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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Local authority bosses in Wolverhampton have amended their constitution to prevent full council meetings going on longer than necessary. Members from both parties spoke out about the matter at yesterday's (Thursday) governance and ethics committee. In March councillors spent a gruelling six and-a-half hour session setting the annual budget, with a further fatiguing forum following in April which also went deep into the small hours - meaning not one of the city's 60 councillors saw their beds until well after 3am. The council's chief operating officer David Pattison told the meeting: "This report is essentially on some tweaks to the rules of debate to ensure that we keep to time at full council meetings. "A couple of things that we think would be helpful is to ensure that - as with all the other reports for questions and motions - there is a right to reply for the leader in relation to his report. But again, keeping that time very tight. Brumwish 2022 - buy a gift for a child and grant a wish BrumWish 2022 is Birmingham Live's festive drive to get thousands of gifts to children and young people across our city - among them the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care, kids who are poorly or struggling, and kids who have little. There are three simple ways to help: Buy a new gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist Donate money to help the support workers plug any gaps and also get gifts for kids with special needs or specific wishes - this is the link to make a donation Donate your NEW or GOOD AS NEW toys and gifts (no electronic items) on two drop off days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, right here in Birmingham, on Saturday December 3 and Saturday December 1O, from 10am to 2pm. Thanks to our partnership with #Toys4Birmingham, every single gift will find a good home in the loving care of a child in care, youngsters living in B&Bs or hotels, hostels or refuges, children receiving support from specialist organisations and charities, and families being supported by children's centres and charities around the city. * If you want to find out how your organisation or charity can receive donations, please email LouiseW@thrivetogetherbham.org * Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who make this project possible. Thanks to Edgbaston Foundation for supporting and hosting the collection and distribution of gifts, to Birmingham Thrive Together, Birmingham Playcare Network and Birmingham Forward Steps who first dreamed up #Toys4Birmingham, and to Amazon UK for their support. "Another aspect is in relation to questions asked at meetings. One was about extension time. Ultimately, meetings are guillotined at three and-a-half hours. However, sometimes there might be a need to finish an item off rather than defer it to the next meeting. "The question that was asked was should we simply have one extension to go beyond the three and-a-half hours? Regarding the leader’s report and winding up, the issue was raised that there is no right of reply.
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. The new approach is to have the leader’s report - ten minutes - and opposition response of five minutes. "It is recommended that in line with the practice for other reports, questions and motions, there is an amendment to introduce a two-minute right of reply to the opposition's responses from the leader. This will last no more than two minutes, meaning that the leader’s report item is now 17 minutes," he added. Conservative group leader Councillor Wendy Thompson (Tettenhall Wightwick) said: "I'm very conscious of the fact that apart from health, finance and family, time is one of our most precious commodities. It is so wrong to actually impose on people's time when it is not useful and not productive." Sign up to our daily Black Country newsletter here Chairing the meeting, Cllr John Reynolds (Lab. Graiseley) said: "As a compromise, can I propose that we do eight minutes, five minutes and two minutes?" Members agreed to this after taking a vote. Mr Pattison went on: "We can clarify in the rules by stating that a meeting be allowed to continue beyond three and-a-half hours. For the avoidance of doubt, this can include a motion to extend by a certain amount of time, in which case further motions could be brought forwards to extend the time if the earlier extension proves insufficient and the meeting wishes - by vote - to continue beyond that extended time. Alternatively, it can just be that we adopt the practice of simply extending the meeting and not extending by a fixed amount of time, but rather give an indicative time," he added. Cllr Reynolds said: "I'd like to propose that we have a time limit that is a specific amount of time, and also an item limit. And that that is the only thing we do and don't extend it beyond that." The proposal was seconded by Cllr Thompson who added: "It should be one item and one set amount of time, as people have jobs to go to. I'm really pleased that as councillors we are all coming together on this item." Mr Pattison said it would be written into the constitution to only extend by a fixed time. READ NEXT: Gigantic apartment, cinema and nightclub plan for busy Smallbrook Queensway Last ditch attempt to save Sutton Coldfield 'art deco' cinema car park gathers pace 'Procession of HS2 concrete' is sticking its two fingers up at residents in Solihull Cops to investigate 'laughing gas' after medics and BirminghamLive raise alarm Gorgeous nightclub and flats plan for old Beatties car park in Wolverhampton
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