Decision details

Questions from Councillors

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Information Only

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

1.    Councillor Jonathan Bartley to the Deputy Leader of the Council (Environment and Clean Air), Councillor Claire Holland:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Bartley asked whether the Council would set a carbon budget for each of the 10 years to 2030?

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Holland responded by stating work was already underway to better understand the Council’s carbon emissions baseline. As a result, until this analysis had been completed, the Council was not in a position to commit to such budgets. It was also stressed that tackling the climate emergency went beyond setting an annual allocated carbon budget and required work and decision-making across the council and beyond based on a sound evidence base.  

 

2.    Councillor Tim Briggs to the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety, Councillor Jacqui Dyer:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Briggs wanted to understand why Labour councillors in Lambeth had refused to condemn the Mayor of London for his failure to address rising crime across London.  Councillor Biggs asked the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety to explain why, when City Hall staffing costs had increased by 82%, they had failed to put pressure on the Mayor to use his budget more effectively, especially when crime in London had increased by 21% while figures for the rest of the country had reduced by 8%.     

 

Supplementary answer

It was noted Councillor Dyer had left the meeting and that a written response would be provided.   

 

3.    Councillor Nanda Manley-Browne to the Deputy Leader (Children and Young People), Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Manley-Browne asked whether the Council, specifically in relation to the Raising the Game project, had done any work to develop an inclusive curriculum and whether the Deputy Leader (Children and Young People) would be open to working with other groups such as the Black Curriculum Project as part of this. 

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Brathwaite agreed that this was an important issue and confirmed that an important work stream for the Raising the Game project was the development of a toolkit to help create an inclusive diversified curriculum for schools across the borough. Reflecting on her recent visits to schools, who had introduced a more diverse curriculum, Councillor Brathwaite highlighted such changes had improved the learning experiences for children.  The Deputy Leader (Children and Young People) concluded by stating that the Council would be willing to work with any organisation who shared the Council’s values and commitments to deliver a more inclusive education for all children and young people in Lambeth.  

 

4.    Councillor Marianna Masters to the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Councillor Ed Davie:

 

Supplementary question

It was noted that Councillor Masters was not in attendance, so the Mayor moved to the next question.

 

5.    Councillor Tim Windle to the Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Paul Gadsby:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Windle asked whether the Cabinet Member for Housing was aware of any standout examples in relation to projects that had used funding for green spaces and growing so that lessons learnt could be shared.   

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Gadsby provided an update on various environmental projects which would be delivered across his portfolio in the year ahead. This included schemes that had been designed taking into account the Council’s commitment to tackling climate change, including the roll out of additional electrical charging points and an increase in cycle racks across a number of estates. It was also explained that the Housing Projects team had been working closely with the Section 106 and Neighbourhood Housing teams to identify funding applicable to estates in need of green landscaping improvements. Other projects in Stockwell, and elsewhere, were also highlighted.        

 

6.    Councillor Danny Adilypour to the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Jonathan Bartley:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Adilypour welcomed the response from the Leader of the Opposition and accepted Councillor Bartley’s apology for what he believed was a genuine mistake. Despite this, Councillor Bartley was asked what he was doing to increase opportunities for ethnic minorities to contribute to policy making, including opportunities to speak at events, within the Green Party? 

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Bartley stated that the Green Party was committed to standing up for the rights and concerns of BME communities but recognised more needed to be done to ensure this was reflected in both the party's policies and by ensuring BME party members and elected representatives were supported in their political careers, with opportunities to contribute at all levels of the party. 

 

7.    Councillor Liz Atkins to the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, Councillor Mathew Bennett:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor L. Atkins welcomed the recently published Streatham Investment and Growth Strategy 2019-30 and asked whether the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes would work with the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre, Streatham BID and the current leaseholders to determine the meanwhile use of the building. Councillor L. Atkins asked the Cabinet Member to support plans, which had been put forward by the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre, to carry out a viability study and to publicly endorse their bid to crowdfund costs through the Mayor’s CrowdFund London 2020 scheme and to provide funding through Lambeth’s Community Infrastructure Levy.    

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Bennett responded by stating he fully supported the work that had taken place to refurbish and rejuvenate Streatham Hill Theatre but recognised more still needed to be done. With this in mind, the Cabinet Member confirmed he was happy to support the suggestion that had been put forward by Councillor L. Atkins.   

 

8.    Councillor Tina Valcarcel to the Cabinet Member to the Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector and Partnerships, Councillor Jim Dickson:

 

Supplementary question

It was noted that Councillor Valcarcel was not in attendance, so the Mayor moved to the next question.

 

9.    Councillor Pete Elliott to the Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Paul Gadsby:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Elliott highlighted that he was happy with the response provided in relation to dealing with rodents on the Central Hill Estate. However, it was explained that this was just one of many issues that needed to be addressed. As a result, Councillor Elliott asked the Cabinet Member for Housing whether he would be willing to work together, with local residents, to look at options to re-establish a community centre on the estate.

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Gadsby responded by stating that without further information he was unable to provide any commitment but would be happy to meet with Councillor Elliott to establish whether his suggestion to re-establish a community centre on the Central Hill Estate was viable.   

 

10.  Councillor Jon Davies to the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, Councillor Mathew Bennett:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Davies welcomed the response from the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes but asked for an update on when the actions, to improve member and community involvement in mayor planning applications, would be implemented.

 

Supplementary answer

The Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes explained a number of the proposed actions required changes to the Council’s Constitution. As a result, it was hoped that these changes would be put forward for consideration by Council over the next couple of months.  

 

11.  Councillor Nicole Griffiths to the Deputy Leader of the Council (Children and Young People), Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite:

 

Supplementary question

On the basis that the Council could have made an alternative decision, Councillor Griffiths asked the Deputy Leader of the Council (Children and Young People) to inform residents that the decision to reduce services or close Sure Start Children’s Centres was one that had been taken locally by Lambeth, rather than as a direct result of external pressures.      

 

Supplementary answer

Councillor Brathwaite responded by explaining that the Council’s budget had been cut by more than half since 2010 by successive Conservative governments. It was also highlighted that changes to the Dedicated Schools Grant had resulted in £1.4m less per year for the Council to spend on children’s centres. As a result, the need to make changes had been driven by significant reductions in the amount of money the Council received from central government. In response to these reductions it was explained that the Council had worked with staff, parents and schools to look at a model that delivered the best outcomes for each local area. It was recognised that such changes were not easy but that Lambeth still had the third most number of children’s centres in London and was committed, despite cuts from central government, to providing excellent services across the borough.   

 

During the discussion of this item the guillotine fell at 10.00pm.

 

RESOLVED: That the meeting continue for a further period of up to 30 minutes.   

 

12.  Councillor Joseph Corry-Roake to the Deputy Leader of the Council (Environment and Clean Air), Councillor Claire Holland:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Corry-Roake asked for reassurances that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups across the borough would be involved in both the planning and policy making process of the Council’s response to the climate emergency.

 

Supplementary answer

The Deputy Leader (Environment and Clean Air) agreed that it was vital for the boroughs most disadvantaged communities to be fully involved across policy making in this area. This was particularly important as research had shown that vulnerable and disadvantaged groups were disproportionally affected by climate change.  

 

13.  Councillor Stephen Donnelly to the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety, Councillor Jacqui Dyer:

 

Supplementary question

Councillor Donnelly welcomed the response to his question and encouraged the Council to make full use the Employment and Skills Strategy.

 

Supplementary answer

It was noted Councillor Dyer had left the meeting and that a written response would be provided.

 

Publication date: 07/02/2020

Date of decision: 22/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 22/01/2020 - Council

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