Agenda and minutes

County Council
Thursday, 15th November, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Offices, Kendal

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

35.

Roll Call of Members

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Dr Karen Lockney to her first meeting of full Council.

 

36.

Declarations of Interest

To disclose any disclosable pecuniary interests relating to any item on the agenda.

 

Members are asked to refer to the Monitoring Officer for advice in relation to the declaration of interests at meetings of the full Council.  A complete list of declarations notified to the Monitoring Officer by 5.00 pm on Monday 12 November 2018 will be circulated at the meeting. If any member wishes to correct or add to the circulated list, guidance on what constitutes a disclosable pecuniary interest is set out below.

 

NB The following is a summary of what constitutes a disclosable pecuniary interest. Please seek advice from the Monitoring Officer.

 

Members must disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for       profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                   interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the         area of the authority; and

 

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one       hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

 

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

Minutes:

There were no declaration of interest made on this occasion.

 

37.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 5 September 2018 (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     the minutes of the previous meeting held on Wednesday 5 September 2018 be agreed as a true and accurate record and signed by the Chairman.

38.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda in respect of which the press and public should be excluded during consideration of the item.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     the press and public be not excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items on the agenda today.

 

39.

Public Participation

5.1       Mr Paul Carr -  Chairman of Fluoride Free Cumbria

 

Will make a statement under the Public Participation Scheme about the fluoridation of West Cumbria.

 

Minutes:

Mr Paul Carr, Chairman of Fluoride Free Cumbria attended to make a statement about the fluoridation of water in West Cumbria.  Cumbria County Council  was responsible for the fluoridation of West Cumbria, and whilst Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils had resolved to be against this potentially harmful, dangerous practice, Cumbria County Council had not.  Mr Carr felt this was undemocratic and the process and system seemed to be failing here.

 

He asked members to note that only 10% of England was fluoridated, and Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland were not.  97% of Europe and most of the rest of the world had either never started or had banned the practice of adding fluoridation chemicals to the water supply.

 

Mr Carr had concerns about the number of chemicals being added to the water supply, not to make the water safe to drink , but to treat the tooth decay and disease of the whole population of West Cumbria "on mass " 

 

The dose was uncontrolled as the amount in the water varied and everyone drinks different amounts of water daily. Fluoride accumulates in the body, and Mr Carr believed this to be unethical.  He felt that only a doctor should prescribe medication based on individual needs.

 

He asked members to follow the example of the devolved Scottish and Welsh authorities to have oral health initiatives Childsmile and Designed to Smile. Oral health had never been better and in Scotland and Wales where children's oral health had experienced the most significant improvement since records began with levels of dental disease reducing across all social groups.

 

He reminded members of the Cabinet decision in 2016 to wait until CATFISH reports in 2020/1 before considering the position again but in the meantime the decay and disease continued.

 

Mr Leigh Puddifoot was also in attendance to speak to members about fluoridation, and he asked the following question:-

 

‘With regard to the Fluoridation of the drinking water supply for West Cumbria would members of the Council agree that the process breaches the ethic of informed consent of the individual as many people will not have been informed about the dangers associated with the consumption of Fluoride or either of its effects upon the body, nor will they have consented to its addition to the water supply, and many will not be aware that their water supply is dosed by the addition of highly toxic Hexaflurosilicic Acid together with its impurities?’

 

Ms D Earl responded to the participants as follows:-

 

I would like thank Mr Carr and Mr Puddifoot for their participation today. I’d also like to take this opportunity to clarify for all members the current position with regard to water fluoridation in Cumbria. Parts of West Cumbria have had fluoride added to the water supply in order to help tackle poor dental health since the 1960s. Clearly since then many things that influenced dental health had changed, including much more widespread use of fluoride toothpaste but also much greater consumption of sugar. Because of this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Announcements and Communications

To receive any announcements from the Chair, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Chairman announced that details of the engagements undertaken by herself and the Vice Chair since the last meeting had been circulated to all members.

 

One minute’s silence was held in the Council Chamber as a mark of respect for Mr Ian Stewart, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, who had passed away in October.  The Chairman, and the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, followed by the leaders of the Labour and Conservative Groups expressed their condolences to Mr Stewart’s family and spoke about his character, his contribution to the County Council, and his constituents and of their sadness at his death.

