Agenda and minutes

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 2.35 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Rosalyn Patterson 

No. Item


To confirm the Minutes of the Special Meeting and Last Ordinary Meeting held 19 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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COUNCIL RESOLVED -     That the minutes of the special meeting and last                                               ordinary meeting of the Council held on 19 July                                                2018 be approved as correct records.


Official Announcements

(announcements may be made by the Mayor, Leader of the Council or the Chief Executive)


There were no official announcements


Presentation by Gateshead's Older People's Assembly


Craig Bankhead, Manager at Gateshead’s Older People’s Assembly, gave a presentation on the work of the Assembly.






(to receive petitions submitted under Council Procedure Rule 10)


Councillor Bill Dick presented a petition from residents of Stoneygate Lane requesting a residents’ parking scheme.



Questions from Members of the Public

(to consider any questions submitted under Council Procedure Rule 7)


There were no questions submitted by members of the public


Revisions to the Council's Retirement Policy and the Redundancy Policy pdf icon PDF 72 KB

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COUNCIL RESOLVED - (i)            That the revised Retirement and                                                                           Redundancy Policies, set out in

                                                            appendices 2 and 3 of the submitted report,                                                       including the Council’s policy

                                                            on pension discretions, be approved.


                                                (ii)        That the Strategic Director, Corporate                                                                 Services and Governance, be authorised,                                                          following consultation with the Leader of the                                                           Council, to make any minor amendments to                                                        the policies that may be required following                                                         further consultation with Trade Unions.


Annual Report of the Council's Audit and Standards Committee 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

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COUNCIL RESOLVED –    That the Annual Report of the Audit and Standards                                          Committee for 2017/18/ be endorsed.


Annual Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

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COUNCIL RESOLVED –    That the Annual Youth Justice Strategic Plan

                                                2018/19 be endorsed.


Report from the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 110 KB


The Leader of the Council reported on a number of key issues currently affecting the Council.



That the information be noted



Notice of Motion - Blaydon NHS Health Centre pdf icon PDF 25 KB

(to consider any notices of motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9.1)


(a)  Notice of Motion – GP Services Blaydon

(b)  Notice of Motion – Great Jobs Agenda

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Councillor M Brain moved the following motion:


‘Council notes with appreciation the work of all involved in securing the continued delivery of GP services from the Blaydon NHS Health Centre.’


On the motion being put it was declared to be carried.


Notice of Motion - Great Jobs Agenda


Councillor Paul Foy moved the following motion:


‘Council notes:


The progress already made through the Council’s commitment to make Gateshead a place where everyone thrives, including through the ‘Workforce Strategy’ which is aimed at supporting and developing our employees and ensuring we set an example by adopting the highest standards of employment practice. Also through the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Pledge’ which seeks commitments from our supply chain to help us deliver the outcomes we want, and through the work to engage with and influence businesses and other employers to provide better quality jobs in keeping with our ambition for a more inclusive economy.


Council believes that:


Every job should be a great job. For us this means all workers in Gateshead should be paid fairly; work in a safe and healthy workplace; be treated decently and with respect; have regular hours; have the chance to be represented by trade unions and be consulted on what matters at work; and get the chance to learn and progress at work and get on in life.


Council resolves to:


1.         Support the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda, which sets out the actions   employers and the government must take for every job to be a great         job.


2.         Ensure as an employer we continue providing great jobs for our own



3.         Continue to value meaningful workforce engagement and      representation through our recognised trade unions.


4.         Continue our work with employers in the borough to influence their

            employment practices, and to ensure that business growth is            sustainable and ethical.

5.         Make increasing job quality a key part of the conversation when       pursuing local economic development opportunities in the borough.


6.         Use our commissioning and procurement processes where possible to       raise employment standards amongst those suppliers and providers we work with.


7.         Where appropriate, engage with government and other bodies who             hold regulatory powers, to tackle issues which local authorities do not             have statutory powers to address directly.


8.         Write to the borough’s MPs informing them of our position and          encouraging them to support the Great Jobs Agenda.’


On the motion being put it was declared to be carried.



(to deal with any questions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.1)


There were no questions submitted.