Greenwich Council

Decisions

Decisions published

12/02/2019 - Renewal of the Communal Heating, Hot Water and Cold Water Services at 98 - 100 Bloomfield Road ref: 6974    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Director of Housing and Safer Communities

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 19/02/2019

Decision:

Approved the award of a contract to Invicta Building Services for the renewal of the communal heating, hot water and cold water services at 98-100 Bloomfield Road for the sum of £770,115.

 

Noted that officers considered the offer to be realistic and that the contractor will be able to provide the required level of works at their tendered price.

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: Woolwich Common;

Lead officer: Barry England


12/02/2019 - The Social Enterprise Academy : Social Enterprise in Education Programme ref: 6976    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Apprenticeships

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 19/02/2019

Decision:

Agreed to the award of £12,500 to match fund the Social Enterprise in Education Programme, with the remaining 50% coming from the Big Issue Foundation and SAP (Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing, a multinational software company).

 

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Rankin


04/02/2019 - Scheme and Estimate Report for Boiler Replacements ref: 6972    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development

Decision published: 04/02/2019

Effective from: 09/02/2019

Decision:

Agreed the scheme and estimate to replace boilers across three sites – The Woolwich Centre, Greenwich Mortuary and both campuses at John Roan School, at an estimated total cost of £698,010.00.

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: Various;

Lead officer: Jack Dinnadge


04/02/2019 - Ward Budget - Kidbrooke Fitness and Befriending Club ref: 6973    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 04/02/2019

Effective from: 09/02/2019

Decision:

Agreed the allocation of a one-off payment of £5,070 for the provision of a wellbeing and friendship social group for elderly residents in the borough.

 

 

 

Wards affected: Kidbrooke with Hornfair;

Lead officer: Jackie Jago


30/01/2019 - Motion - "Replacing Greenwich Info with cheaper, more effective alternatives" ref: 6971    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 30/01/2019

Decision:

The motion was not carried.


30/01/2019 - Motion - "Obesity" ref: 6969    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 30/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved –

 

This Council supports and applauds the excellent work to promote healthy eating and good food awareness which already exists in our schools, Children’s Centres, Community Centres and youth organisation.

 

This Council is also pleased to be using the Government Sugar Smart initiative, and we are working hard to support the success of the sugar tax levy used to directly reward establishments involved in monitoring and limiting the amount of sugar products available.

 

We are one of the most proactive councils in London in terms of embracing initiatives in order to improve the lives of our residents.

 

However, this Council also recognises that the obesity agenda is now of major concern nationally.

 

Recent figures show Greenwich has a steadily rising percentage of children & young people with obesity, and therefore at risk of diabetes.

 

We recognise we need to take even more action to improve this situation.

 

This motion proposes that vending machines found in our Leisure Centres, libraries and community centres should contain only healthy snack options. Water and sugar free drinks and sugar free snacks.

 

This motion also asks that future high street developments need closer scrutiny in terms of number of fast food outlets and those establishments offering only sugar deserts on their menu.

 

This motion calls on Council to review policy in terms of these two major issues.

 

We cannot expect the excellent work in our schools alone to make the lifestyle differences unless we address the environment which provides too much easily accessible unhealthy food options.


30/01/2019 - Motion - "To adopt the definition of antisemitism as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance" ref: 6970    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 30/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved –

 

This Council expresses alarm at the rise in antisemitism in recent years across the UK. This includes incidents when criticism of Israel has been expressed using antisemitic tropes. Criticism of Israel can be legitimate, but not if it employs the tropes and imagery of antisemitism.

 

We therefore welcome the UK Government’s announcement on December 11th 2016 that it will sign up to the internationally recognised 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.”

 

The guidelines highlight manifestations of antisemitism as including:

  Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.

  Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

  Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non- Jews.

  Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

  Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

  Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

   Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

  Applying double standards by requiring of it behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

  Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.

  Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

      Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

 

This Council welcomes the cross-party support within the Council for combating antisemitism in all its manifestations. This Council hereby adopts the above definition of antisemitism as set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and pledges to combat this pernicious form of racism.


