Knowsley’s full Council meeting takes place on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 6pm.
Here’s our summary of what’s on the agenda.
Review of Gambling Policy
Members will consider a review of the council’s Gambling Policy which must take place every three years. There are no significant changes to the policy following the latest review conducted in consultation with a range of partners, including police, gambling businesses, HMRC, town and parish councils, faith groups, as well as those affected by the industry. As the gambling licensing authority, the council carries out its statutory responsibilities in order to prevent gambling being associated with crime or disorder, to ensure it is conducted in a fair and open way and to protect children from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Cabinet has previously welcomed the introduction of maximum stakes of £2 for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, but condemned the length of time it had taken to implement the change.
Community Governance Review
Council will receive an update on the Local Government Boundary Commission’s response to the Community Governance Review of Parish and Town Councils. A review of Parish and Town Council commenced last year, which proposed a reduction in the number of parish / town councillors in certain areas across the borough, and has been subject to three public consultations. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has approved the Council’s proposals and Council will be asked to note the Boundary Commission’s recommendations.
Charter against modern slavery
With more than 3,805 victims of modern slavery identified in the UK in 2016, the exploitation of vulnerable people is a national problem – and one that local authorities like Knowsley can help to eradicate.
A notice of motion will be put forward by Cllr Shelley Powell for the council to adopt the Co-Operative Party’s ‘Charter Against Modern Slavery’. Signing up to the Charter would mean the council’s procurement process would be tightened up to ensure the authority only ever does business with suppliers or contractors who comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Cuts
Council will consider a motion put forward by Cllr Aston to work in collaboration with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, Merseyside’s constituent District Councils, Mayors Anderson and Rotherham, MP’s, the Fire Brigades Union and all trade unions to challenge the cuts imposed on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority. The group will jointly lobby Government to reverse the cuts imposed on the Authority in the belief that they have gone too far and compromise public safety.
You can read the full agenda and Council papers on the council’s website.