Agenda item

Supporting People Programme

Councillor O’Reilly to Move:

 

That this Council recognises the specialist work being carried out by frontline workers through the Supporting People Programme and backs the workers trade union, UNISON in their call for an independent review into the Supporting People Programme.

 

Any such review must have the direct involvement of UNISON, with a specific focus of highlighting the experiences and work completed by frontline workers.

 

Councillor Cusack to Move:

 

This Council recognises the public concerns raised after numerous elections at the presence of Party representatives inside polling stations, taking note of who has voted. Understands that this is wholly unnecessary and makes the voter feel uncomfortable, anxious and can result in non- attendance to vote, which is harmful to the democratic process. Is concerned that the process of calling details aloud in an open forum in order to facilitate these agents is in direct conflict with new GDPR legislation for which Council could be held liable.  Trusts that the Electoral Office staff have adequate checks and balances within their own system and procedures to ensure voter detail accuracy.

 

Therefore requests that all Parties and Independents agree to withdraw their non- candidate representatives from inside the polling stations at all future elections.

 

Alderman M Hamilton to Move:

 

That this Council recognises and acknowledges the hurt caused to innocent victims of terrorist violence by the Mayor of San Francisco's decision to present a posthumous 'Certificate of Honour' to Martin McGuinness and urges Mayor Breed to review her citation with particular regard to the wording 'courageous service in the military' and to rescind the award.

 

Councillor Campbell to Move:

 

That this Council commends the dignity and the determination of the Bloody Sunday families in their long campaign for truth and justice; expresses our ongoing support and solidarity for them in the face of the PPS decision to prosecute just one former soldier for their role in the massacre. This Council echoes the disappointment felt by many at that decision and resolves to support the families in whatever steps they decide to take in order to challenge it.

 

Molann an Chomhairle seo an dínit agus an dúthracht a léirigh teaghlaigh Dhomhnach na Fola le linn a bhfheachtais fhada chun an fhírinne agus an chóir a éileamh; cuireann muid ár dtacaíocht leanúnach agus ár ndlúthpháirtíocht in iúl dóibh ainneoin chinneadh an ionchúisitheora phoiblí gan ach iarshaighdiúir amháin a chúisiú as an ról a bhí aige sa sléacht. Seasann an Chomhairle seo gualainn ar ghualainn leo siúd a bhfuil díomá orthu maidir leis an chinneadh seo agus socraíonn muid go dtabharfaidh muid tacaíocht do na teaghlaigh agus iad i mbun gnímh chun an cinneadh seo a cheistiú.

 

Minutes:

Councillor O’Reilly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Carr

That    this Council recognises the specialist work being carried out by frontline workers through the Supporting People Programme and backs the workers trade union, UNISON in their call for an independent review into the Supporting People Programme.

 

Any such review must have the direct involvement of UNISON, with a specific focus of highlighting the experiences and work completed by frontline workers.

 

Councillor Duffy asked for a legal opinion regarding her pecuniary interest in the motion and asked if she was permitted to vote.

 

In response, the Lead Legal Services Officer advised that any Member with a pecuniary interest in the motion would be unable to vote.

 

Councillor Logue Proposed an Amendment, Seconded by Councillor McKnight

 

That    this Council recognises the specialist work being carried out by frontline workers through the Supporting People Programme and backs the workers trade union, UNISON in their call for an independent review into the Supporting People Programme.

 

Any such review must have the direct involvement of UNISON and all other staff side representatives and advocates, with a specific focus of highlighting the experiences and work completed by frontline workers and the need to ensure this work continues to provide much needed services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society and further calls on this Council to ensure that human rights and equality protections are part of any terms of reference for any independent review.  An invitation to be sent to UNISON to present to Council their concerns and workplace experiences.  A further invite to the programme providers, that is DfC, NIHE, RQIA, WHSCT and others to explain differences in the terms and conditions for those employed in the Supporting People Programme.

 

After voting by a show of hands the result was unanimous in favour of the Amendment and became the Substantive Motion.

 

After voting by a show of hands the result was unanimous and the Substantive Motion was carried and Council

 

Resolved       That this Council recognises the specialist work being carried out by frontline workers through the Supporting People Programme and backs the workers trade union, UNISON in their call for an independent review into the Supporting People Programme.

 

Any such review must have the direct involvement of UNISON and all other staff side representatives and advocates, with a specific focus of highlighting the experiences and work completed by frontline workers and the need to ensure this work continues to provide much needed services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society and further calls on this Council to ensure that human rights and equality protections are part of any terms of reference for any independent review.  An invitation to be sent to UNISON to present to Council their concerns and workplace experiences.  A further invite to the programme providers, that is DfC, NIHE, RQIA, WHSCT and others to explain differences in the terms and conditions for those employed in the Supporting People Programme.

 

The Mayor then called for a short recess due to the length of the meeting and was mindful that Members using local car parks may wish to move their vehicles.

 

Councillors Donnelly, Gallagher and O’Reilly left the meeting at this point.