Five HUGE things missed by the ECHO about this week’s Council meeting

Liverpool City Council will meet on Wednesday and is an opportunity to discussion motions, or topics, that your local councillors feel are important to the city.

The meeting, held four times a year, makes policy, signs off on decisions made by the Mayor and cabinet and agrees the campaigns the council will run on behalf of the people of Liverpool.

Here are five of the biggest subjects to be discussed on Wednesday, which the Echo hasn’t written about in an article in today’s paper.

Police Cuts

I will use my motion to stand up for the ‘stretched to the limit’ Merseyside Police force in the face of the recent spate of shootings in Merseyside. It comes on the back of Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke’s comments that: “In my professional opinion I have never known a situation where Merseyside Police officers have been pushed to the limit in dealing with everything we need to deal with to keep our communities safe.”Andy Cooke was making the comment in response to Merseyside Police budget being reduced by almost £100m and has seen the loss of over 100 officers since 2010.I will call for a campaign to demand the Government provide a fair deal for Liverpool residents and will specifically include support for the communities affected by rising crime. Council will also call on the Council to demand additional funding for Merseyside Police for fighting serious and organised crime.

Tyred Campaign

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O’Byrne, will put forward a motion in support of the ‘Tyred’ Campaign, launched by Frances Molloy. Many will remember the tragic event in September 2012 when a coach bound for Liverpool carrying 53 people from the Bestival Festival on the Isle of Wight left the road and crashed into a tree instantly killing Michael Molloy (18), Kerry Ogden (23) and the coach driver, Colin Daulby (63), as well as leaving others with life changing injuries. The inquest into the crash found that the front nearside tyre which was actually older than the coach itself, at 19 years, was responsible for the crash.In 2014 the City Council unanimously agreed support of Michael’s mother, Frances, in calling for a change in law requiring a ban on tyres older than six years on commercial vehicles.Despite widespread support, no laws have been changed. Now, 3 years later, Frances is launching the Tyred campaign to keep the pressure on Government to change the law to ban the use of tyres older than ten years on commercial tyres. The Tyred campaign has been getting lots of good coverage, but this should help by throwing the support of the council behind it until the law changes.  The motion will call on me to write to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to call together a cross party support for a change in the Law.

Liverpool BAMBIS

In a motion put forward by Warbreck Councillor, Cheryl Didsbury, council will recognise the overwhelming evidence that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both a mother and her baby.The motion will particularly show support to Liverpool BAMBIS (Babies & Mums Breastfeeding Information and Support) who play an important role in offering breastfeeding support and information to pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and their families in Liverpool. The motion will call on the city to implement a Liverpool Quality Mark for organisations and businesses in the City that support and promote breastfeeding in their premises, and look at providing a small grant to enable businesses to implement the charter.

School Cuts

Assistant Mayor, Nick Small, will highlight the significant funding cuts which lie ahead for Liverpool schools. Under the new plans by the conservative Government, the funding gap for Liverpool schools by the end of the current parliament in 2021/22 is projected to be £28.4million, representing a 9% cut on the 2015/16 level of school funding and equating to the loss of 778 teachers across Liverpool. The motion also highlights that 97% to all Liverpool schools will be cut by 2022, and that the average cut per pupil will be £487, although one school will lose £1,478 for each and every pupil. If agreed, the motion will mean that the council will work with trade union partners in teaching and non-teaching unions, parents, governors and communities to build a broad-based campaign against the school cuts in Liverpool.

Grenfell Tower

A motion will be brought forward by Greenback councillors Laura Robertson-Collins and James Roberts, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower on the 14th June.The motion will express council’s deepest sympathy and condolences to all those affect by the tragedy and will note the extreme courage and dedication of the emergency services and health and hospital staff.The Motion will call upon Government to: 1) Urgently review all building regulations related to the design and implementation of fire safety within shared accommodation regardless of height or scale.2) Ensure that all such work requires approval by the relevant Local Authority Building Control Service. 3) Instruct the Social Housing Regulator to proactively ensure compliance to, all of the social housing Consumer Standards. 4) Identify and ring fence significant funds from within the existing social housing grant regime in order to support and prioritise stock refurbishment within both social and provide housing sectors. 5) Introduce compulsory Private Landlord Licensing for all private rented stock to give local authorities the powers and resources to enforce basic safety and living standards for the benefit of all residents. 6) Provide local authorities and fire brigades with the necessary resource and funding to carry out the necessary ongoing inspection and regulation to endure safety, deliver good housing standards and protect the health and wellbeing of people in rented and shared accommodation.