Agenda and minutes

Health and Community Committee
Thursday 14 January 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: remotely - Remotely. View directions

Items
No. Item

HC1/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

The Director of Health and Community read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

 

 

HC2/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Health and Community recorded Members attendance. No apologies were received.

 

HC3/21

Statement for Remote Meetings

Minutes:

The Chair read the statement for remote meetings.

 

 

HC4/21

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Councillor Ferguson declared an interest in agenda item 11 – Department of

Justice Consultation on Enhancing Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic

Abuse – Draft Response.

 

Alderman Hussey declared an interest in agenda item 13 – NI Executive

Support Programmes: Warm, Well and Connected and the Volunteering

Programme Update.

 

 

HC5/21

Deputation: Prof. Anthony Staines, Dublin City University and Prof. Helen Dolk, University of Ulster - Zero Covid Group (Independent Scientific Advocacy Group)

See link for background informationwww.isagcovid19.org

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the representatives of the Zero Covid Group, Professor Anthony Staines, of Dublin City University and Professor Helen Dolk, Ulster University and invited them to make their presentation to the Committee.

 

                        Professor Staines gave a brief overview to the Committee regarding the Zero Covid Group.  He stated that  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC5/21

Chairperson's Business

HC6/21

Recent Punishment Shootings

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the two recent barbaric punishment shootings in the City which he described as appalling. He stated that the attacks achieved nothing but spread fear in the community, particularly at a time when Altnagelvin Hospital staff are severely under pressure, due to Covid-19.

 

                        Councillor Donnelly noted that  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC6/21

HC7/21

Emergency Situation at South West Acute Hospital

Minutes:

The Chair stated that he wished to extend his thanks and appreciation to the

staff of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) who answered the

emergency call last weekend by the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen

and Craigavon Area Hospital who were under severe pressure.  He

commended  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC7/21

HC8/21

Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Health regarding

funding for the new Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service.  He stated that

the service would cost approximately £4.7m per annum and was extremely

welcomed by campaigners who had been lobbying for several years on the

matter.

 

 

HC9/21

Queen's New Year Honours List

Minutes:

The Chair extended his congratulations to the recent recipients of the Queen’s

New Year’s Honour List to Mr William McElhinney, Principal of Ashlea Primary

School, for services to primary education in Northern Ireland; Mrs Margaret

Campbell, for services to pipe bands and Sollus Highland Dancers; Mr Alan

Moore, for  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC9/21

HC10/21

Community Support Service Funding

Minutes:

The Chair advised that Councillor Duffy wished to raise a matter regarding the third tranche of Department for Communities (DfC) funding towards the Community Support Service and suggested that the item be discussed under confidential business. 

 

                        Councillor Duffy queried the rationale behind the suggestion to discuss the matter in confidential  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC10/21

HC11/21

Condolences

Minutes:

Councillor R Barr expressed condolences to the family of the late Mrs Marion O’Neill and paid tribute to the statutory and non-statutory groups from both sides of the border and local volunteers who took part on the search for Mrs O’Neill.

 

                        He also expressed condolences to the family of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC11/21

HC12/21

Park Road and Strabane Canal

Minutes:

Councillor R Barr stated that the new walkway at the Canal in Strabane had been welcomed by the residents of Strabane who frequently used the area for walking during the lockdown.  However, he felt that the project has become a victim of its own success with the age old problem  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC12/21

HC13/21

Dog Control

Minutes:

In response to the issues raised regarding dog fouling and dog control, the Head of Health and Community Wellbeing stated that an increased number of complaints had been reported and that recently an internal meeting was held with a number of different departments where it was agreed to authorise more  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC13/21

HC14/21

Employers and the Minimum Wage

Minutes:

Alderman Devenney referred to a recent report by the HMRC that had listed employers for not paying the minimum wage to their staff.  He stated it was disgraceful when taking into account that over 1,000 employees were affected.  He welcomed that the HMRC had clearly issued a message to all  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC14/21

HC15/21

Air Ambulance Service

Minutes:

Alderman Devenney referred to a deputation to Committee by the Air Ambulance Service, where it had been agreed that officers would look at the possibility of contributing £10,000 per annum to the service over a three-year period.  He felt that it was important to bring attention to the matter, particularly  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC15/21

HC16/21

Matters Arising from the Open Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 10 December 2020 pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Meeting held on 10 December 2020 (HC212/20 –HC238/20) were confirmed and signed by the Chairperson.