 

Following this one minute’s silence was held as a mark of respect for Mr D Fairbairn, Local Member for Thursby, who also had passed away in October.  The Chairman, and the Leader of the Conservative Group, followed by the leaders of the Labour Group and the Liberal Democrat Group expressed their condolences to Mr Fairbairn’s family and spoke about his contribution to the County Council and the residents in his division and of their sadness at his death.

 

The Chairman then spoke about the truly magnificent range of events that had taken place right across the County this weekend to celebrate 100 years since the Great War finished. These events showed the tremendous support from the residents for Cumbria’s Fallen - from community events, to the wreath laying ceremonies and to the many memorial events held. The events showed how proud the county was of these people and how proud everyone was to remember them.

 

The Chairman thanked everyone who took the time to support these events, especially the armed forces champions and of course the Lord Lieutenant, Claire Hensman.

 

She also wanted to pay particular mention to this year’s County Memorial event which was attended by many people. It was held in Rickerby Park, Carlisle and was a very moving occasion with hymns, poems, prayers and music from the Border Concert Band as well as songs from the children of Stanwix School, Carlisle.

 

The Chairman then informed Council that this year one of her chosen charities was the Royal British Legion.  During lunchtime today raffle tickets would be available to purchase to support this charity.  All monies raised would be distributed County wide to those who needed it and the local Stanwix Branch had kindly offered to be the vehicle for distributing all the money raised across the whole of Cumbria. The Chairman would be drawing out the winning raffle tickets at Christmas and there were many fabulous prizes. All the money raised would be used to help support men and women who were in need.

 

The Chairman had attended the County Council’s Children in Care Council Awards, and this ceremony would be detailed in the Corporate Parenting Report being discussed later in the meeting.

 

The County also celebrated a day of Cumbrian Pride in late September – celebrating diversity, recognition and acceptance and she was delighted to be invited  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.

41.

Minutes of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 114 KB

The minutes of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 27 September and 18 October 2018 are enclosed (copies attached).

 

The Leader will ask members if they have any questions on the minutes taking each page in turn. Members should state clearly the minute number of the item concerned.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader presented the minutes of the Executive meetings held on 27 September 2018 and 18 October 2018.

 

Mr Airey asked the Leader to outline the steps being taken to ensure the whole of the county would benefit from the Borderlands Project. 

 

The Leader responded by informing members that the Borderlands Project involved a number of local authorities working together to deliver positive change across the region to encourage growth, help existing businesses and to encourage new businesses to set up in the area.  It was hoped the project would unlock the potential for sustainable and inclusive growth, and although it was accepted that not everyone would see a project in their town, the proposed projects and programmes would benefit the whole area, including Cumbria. The proposed projects included:-

 

·      Energy

·      Digital Borderlands

·      Transport Connectivity

·      Rural productivity

·      Business

·      Destination Borderlands and

·      Quality of Place

 

Members asked the Leader to ensure that the whole of the county benefitted from this project and not just those in the north of Cumbria.

 

Mr K Hitchen asked the Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning for more detail about the consultation about School Admission Arrangements and asked for confirmation that there was a specific question on catchment areas in this. The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning AGREED to provide a written response.

 

Mr G Ellis asked the Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue to explain how this council ended up paying a substantial fee to a sub-contractor, with the threat of the council being locked out of its own data centre.  He also asked for confirmation that measures would be put in place to prevent this happening again.  The Cabinet Member AGREED to provide a written response.

 

Mr P Dew asked for assurance that integrated care in Cumbria would focus on the best possible care for patients.  The Leader responded that he was aware of the real concerns from members of the public about the changes to health services locally.  He also commented on the national Integrated Care Provider Project.  The County Council had responded to the consultation and he reminded members the these proposals and the consultation were being led by NHS England, not the County Council.

 

42.

Scrutiny Management Board pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To consider a report by the Chair of the Scrutiny Management Board (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was presented by the Chair of Scrutiny Management Board which updated members on the work of Scrutiny and issues and developments that had occurred since the last meeting of the County Council.

 

The Chair encouraged all members to attend the strategic planning session being held once the budget consultation was launched. The session would be open to all non-executive members and would be held on 3 December 2018. 

 

He asked members to note that in relation to the Scrutiny Self-Assessment the deadline had been extended to the middle of January.

 

RESOLVED that,     the report be received and noted.

 

43.

Treasury Management Half Year Strategy Review 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 562 KB

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Leader of the Council, presented by the Deputy Leader which detailed treasury management activities during the first half of the 2018/19 financial year.

