Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street at Oldbury, B69 3DB

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies pdf icon PDF 25 KB

To receive apologies for absence (if any).

2.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Members to declare any interests in matters to be discussed at the meeting.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 496 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of Council held on 7 December 2021 as a correct record.

4.

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider any urgent business (with prior approval by the Deputy Mayor).

5.

Mayor's Announcements pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To receive announcements from the Deputy Mayor.

6.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To receive petitions under Standing Order No. 5.

7.

Written Questions pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider written questions under Standing Order No. 6 to:-

 

(a)     the Mayor;

 

(b)     the Leader of the Council;

 

(c)     any other member of the Cabinet;

 

(d)     any person appointed to preside at a committee, sub-committee or panel;

 

(e)     the members of the Council nominated pursuant to Section 41 of the Local Government Act 1985, on the discharge of the functions of the following Joint Authorities:-

 

(i)           West Midlands Combined Authority (the Leader);

(ii)         West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (Councillor

C Padda);

(iii)        Transport for the West Midlands (Councillor

Akhter);

 

(f)      a nominated member appointed by the Council to the Board of Sandwell Leisure Trust;

 

(g)     a member of the Council who is, as a result of action taken by or on behalf of the Council, a member or director of any company.

 

8.

External Audit Report - Value For Money Governance Review and Improvement Plan pdf icon PDF 404 KB

To consider the External Audit Report - Value For Money Governance Review and Improvement Plan.

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9.

Council Tax Base 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To approve the Council Tax Base calculation for 2022-2023.

10.

Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To approve the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022-23.

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11.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Update Report pdf icon PDF 420 KB

To receive an update of the work that has been conducted to help achieve the Equalities Commission’s agenda.

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12.

Corporate Parenting Annual Report 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To consider the Corporate Parenting Annual Report 2020-21.

 

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13.

Sandwell Children's Safeguarding Partnership Annual Report 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 203 KB

To consider the Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership Annual Report 2020-21.

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14.

Appointments to Committees, Boards and Other Bodies pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To consider any updates to appointments to committees, boards and other bodies.

 

15.

To receive the minutes and recommendations of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 492 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 18 and 24 November and 15 December 2021.

 

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16.

To receive the minutes of Budget and Corporate Scrutiny Management Board pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Budget and Corporate Scrutiny Management Board held on 1 December 2021.

17.

To receive the minutes of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee pdf icon PDF 348 KB

To receive the minutes of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee held on 18 November and 21 December 2021.

 

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18.

To receive the minutes of the General Purposes and Arbitration Committee pdf icon PDF 331 KB

To receive the minutes of the General Purposes and Arbitration Committee held on 16 December 2021 and consider the recommendations arising from the meeting:-

 

(a) Admission Agreements to participate in the Local Government Pension Scheme

(b) Review of Polling Places and Polling Stations 2021/22

 

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19.

Notice of Motion

To consider the following motions received under Standing Order No. 7:-

 

19(a) Road Safety

 

         Proposer: Councillor Williams

         Seconder: Councillor Kalari

 

         “This council supports proposing a strict limit to the amount of vehicle collisions that can occur on any one road before launching an investigation in regard to implementing road safety or speed calming measures. This council requests that the cabinet member for environment uses his office to initiate this proposal.

 

         Approximately 800 road accidents occur in Sandwell annually. The majority of causes being identified as either speeding, congestion or poor pedestrian safety. Residents across the borough have conveyed severe disappointment, anger and disgust at the current policy regarding taking action to prevent these collisions and in some cases, fatalities. They feel that the council are taking a reactive approach and not a proactive approach to prevent fatalities from road accidents.

 

         It is unacceptable to wait for a life to be exchanged in order to highlight the dangers of a road, which we most often are already aware of. There are innumerable roads and streets which have been, and continue to be brought forward by our residents to be made safe for them and their families. Unfortunately they’re left with nothing but disappointment as neither police, nor us as a council have been willing to implement measures to make them safe until it suffers a fatality. We must put people’s lives before our budgeting priorities. We cannot justify the loss of a single life in the name of money."