Agenda item

Motions

Minutes:

Emergency Motion

 

The Mayor invited speakers from all parties to address Council from a list submitted by the Whips. The speakers, in order were:

 

·         Councillor Mohammed Seedat

·         Councillor Bernard Gentry

·         Councillor Scott Ainslie

·         Councillor Adrian Gardner

·         Councillor Jack Holborn

·         Councillor Tim Briggs

 

Voting:

 

Amendment 1

 

For: 46

Against: 2

Abstention: 2

 

Substantive Amended Motion:

 

For: 46

Against: 2

Abstention: 2

 

RESOLVED:

 

This council notes the concern in our community about an increase in reports of hate crime across the country since the end of the recent divisive European referendum campaign.

"This council, which is proud of our borough's long history of diversity and toleration, resolves to reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community by:

1. Continuing to work with our residents, local community groups and police to prevent racism and xenophobia.

2. Welcoming the reassurance from the leader of the council that European citizens are welcome in our borough irrespective of the referendum result.

3.  Sending a clear message that racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in Lambeth or in our country.

 

4. Committing to support freedom of movement for EU nationals.

 

Motion 1 – Parks and Green Spaces:

 

The Mayor invited speakers from all parties to address Council from a list submitted by the Whips. The speakers, in order were:

 

·         Councillor Bernard Gentry

·         Councillor Donatus Anyanwu

·         Councillor Amelie Treppass

·         Councillor Scott Ainslie

·         Councillor Jack Hopkins

·         Councillor Tim Briggs

 

Voting:


Amendment 1

 

For: 47

Against: 2

Abstention: 1

 

Substantive Amended Motion:

 

For: 47

Against: 2

Abstention: 1

 

RESOLVED:

 

This Council agrees that the revised events strategy builds on Lambeth’s record as one of the only boroughs in London that gives back to local parks.

 

Notes that the volume, frequency and length of music events in the parks and green spaces across the borough has been developed with input from local residents and businesses, as well as event organisers over five years and is set out in the report.

 

It also notes that the events strategy includes a new formula to ensure that revenue taken from events is reinvested back in to the space the event was held and reflects the council’s need to use its resources to plug gaps in funding. Further notes that the strategy includes strengthened governance arrangements to ensure that councillors and resident's opinions are taken in to account during the event approval process

 

The Council notes that increased sound levels will be limited to a maximum of eight event days per zone per year, helping to limit the negative impact of such events.

 

Notes that the Council adheres to the current legislation that governs the use of metropolitan parks and open spaces including Article 7(1)(vii) of the Greater London Open Parks and Open Spaces Order 1967 and will continue to work within the parameters of all relevant legislation.  

 

Motion 2 – Schools in Lambeth:

 

The Mayor invited speakers from all parties to address Council from a list submitted by the Whips. The speakers, in order were:

 

·         Councillor Max Deckers-Dowber

·         Councillor Bernard Gentry

·         Councillor Scott Ainslie

·         Councillor Sonia Winifred

·         Councillor Jane Edrooke

·         Councillor Claire Holland

 

Voting:

 

Amendment 1

 

For: 2

Against: 48

Abstention: 0

 

Amendment 2

 

For: 1

Against: 49

Abstention: 0

 

Substantive Motion

 

For: 48

Against: 2

Abstention: 0

 

RESOLVED:

 

This council notes the outstanding efforts of Lambeth’s teachers and pupils in delivering another year of excellent results and providing school places to all children, regardless of ability.  Ofsted’s annual report states that, despite high levels of disadvantage, Lambeth has “nothing but good and outstanding secondary schools”, while 94% of our primary schools are good or outstanding.

 

Council is very concerned, however, that these achievements will be undermined by the Conservative Government’s continued drive towards turning all schools into academics - regardless of the wishes of teachers, pupils and parents – and ill-thought through changes to funding mechanisms, which will see a 20% cut in Lambeth’s education budget.

 

Council further notes that:

 

-          Despite amendments to the government’s recent white paper, there remains a clear ideological steer from ministers towards forced academisation.

-          The NUT estimates the cost of the process of academisation will be in the region of £1.3bn and that this money could be better spent on funding schools places at a time when there is a shortage of school places in London.

-          There is widespread opposition to forced academisation from the Local Government Association, Conservative councils across the country and MPs of all parties

-          The current national schools funding formula has helped Lambeth’s pupils achieve remarkable year-on-year improvements, despite the high levels of deprivation that many face, and any move to level down, rather than level up schools funding will jeopardise further improvements.

 

Council calls on the Government to:

 

-          Halt its plans to force academy status and re-think its policy, which is undemocratic, expensive, fails to meet the needs of local pupils, excludes parental involvement and removes local accountability.

-          Give the council the ability to ensure all schools support the needs of local children including providing places regardless of ability and enough places to meet future demand.

-          Look again at its planned new funding formula and ensure that London schools do not see their budget needlessly slashed at a time when it is critical that we maintain and increase levels of investment in their future.

 

Motion 3 – Gipsy Hill By-Election:

 

Voting:

 

Amendment 1

 

For: 47

Against: 3

Abstention: 0

 

Substantive Amended Motion

 

For: 47

Against: 3

Abstention: 0

 

Motion 4 – Armed Forces in Lambeth:

 

Voting:

 

Substantive Motion


For: 50

Against: 0

Abstention: 0

 

RESOLVED:

 

This council notes that our community has a debt of service to those individuals who have served in the Armed Services, as recognised by the Armed Forces Covenant and Lambeth’s own Community Covenant. It further notes however that there is a lack of accurate information about how many veterans, reservists and dependents there are in the United Kingdom and Lambeth, making it difficult to judge their needs and shape services accordingly.

 

This council resolves:

 

  1. To support the Royal British Legion’s Count Them In campaign calling for the next national census to include additional questions on the Armed Forces community.

 

  1. To write to the government asking ministers to make a public statement supporting this campaign and ensuring that the next census includes these questions.

 

Motion 5 – Financial Transaction Tax:

 

Voting:

 

Amendment 1

 

For: 2

Against: 48

Abstention: 0

 

Substantive Motion

 

For: 48

Against: 2

Abstention: 0

 

RESOLVED:

 

This council notes the positive international consensus on a financial transaction tax that deducting a tiny fraction of one percent of the value of trades in equities, bonds and derivatives could raise billions if introduced in a concerted way.

 

It further notes that the revenue raised could be used to support public services and reverse the unfair cuts to Lambeth and other councils by the current Conservative government.

 

This council resolves to:

 

  1. Support the introduction of a properly designed financial transaction tax that avoids negative economic consequences, but generates additional revenue for public services.

 

  1. Calls on such a tax to be set jointly by the UK with our international allies, particularly with our partners in Europe and the United States.

 

  1. Write to the government calling for them to end their indifference to this issue, and work to introduce such a tax, the proceeds of which should be used to offset the enormous cuts that Lambeth Council and other local authorities have suffered under this government.

 

 

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