Glasgow City Council Agenda - 12 September 2019, 13:00 Help

A meeting to be held at City Chambers, Glasgow at 13:00 on 12 September 2019.

Number Item
1Minutes of Council meeting of 27th June 2019 (Print 3, pages 169 to 181). View Papers
2Print 3 - Committees' minutes - Submitted for information and approval as a correct record only (page 182 onwards). View Papers
3Changes to committee etc. View Papers
4Representation on outside bodies:- View Papers
(a)Asylum Seekers Forum - Remove Martin Rhodes and appoint John Kane;
(b)Glasgow Community Planning Partnership - Strategic Partnership - Remove Martin Rhodes and appoint Cecilia O'Lone; and
(c)Scottish Events Campus (SEC) - Remove Mr Tom Turley and appoint Mr George Gillespie, Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Sustainability.
5Correspondence:- View Papers
(a)Letter from Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, in response to Council motion on Democratic Choice on independence; and View Papers
(b)Letter from Inverclyde Council in respect of Mesh Implants. View Papers
6Questions. View Papers
7Notices of motions:-
(a)By Councillor Rhiannon Spear:-

"Council welcomes Glasgow's first ever Social Enterprise Action Plan created in partnership with Glasgow's Social Enterprise Network and the city's Social Enterprise Board.

Council acknowledges the immense value that social enterprises bring to Glasgow with a net worth of over 1.6 billion and welcomes that over 84% of Glasgow's social enterprises pay at least the Scottish Living Wage.

Council commits to stimulating the social enterprise sector, developing stronger organisations by building capacity and promoting sustainability, as well as realising the market opportunities for social enterprises.

Council endorses the vision set out in the action plan that by championing social enterprise, where economic activity works for people and profit, and profit is used for social and environmental change, Glasgow will be recognised as the social enterprise capital of Scotland by 2028.

Council welcomes the step change in the relationship between the city and its social enterprises and welcomes a new commitment to partnership working which will build on the collaborative approach underpinned by the city's Third Sector Concordat and the Scottish Government's national Social Enterprise Action Plans."  View Papers
(b)By Councillor Maggie McTernan:-

"Council notes the high number of complaints received by Councillors over the Summer recess relating to grass cuttings across the City; that staff have temporarily found themselves redeployed across Neighbourhoods and Sustainability to meet competing demands; and that reported absences have increased to an average of 14.4 days lost across Neighbourhoods and Sustainability in 2018/19.

Council believes that all staff across the Council family are valued, and integral to delivering our shared vision of a world-class city. However, Council believes that front-line services are being asked to deliver more with fewer resources, and that this is a direct result of year-on-year real terms reductions in discretionary funding to Glasgow City Council from the Scottish Government.

Council further notes the Parks and Greenspaces Vision 2019 adopted by the Council, which sets out to achieve "a new way of maintaining parks and greenspaces which is managed, but support improvements in habitats for a range of species". Council believes that the successful accomplishment of this vision will require consistent investment across the service and recognises that achieving diversity necessitates a proactive approach.

Council resolves that the current number of complaints received by elected members regarding the maintenance of our parks and greenspaces is unacceptable; to bring forward a report detailing the issues across the service reported during the summer months and to instruct the Leader of the Council to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance detailing the impact that increasing demand and falling budgets have had on the City."  View Papers
(c)By Councillor Thomas Kerr:-

"Council recognises warnings from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) that SNP policy is costing Scottish shops an extra 14 million per year and that such a tax burden is negatively impacting upon the ability of the industry to adapt to a changing retail environment. Council further notes calls from the SRC to restore a level playing field in taxation and regulation between Scotland and England in order to boost business confidence and investment.

Council expresses its regret at the release of figures earlier this year which show that two stores were forced to close every week throughout 2018 and that the city centre suffered a 59% reduction in the take-up of office space during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Council therefore expresses its support for the 'Save our High Streets' campaign, launched by Dean Lockhart MSP, which calls on the Scottish Government to:-

Cut business rates including the large business supplement;

Permanently change business poundage increases to CPI;

Support BIDs across Scotland;

Free up planning restrictions in town centres; and

Increase the use of public procurement to support the local economy.

