In addition to any announcements made at the meeting, please see Paper BC/18/36 attached, detailing events attended by the Chair and Vice-Chair.
97.1 The Chairman presented his report for noting and highlighted the Civic Dinner at Wherstead park. He praised the venue and told Council that the food had been excellent and the Brass Band had been extremely professional. Nearly £800 had been raised from the evening for the Bumblebee Charity and he thanked Councillors for their support.
97.2 The Chairman then invited the Leader to present his report.
97.3 Councillor Ward presented his report and informed Council that the end of term of report, Your Council, had now been distributed to all residents in the district. This report highlighted the key achievements for the past four years, in a clear, concise and informative way and was part of an ongoing communications programme to ensure that the public was better informed about Babergh and what it was doing. The report was entirely factual in content. The Leader reminded Members that firstly people had told the Council that they wanted to know what the Council was doing and in precisely this kind of format. All Babergh Members had been asked to make contributions, but unfortunately not many had contributed. The report didn’t tell the whole story, as there simply wasn’t enough space to cover everything that had been achieved. However, the Leader felt that this was a very good succinct list of the most important. things.
97.4 The Leader reported that he and the Chief Executive had met with Gavin Edwards, the National Officer for Community at Unison regarding the End Violence at Work Charter. It was a very useful meeting where the reasons for the Charter were discussed along with a campaign to extend a number of organisations that have signed up and other aspects of the Charter’s implementation. The Charter had three asks, firstly that the Council looked at its own processes, secondly that the Council asked existing service contractors to sign up and thirdly, that the Council makes charter compliance a condition of its procurement process. The Leader was happy to report that a paper would be brought to both Councils next month to adopt the Charter.
97.5 The Chairman thanked the Leader for his report.