 

Treasury Management was concerned with the Council’s approach to the management of investments, which included short term investments during the year and longer term borrowing to help fund the capital programme.

 

This report noted that all treasury management activities undertaken in the first half of the year had complied with the annual strategy that was agreed by Council in February 2018. 

 

The Deputy Leader then took members through the report, and upon conclusion moved the recommendations.  This was seconded by Mr Young. 

 

RESOLVED that,     Council

 

(1)      note that following a half yearly review, no amendments are required to the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and the Annual Investment Strategy;

(2)      note that following a half yearly review, Prudential Indicators and Treasury Management Indicators have been fully complied with and that no amendments are required to these indicators;

(3)      note the Treasury Management function is forecasting a £2.0m underspend for 2018/19, due to the Council’s tactical strategy to utilise internal reserves whilst available, albeit that this will be kept under review given various uncertainties, including interest rate movements and cash flow requirements.

44.

Constitution Review Group - Update of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To consider a report by the Chair of the Constitution Review Group (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Chair of the Constitution Review Group which recommended the Council to adopt changes to the Constitution, to maintain it as an up to date, living document. The changes were:-

 

·      new Terms of Reference for Local Committees (Part 2D)

·      new Terms of Reference for the Health and Wellbeing Board (Part 2F),

·      a new Scheme of Delegation to Officers (Part 3A) and

·      a new Whistleblowing Policy (Part 6E).

 

The Constitution Review Group met on the 30 October to consider reports recommending updates to four Parts of the Constitution.

 

Local Committees (Part 2D)

 

Over the summer and early autumn of 2017 work was undertaken by the Leader and Chief Executive, with members and Local Committee Chairs, to explore how collectively the Council could achieve greater local focus and democratic accountability through Local Committees.  This included a refreshed approach to area planning that would shape services more effectively and create efficiencies and benefits for local residents. 

 

As part of the review process, the current Terms of Reference of Local Committees (Part 2D) were reviewed to ensure they remained relevant to the current and future activity of Local Committees.  The Constitution Review Group would keep the new Terms of Reference (if adopted) under review with a further report to the Group in approximately twelve months time.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

(1)      Members approve the following documents as updates to Parts of the Constitution, replacing current Parts: 

 

Appendix 1 – Terms of Reference of Local Committees (Part 2D)

Appendix 2 - Terms of Reference of the Health and Wellbeing Board (Part 2F)

Appendix 3 – Scheme of Delegation to Officers (Part 3A)

Appendix 4 – Whistleblowing Policy (Part 6E)

 

(2)      Members note the officer designations set out in Appendix 5, which are consequential to the reshaping of the Extended Leadership Team and authorise the Monitoring Officer to update the Constitution where necessary to reflect these designations. 

 

45.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (copy enclosed)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Leader of the Council which provided information on the local and national context in relation to local government reorganisation. It also provided, in Appendix 1, a summary of the work on the status quo and options considered by Cumbria Leadership Board over the last 6 months.

 

At its next meeting Cabinet was due to consider a proposal to approach the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to seek the Government’s views on the potential for local government reorganisation in Cumbria, and to propose working with them to develop proposals for consideration. The information in this report was intended to inform Members’ debate on this issue. Members’ views and comments would inform Cabinet’s considerations in December.

 

Following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1972, a two-tier structure of county and district councils was established throughout England. From 1986 onwards, a number of reorganisations had removed this two-tier structure and replaced it with unitary authorities in large parts of the country.

 

There were currently 124 single-tier local authorities in England (unitary authorities, metropolitan boroughs/districts, and London Boroughs) plus 27 county councils and 201 district councils. Sixty-five percent of the population of the UK lived in single-tier council areas including all of London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all major metropolitan areas, and a number of shire county areas.

 

In 2008/09, a round of reorganisation included the creation of county unitary authorities in Northumberland, Durham, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Shropshire. Cheshire and Bedfordshire were also reorganised with the creation of 2 unitary authorities within each county.

 

Following the formation of the coalition Government in 2010, the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government signalled a reluctance to consider further reorganisation. This position shifted in 2016. Since then a number of reorganisation proposals had been submitted and were being progressed.

 

The views and comments expressed were broadly supportive of change and highlighted a number of issues for Cabinet Members’ consideration. The opportunity to debate this proposal prior to consideration by Cabinet was welcomed, and the work carried out to date with partners through the Cumbria Leadership Board was recognised.

