Agenda and minutes

Council (HPBC) - Thursday, 15th December, 2016 7.15 pm

Venue: The Arts Centre, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. View directions

Items
No. Item

17/18

To receive Disclosures of Interest on any matter before the Council

i) Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

ii) Other Interests

 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures made.

17/19

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 199 KB

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Ashton and seconded by Councillor Kemp that the minutes of the Ordinary and Annual meetings of the Council held on 6 October 2016 be approved as a correct record.

 

The motion was carried and the Mayor was authorised to sign the minutes.

 

17/20

Mayor's announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor announced that all councillors were invited to attend a reception to honour the admission of Mr Peter Matthews as a Freeman of the Borough.  This would take place at 1.00pm on 13 February 2017 at Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club.  In the absence of sending Christmas cards councillors were also invited to make donations towards the Mayor’s charity funds.

17/21

Questions of which notice has been given

Minutes:

There had been no questions received.

17/22

To approve the recommendation from the Audit and Regulatory Committee meeting held on 29 September 2016 relating to: pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)      Appointment of Mayor 2017/18

 

It was moved by Councillor Pritchard and seconded by Councillor Robins that the Labour Group be invited to make a nomination for the appointment of Mayor of the Borough and Chairman of the Council for the municipal year 2017/18.  It was announced that the Labour Group would propose Councillor Stone as Mayor at the next Annual Council meeting.

 

When put to the meeting it was RESOLVED accordingly.

 

17/23

To approve the recommendations from the Standards Committee meeting held on 17 November 2016 relating to: pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)      Standards Committee - Annual Report 2015/16

 

It was moved by Councillor Johnson and seconded by Councillor Sloman that the report be noted.

 

When put to the meeting it was RESOLVED accordingly.

 

17/24

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

a)        Dying to Work Campaign

 

It was moved by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Sloman:

 

That this council notes the TUC Dying to Work Campaign which has raised the following concerns:

 

1.    That the Equality Act provides protections against discriminatory treatment based on the concept of 'Protected Characteristics.’

2.    Currently workers with a terminal illness are not classified as having a Protected Characteristic and therefore have very limited legal protection against employers dismissing them due to illness.

3.    That employers are therefore free to dismiss terminally ill workers once they have made 'reasonable adjustments' to the employee's job to assist with the illness.

4.    This council agrees that the last thing a terminally ill worker would need is the distress at the same time as facing up to a terminal illness is to have to fight for the right to continue working and not to face the indignity of being sacked.

5.    In addition, this council notes that the loss of death in service benefits to terminally ill workers sacked before death is a further distress at a time when security for a family for the future should be protected.

 

This council resolves that in response to the TUC Dying to Work Campaign, this Council commits to signing up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter that sets out an agreed way in which their employees will be supported, protected and guided throughout their employment, following a terminal diagnosis.

 

The Charter states the following:

 

·         We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.

·         Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that, safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.

·         We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.

·         We support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.

 

An amendment was proposed by John Haken, seconded by Samantha Flower:

 

That this Council is aware of the TUC Dying to Work Campaign and the associated Voluntary Charter which organisations are encouraged to endorse ‘to help ensure peace of mind for any of their employees battling terminal illness’.

 

The Council resolves to note that the principles set out in the Charter have guided its approach to employees with terminal illness for some years now. Council employees can therefore take assurance both on the basis of that experience and through the Council’s values and culture which have been regularly endorsed by all political groups.

 

After considerable debate it was further proposed to forward the amended resolution to the Member of Parliament for the High  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17/24