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Council 22-MAR-2016

22 March 2016 at 6:30pm in the Council Chamber

Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

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Michael Popham & Richard Woodford. Contact committee services

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pdf icon Agenda [118kb]

pdf icon All papers [6Mb]


1.Mayor's Announcements
To receive Mayor's Announcements.
2. Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of interest.
The Mayor to sign the Minutes of the proceedings of the Council Meeting held on 23 February 2016 (Pages A1-A8)
pdf icon Minutes [54kb]
To receive petitions in accordance with Standing Order 8.
pdf icon Item 4 [25kb]
5.Questions from Members of the Public
Questions in accordance with Standing Order 9.
pdf icon Item 5 [56kb]
6.Questions from Councillors
Questions in accordance with Standing Order 10.
pdf icon Item 6 [63kb]
 Reports and Recommendations from Committees
The following motion will be moved by the Mayor:
"That, pursuant to Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) members of the press and public be excluded during consideration of item 7 on the agenda, as it is likely that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in the relevant Paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of that Act."
7.Proposal To Establish A Council-Owned Housing Company (Part 2)
Report by Director of Environment & Neighbourhoods (Pages B1-B57)
8.Proposal To Establish A Council-Owned Housing Company
Report by Director of Environment & Neighbourhoods (Pages C1-C63)
pdf icon Item 8 [5Mb]
9.Reading Joint Strategic Needs Analysis
Report by Director of Adult Care & Health Services (Pages D1-D5)
pdf icon Item 9 [42kb]
10.Polling Places in Mapledurham and Redlands Wards
Report by Returning Officer (Pages E1-E4)
pdf icon Item 10 [38kb]
11.Pay Policy 2016/17
Report by Managing Director (Pages F1-F30)
pdf icon Item 11 [455kb]
12.Councillors' Allowances and Pension Scheme for Councillors 2016/17
Report by Managing Director (Pages G1-G10)
pdf icon Item 12 [118kb]
Local NHS Reorganisation
Councillor Hoskin to move:
This Council notes that:
  • On 10 March 2016 NHS England recorded its worst ever performance as the NHS missed almost all of its key waiting time targets in January
  • NHS England faces a projected financial deficit of between £2.3 billion and £2.8 billion for this financial year
  • Our local hospital, the Royal Berkshire Hospital, has missed its A&E four hour waiting target again in January, is consistently missing cancer referral to treatment waiting time targets and is currently for the first three quarters of this financial year running at a loss of £10.4 million
  • The Berkshire NHS Healthcare Trust, which provides mental health and community health services is projected to finish this financial year £2.4 million in deficit whilst five Reading GP practices have been rated by CQC as inadequate and placed in special measures since the start of 2015
  • The NHS in England is currently developing local Sustainability and Transformation Plans in order to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View with the aim of delivering financial sustainability, improved outcomes and better integration with local authority services
  • That the NHS planning guidance says that "local authorities should be engaged with these proposals."
Council believes that:
  • It is fundamentally flawed for NHS England to propose, without any consultation with local authorities or local people, that the area of planning and organisation of our STP should not be the established working area of Berkshire West (Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham) but Berkshire West, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
  • In order to achieve the £270 million savings at the heart of the business case for this huge NHS administrative area it will be necessary to bring together planning and management into one single operation
  • That residents benefit from health and social care decisions being made locally and in close partnership with residents and communities
  • That a 'one size fits all' approach to planning health services across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will significantly harm the ability of local health and care to integrate around local needs, and actively involve local people, communities and the voluntary sector
  • That another top down reorganisation of the NHS, so soon after the last disastrous shake up of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, will reduce the capacity of the NHS to work with the Council and partners to deal with the crisis of demand and funding for healthcare in Reading
  • An overriding priority to balance budgets within the new larger planning area without full consideration of the greater needs of Reading could be to the detriment of our health services.
This Council agrees to:
  • request that the Managing Director write to the chief executive of NHS England and the Secretary of State for Health detailing the Council's objections to these proposals
  • instruct the Managing Director and senior officers to continue with their dialogue with local NHS partners to propose measures to protect the position of locally driven and responsive health and care services by:
  1. securing an absolute commitment to maintain local integration plans based on local needs and priorities
  2. exploring how Reading health resources can be ring-fenced and protected for Reading residents
  3. securing a commitment that Reading Borough Council will have a role and be consulted on developing NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans
  4. continuing to impress on health partners that social care is an essential part of providing better care for our residents and is central to delivering the NHS Five Year Plan.
pdf icon Item 13 [17kb]


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