 

Members expressed views that the current local government structure in Cumbria was inefficient and complex, and required change. The fragmentation of services across the existing tiers of local government was highlighted as unhelpful. Members stressed the importance of simplifying the system for residents and customers.

 

Members felt there was a need for reorganisation to increase efficiency and reduce costs, to release savings to enable investment in services to support communities, particularly the most vulnerable people, and to deliver improvements in the county’s infrastructure was emphasised by members.

 

The benefits of reorganisation in providing a united voice for Cumbria in engagement with the government and potential investors in the county, and the links between identity and local government, were raised.

 

The importance of any future proposals focusing on democracy, services and the community as well as the future financial sustainability of local government in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.

46.

Questions

To consider questions from Members, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 11.2 to 11.5 to the Leader, a Member of the Executive or the Chair of any Committee.

Minutes:

Mr CJ Whiteside asked the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport about the consultation which had been launched on the proposed Whitehaven Relief Road and how members could feed into the council’s response, both about the proposal itself and how it fitted into the wider context of the need to support other key points like Duddon Bridge.  He also asked to be assured that the council’s response would be positive, constructive and above all, supportive.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said that this scheme was part of the strategic road network managed by Highways England, and the County Council was only a statutory consultee for projects such as this one.  He confirmed that Cumbria County Council would respond positively to the consultation and he would be happy to receive comments directly from members about this.   

 

Mr M Barbour then asked the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport a question about the recent announcement by Toshiba on their decision to withdraw from the Moorside Project, and the effect this may have on the cancellation of the Whitehaven Relief Road.  He asked the Cabinet Member whether he was aware that a statement had been made to the effect that the proposed Whitehaven Relief Road was not dependent on the Moorside Project.

 

The Cabinet Member responded to say that although he hoped the Whitehaven Relief Road was not dependent on the Moorside Project, he was aware that the County Council had already been asked for additional information from Government about proposed projects where the development of Moorside had been predicated, and this included the Whitehaven Relief Road.

 

Mr AJ Markley asked the Cabinet Member – Highways and Transport when the traffic lights in Wetheral would be removed, as this was a constant source of irritation for the residents and users of this road.  The Cabinet Member provided an update and informed members that the contract had now been let for this scheme, and work would commence shortly on this.

 

Mr AJ Markley then asked whether the money set aside for Storm Desmond could be used to repair roads along the coastal routes, as the state of disrepair in these roads had been exacerbated by storm conditions.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport responded to say that the County Council and its partners were currently developing a Coastal Strategy.  A number of events were taking place across the affected areas and he encouraged all members with an interest to attend. 

 

Mr J Airey asked the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation a question about Gooseholme Bridge.  The residents in this location were expecting a replacement bridge but a recent announcement had indicated this was not actually the case.  He asked the Cabinet Member to explain this.

 

The Cabinet Member had met recently with South Lakeland Local Committee members, the Environment Agency and County Council staff to discuss this issue as there had been a funding shortfall for this scheme based on the request from the Environment Agency to raise the bridge  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.

47.

Minutes of Committees

To receive reports from Committees of the Council and receive questions and answers in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 11.1 to 11.5.

47a

Audit and Assurance Committee pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To receive the minutes of a meeting of the Audit and Assurance Committee held on 17 September 2018 (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

The Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee presented the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2018, and detailed one area of work to Council which related to Risk Management.

Risk Management was an integral part of the Council’s corporate governance framework, and over the last few years a lot of effort had been focussed on developing a widespread understanding of risk throughout the organisation, on embedding risk management within the Council’s core business processes, refining the assessment of risks and establishing meaningful targets.

The Risk Management function was now under the leadership of the Director of Finance who was providing a renewed emphasis and ownership for an integrated approach to Risk Management across the Council.

A new Performance and Risk Management Framework was agreed at Cabinet in June 2018 and a refreshed Corporate Risk Register for 2018/19 had been produced to reflect the new Council Plan Delivery Plan.  There were now 12 corporate risks set out in the risk register of which 8 were high risks, and these were listed in the minutes.

The new template for the Risk Report clearly linked the risks to the Council Plan Delivery Plan and had simplified the description of the risks. The new template greatly improved the visibility of the controls and measures in place for the quarter being reported, the visibility of the controls and measures being developed and would indicate a direction of travel.

