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Notice of Motion, submitted by Cllr John Booker.

(a) states, councillors exist to serve their communities, one of the best ways to do this is by offering them a say in what happens on their doorstep.

Localism puts real power in the hands of the people.
(b) further states,the Grenfell Tower disaster sadly showed the total lack of local government run housing and relevant safety checks.
The TUC and its affiliated Trade Unions have a large amount of Accredited Union Health and Safety Representatives (USR’s).
The primary role of USR’s is accident prevention, risk assessment, the three categories;
1. generic.
2. local.
3. on-site.
Building safety inspections is part of what these individuals sign up for when they do their training.
Local councils who look to outsource this work are perpetrating a great injustice on the local communities they represent.
The resources they need are right under their feet, the USR’s could be transferred  from their normal work on a rota basis to facilitate building safety inspections.
(c) notes,council rent payers pay rent to the council, the council pays it’s employees wages, some employees live in council housing, I believe it is all about sharing responsibility for public safety.
(d) places on record, most social housing is a direct extension of a local government employees workplace, for many, this is at the end of a keyboard (customer accounts), for others its hands on, plumbing, wiring, painting and property repairs.
Directly or indirectly as local government employees, social housing is inevitably part of their workplace.
As such, safety checks should be carried out by USR’s from Construction stage to periodical safety checks.
The purpose, to preserve life and prevent accidents.

Amendment to be moved by Councillor John Booker, seconded by Councillor Jack Clarkson

That the Motion now submitted be amended by the deletion of all the words after the words “That this Council” and the addition of the following words:-
(a) notes that UKIP stands for a complete and total withdrawal from the European Union, and contends that the democratic will of the people must be respected and acted upon; Brexit must mean exit;
(b) further contends that, irrespective of whatever ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ HM Government agrees with the EU, we must continue to fight for the UK’s total independence from the EU, and to fully restore the UK’s former status as an independent, self-governing, sovereign state;
(c) believes that no more money should be paid to the EU, no more EU laws should be imposed upon us, and there should be no more jurisdiction over us by the European Court and no more open-border EU immigration;
(d) contends that a clean exit from the EU must include withdrawing from the PESCO (Permanent Structure Cooperation), the EU’s ‘Defence Union’, or nascent Army, which the Government agreed to prior to Brexit;
(e) believes that, post-Brexit, the UK will be free of the costs and impositions of the Common Agricultural Policy, and will be able to move from a system which subsidises large landowners to one that supports food producers and environmental protection, and further believes that leaving the EU will enable the UK to design a tailor-made agricultural policy, rather than a one-size fits all scheme designed to benefit continental farmers; allowing us to (i) introduce a Single Farm Payment to support British farmers; (ii) create a National Agricultural Council to ensure ‘joined-up thinking’ between different Government Departments for food, farming and environmental matters; (iii) re-establish the Agricultural Wages Board for England, which would protect the incomes and conditions of farm workers; and (iv) introduce legislation for food labelling to show country of origin, method of production, transport and slaughter;
(f) also believes the UK must have total withdrawal from the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy without a transition period, and that (i) post-Brexit, the UK should take control of the full 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as is our entitlement under international law; allowing us to rebuild our fishing industry, its ancillary industries, and our coastal towns, (ii) we need a complete overhaul of our fisheries systems for a fairer allocation of post-Brexit fishing opportunities, with priority given to the low-impact, small-scale fishers, (iii) there must be an end to the discard system, with no fish going to waste, and (iv) the UK Government must invest in British ports and fishing infrastructure, and amend the Maritime Shipping Act with a view to limiting the exploitation of UK fishing waters by foreign vessels; and that these changes will provide opportunities for British business and career opportunities for British citizens;
(g) notes that Britain’s trade policy has been under the control of the EU since we joined in 1973, and our businesses have been obliged to obey EU legislation, even when they do not export to the EU, and believes that leaving the EU will free Britain to pursue its own trade and commercial polices, which offer enormous opportunity for increased trade and employment; and
(h) contends that, outside the European Union, Great Britain will be a more prosperous nation, it will gain control of its trade policy, free business from unnecessary regulation, regain control of its agricultural industry and restore its fishing industry, and that increased prosperity will mean more jobs, and more tax revenue to pay for the things we all want for the British people.

