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Updated 20th June 2019
The next CCDS is scheduled to take place this Saturday, 22nd June 2019. The agenda is attached below for your information. I would be delighted to see, not only the number of community councils representing rising to 50% or more, but also the number of individual community councillors.
Please do let me know beforehand if there are any factors which may act as a barrier to your attendance, and I can see if I could address these. Do also advise me of any dietary requirements so I can ensure appropriate arrangements can be made.
Published 20th June 2019
I write to inform you that Glasgow City Council has received a facility Investment and Management Proposal regarding the Ibrox Community Complex/Ibrox Football Centre.
As part of the Council's assessment of the proposal we will today open a public consultation to allow community councils, local residents and organisations the opportunity to express their views regarding the complex.
The consultation can be found on the council's Consultation Hub at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations and will run until the 21 August 2019.
Published 21st June 2019
As noted at Tuesday's Children's Health and Well Being meeting Glasgow City Council's Licensing and Regulatory Committee's consultation on the future policy development of sexual entertainment venues in Glasgow is now open and can be accessed using the link below. Please note that the consultation will close on Monday 26 August 2019.
Consultation link: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations
This legislation sits within Section 76 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 which establishes a specific licensing regime for the regulation of Sexual Entertainment Venues which came into force on 26 April 2019. This allows local authorities to license Sexual Entertainment Venues under the Act.
Glasgow City Council'spolicy in relation Violence Against Women is inclusive of Sexual Entertainment Venues(SEVs), implemented for over a decade, and identifies Sexual Entertainment Venues as commercial sexual exploitation and therefore, as a form of gender based violence.
Glasgow City Council works to the following Definition: Violence against women encompasses but is not limited to the following:
"Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, within the general community, or in institutions including: domestic abuse; rape; sexual assault; stalking and sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in the public sphere; commercial sexual exploitation, including but not limited to prostitution, trafficking, pornography, lap and pole dancing; child sexual abuse and adult survivors of child sexual abuse; dowry related violence; female genital mutilation; forced and child marriages and 'so called honour crimes."
The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership is a multi-agency partnership, chaired by an Elected Member, which brings together a range of statutory and voluntary agencies in the city with the aim of improving agency and public responses to women, children and young people who have experienced male violence. The GVAWP believes that improving participationwill result in: better service provision, improved legal protection and help preventfurther abuse to women, children and young people. These aims support the implementation and outcomes of the Scottish Governments Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.
The Scottish Government Equally Safe Strategy looks to promote greater equality for women and girls and sets out a definition of violence against women and girls, which crucially includes reference to 'commercial sexual exploitation, including prostitution, lap dancing, stripping, pornography and human trafficking'.
A message from Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction.
I am writing to you to let you know about 'Street Play', our initiative that allows communities to close local roads free-of-charge so children can play outside close to their homes.
Street Play was successfully introduced to neighbourhoods all across Glasgow last year and now we are aiming to make it bigger and better. This year Street Play will be available on four weekends over the course of the summer:-
21-23 June; 19-21 July and 20-22 September.
You can pick any of these dates that suit you or your organisation and there's no barrier to applying for Street Play on all of these dates.
My experience from last year is that Street Play is an opportunity for communities to come together and enjoy themselves, knowing that local children will be safe to play in a traffic-free street.
So we want to encourage as many community-based organisations, local groups and residents as possible to get involved and so have devised a simple and straightforward application form that can be accessed on the Glasgow City Council website.
All of the costs of the road closure, including the formal paperwork and the equipment needed to manage the traffic, will be covered by the council. The cost of public liability insurance will also be fully refunded.
There is a lot more information on the council's website about the scheme, how you can go about getting a Street Play session organised for your street or community and how you can manage a play session on the day. Follow this link for further information.
The feedback we received from last year's Street Play days is that children love the extra space they have to play in. They get the chance to do things they might otherwise struggle to do, such as playing new games or learning to ride a bike.
