Please note: The order of business may be subject to change on the day.
Welcome, Evacuation Procedure and the Recording of the Meeting|
Apologies for absence|
Declarations of Interest|
The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 (Minutes C 89/16 - C 99/16)
Public Question Time|
Members of the public may ask questions on matters for which the Council has responsibility or which affect the Borough subject to those questions having been submitted in accordance with Rule 10.3 of the Council Procedure Rules
Proposed Dispensation for Non-Attendance - Councillor Sylvia Walmsley|
Council Plan 2017 - 2020|
To consider the following motion which has been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.1 by Councillor Lisa Grainge:-
This Council calls upon the Government to make fair transitional pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951, who have unfairly borne the burden of the State Pension Age (SPA) with a lack of appropriate notification.
Hundreds of thousands of women, many of our own workforce included, had significant pension changes imposed on them with little and in some cases, no personal notification of the changes.
Some women had only two years notice of a six year increase to their state pension age. Many women born in the 1950's are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.
Many of these women are already out of the Labour Market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for grandchildren or suffering discrimination in the workplace, so struggle to find adequate employment.
Women born in this decade are suffering financially. These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure when they reached 60.
It is not the pension age itself that is in dispute, it is widely accepted that both women and men should retire at the same time. The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and has been implemented without sufficient notice being given to the women affected, leaving these women with inadequate time to make alternative arrangements.
This Council calls upon the Government to reconsider transitional arrangements for women born on or after 6th April 1951, so that women do not suffer hardship due to pension changes that they were not told about, until it was too late to make alternative financial arrangements.
This Council should write to both MP's seeking support for this motion and the women affected.
To consider the following motion which has been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.1 by Paul Rowling:-
This Council recognises and commends the outstanding commitment of its workforce in continuing to provide valued services to the residents of Stockton-on-Tees.
Over recent years the Council workforce has had to contend with numerous changes due to the continual and severe reductions in funding from central government.
We praise their outstanding professionalism and dedication without which this Council could not operate to the high standards which it does today.
Members' Question Time|
Councillors may ask questions on matters: In relation to which the Council has powers or duties, or which affect the geographical area of the Council, or which relate to the discharge of the functions of the Police Authority, subject to those questions having been submitted in accordance with Rule 11.4 of the Council Procedure Rules
Forward Plan and Leader's Statement |