These initiatives, building on improvements made over the last few years, provided the Audit and Assurance Committee with more effective information on which to gain assurance that the Council’s risk management processes were both robust and effective.

RESOLVED that,     the minutes of the Audit and Assurance meeting held on 17 September be received and noted.

47b

Cumbria Pensions Committee pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To receive the minutes of a meeting of the Cumbria Pensions Committee held on 11 September 2018 (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

Mr SB Collins presented the minutes of the Cumbria Pensions Committee held on 11 September  2018.

 

He advised that the financial statements for the Pension Fund which were published in July as part of the Council’s account had been supplemented by additional narrative in the form of the Fund’s Annual Report and Accounts.  This had now been published on the Council’s website.

 

He took members through the minutes and then moved that Council accepted these.  

 

RESOLVED that,     the minutes of the Cumbria Pensions Committee meeting held on 11 September 2018 be received and noted.

 

47c

Workington Harbour Board pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To receive the minutes of a meeting of the Workington Harbour Board held on 24 October 2018 (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation presented the minutes of Workington Harbour Board held on 24 October 2018.

 

One of the members asked the Cabinet Member whether the Board needed more information on the possible affect that Brexit may have on the Port.  The Cabinet Member responded that he would keep a ‘watching brief’ on this.

 

RESOLVED that,     the minutes of the Workington Harbour Board meeting held on 24 October 2018 be received and noted.

 

 

47d

Corporate Parenting Board pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To consider a report from the Chair of the Corporate Parenting Board (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director – People gave members a presentation on the  recently held Children in Care Awards.  The event was a great success and the Executive Director took members through the slides from the celebratory event. Planning had already started for the event in 2019 and he asked all members to contact him directly if they were aware of any suitable venues, especially in the south of the county.

 

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services then took members through a report from the Executive Director – People, which provided Council with an annual update on the work of the Corporate Parenting Board.

 

Over the past year there had been progress along a number of fronts, including:-

 

   Care leavers now benefited from Council Tax relief across the whole of Cumbria. This was a major step forward and required co-operation between all six District Councils.

   Cumbria Children’s Services received a positive Ofsted report, and was rated Good for Leadership and Management and Adoption.

   Children looked after were continuing to do well educationally, and numbers progressing to university holds up well nationally compared to other authorities.

 

At the most recent meeting of the Corporate Parenting Board there was a presentation on the development of a Regional Adoption Agency. At the meeting the Board were informed that currently there were no members of the Council on the Adoption Panels that operated in the North and South of the county. The Board recommended this be brought to the Council’s attention and the Cabinet Members announced that two members had now come forward to join the panels:-

 

Dr K Lockney – North

Mr M Wilson – South

 

Members were delighted to note this.

 

RESOLVED that,     the report be received and noted.

 

48.

Notice of Motions

To consider notice of motions for up to a specified period of one hour.

 

Mr C Whiteside will move:

 

Cumbria County Council resolves to follow the example of the UK Government, the Crown Prosecution Service, over 130 local authorities and over 30 other countries, by adopting in full, and without qualification or reservation, the International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism, as follows, including the eleven examples. 

 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

 

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

 

    Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.

    Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

    Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

    Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

    Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.

    Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

    Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

    Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

    Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis.

    Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

    Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.”

 

Minutes:

1.         Anti-semitism

 

Mr CJ Whiteside moved the following motion as set out in the Council Agenda, with one amendment in the opening paragraph, to change the word ‘Association’ to ‘Alliance working’.  The motion was set out in the agenda: as follows:-

 

Cumbria County Council resolves to follow the example of the UK Government, the Crown Prosecution Service, over 130 local authorities and over 30 other countries, by adopting in full, and without qualification or reservation, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism, as follows, including the eleven examples. 

 

Anti-semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

 

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

 

    Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion

    Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions

    Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews

    Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)

    Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust

    Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations

    Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor

    Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation

    Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis

    Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis

    Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel’

 

The motion was moved by Mr CJ Whiteside and seconded by Mr S Wielkopolski.

 

Members supported this motion and commented that anti-semitism was not always obvious.

From the floor it was suggested that caviats be added to the motion to the effect that it was not anti-semitic to criticise the Government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest anti-semitic intent, and it was not anti-semitic to hold  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.

49.

Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding five minutes each) for up to a specified period of 30 minutes, from individual members, of which at least 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community.

Minutes:

There were no speeches made on this occasion.