28 May 2014

Correspondence between the County Council and the CCG, and the County Council and SWASFT regarding ambulance response times can be found at: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/article/117291/260614-Ambulance-response-times

Motion agreed at Council:


This Council is deeply concerned by the ban on all prisoners receiving books as gifts under the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme which will have a detrimental effect on prisoner rehabilitation. The Council notes that the ban has been opposed by eminent writers including Mark Haddon, Philip Pullman and Carol Ann Duffy and further notes that to deny prisoners the books they need in order to improve their skills and support their learning is both unreasonable and counter-productive given that reading goes hand-in-hand with education, rehabilitation and humanity.

This Council urges the Government to reverse the ban as soon as possible by exempting books from the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme.

This Council instructs the Leader of the Council to write to the Secretary of State for Justice to request that the Incentive Privilege Scheme is reviewed and that the ban of all prisoners receiving books is reversed.  

Response  from Policy Team , Equality, Rights and Decency Group, National Offender Management Service (NOMS)


Motion agreed at Council:

This Council urges all Gloucestershire MPs to support the 'Crackdown' campaign of the road safety charity Brake. This campaign calls for tougher charges and penalities for drivers who kill or injure.

Currently, many drivers are escaping with inappropriately lenient sentences which leave many families feeling betrayed by the legal system. The 'Crackdown' campaign aims to provide appropriate justice for the families of victims as well as deterring dangerous driving.

Response received by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown M.P from Ministry of Justice

Motion agreed at Council:

This Council notes that there are varying views and experiences of the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). 

This Council notes various comments made on the operation of the NPPF, with particular reference to the role of local plans and their priority, the presumption in favour of sustainable development and the appropriateness of requiring a five year land supply, particularly given concerns with regards sites with planning permission not coming forward for development, especially on brownfield sites.

This Council resolves to write to all district councils in Gloucestershire, asking them to share their experiences with the relevant government departments as a priority and to share these with their local Members of Parliament.

Letter from Forest of Dean District Council:

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