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31.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Bell, Bellamy, Dhedhi, Douglas, A Hemsted, Mahmood, Miller, Osho, Pye, Saumarez and Walker.

32.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting. Interests are defined on the inside cover of this agenda.

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None.

33.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 344 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the Special meeting held on 12 December 2019 and the minutes of the Ordinary meeting held on 12 December 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

34.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE MAYOR, COUNCIL LEADER, CABINET MEMBERS AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Minutes:

(a)    The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

Mayor’s Youth Team: The Mayor welcomed his Youth Team to the meeting and advised that Luke Wilmoth had been nominated by the team to be the Youth Mayor for the rest of the municipal year and he would also cover the full term of the next civic year. Luke would be assisted by Luke Doyley, Josh Robinson, Faith Agba-Butler and Gulcin Sariyildiz.

 

End of Year Dinner: The Mayor advised that his dinner would take place on 10 December 2019 in the Mallinson Restaurant at Waltham Forest College to mark Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Hanukah and yuletide.  The money raised on the night would be donated to Haven House Hospice which supports more than 150 children and their families.

 

(b)    The Leader acknowledged Local Service Champions Day and thanked all staff and Waltham Forest residents that service other Boroughs.

 

(c)    The Deputy Leader was pleased to announce that the Mobilisation of Waste and Street Cleansing Contract had been place for three weeks and had gone well.  Cllr Loakes thanked the procurement team, Jarlath Griffin, Director of Neighbourhoods; Paul Tickner, Head of Operations; and Kirsty Waugh, Environmental Strategy Manager for their hard work in ensuring a smooth transition of the contract.  Cllr Loakes stated that under the contract, the Urbaser staff were full time employees and 48% had received a pay increase to ensure that, as a minimum, all staff were earning the London Living Wage.

At the Council’s request, Urbaser had also adopted request The Smallest Things campaign (supporting parents of premature babies) and had rolled it out across the country in their other contracts.

 

(d)    Councillor N Asghar, Portfolio Lead Member for Health Partnerships and Poverty Reduction stated that Whipps Cross Hospital would receive a £350 million of funding from the Government for the redevelopment of the hospital. She added that three options for the redevelopment had been put forward by Barts Trust and urged all Councillors to take part in the consultation.

35.

PUBLIC STATEMENTS

Minutes:

1)    Arifa Nasim, local resident, made a statement asking Council to support the motion and so that the law is changed to recognise misogyny as a hate crime and protect women and vulnerable people.

2)    Stella Creasy MP, also made a statement asking Council to support the motion in the hope that it would send a message to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Home Secretary that misogyny be treated as a hate crime and harassment of women is unacceptable.

 

The Leader thanked Arifa Nasim for her contribution and added that she was proud to campaign alongside Stella Creasy MP to have misogyny classified as a hate crime, was proud to fight against all forms of discrimination and would carry on fighting for all women who were silently suffering.

 

APPG: Definition of Islamophobia:

3)    Irfan Akhtar speaking on behalf Waltham Forest Council of Mosques commended the Council for bringing the APPG definition to the meeting for adoption and spoke of Islamophobic incidents in the borough.

4)    Huda Osman, Hate Crime Caseworker, (Muslim Engagement & Development) spoke on behalf of a Waltham Forest resident who was a victim of an Islamphobic attack and asked for the APPG to be implemented in Waltham Forest.

 

5)    Noreen Khalid, local resident spoke on both Misogyny Motion and the APPG definition and spoke of her experiences of the hate she had received by the public when wearing a hijab.

 

36.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS

Minutes:

Nine questions from Members received replies as set out in the Order Paper in Appendix A.

 

Question 1 from Councillor Best to Cllr Douglas,  Portfolio Lead for Culture.

 

The Council noted the supplementary question put by Councillor Best, which was to ask for the actual breakdown of how Wards had spent their money and Cllr Best also asked if should there be a process for good governance.

In Cllr Douglas’ absence, Cllr N Asghar agreed to email a response to Cllr Best.  

 

Question 2 from Councillor Goldie to Councillor Loakes – Deputy Leader.

 

The Council noted the supplementary question put by Councillor Goldie for the timescales to replace the flagpoles at Mansfield and Ridgeway Parks. Cllr Loakes acknowledged that the installation had taken long time and that they would be replaced as soon as possible and would be in place for Remembrance Sunday.

 

Question 3 from Councillor Seesunker to Councillor Cllr Ahsan Khan - Portfolio Lead for Community Safety and Voluntary Sector.

 

The Council noted the supplementary question put by Councillor Seesunker for the 2017 evidence referenced in the response. Cllr A Khan agreed to send the information to Cllr Seesunker by email.

