Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 5 September 2018 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Paul Robinson, Democratic Services  Email:

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Apologies for Absence



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.




Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 535 KB

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


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


4.3       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 -






Notice of Motion Regarding "Developing a Fairer Model to Distribute Community Infrastructure Levy in Sheffield" - Given By Councillor Ian Auckland and to be Seconded by Councillor Gail Smith

That this Council:-


(a)       notes the publication of the draft document outlining how the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be allocated across the city, however condemns the current Administration for the unacceptable delays in bringing forward these proposals;


(b)       notes the consultation on CIL is currently live and ends on the 14th September, and is disappointed that the Administration chose to launch this important consultation during the peak school holiday period;


(c)        notes the following national guiding principles of how to spend the CIL:


(i)         be allocated in line with Councillors’ annual ward priorities, which have been informed by local community engagement, data and feedback from service providers / partner agencies; and


(ii)        be allocated to electoral wards and provide local Councillors the opportunity to work closely with the community to decide how best to allocate the fund;


(d)       notes that the purposed allocation of the neighbourhood portion does not fully adhere to these guiding principles and is dismayed that this Administration in their initial draft has ignored these guiding principles;


(e)       believes that, in ignoring the guiding principles, the Administration is favouring selected parts of the city, and disadvantaging others;


(f)        notes that the Administration intends to use 85% of CIL for city-wide projects;


(g)       notes that in the draft document, in the neighbourhood portion, only 1.5% of CIL is guaranteed to be retained in communities where the development takes place and the rest is distributed based on Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD);


(h)       believes distributing the neighbourhood portion of CIL using IMD does not fairly compensate local communities for developments that take place directly in their areas unless in a Labour favoured area;


(i)         believes this goes directly against the guiding principles on how CIL is spent in local communities and this Administration is letting down the communities it should be serving; and


(j)         resolves to:


(i)         encourage local residents to take part in the consultation process and share their views with the Administration; and

(ii)        encourage local residents to set up their own parish council or develop their own Neighbourhood Plans to allow them to allow their communities to receive a larger portion of CIL.




Notice of Motion Regarding "Supporting the TUC's Great Jobs Agenda" - Given By Councillor Julie Dore and to be Seconded by Councillor Ben Miskell

That this Council:-


(a)       notes that:


(i)         insecure work includes people working on zero-hours contracts, temporary and agency work, and low-paid self-employment;


(ii)        3.5 million people could be in insecure work by the start of 2022 if current trends continue - a rise of 290,000; that’s the equivalent of the entire working population of Sheffield;


(iii)       workers on zero-hours and short-hours contracts earn a third less per hour than the average worker;


(iv)       1 in 13 Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees are in insecure jobs, compared to 1 in 20 white employees; and


(v)        insecure work costs the HM Treasury £4 billion a year in lost income tax and national insurance contributions, along with extra benefits and tax credits;


(b)       further notes that:


(i)         UK workers are, on average, £38 a week worse off than before the crash in 2008 (figures to April 2017); this is the longest squeeze on pay since Victorian times;


(ii)        public sector workers’ real wages are down thousands of pounds a year compared to 2010; for example, prison officers and paramedics are all down over £3,800 a year, firefighters are down nearly £2,900, while teachers are down approximately £2,500;


(iii)       just one in three people (33%) say their employer offers regular training opportunities - and one in four workers (24%) say that no training is offered at their workplace at all apart from a new starters’ induction;


(iv)       more than a million workers suffer from ill-health related to their employment, and around 23 million working days are lost each year due to injury or illness in the workplace;


(v)        almost one in three workers have been bullied in the workplace;


(vi)       more than a third (37%) of Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers have been bullied, abused or singled out at work; and


(vii)      more than half (52%) of women and nearly two-thirds (63%) of women aged 18-24 years old have experienced sexual harassment at work;


(c)        believes that:


(i)         every job should be a great job: that means every worker must be paid fairly; work in a safe and healthy workplace; be treated decently and with respect; have guaranteed hours; have the chance to be represented by unions and be consulted on what matters at work; and have the chance to get on in life;


(ii)        currently, too many jobs in the UK aren’t great jobs – and too many people feel that great jobs aren’t available where they live;


(iii)       it is positive that there is now a public debate about how we improve jobs in the UK – much of it driven by union campaigning and legal action against employers like Sports Direct, Uber and Hermes; and


(iv)       however, the proposals put forward by Mathew Taylor’s review of employment standards for the Government are inadequate; and


(d)       resolves to:


(i)         support the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda, which sets out the actions employers and the Government must take for every  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.



