Agenda item

Motions

Motion 11.1 in the name of Councillor Joanne Laban

 

“The officers who work in the group offices do an exceptional job supporting past and present councillors. Enfield Council wishes to thank officers in both groups for their tireless dedication to the borough and its residents over many years. Their work has been greatly appreciated by councillors and residents.”

 

Motion 11.2 in the name of Councillor Joanne Laban

 

“Enfield Council is committed to delivering fairness and equality. However, it currently has one of the highest levels of nepotism in Local Government. This council agrees to deliver on its promise to tackling inequality by reducing the level of nepotism that exists within the organisation. This act will give a strong signal to the local community as well as Officers that we are truly committed to delivering fairness and equality.”

 

Motion 11.3 in the name of Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

 

“Modern day Anti-Semitism is rife throughout the UK, not only in today’s political discourse but also on our streets. The London Borough of Enfield is proud that it has always stood up to the vile and disgusting actions committed by anti-Semites against our Jewish community, especially in recent years. 

 

This Council reinstates its commitment to the IHRA definition of Anti-Semitism and will pledge to do everything in its power to make sure our Jewish community is kept safe at all times.”

 

Motion 11.4 in the name of Councillor Nneka Keazor

 

“Enfield Council condemns Government police funding which cuts frontline Policing.  Enfield Council is particularly concerned about the Government’s cutting of Police Numbers which puts Enfield at serious risk of increased crime. 

 

We note that since 2010 the Met Police’s Budget has been cut by £850M (a further £263M) resulting in loss of 3,000 police officers (21,000 police officers nationally) and 3,000 police community support officers (PCSOs) across London including 97 Officers and 144 PCSOs from Enfield. 

 

Council notes that crime in Enfield has increased especially since end of last year. We are challenging Government to give local police the funding they need to safeguard Enfield streets. 

 

We call on the Government to prioritise the safety of Londoners and residents of Enfield and increase police funding and police numbers in our borough.”

 

Motion 11.5 in the name of Councillor Nesil Caliskan

 

“Enfield Council recognises the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

 

This Council welcomes the cross-party support within the Council for combating antisemitism in all its manifestations. This Council adopts the IHRA definition and pledges to combat this pernicious form of racism.”

 

Motion 11.6 in the name of Councillor Nesil Caliskan

 

“London Borough of Enfield has significant inequalities. Enfield Council serves a complex borough with extremes of poverty and affluence and one of the most diverse areas in England.

 

This Council is committed to delivering high quality public services to create a borough of opportunity for all residents with vibrant, inclusive and economically strong communities.

 

Outstanding and responsive council services provide residents with an excellent quality of life. They are a catalyst to tackling deep rooted inequalities to ensure every resident can achieve their full potential. Public services also provide an essential safety net to support the most vulnerable from the worst excesses of Tory-imposed austerity. 

 

Outsourcing a local authority in its entirety is a long-held Tory municipal fantasy, first articulated by Margaret Thatcher in the late 1980s. Large Tory-run authorities in Cornwall, Suffolk and Barnet embarked on their own high-profile versions of this Thatcherite model, claiming that impoverishment gave them no choice but to pursue large-scale privatisation.

 

Enfield Council rejects this failed Tory model of municipalism.

 

By 2019, local government funding will have been cut by 70% since 2010, and further cuts are planned. Local authorities are, therefore, reviewing how they deliver services in the light of severe budgetary pressure.  There is evidence that many councils are bringing a significant number and range of services back in-house to gain maximum value from decreasing resources.

 

Enfield Council believes that bringing services back in-house is desirable. The benefits of insourcing or direct council provision include:

 

·         Improving efficiency and reducing costs

·         Involving local people in the design of services

·         Delivering better satisfaction levels and outcomes

·         Enhanced public accountability and ownership

·         Delivering genuine social impact

·         The ability to integrate a range of services

·         Reducing cost and time spent managing contracts

·         Greater staff motivation and improved service quality

·         Creating expertise and capacity in the Council

 

This Council will conduct a realistic analysis on a service-by-service basis to determine the best option whether it be insourcing or direct council provision, contracted services, co-operatives, mutuals and trusts, as well as partnerships with other boroughs.