Adults have a lot of fun too, getting outside and socialising with the neighbours in a relaxed environment. Street Play is a great way for people in the community to get together and have a good time.
Street Play is such a great scheme. It's open to all and free of charge. I hope you or any group you are connected with can take part but please share this message with anyone who you think might be interested in Street Play.
MCR Pathways are looking to promote their mentor programme to Community Councils; both to get the programme out into the communities of Glasgow, but also to see if any Community Councillors want to become mentors. The following provides some information on what MCR Pathways provide, and the difference Mentoring can make to the lives of young people.
This year mentoring charity, MCR Pathways, wants you to know that there is incredible power in small actions. You can create a wave of change that resonates for a lifetime.
MCR Pathways' mentoring programme works with disadvantaged and care-experienced young people in your community - helping them grow their confidence, overcome their challenges and build a positive future. Across Scotland, people from all walks of life are choosing to mentor for just one hour a week.
It might sound like a small thing, but that positive relationship changes everything. Our schools, communities and organisations too, all see the difference and feel the impact in the next generation.Before mentoring, only 54% of care-experienced young people left school to college, uni or a job - now 86% of mentored young people do.
Mentoring also helps build essential workplace skills. You can make a difference that lasts a lifetime while also helping build new skills, including:
Leadership Training; mentoring builds confidence, initiative & assertiveness
Motivation; mentors experience a significant sense of purpose & fulfilment
When one person mentors, two lives are changed forever. Can you get involved and be part of #TheRippleEffect?
The first step is to register on their website and attend an info session to find out more!
Watch MCR's short film and hear the programme's impact from young peopleand mentors.
Visit mcrpathways.org/get-involved to register and find out more.
Your support and participation is encouraged and greatly appreciated.
Published 3rd May 2019
The consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Your views will help the Scottish Government find the right approach for Scotland. The consultation closes on 19th July 2019.
For more information about the consultation, please visit https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/
You can read the consultation paper here: https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/consultation-paper/2019/04/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/documents/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/govscot%3Adocument
Or download the consultation paper from here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/
Updated 5th September 2018
Following a number of requests for guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to community councils please see the attached proposed Privacy Statement.
The Privacy Statement is intended as a standard point of reference for community councils across Glasgow. It is envisaged that the Statement will be included in the Guidance for Community Councils, which forms part of the support arrangements, along with Induction.
Any comments or suggestions on the contents of the Privacy Statement are welcomed.
Following a number of requests for copies of minutes and/or accounts of Community Councils across the City, Community Councils are reminded that the responsibility for making these documents publicly available rests with the Community Councils; this is in accordance with clause 7 of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.
Community Councils are the originators of the minutes, and Secretaries have a key responsibility to ensure minutes are circulated accordingly i.e. (1) draft minutes 7 days prior to the date of the meeting to all Community Council members i.e. Community Councillors, Ex-officio; and Associate Members, and (2) approved minutes made available to the City Council within 14 days of the meeting which approved them. The City Council is simply a recipient of the minutes for monitoring purposes.
All requests for minutes and/or accounts should be made directly to the respective Community Councils in the first instance, and if this request is refused with no sound reason then the City Council could be notified. Alternatively, if information and/or intelligence potentially gives rise to evidenced concerns about a Community Council's current governance then this should be forwarded to the appropriate Officer within the City Council for them to address.
Please note that it would be at the Community Councils' discretion whether they provide draft minutes and/or accounts upon request. It should be understood by all Community Councils that following a minute and/or accounts becoming approved then these would enter the public domain and in normal circumstances be made available upon request. It would be reasonable, if requested, for a justification/reason to be provided to the Community Council in the first instance where such requests are being made. NOTE: Certain information may require to be redacted i.e. personal data.
In response to the Participation Request section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Glasgow City Council have published a Participation Request form.
A Participation Request is when a community participation body makes a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.
Information on how to submit a Participation Request using the form can be found here: www.glasgow.gov.uk/participationrequests