Open Letter to the People of Great Britain

The NHS is Britain’s best loved public service and one of the benchmarks of our civilised values.
Successive Labour, Coalition and Tory governments have overloaded the NHS with red tape and allowed it to be abused as an international, rather than a National Health Service.
These politicians have failed the NHS with nine arduous top-down reorganisations since 1973 and a relentless cuts and privatisation agenda.
Between 1997 and 2010, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown contracted private syndicates of hedge fund managers, bankers and big property developers to design, build and finance new hospitals and run non-clinical services.
These syndicates charged interest rates so high, you might as well have called the scheme, “buy one hospital, pay for seven”.
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals financed £11.8 billion worth of new build but will ultimately cost the NHS £79 billion, 75%of the syndicates involved are based offshore, so they don’t even pay UK taxes on these enormous profits,
Politicians have allowed the wealthiest in our society to laugh all the way to the bank at the expense of the NHS.
We must end the use of PFI contracts in the National Health Services.
We now have the scandal of ghost patients, they don’t exist but the NHS pays £151 for each of them, over £3.6 million.
Capita were brought in to solve this problem, they were paid millions, but the ghost patients increased by 600 thousand.
With multinational corporations of this caliber helping the NHS, there is no wonder it is in crisis.
The problems caused by our disconnected health and social care system will not be resolved unless the two are fully integrated.
Perhaps it is time to establish a Royal Commission to find a way forward that allows the NHS to hold fast to its values while meeting the challenges of the future.
The welfare of the people and the caring for the sick should be the supreme law in this country.
Councillor John Booker, Ecclesfield West, deputy leader of UKIP SCC.

RMT confirms action, goes ahead on Northern Rail tomorrow in fight over guards and rail safety as company refuses serious talks.

Hello Mick, thanks for your correspondence, I support you totally with these very important issues you raise.
Below is a NOM I submitted at Sheffield City Council  two years ago,  supporting your position.

Regards, Cllr John Booker.

(a) supports Mick Cash, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), in his argument that there is no basis for cost cutting on the North’s railways, and notes that, according to Rail North’s own estimates, passenger demand for the North’s railways will soar by 50% over the next fifteen years, and despite this, and the clear need for investment, the Government has stated that annual subsidy will be cut by £160m, or 53% by the final year of the franchise;

(b) believes there must be strong opposition to the cuts programme, attacks on supervisory and clerical jobs, the introduction of driver-only operation and increased casualization, arising from the re-franchising processes;

(c) further, supports a publicly owned “People’s Railway for the North”;

(d) believes that, for too long, British workers involved in the traditional industries have been ignored and not treated with the respect they deserve;

(e) further believes we must invest in more training of our youth to meet future needs, especially in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), increase places for medical training so we can be less reliant on foreign nurses and doctors, and provide more meaningful apprenticeships to support future growth; and

(f) pays tribute to the men and women that drive forward British industry and aims to protect workers’ rights from Conservative cuts [undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts]

Amendment / Addition to ‘Notice of Motion Regarding Transport Funding By Cllr Robert Murphy and to be Seconded by Cllr Douglas Johnson

Cllr Booker’s view from the back of the chamber on Wednesday 5th September. Full Council Meeting.
(l) Believes, a commercially viable, fully operational airport in Sheffield would be an enormous asset for the city.
(m) Notes, Sheffield City Airport was built as a CAP168 code 2C airport as per the agreement between, The Sheffield Development Corporation, SDC, Glenlivet Ltd, and Tinsely Park Ltd, dated 27th October 1995 and subsequent lease of August 1997. The definition of “Airport” for the purposes of the agreement is laid out in article 106 of the Air Navigation order of 1989 and is consistent with the definition as originally laid out in clause 1.17 of the  agreement between SDC and British Steel Corporation BSC. 
(n) Further Notes, 1997 Sheffield City Airport opened as a CAT 5, code 2C airport, which means it should have had, and maintained, all the facilities needed to cope with an aircraft capable of carrying up to 115 passengers.
(o) Also Notes, the airport started commercial services some three years earlier than originally planned, with the successful introduction on the 16th February 1989, of KLM’s three times daily Amsterdam service. This was an instant success with KLM saying it was their best start-up service ever. Services followed to Jersey, London, Dublin, Belfast and Brussels. In 1998, 75,157 passengers passed through its terminal.
(p) Recognises, the SDC estimated it would take at least seven years after opening before the airport would make any return on capital. This fact was well known and, indeed as early as 1990, had been referred to by the SDC.
(q) Is interested to know how, peel Holdings and the airport operator, just eight weeks after them acquiring one half share of the airport, were allowed to start downgrading it. Example,
(1) At the end of September 2001 they reduced RFFS cover from a CAT 5 to CAT 3.
(2) By the end of September 2002 they reduced  cover from CAT 3 to a CAT 1 and also turned off the I.L.S. ( Instrument Landing System).
(3) At the end of August 2002 they started turning the terminal building into a business centre (offices), without planning permission.
(r) Regrets, all of these actions were quite clearly contrary to the lease/ agreement as well as C.A.A. legislation for a code 2C airport and therefore are clear breeches of conduct and possibly illegal.
(s) Places on record, it is abundantly clear the intention of the Lease/Agreement was for a fully operational airport to be in existence for at least ” the reverter period” a minimum of ten years from the date of opening.
(t) Strongly asserts, rules and regulations should be abided by, the closure of SCA was done in a most irregular manner, causing Sheffield one of its worst civic lost opportunities. 
(u) Further Notes, SCA closed to all traffic in 2008. An area of eighty acres of prime development land, described as the best site on the M1 corridor between Leeds and Leicester was transferred to Sheffield Business Parks Ltd, for a notional £1.00, which has never been collected.
(v) Further regrets, the city has lost one hundred and twenty acres of land, and an airport, but has allowed Peel Holdings and its associates to make millions of pounds in land developments from land given to the people of this city by BSC, solely for the development of an airport in the city of Sheffield.

