Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To approve the minutes of the proceedings of the Meeting of the Council held on 10 December 2018.

3.

Apologies.

4.

Mayor's Announcements

5.

Public Comments and Petitions

6.

Member and Public Question Time

7.

Cabinet Member Presentations pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Additional documents:

8.

Opposition Group Business

Councillor Joyce to make a statement on “Being a good employer”.

9.

Notices of Motion

i)     Councillor Roberts to propose and Councillor Haque to second:

 

“Northampton Borough council is committed to being the best employer we can be and to set the standard for other local employers.

We therefore to commit to refreshing our employment procedures to include an updated policy on family friendly working.

It can be hard to balance the needs of family with those of employer but it’s in everyone’s interests to get the balance right.

There are several family-friendly working options to consider, including parental leave and flexible working arrangements. Flexible working can include working part-time, job sharing, shift working, working school hours, staggering time and working from home.

As an employer we are keen to help staff find the right work/life balance because we want them to be productive and focused on work, getting the best possible outcome for our service users.

Parental leave and flexible working arrangements are two ways to make work more family-friendly.”

 

ii)    Councillor B Markham to propose and Councillor Beardsworth to second:

 

“In September 2018 this council expressed its concern about the number of new housing developments that were failing to transfer highways facilities or open spaces to the relevant local authority but instead were establishing management companies with no democratic oversight.

In order to protect residents from uncontrolled charges and poor levels of service the council would like to see Highways and open spaces on new estates built to the standard required by local authorities.

The Council therefore requests that the Planning Department introduces a Supplementary Planning Guidance requiring developers to build infrastructure on new developments to local authority standards to facilitate the transfer to the appropriate local authority.

The council also request that consideration is given to introducing appropriate policies to achieve these aims in Part 2 of the local plan that is currently being prepared for submission to a planning inspector.”

 

iii)   Councillor Beardsworth to propose and Councillor Meredith to second:

 

This Council recognises the importance of retaining good members of staff over the next 15 months to ensure that skilled staff are available to transfer to a new Unitary authority to continue to provide good local government services to the residents of Northampton.

The Council has HR policies and procedures in place but these need to be understood and adhered to to achieve the goal of retaining good members of staff.

The Council recognises that a number of good members of staff left the authority towards the end of 2018 and their knowledge and skills have been lost to the future Unitary authority.

The Council requests that the Chief Executive reviews the departure of members of staff in the final quarter of 2018 to decide if the current policies and procedures are as strong as they should be and to assess whether Managers, Supervisory staff and Councillors require training to understand their role implementation these policies to ensure that good staff are retained.”

 

iv)   Councillor Stone to propose and Councillor Nunn to second:

 

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10.

Matters of Urgency Which By Reason Of Special Circumstances The Mayor is of The Opinion Should Be Considered