Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 4 October 2017 5.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

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Former Councillor and Member of Parliament Mr. William Michie



Resolution of Thanks to Former Councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris



Apologies for Absence



Order in which Notices of Motion are Listed on the Council Agenda

To approve, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.2 (as revised on 6th September 2017), a revised formula for the order in which Notices of Motion shall be listed on the Council Summons for ordinary meetings of the Council for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2017/18, as follows:-


October - LibDem/Labour/Labour/Green

November – UKIP/Labour/Labour/LibDem

December – Green/Labour/Labour/LibDem

February 2018 - LibDem/Labour/Labour/UKIP

April (28 March) - Labour/Labour/LibDem/Green




Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting.



Public Questions and Petitions and Other Communications

To receive any questions or petitions from the public, or communications submitted by the Lord Mayor or the Chief Executive and to pass such resolutions thereon as the Council Procedure Rules permit and as may be deemed expedient.



Notice of Motion Regarding "South Yorkshire Devolution Deal" - Given by Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed and to be Seconded by Councillor Martin Smith

That this Council:-


(a)       notes that a strong successful economy is vital for future opportunities in business for entrepreneurs and the people of Sheffield, with adult skills and transport schemes so needed at its core;


(b)       believes the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal is a stepping stone to supporting a more locally driven economic policy;


(c)        is concerned that the recent break down in trust within South Yorkshire potentially puts at risk jobs and future investment in our local area;


(d)       notes with disappointment  that other devolution deals started after the Sheffield City Region deal, like Tees Valley (October 2015) and West England (March 2016), are much more advanced than the Sheffield City Region deal;


(e)       notes that despite a number of years working on the deal there is still no agreement on funding for the HS2 Station remodelling and Supertram replacements;


(f)        notes that the Devolution deal also had figures of up to £5m per annum for running the new devolved Authority out of the £30m per annum deal;


(g)       is concerned that we could end up electing a regional Mayor with very limited powers at a cost of up to £1m;


(h)       suggests that to keep the prized devolution deal on the table, local politicians and Sheffield City Council now needs to focus on how to go forward and not blame other Councils for the impasse that we find ourselves in;


(i)         requests the Administration to work together with South Yorkshire partners to find a way forward for the Sheffield deal that accommodates all South Yorkshire partners; and


(j)         requests that the Leader of Sheffield City Council reports back every quarter to full Council on the progress made regarding the developments in keeping the South Yorkshire Devolution deal on the table.




Notice of Motion Regarding "Police Cuts" - Given by Councillor Ben Miskell and to be Seconded by Councillor Jayne Dunn

That this Council:-


(a)       notes the increasing pressures facing South Yorkshire Police (SYP) highlighted by recent information obtained by Louise Haigh MP which revealed SYP received 851,401 calls last year and already this year, as of September 2017, the Force has received 510,147 calls; overall since 2010 the number of calls in both emergency and non-emergency cases to police have increased year on year;


(b)       notes that official figures show that since 2010, and the forming of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, SYP have 458 fewer police officers, with 2,974 employed in 2010 compared to 2,516 today, despite the fact that the Force now deals with an average of 53,359 non-emergency calls a month, up from 30,694 in 2010;


(c)        supports the warnings of the Labour Party that, nationally, police forces are reaching a breaking point, and completely condemns the Liberal Democrats for their complicity, whilst part of the Coalition Government, in the wide ranging cuts experienced by forces up and down the country and here in Sheffield;


(d)       believes that the Government should rethink their strategy for policing and adopt Labour’s 2017 manifesto commitment; pledging to put 10,000 additional police on to the streets of England and Wales, to be paid for by reversing planned cuts to capital gains tax;


(e)       highlights that the seven year pay cap for police officers has seen morale collapse and that officers are £6,000 per year worse off in real terms, with wages failing to keep pace with inflation, and believes that lifting the pay cap will help to reward officers fairly, increase morale and officer retention rates and, ultimately, lead to a better standard of policing throughout the country;


(f)        derides the meagre one-off 1% lump sum pay rise being given by the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP’s government to the police for the next year; noting that this one-off rise makes police pay still far below inflation which stands at 2.9% and is well short of the 5% pay increase being asked for by unions to help mitigate the extensive period of real term pay cuts already undertaken;


(g)       supports unions and others who have called the Government’s offer ‘pathetic’ and believes that it is a damning indictment of the Conservative Party that they make tax cuts for the very richest whilst failing to give public servants a fair pay;


(h)       believes that in such austere times it is vitally important that police forces seek new innovations and praise should be given to SYP, The Sheffield Community Safety Partnership and the other SY community partnerships, for funding a new off-road Bike Unit to tackle the issue of off road biking in Sheffield;


(i)         notes that whilst the Council has no direct powers over policing, Councillors within the Administration have been working with local communities to forward their concerns, and that off road biking has been a prominent issue of late and that improved police efforts to deal with this blight are greatly welcome;


(j)         welcomes the SYP’s new neighbourhood  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.