30/01/2019 - Council Tax Base 2019-20 ref: 6967    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 30/01/2019

Decision:

Agreed a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2019/20 of 82,847.64 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

Agreed an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2019/20 of 96.18.

 

Agreed a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 0% on Class A & Class B dwellings (second homes) and Class C & D dwellings (empty homes).

         

Agreed a Council Tax premium of 100% in 2019/20 in respect of the Long Term Empty dwellings (previously 50%).

 

Agreed a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 100% in respect of Royal Borough of Greenwich resident care leavers, aged under 25, in line with the decision of Council in March 2017.

 

Agreed that no changes will be made to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme adopted by the Council on 30 January 2013 and the Scheme will be continued for 2019/20.

 

Noted that the council tax base relevant to the Southern Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 5,387.60.

 

Noted that the council tax base relevant to the Thames Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 77,460.04.


30/01/2019 - Motion - "To support the implementation of the Red Box Project" ref: 6968    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 30/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved –

 

This Council recognises that poverty affects the lives of 33% of our child population here in Greenwich. This figure is increasing, and data from our food banks reflects the rise in need. However this Council recognises that the need is not only for food, but for toiletries and other personal necessities.

 

We recognise the need to provide free access to period products for all young women in schools. This Council will increase the number of collection points for the donations of period products and new underwear. We will utilise Libraries, Community Centres, Children’s Centres and Leisure Centres to provide access to free period products. We will work closely with the Red Box volunteers and recruit further volunteer help here in Greenwich.

 

This Council will raise the profile of Period Poverty, and we will set out an action plan to implement this.

 

The Red Box Project is a community project set up to tackle period poverty and provide period products to any young person who needs them. This is done by collecting donations of period products and new underwear from members of the public and taking them into schools and colleges. The items are delivered in Red Boxes which schools keep in a safe place for students who need them.

 

The project has been supported by local authorities throughout the UK. For example:

   Scotland has identified £5.2 million to put free products into all secondary schools, colleges and universities from August 2018.

   In England £1.5 million has been invested into the project “Let’s Talk Period”. This money comes from the revenue on the VAT charged on women’s sanitary products hence named the Tampon Tax. This VAT currently stands at 5%, which although better than the 20% charged on most goods still puts these essential items into the category of luxury items, and therefore not exempt from VAT. The annual cost of a woman’s period is £500, which some women simply cannot afford.

 

To date over 320,000 people have signed a petition to scrap the Tampon Tax.  petition found on Change.org  scrap the Tampon Tax.

 

In 2016 Parliament accepted an amendment proposed by MP Paula Sheriff that would end Tampon Tax once and for all in the UK.

 

We are all aware of the growing use of our food banks for essential food supplies for low income families and those families identified by schools and GP and churches as being in food poverty. The use of food banks in Lewisham and Greenwich is reported as having a 500% increase. In 2017 there were 586,907 3 day emergency food supplies given out nationally from 423 food banks.  Our own Foodbank gave out 6,433 3 day emergency food supplies during this time. This is a rise of 13% from 2016, and the figure in 2018 is set to increase again.

 

Families are experiencing poverty due to delayed benefit payments and low wages.

It is astounding to find that part of this poverty now impacts directly on the women in the community.  With the cost of providing basic sanitary products standing at £500 per year, it is hardly surprising that action needs to be taken.

 

Here in Greenwich, the Red Box Project already has 14 boxes in schools and colleges. These are: Eltham Hill, Stationers Crown Woods, Thomas Tallis, Newhaven PRU, Squadron (46) Woolwich ATC.

 

There are 115 boxes across Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark, Bexley and Bromley. Our Food Bank in Eltham is now also engaged in the Project.

 

The Council agrees a wider distribution of the Red Boxes across RBG to include Primary schools, Children’s Centres, Nurseries, Libraries, Fitness centres across the Borough. The motion is also asking for support to increase the donation points, and to advertise the Red Box Project widely through council website and information.

 

Councillor Bird arranged a meeting on Nov 6 with Becky Lopez the SE London Red Box co-ordinator to further discuss the process. I hope Council will embrace this opportunity to support our girls and women, and take a pride in prioritising people in need.