Agenda and minutes
Venue: Priory Street, York
Contact: Jill Pickering Democracy Officer
Declarations of Interest
At this point Members are asked to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they may have in the business on this agenda.
The Chair invited Members to declare at this point any personal or prejudicial interests they might have in the business on the agenda, in addition to the standing declarations below:
Cllr King – as a member of the Access Group
No further interests were declared.
To approve and sign the minutes of the last meeting of the Group held on 21 March 2007. An “easy read” version of these minutes is also attached for Members’ consideration.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the last meeting of the Social Inclusion Working Group held on 21 March 2007 be signed as a correct record and the “easy read” version be noted.
At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered their wish to speak regarding an item on the agenda or an issue within the Groups remit can do so. Anyone who wishes to register or requires further information is requested to contact the Democracy Officer on the contact details listed at the foot of this agenda. The deadline for registering is Tuesday 18 September 2007 at 5.00pm.
There were no registered speakers at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.
Community Strategy Refresh
Denise Simms, from the Partnerships Team, Without Walls (Local Strategic Partnership), is attending the meeting to provide members with a brief background on refreshing the Community Strategy. She will also report on an event to be held on 16 October 2007 to which all Social Inclusion Working Group members will be invited to attend.
Members were given a brief background on refreshing the Community Strategy and were updated on an event to be held on 16 October 2007.
Members were informed that the Local Strategic Partnership links many different partnerships (e.g. Healthy City Board, Environment Partnership) in the City to improve public services.
Members were informed that the Community Strategy was now 3 years old and needed reviewing.
Members were invited to attend the City Conference on 16 October 2007 (2 repeated sessions – 3-5pm and 6-8pm). Officers handed Members information on the City Conference plus other methods of consultation such as an all household questionnaire, exhibitions at various places around the City and attendance at ward committees.
RESOLVED: That the information provided be noted.
REASON: To update the Working Group on the refresh of the Community Strategy.
Roger Ranson, Assistant Director Economic Development will be attending the meeting to update members on the Future York report. A report identifying areas that are relevant to social inclusion is attached.
A copy of the Executive Summary of The Future York report was circulated to members of the group prior to the meeting.
Members were updated on the Future York report.
Members were informed that the Future York Group was set up in response to job losses in the city in 2006. The report was published on 12 June 2007 and the Council was now responding to the report. Although the trigger for the report was economic, officers were keen to state that the Council’s response would not only be about economic growth but would ensure a disparity in incomes would not widen as the economy expanded.
Social Inclusion Working Group (SIWG) split into 3 groups to look at three different recommendations from the report, to highlight issues and suggest what the Council could do. The following comments and questions were raised by these groups:
S2 – Employability
S7 – Disparity of incomes
S10 – worklessness
To consider any improvements that can be made to the Social Inclusion Working Group, one year on. The notes of the informal meeting of the Group held on 10 July 2007 are attached to assist with discussion.
Members considered improvements that could be made to the Social Inclusion Working Group (SIWG), one year on.
The group requested that a male representative from the Disabled People’s Forum attend SIWG meetings.
It was agreed that community groups could send substitutes to SIWG when a permanent representative was unable to attend. Community Groups were to identify substitutes and report back at the next meeting.
RESOLVED:(i) That a male representative from the Disabled People’s Forum be invited to attend SIWG meetings;
(ii) That Community Groups be asked to identify substitutes and report back at the next meeting.
REASON: To improve the effectiveness of the Working Group.
CYC Equalities Conferences
To receive a verbal report from Heather Johnson, Equalities Officer, on the City of York Council’s Equality Conferences.
Members received a verbal update on the City of York Council’s Equality Conferences held in June and received copies of the newsletter sent to all delegates.
Members were informed of the positive publicity this had received in the press. Cllr Gunnell stated she had attended the disability conference and thought it was a very good event.
RESOLVED: That the update be noted.
REASON: To inform the Working Group about the Equalities Conferences.
Use of Budget 2007/08
To consider ways of using the Group’s budget of £7,240 for 2007/08 to meet the Groups aims (set out below) or support work that improves social inclusion in the council:
· The meetings are accessible and inclusive (eg provision of accessible information, to meet travel costs of community representatives, to pay for interpretation etc).
· The community representatives can effectively represent the views of the community forum.
· The community representatives can feedback to the community forums on the work of the SIWG.
· The community forums can communicate effectively with the wider communities of interest that they represent.
Members considered ways of using the Group’s budget of £7,240 for 2007/08 to meet the Group’s aims or support work that improved social inclusion in the Council.
Members received a list of draft ideas and agreed that the conference idea would not be appropriate but that the others would be considered alongside ideas put forward by community groups. Cllr Aspden agreed to pursue the possibility of using an existing Member training budget for the conference.
Community groups were asked to send budget use suggestions to Heather Johnson (email@example.com or The Guildhall, York, YO1 9QN) before the next meeting. The suggestions would be discussed and agreed at the next meeting.
If any representatives requested further funding, Heather Johnson agreed to e-mail the SIWG Funding Form to community representatives for them to complete.
Community representatives who received extra funding from SIWG last year (LGBT Forum, BME Forum, Older People’s Assembly) would be giving Members an update at the next meeting.
RESOLVED:That budget use suggestions be submitted for discussion at the next meeting.
REASON: To ensure the budget is used effectively.
To consider the Forward Plan for future meetings of the Social Inclusion Working Group.
Members considered items for the forward plan.
Members agreed that an item on York’s Anti-Poverty Strategy should be added to the forward plan and covered at the next meeting.
Sue Lister raised the issues of climate change and transition cities. Cllr Galloway stated the council had produced a strategy responding to climate change issues. Heather Johnson agreed to send a copy of the strategy to Sue Lister.
Community groups were asked to get suggestions for the forward plan to Heather Johnson before the next meeting.
RESOLVED:That an item on York’s Anti-Poverty Strategy be added to the forward plan and covered at the next meeting.
REASON: To update the Forward Plan.
To receive verbal updates and notes/minutes from meetings of the community forum’s involved in the Group’s work.
An information update received from the York & District LGBT Forum and a calendar of events for 2007 from York Interfaith are attached.
Members received a verbal update and notes/minutes from meetings of the community forum’s involved in the Group’s work.
Interfaith Forum highlighted two events on the calendar of events included in the agenda papers. The international meal on 27 October 2007 (bring a dish from your culture, everyone welcome) and the Ebor lecture on 7 November 2007 by the former Bishop of Bradford on living and caring in an interfaith community.
The Older People’s Assembly distributed a programme and press release for the 50+ festival taking place from 29 September 2007.
BME Forum distributed a Joseph Rowntree leaflet on modern slavery in the UK.
The Disabled People’s Forum reported that the forum was having some problems and needed some support. Other community groups offered to give advice and Cllr Aspden and Cllr Gunnell offered to meet Lynn Jeffries outside of SIWG to discuss these problems and a way forward.
Lynn Jeffries reported that a small project group of people with learning difficulties were working with Future Prospects to make a film about barriers and successes in living in York with a learning disability.
RESOLVED: That the feedback be noted.
REASON: To update the Working Group on the activities of the Community Forums.
Written details were distributed about the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (government inspection of the council) focus group on 5 October 2007 to which SIWG members are invited to attend.
The group were informed that Evie Chandler was joining the Equalities Team on 1 October 2007 for 6 months to carry out some equalities focussed projects.