Notice of Motion Regarding "The Recycling Service" - Given By Councillor Karen McGowan and to be Seconded by Councillor Michelle Cook

That this Council:-


(a)       welcomes Sheffield’s success in Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Recovering household waste, with our achievement of one of the lowest levels of waste to landfill in the country at a rate of just 0.28% last year;


(b)       welcomes the new recycling service, noting that:


(i)         the removal of the blue box will be welcomed, as it has proven to be unpopular with local people;


(ii)        there is greater capacity in the new monthly 140 litre blue bin for paper and card than the old fortnightly blue box collection;


(iii)       the new 240-litre brown bin gives much greater capacity for glass bottles, cans and plastic bottles to residents who had used the blue box, and a broadly similar monthly capacity to residents who used the blue bin;


(iv)       that the greater efficiency for collection vehicles will reduce emissions, and notes further the innovative trial of electric bin lorries that have been engineered locally; and


(v)        the Council is maintaining a fortnightly black bin collection and has no plans to change this;


(c)        welcomes the value for money achieved in the new service, which provides a £750,000 saving to the waste service, and further notes:


(i)         that the Government’s austerity programme has made an unprecedented attack on public services since 2010 with local government facing the heaviest level of cuts;


(ii)        the continued impact of Government cuts and increasing demand for services such as social care means that the Council has had to make cuts of around £430 million since 2010; and


(iii)       that efficiency and improvements to services must be welcomed in this context, and no political group on the Council proposed alternative savings to the new recycling service in the 2018/19 budget; and


(d)       endorses recent calls by the Local Government Association for manufacturers to take responsibility for their production of unrecyclable plastics and work with councils to improve recycling, noting:


(i)         that only a third of plastic supplied to households is currently recyclable;


(ii)        that manufacturers could change to recyclable plastics or pay for complex recycling of other materials; and


(iii)       that Sheffield’s Energy Recovery Facility is an excellent resource in this context, allowing the recovery of energy from unrecyclable plastics.




Notice of Motion Regarding "Transport Funding" - Given By Councillor Robert Murphy and to be Seconded by Councillor Douglas Johnson

That this Council:-


(a)       notes that the Mayor of Sheffield City Region has submitted proposals to build a £250 million East Coast Main Line railway station at Doncaster/Sheffield Airport;


(b)       notes that the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has recently part funded the £66.5 million new road between the M18 and Doncaster/Sheffield Airport;


(c)        notes that the second phase of the road, which in effect is an access road for a private business, cost £10.55 million and included £9.1 million from Sheffield City Region with the balance paid by Doncaster Council;


(d)       notes The Peel Group obtained the freehold of the Sheffield City Airport site for the price of £1, and then closed the airport and built a business park;


(e)       notes that the Doncaster/Sheffield Airport site also benefits from Government tax incentives through its Enterprise Zone and has already benefitted from millions of pounds in grants;


(f)        notes the criticism made by the then Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, the Rt. Hon. Dame Margaret Hodge MP, who said "The most profitable parts of the Peel Group are managing to pay no UK corporation tax” and that “They do not pay their fair share of tax.”;


(g)       believes the main beneficiaries of these investments are property developers in the area, including Harworth Group and the owners of Doncaster/Sheffield Airport (Peel Airports Ltd., part of The Peel Group);


(h)       believes that the priority for rail passengers in Sheffield, the surrounding area, and travellers on our congested transport networks, is improvements to current services and investment in local routes;


(i)         believes numerous local improvements offer more direct benefits to regional travellers than a new link to the airport, for example, the reopening of stations such as Heeley, Millhouses and lines such as Sheffield Victoria to Stocksbridge; a direct connection between Doncaster and Barnsley; and improvements to cross-Pennine routes;


(j)         believes any further investment in links to Doncaster/Sheffield Airport should be made by the private sector; and


(k)        requests that a copy of this motion be forwarded to the Sheffield City Region Mayor and the Minister of State for Transport.




Appointment of the Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance.




Minutes Of Previous Council Meeting pdf icon PDF 363 KB

To receive the record of the proceedings of the meeting of the Council held on 4th July 2018, and to approve the accuracy thereof.




Representation, Delegated Authority and Related Issues pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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.