/18.  The amendment is due to changes with the Merseytravel Committee and its responsibility for overseeing the Combined Authority’s transport responsibilities.

Remondis fire

Council will receive an update on the multi-agency debrief which took place in February following the fire at the Remondis site in Prescot on 4 December 2016.  This is a process to identify lessons that we can learn from to improve any future multi-agency response.  Whilst the joint Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive investigation is still on-going into the cause of the fire, the debrief identified a number of areas of good practice, as well as areas for improvement.

Council’s Statutory Scrutiny Officer

Members of the council are recommended to approve proposals to designate the statutory role of Scrutiny Officer to the Assistant Executive Director (Neighbourhoods) and the role of Senior Information Risk Owner to the Assistant Executive Director (Governance).

Notices of motion

A notice of motion will be put forward by Cllr Terry Byron, seconded by Cllr Ros Smith, for the council to support the Care Workers for Change campaign by UNISON North West.

The campaign aims to achieve improvements in care standards and employment practices in the residential and domiciliary care sectors, and urge central Government to address the underfunding of social care to enable decent jobs, pay and quality services within the care sector as a whole.

In response to the recent terror attacks which have seen the threat level reach ‘critical’, as well as a spate of firearms discharges in the Liverpool City Region, a notice of motion is being put forward by Cllr Eddie Connor, urging the Government to increase the financial support needed to tackle the problem.

He will ask the council to back calls to press Government to stop the cuts that they are required to deliver by 2020, and provide financial assistance to other agencies affected by the Prevent and Guns and Gangs agendas.