24 January 2019
Modern slavery is a hidden issue; the Home Office estimated that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK. This means that there is a chance that modern slavery is taking place here in Medway without our knowledge.
This council welcomes the recognition of this issue by the archbishop of Canterbury on his recent visit to Medway.
This council notes the hard work of the Co-operative Party, local government procurement teams, and NGOs to develop a new charter which aims to ensure there is no place for modern day slavery in the supply chains used by local authorities.
This charter proposes that each council shall:
This council resolves to:
Support the Co-operative Party's charter against modern slavery and ask the cabinet to arrange the implementation of the charter.
Paragraph 3, line 1: Delete 'the Co-operative Party, local government procurement teams, and NGOs' and replace with 'multiple organisations'
Paragraph 3, line 2: Delete 'which aims'
Paragraph 4, bullet point 10: After 'on the implementation of this policy annually.' insert 'This council notes that it already has in place rigorous procedures in order to comply with the above charter and prevent the inclusion of modern day slavery through any of the council's supply chains. Such measures include:
Paragraph 5, line 1: Delete everything after 'This council resolves to:' and replace with 'Continue to uphold its high standards to ensure that this council complies with the charter.'
On being put to the vote, the amendment was carried and became the substantive motion.
Votes by Councillor
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