 

Question 4 from Councillor Siggers to Cllr Simon Miller, Portfolio for Economic Growth and Housing Development.

 

The Council noted the supplementary question put by Councillor Siggers.  He stated that the Council had helped the developer, Countryside Properties, at Marlowe Road Estate by buying properties and loaning money for Compulsory Purchase Orders.  Cllr Siggers asked if the Council would be offering any further financial assistance to the developers.

 

In Cllr Miller’s absence, the Leader said that she would ask Cllr Miller to respond.

 

Question 5 from Councillor Seesunkur to Councillor Coghill – Leader of the Council.

The Council noted the supplementary question put by Councillor Seesunkur, which was to ask whether what services the company was providing; whether the company was subject to RIPA legislation; and the outcome of the trial.

The Leader offered to send written responses to the questions raised.

 

Question 6 from Councillor Littlejohn to Councillor Cllr Louise Mitchell, Portfolio Lead for Housing and Homelessness Prevention.

 

Question 7 from Councillor Sweden to Councillor Cllr Ahsan Khan - Portfolio Lead for Community Safety and Voluntary Sector.

The Council noted the supplementary question put by Councillor Sweden, which was to ask if the Portfolio Lead was confident that Waltham Forest would receive its fair share of the government pledge to increase police numbers and would any additional resources help to address the causes of crime, particularly those associated with gangs.

Cllr Khan stated that since 2010, there had been cuts across the country resulting in a reduction of 21,000 police officers therefore the increase would take the Council back to 2011 police numbers.  Cllr Khan added that there was a commitment from the Council to invest in Public Health approach to deal with root causes of gang activity and he was hopeful that the public health intervention would reduce knife crime.

 

Question 8 from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

37.

NOTICES OF MOTION

Minutes:

Notice of the Motion was given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.   The Council noted that the mover of the motion, Councillor Mahmud, had submitted an amendment and the Mayor gave his consent to the amended motion as set out below to be debated.

 

38.

Misogyny and Hate Crime

Notice of the above Motion was given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.

 

Councillor Saima Mahmud will move;

Councillor Rosalind Doré will second:

 

The Council notes:

 

·       That the Law Commission is currently reviewing all current hate crime legislation to consider whether any additional characteristics, including misogyny, should be granted  ...  view the full agenda text for item 38.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

The Council notes:

 

·           That the Law Commission is currently reviewing all current hate crime legislation to consider whether any additional characteristics, including misogyny, should be granted legal protection, and is due to report back to Parliament in 2020. Misogyny is not currently recorded as a hate crime by the  ...  view the full decision text for item 38.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Mahmud and seconded by Councillor Doré:

 

The Council notes:

 

·           That the Law Commission is currently reviewing all current hate crime legislation to consider whether any additional characteristics, including misogyny, should be granted legal protection, and is due to report back to Parliament in 2020. Misogyny is not currently recorded as a hate crime by the vast majority of police forces in the UK, outside of a handful of trial areas.

 

·           That this review was thanks to the tireless work of Stella Creasy and her long campaign to have misogyny classified as a hate crime - which her amendment to the Voyeurism (Offences) (No.2) Bill, or Upskirting Bill would have secured – alongside groups such as Citizens UK.

 

·           That Stella Creasy is facing appalling abuse from anti-abortion protestors in our borough, in which the perpetrators have openly admitted that they have deliberately targeted her as a pregnant woman. The abuse Stella has received in recent weeks precisely demonstrates why women in our borough need additional legal protection.

 

·           That like women and girls across the country our residents suffer harassment and abuse every single day. Groups such as Waltham Forest Women Take Back the Streets report multiple instances of street harassment several times a day. A YouGov national survey in 2016 showed that 85% of women aged 18-24 were subjected to sexual harassment in public.

 

·           The adoption of misogyny as a hate crime was successfully implemented in Nottingham, where analysis showed an increase in reporting as well as an increase in the use of wider services. It also showed the vast majority of local people wanted the scheme to continue.

 

·           Studies have shown that the intersectional nature of discrimination means that women with additional protected characteristics, such as those who are BAME, disabled or LGBT+, are even more likely to experience harassment, discrimination and abuse. There have been high profile instances in this borough where Muslim women wearing hijabs have been targeted. One of the most marginalised groups in society are consistently found to be the trans community and those who present as non-binary and gender non-conforming. A 2018 Stonewall report found that two in five trans people (41 per cent) and three in ten non-binary people (31 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months.

 

·           Despite huge cuts to policing in London from central Government, The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has invested a record £44 million in tackling violence and harassment against women and girls.