Notice of Motion Regarding "The Impact of Austerity on Life Expectancy"- Given by Councillor Adam Hurst and to be Seconded by Councillor Dawn Dale

That this Council:-


(a)       notes that recent data looking into the health of the UK population shows that under its two main indicators, life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, health in the UK has got worse since the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010;


(b)       further notes that improvements to the average life expectancy for both women and men in the UK has been slowing down in the UK over the last few years; here in Sheffield there has been very little improvement in women’s life expectancy over the last 10 to 15 years, and for men we have seen an actual decrease in average life expectancy from 78.8 years in 2012-2014 to 78.7 years for the most recent period of 2013-2015;


(c)        agrees with the assessment of Sheffield City Council’s Director of Public Health that austerity is the biggest factor in accounting for these worrying trends;


(d)       notes that not only are there worrying trends as to the length of life expectancy but also for the quality and health of this life; latest figures for Sheffield show that average healthy life expectancy for women decreased sharply from 61.5 years in 2009-11 to 59.9 years in 2013-15, and men’s healthy life expectancy decreased from 59.3 years to 59 years;


(e)       supports the Administration’s work, currently underway, in updating the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which will take a much more in-depth look at health and wellbeing in the city; this updating has included, for example, examining our progress across all the 159 indicators in the national Public Figures Health Outcomes Framework;


(f)        notes the growing body of evidence showing the profoundly damaging impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on a child’s future outcomes across many areas including health and wellbeing, and these effects can last a lifetime; types of ACEs include child abuse (which includes emotional, physical or sexual abuse), neglect (both physical and emotional) and household challenges such as growing up in a household where there is substance misuse, mental illness, domestic violence, parent separation/divorce or where a member of the household is sent to prison;


(g)       notes that evidence shows there is a strong graded relationship between the number and category of childhood exposures and the risk of developing emotional and physical health problems in later life, with children who experience ACEs being more likely to become parents who raise their children in family environments where these risk factors are more common, thereby perpetuating the cycle of disadvantage and poor health;


(h)       supports, therefore, a course of preventative action to reduce the impact on ACEs, including:-


(i)         Sheffield City Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) requesting that Public Health England co-ordinate further research on identifying and describing the long term return on investment of tackling ACEs and effective primary and secondary prevention models;


(ii)        prioritising increasing public awareness of ACEs and their lifelong consequences in childhood, and gain political and organisational commitment for a coherent programme of work to prevent ACEs;  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.



Notice of Motion Regarding "Yorkshire Devolution" - Given by Councillor Robert Murphy and to be Seconded by Councillor Magid Magid

That this Council:-


(a)       notes the results of the 2012 referendum where Sheffield people voted overwhelmingly against an elected mayor for Sheffield;


(b)       notes the decision of the Special Council meeting of Friday 18th March 2016, supported by the Administration and the main opposition group, to endorse the proposed Sheffield City Region Devolution Agreement and delegating authority to the Chief Executive to conclude the agreement;


(c)        notes that despite admitting that 'the City Region consultation was also imperfect' the proposal was voted through;


(d)       notes that after judicial review the High Court found the Sheffield City Region consultation on whether to include the Chesterfield area was unlawful;


(e)       notes the failure of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal after the withdrawal of all but two members of the City Region and believes that this failure has been caused by poor leadership across the region;


(f)        believes this Council should stop following this Government's agenda on devolution and listen instead to the views of the people of Sheffield;


(g)       believes Sheffield should join the 'Coalition of the Willing' 17 of the 20 Yorkshire Councils and pursue closer links and devolution for Yorkshire; and


(h)       believes that a final decision on devolution for Yorkshire should not be made without a Yorkshire-wide referendum.




Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 300 KB

9.1       Questions relating to urgent business – Council Procedure Rule 16.6(ii).


9.2       Supplementary questions on written questions submitted at this meeting – Council Procedure Rule 16.4.


9.3       Questions on the discharge of the functions of the South Yorkshire Joint Authorities for Fire and Rescue and Pensions – Section 41 of the Local Government Act 1985 – Council Procedure Rule 16.6(i).


            (NB. Minutes of recent meetings of the two South Yorkshire Joint Authorities have been made available to all Members of the Council via the following link -





Minutes Of Previous Council Meeting pdf icon PDF 404 KB

To receive the record of the proceedings of the meeting of the Council held on 6th September 2017 and to approve the accuracy thereof.



Representation, Delegated Authority and Related Issues

To consider any changes to the memberships and arrangements for meetings of Committees etc., delegated authority, and the appointment of representatives to serve on other bodies.