 

This Council welcomes the recent decisions to insource services and resolves to support the renewed commitment from the Cabinet to recognise the benefits of direct council provision when routinely considering options as contracts end.”

 

Motion 11.7 in the name of Councillor Yasemin Brett and Councillor Christine Hamilton

 

“Britain and London are facing numerous Public Health Emergencies. Air Quality, Smoking, Obesity, Alcohol and Gangs to name but a few but the Conservative government have seen it fit to slash public health grants by 85 million for 2019-2020 and announced it on the 20th December 2018 just before the winter break.

 

The public health grant funds vital services and functions that prevent ill health and contribute to the future sustainability of the NHS. Councils are responsible for delivering most public health services, but our ability to do so is compromised by these reductions and the broader funding climate. The total funding package which is used for sexual health services, drug and alcohol treatment, smoking and obesity also helps directors have an input into transport and housing services and supports children's services.

 

Taking funds away from prevention is a false economy. Without proper investment in public health people suffer, demand on local health services increases and the economy suffers. We have introduced HIAP (Health in all Policies), in Enfield and aspire to becoming a Public Health Borough. This preventative approach not only values the lives of our residents who we are here for but also encourages our residents to take more control over their health.

 

This Council believes that the impact of cuts to public health on our communities is becoming difficult to ignore. This case becomes more pressing given the Government’s consideration of a 10-year plan for the NHS. For this reason, we support Cancer Research UK’s call for increased and sustainable public health funding. This Council calls on the Government to deliver increased investment in public health and to support a sustainable health and social care system by taking a ‘prevention first’ approach. These cuts are a slap in the face of the governments ‘radical upgrade in prevention' as put forward by NHS England in the five year Forward Plan.

 

A reduction in almost a quarter in spending per person between 2014 and 2019 under an austerity regime that is literally killing people needs to stop. The current allocations based on historical funding patterns need rapid realignment to the realities of health needs and we urge both sides to impress this on government through a joint letter.”

 

Motion 11.8 in the name of Councillor Alev Cazimoglu

 

“This Council calls upon the government to review its so called “Long Term Plan” for the NHS. It is hard to see how this can be delivered with continuing cuts to the NHS and Local Government.  The long-awaited Social Care Green Paper should have been developed in parallel and a major opportunity has been missed which represents real risks to Enfield residents who depend on the NHS and Social Care.”

 

Motion 11.9 in the name of Councillor Charith Gunawardena

 

“This council calls upon the government to review its Housing Strategy that is not fit for purpose. Steered by its ideologically driven National Planning Policy Framework, the government fails to address the issue of truly affordable housing & rents required by Enfield residents. A revised housing strategy needs to focus on delivering positive outcomes - namely, house prices and rents that are fully aligned with local household incomes.” 

 

Motion 11.10 in the name of Councillor Vicki Pite

 

“More than a dozen councils, including the London Assembly, have passed 'climate emergency' motions since the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5O C”, published in October 2018, described the enormous harm that a 2°C rise in world temperature is likely to cause, urging instead that governments and authorities world-wide seek to limit global warming to 1.5O C.

 

The London Assembly, in a unanimous vote, called on the Mayor of London to put an emergency plan in place and declare a climate emergency in London.

Reflecting the will of the London Assembly, Enfield Council

 

  • Notes the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and endorses the proposal that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities and others.
  • Notes the Mayor’s climate change mitigation and adaptation responsibilities and recognises that he aims to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 and would welcome, and support, further ambitious steps.
  • Welcomes actions by Bristol city council and other city councils around the world to declare and commit resources to tackling a ‘Climate Emergency’
  • Requests cabinet and officers to examine what more can be done locally to further this agenda and to publish a plan setting out these actions for debate.

 

Enfield Council further asks, in line with the unanimous vote of the London Assembly, that the leaders of both parties write to:

 

  • The Mayor of London to declare a climate emergency, supported by specific emergency plans with the actions needed to make London carbon neutral by 2030, and, as vice chair of the C40 Cities network, to be a leader on this agenda.
  • The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs urging him to give the Mayor of London the powers and funding to make this possible.”

 

Motion 11.11 in the name of Councillor Doug Taylor

 

“The Government have presided over 8 years of economic failure and caused significant hardship to residents of the borough. This, in reality continues.