Council instructs the Chief Executive to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work outlining this Council's support for the 'Save Our High Streets' campaign and requesting that he enact the measures outlined above as soon as possible."  View Papers
(d)By Councillor Martha Wardrop:-

"Council believes that the Scottish Government can and must take a direct role, working in partnership with local authorities, citizens, communities and companies to deliver the Scottish Green New Deal. Council welcomes proposals of the Scottish Green New Deal that would:-

Re-direct massive investment into low carbon industries;

Grow a world-leading low carbon manufacturing sector;

Restore our natural environment;

Give everyone a warm affordable home; and

Provide access to cheap, reliable and green transport.

Council agrees that these proposals are taken forward as part of the development of a revised Economic Strategy during 2019-20.

Council agrees that the Leader of the Council writes to the relevant Scottish Government Minister to highlight the need for the implementation of a Scottish Green New Deal in response to the Climate Emergency." View Papers
(e)By Councillor Feargal Dalton:-

"Glasgow City Council is a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities and the Hiroshima-led Mayors for Peace; both of which have been working for over 3 decades to promote multilateral nuclear disarmament.

NFLA and Mayors for Peace work with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its work in encouraging over two thirds of United Nations members to agree to the International Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Council regrets that the Governments of the existing nuclear weapon states, including the UK, refuse to support the Treaty. Council fully supports the TPNW as one of the most effective ways to bring about long-term and verifiable multilateral nuclear disarmament.

The Council also calls on the United Kingdom Government to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:

Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first;

Cancelling the plan to replace its entire Trident nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons; and

Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals by supporting the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and the 'Good Faith' Protocols within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The Council will ask the Chief Executive to write to the UK Government to inform them of this resolution and urge them to take account of it." View Papers
(f)By Bailie Marie Garrity:-

"Council notes that: Scotland's drugs crisis claimed 1,187 lives last year, including a 45% increase in drug related deaths in Glasgow; that there has been a 47m real terms cut to Alcohol and Drug Partnerships between 2014/15 and 2018/19; that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde saw over 318 hospital stays per 100,000 of the population in 2017/18 for drug related treatment; and that there is an epidemic in the spread of HIV, which is linked to the increases in injecting drugs.

Council believes that each and every drug related death is a tragedy, and this public health crisis requires concerted effort from all levels of government and other partners; further believes that playing a blame game on drugs deaths is a wholly inadequate response.

Council notes its long standing support for Safer Drug Consumption Facility as one way to address the crisis, but believes that a much broader range of support and co-ordination is needed.

Council resolves to pay tribute to those whose have lost loved ones in the face of this crisis, and to declare that the increasing number of drug-related deaths is a public health emergency."  View Papers
(g)By Councillor Thomas Kerr:-

"Council recognises the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings, when the LGBT+ community of New York stood against police brutality to reject the continued suppression of their rights. Council notes the importance of this event in inspiring the modern fight for LGBT+ rights in the United States and across the globe.

Council welcomes the progress that has been made since that time both in legislative terms and societal attitudes - towards LGBT+ equality but recognises that the LGBT+ community continues to face discrimination and harassment in modern Scotland.

Council therefore celebrates all Pride events that were conducted in the city in recent months. Council recognises the importance of Pride in providing a safe space for LGBT+individuals to celebrate their identity, acknowledge the progress that has been made in the field of LGBT+ rights and pay tribute to those campaigners who have led the way, and to continue to make the case for further advancements to erode persistent prejudice."  View Papers
Additional item. 
8Appointment of Conveners and Vice Conveners to certain committees - Report by Council Business Manager. View Papers
9Emergency Motion by Councillor Susan Aitken:-

"Council notes the announcement earlier this week that Glasgow is set to be the host city of COP26, the UN climate change conference, in 2020. This decision will be ratified at COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December.
Council considers this to be a tremendous honour for the city, and notes that the event is the largest and most complex event to ever be held in Scotland, with an anticipated 22,500 delegates from 170 states, including many Heads of State.

Council notes the reasons for Glasgow being chosen as a host city included: our world class reputation as a place to host events; the recognised progressive record of the Council on reducing emissions; the world-leading targets and achievements to date of the Scottish Government; and the city's logistics, including a world-class venue in the Scottish Events Campus and the high quality accommodation available across the city region.

Council considers that our hosting of COP26 will not only provide an opportunity for Glasgow to showcase innovation in carbon reduction, but also provide momentum towards reaching our ambitious net zero targets.

Council congratulates the Scottish Event Campus and the Glasgow Convention Bureau for its role in securing this conference, which is expected to bring tens of millions of pounds in to the city economy, and instructs the Chief Executive to update elected members through the appropriate committee of progress in planning for the event." View Papers