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

HC17/21

Deputation: To receive Mr Joe McCusker, UNISON, re: Council Motion on Healthcare Workers Pay (HC216/20)

Minutes:

Councillor Harkin referred to the recent deputation to the Committee from Unison.  He stated that a recommendation had been endorsed to write to Westminster and the Stormont Executive in support of the pay award for healthcare staff and all Westminster representatives from here to urge them to support the healthcare  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC17/21

HC18/21

Employees within the Hospitality Sector (HC222/20) - Taxi Drivers

Minutes:

Councillor Harkin referred to the discussion by the Committee regarding taxi drivers that have been experiencing poverty due to the pandemic and the failure of Stormont to put financial relief schemes in place.  He stated that he was aware of another discussion pending at the Executive on how to assist  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC18/21

HC19/21

Additional NI Executive Funding for Food Support (HC235/20) - UNISON (School Meals Service)

Minutes:

Alderman Hussey asked if any response had been received from UNISON regarding the concerns raised in relation to the school meals service.

 

                        In response, the Director of Health and Community advised that no response had been received to date.

 

                        Councillor Harkin thanked Alderman Hussey for raising the matter.  He advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC19/21

HC20/21

Mobile Phone Connectivity (H224/20)

Minutes:

Councillor Edwards referred to ongoing issues regarding mobile phone connectivity, particularly in the Castletown area.  He stated that the situation had worsened and asked if any response had been received on the matter.

 

                        The Director of Health and Community advised that the matter had been passed to the Head of  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC20/21

HC21/21

Electromagnetic Fields from 5G Base Stations (HC223/20)

Minutes:

Councillor Farrell referred to the above item and requested an update on the matter.

 

                        In response, the Head of Health and Community Wellbeing advised that an order had been raised in relation to carry out testing on the mast at Strand Road at the cost of £1,000 to Council.  He  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC21/21

HC22/21

Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031 Consultation Document pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Health and Community Wellbeing presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to seek Members’ views on the Department of Health’s Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031 Consultation Document.

Councillor Doyle advised that he had submitted a  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC22/21

HC23/21

Foyleside Community Resilience Fund Underspend to be Re-profiled to the Community Recovery Plan pdf icon PDF 296 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to seek Members’ approval to re-profile the under spend of £7,061.75 from the Foyleside Community Resilience plan into the Community Recovery Plan for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC23/21

HC24/21

Playing Pitches Strategy Options pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to provide Members with options for approval to deliver on the strategic recommendations from the Playing Pitches Strategy and to seek Members’ approval of  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC24/21

HC25/21

Department of Justice Consultation on Enhancing Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse - Draft Response pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to seek Members’ approval of a draft response to the Department of Justice Consultation on Enhancing Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse. 

 

Councillor  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC25/21

HC26/21

Brooke Park Bowling Pavilion pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to outline for Members the options in respect of Brooke Park Bowling Pavilion and to update Members on further proposed consultation with the Bowling  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC26/21

HC27/21

NI Executive Support Programmes: Warm, Well and Connected and the Volunteering Programme Update pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, details of which were previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members with further details on the Warm, Well and Connected programme, the Volunteering programme and the Meals and Wheels programme, which was approved  ...  view the full minutes text for item HC27/21

HC28/21

Correspondence pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Health and Community presented the above report, details of which were previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members on correspondence received by Council.

 

                        The Committee

 

                                                Recommended       that Members note the contents of                                                      the report. 

 

HC29/21

Consultations pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Health and Community presented the above report, details of which were previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members on consultations received by Council.

 

                        The Committee

 

                                                Recommended       that Members note the contents of                                                      the report.