 

Enfield residents will continue to suffer the consequences of cuts to the Council budget, if welfare cuts are not reversed, mental health services remain undervalued, adult social care remains underfunded, school budgets remain in crisis, public sector pay remains squeezed. Council agrees to produce a report on the consequences of austerity for a Council meeting in early 2019.”

 

Motion 11.12 in the name of Councillor Joanne Laban

 

“The current and draft London plans both advocate strong protection of the green belt and do not support the re-designation of it.  Enfield Council agrees with this view and commits to supporting the Green Belt.”

 

Motion 11.13 in the name Councillor Joanne Laban

 

“The small sites project has been an unmitigated disaster for Enfield Council. Nine years on from the start of the scheme it has yet to be finished. Enfield Council’s incompetent management of it has led to delays and overspends with residents picking up the bill for them. This Chamber agrees that an Enfield Council housing scheme should never be mismanaged in this way again and action will be taken to prevent this reoccurring.”

 

Motion 11.14 in the name of Councillor Joanne Laban

 

“Female Genital Mutilation is a cruel practice and has no place in our country. Enfield Council supports the Let Us Protect Our Girls campaign which is being carried out in partnership between HM Government and the NSPCC. FGM, including pricking, piercing and cutting, haslifelong consequences. This chamber agrees that it is crucial that we continue to raise awareness of this issue and support those women and girls who have undergone this practice in our borough.”

 

Motion 11.15 in the name of Councillor Stephanos Ioannou

 

“In light of the uncertainty felt amongst schools in our borough about increased petty crime, particularly against young people, will the Council look to set up a new ‘Youth and Crime Committee’- for an initial period that allows pupils from across our borough to come together, raise the concerns they have about crime, and provide potential solutions to fix the challenges our borough faces?”

 

Motion 11.16 in the name of Councillor Chris Dey

 

“Enfield has the worst crime rates in London, of particular concern is the volume and increase of serious youth violence which is the highest of any other London borough. This Council agrees to write to the Mayor of London asking that he stops wasting money on public relations and funds additional police officers to address this as outlined by Mayoral Candidate Shaun Bailey.”

Minutes:

Motion 11.5  in the name of Councillor Nesil Caliskan

 

Councillor Nesil Caliskan moved and Councillor Joanne Laban seconded the following motion:

 

“Enfield Council recognises the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism which define antisemitism thus:

 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

 

This Council welcomes the cross-party support within the Council for combating antisemitism in all its manifestations. This Council adopts the IHRA definition and pledges to combat this pernicious form of racism.”

 

Councillor Nesil Caliskan altered her motion to read: 

 

“Enfield Council is proud to stand up against anti-Semitism towards our Jewish community in Enfield – and elsewhere.

 

Enfield Council adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) guidelines on antisemitism which defines antisemitism thus:

 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.  Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

 

This Council welcomes the cross-party support within the Council for combating antisemitism in all its manifestations.  This Council adopts the IHRA definition and pledges to combat this pernicious form or racism.”

 

Following the debate, the altered motion was agreed unanimously, without a vote. 

 

Motion 11.4 in the name of Councillor Nneka Keazor

 

Councillor Uddin moved and Councillor Barnes seconded the following motion: 

 

“Enfield Council condemns Government police funding which cuts frontline Policing.  Enfield Council is particularly concerned about the Government’s cutting of Police Numbers which puts Enfield at serious risk of increased crime.

 

We note that since 2010 the Met Police’s Budget has been cut by £850M (a further £263M) resulting in loss of 3,000 police officers (21,000 police officers nationally) and 3,000 police community support officers (PCSOs) across London including 97 Officers and 144 PCSOs from Enfield.

 

Council notes that crime in Enfield has increased especially since end of last year. We are challenging Government to give local police the funding they need to safeguard Enfield streets.

 

We call on the Government to prioritise the safety of Londoners and residents of Enfield and increase police funding and police numbers in our borough.”

 

During the debate Councillor Ergin Erbil moved and Councillor Caliskan seconded a motion to extend the time set aside for motions by 10 minutes.  This was agreed without a vote. 

 

Following the debate, the motion was agreed after a vote with the following result:

 

For:  39

Against: 16

Abstentions: 0