UKIP and Sex Education

We support age-appropriate sex and relationship education at secondary level, but not for primary school children.

There is a world of difference between teaching young children about online safety or telling them no one else is allowed to touch the private parts of their body, which is a sensible way to help prevent and encourage reporting of abuse and going into too much detail. The latter risks sexualising childhood, causing confusion and anxiety, and encouraging experimentation.

We will also rule that all parents must be made fully aware of the sex education teaching materials being used, before their children see it, and we will continue to respect their right to withdraw children from sex-education classes if they wish.

UKIP and Primary Education

We believe it is the duty of the state to ensure high quality education is provided for all. To achieve this, we will build our education policy upon three key principles: –

1. Education must be responsive to individual needs

Children have widely different aptitudes and capabilities and, crucially, they develop at different rates. Our school system and our whole approach to education should be more flexible than it is now.

2. Good teachers are paramount

The quality of education is almost entirely dependent on the quality of teaching. We need the best people to choose to teach and we need to keep them teaching. To achieve this, we must ensure not only that teachers are well-prepared for a teaching career, but also that they have a high status in society and feel valued.

3. The importance of primary education

A child’s first experience of education is vitally important, as this is when the pattern for learning is laid down and when literacy and good social skills are established.

CUTTING TEACHERS’ WORKLOAD

Too many teachers are working excessive hours and struggling to find an acceptable work-life balance. We do not want stressed, overworked teachers in our classrooms. Their workloads must be eased.

We will decrease the amount of paperwork teachers deal with, such as overly detailed individual lesson plans, data collection, excessive internal assessments and dialoguebased marking schemes. The plethora of centralised targets will be streamlined and lesson observations limited to a maximum of one each term, except when there are concerns about teaching performance that appraisal processes have been unable to address. Enforcing the current restriction on class sizes to thirty pupils and aiming to reduce this to twenty-five pupils over time, will further ease teacher workloads – not least when it comes to marking – as well as ease parental concerns about large class sizes.

We will scrap teachers’ performance-related pay, which the NUT describes as having ‘increased bureaucracy and working hours’ and does not adequately reflect teaching ability.

PRIMARY EDUCATION

UKIP will abolish Key Stage 1 SATs, set at the age of seven, as these tests have destructive, unintended consequences: they encourage ‘teaching to the test,’ they narrow the curriculum and, often, they put pressure on teachers to concentrate disproportionate resources and time on borderline pupils. Worst of all, these tests create anxiety for everyone – children, teachers, parents, school governors – at exactly the time when children should be learning to learn, to enjoy the experience and to think of school as a fun and rewarding place to be.

To increase the uptake of science learning at secondary level, we will follow the recommendations of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and require every primary school to nominate (and train, if necessary) a science leader to inspire and equip the next generation. This role will also help to address the gender imbalance in the scientific subjects.

Fathers and Families

UKIP wants fathers to be more involved in their children’s lives. To help prevent thousands of fathers losing contact with their children each year when couples break up, UKIP will legislate for an initial presumption of 50-50 shared parenting in child residency matters.

Grandparents will also be given visiting rights, unless it can be shown to the satisfaction of the Family Court that there is a good reason to withhold such rights. We will also review the Family Court system, with the intention of implementing independent lay oversight of Family Courts, to ensure that necessary confidentiality does not prevent proper scrutiny in this and all areas of Family Law.

Childcare for school-age children

For parents of school-age children, extending the school day by offering wrap-around childcare will offer enormous benefits to working parents, for whom it is likely to be by far the most sensible and convenient childcare option.

We will place a statutory duty on all primary schools to offer before and after-school care from 8am to 6pm during term time, with the option to extend this to all-day provision throughout the school holidays.

Sessions will include breakfast and healthy snacks. Sadly, anecdotal evidence suggests significant numbers of teachers are seeing pupils arrive at school hungry.

Schools can choose how they facilitate before and afterschool care. They can provide it themselves; partner with external childcare providers; or allow parents to club together. There will be no cost to the school, as parents will pay for the cost of childcare themselves or use the voucher scheme.