 

·           That Waltham Forest council has maintained our investment in VAWG services, introducing an innovative Safe and Together model to improve our approach to violence against women and girls across council services.

 

The Council resolves:

 

·           To make a submission to the Law Commission’s Consultation at the earliest opportunity in favour of strengthening hate crime legislation and making misogyny a hate crime.

 

·           To call on the Government to listen to the lived experience of women and girls across our country  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON THE DEFINITION OF ISLAMOPHOBIA pdf icon PDF 293 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Council

(a)  adopted the APPG definition of Islamophobia, including the working examples, into the Council’s codes of conduct for Members and officers; and

 

(b)  delegated authority to the Director of Governance and Law, in consultation with the Constitution Working Group, to make any arising amendments to Part 9 of  ...  view the full decision text for item 39.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor A Khan and seconded by Councillor Lacey-Holland, that the Council:

(a)  adopt the APPG definition of Islamophobia, including the working examples, into the Council’s codes of conduct for Members and officers; and

 

(b)  delegate authority to the Director of Governance and Law, in consultation with the Constitution Working Group, to make any arising amendments to Part 9 of the constitution: Councillors’ Code of Conduct.

 

There was debate in which Councillors J Khan, U Ali, Siggers, H Ali spoke, following which Councillor A Khan exercised his right of reply.          `

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

40.

SCRUTINY ANNUAL REPORT 2018-19 AND SCRUTINY FORWARD PLANS 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Council:

(a)       noted the Scrutiny Annual Report 2018/19;

(b)       endorsed the proposed 2019/20 work programme for each of the committees; and

(c)       endorsed the Budget and Performance principles and process documents.

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lacey-Holland and seconded by Councillor Terry, that the Council:  

(a)      note the Scrutiny Annual Report 2018/19;

(b)      endorse the proposed 2019/20 work programme for each of the committees; and

(c)       endorse the Budget and Performance principles and process documents.

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

41.

ANNUAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT REVIEW 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 583 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The council to agreed the Annual Treasury Management Review 2018/19

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lacey-Holland and seconded by Councillor Doré, that the Council agree the Annual Treasury Management Review 2018/19.

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

42.

TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY STATEMENT AND ANNUAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY MID-YEAR REVIEW 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Council:

(a)          agreed the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy Mid -Year Report 2019/20; and

 

(b)          agreed that the Strategic Director Finance and Governance may approve the pre-payment of employer and employee Local Government Pension Scheme contributions for a period of up to three years.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lacey-Holland and seconded by Councillor Doré, that the Council:

(a)          agree the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy Mid -Year Report 2019/20; and

 

(b)          agree that the Strategic Director Finance and Governance may approve the pre-payment of employer and employee Local Government Pension Scheme contributions for a period of up to three years.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

43.

REVIEW OF CONSTITUTION (PART 2) pdf icon PDF 420 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Council:

(a)  adopted the Protocol for Freedom of the Borough as an amendment to the Constitution;

 

(b)  deferred the revised Petition Scheme;

 

(c)  agreed revised Terms of Reference of the Health and Wellbeing Board; and

 

(d)  agreed Terms of Reference of Public Transport Liaison Group.

 

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lacey-Holland and seconded by Councillor Doré, that the Council:  

(a)  adopt the Protocol for Freedom of the Borough as an amendment to the Constitution;

 

(b)  defer the revised Petition Scheme;

 

(c)  agree revised Terms of Reference of the Health and Wellbeing Board; and

 

(d)  agree Terms of Reference of Public Transport Liaison Group.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

44.

POLLING PLACES REVIEW 2019 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Council:

(a)  agreed the situation of polling places and districts as set out in Appendix 1 and as amended in Appendix 2 for a five-year period from 1st December 2019, or until it is superseded by a subsequent review as discussed at 1.3 of the report; and

 

(b) agreed  ...  view the full decision text for item 44.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lacey-Holland and seconded by Councillor Doré, that the Council:

(a)      agree the situation of polling places and districts as set out in Appendix 1 and as amended in Appendix 2 for a five-year period from 1st December 2019, or until it is superseded by a subsequent review as discussed at 1.3 of the report; and

 

(b)      agree to continue to delegate to the Director of Governance and Law any ongoing review or change of polling places during this period, to ensure that polling arrangements in Waltham Forest remain fit for purpose for each election called.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

45.

APPOINTMENTS

Details of appointments to be made will be set out in the Order Paper for the meeting.

Decision:

Committees:

Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee

Councillor Terry Wheeler to replace Councillor Whitney Ihenachor 

 

 

Minutes:

The following appointments were agreed:

 

Committees:

 

Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee

Councillor Terry Wheeler to replace Councillor Whitney Ihenachor