Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 30 January 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room (B6) - Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, London, SW2 1RW. View directions

Contact: Gary O'Key, Tel: 020 7926 2183, Email: 

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Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 212 KB

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    To agree the minutes of the meeting of 13 November 2019 as an accurate record of the meeting.



    RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting of 13 November 2019 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.



Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

    Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.



    There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.



2019 Safer Lambeth Partnership Scrutiny Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Contact for Information: Kristian Aspinall, Assistant Director, Community Safety; 020 7926 2429,


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    Councillor Liz Atkins, Chair, Overview & Scrutiny Committee (OSC), welcomed attendees to the meeting and all present introduced themselves.


    Annie Hudson, Strategic Director, Children’s Services, and Det Ch Supt Simon Messinger, Borough Commander, Lambeth & Southwark, and Co-Chair, Safer Lambeth Partnership (SLP), introduced the report and made the following key points:


    ·         There were five “responsible authorities” represented on the SLP: the Council, Police, Fire Service, Probation and Health

    ·         The partnership produced an annual strategic assessment which informed its priorities. For the current year these were to tackle serious youth violence, violence against women and girls, and terrorism

    ·         The Met Police was reorganised early in 2019 giving rise to 12 new Basic Command Units (BCUs). This resulted in the merger of Lambeth and Southwark into a single BCU. Systems and processes were being embedded across the two boroughs. The main priorities of the new BCU were reducing robbery, violence and burglary

    ·         The Council’s Community Safety Team had been moved into the Children’s Services directorate in February 2019

    ·         Lambeth had experienced a significant decrease in serious youth violence in the 2018/19 financial year and was better placed in the current league table of total notifiable offences (TNOs) than at any time in recent years. However, it was noted that Southwark’s position with regard to TNOs had worsened in the same period

    ·         In terms of challenges for the SLP in the year ahead, the difficulty of managing long term issues with short term funding streams was highlighted, while it was also necessary to increase the level of co-production with residents when it came to strategies and action plans

    The Chair introduced Alan Gadd, Chair, Faiths Together in Lambeth (FTIL), who stated that:


    ·         FTIL had existed for around 12 years and sought to draw together different faith communities in a constructive way

    ·         In relation to counter-terrorism, a Prevent programme manager was in place who had reached out to faith communities. In turn FTIL had organised a series of community question times to increase awareness and engagement around Prevent and enable members of the faith community to raise issues or concerns

    ·         In his view, the Prevent strategy was positive if it worked as it should and the appropriate sensitivities were displayed; however it was also the case that some distrust remained

    Elroy Palmer and Olusean Sowole, St Giles Trust, stated that:


    ·         St Giles worked in partnership with the local authority and other agencies to deliver intervention projects aimed at supporting young people at risk. These primarily supported first time entrants into the criminal justice system, females at risk of violence and young people involved in gang activity

    ·         Referrals to the projects were made by the Council’s Community Safety team

    ·         One potential gap in provision concerned medium risk individuals; a new case worker was being brought in to address this

    ·         A great deal of weight was placed on lived experience, with around 90% of case workers having experienced traumas similar to those faced by clients

    ·         St Giles operated in custody suites, hospitals, prisons and other  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


2019-20 Overview & Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 233 KB

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    Contact for Information: Gary O’Key, Senior Democratic Services Officer; 020 7926 2183,


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    Members discussed the work programme and the following points were raised:


    ·         The primary focus of the next meeting on 26 March would be the Homes for Lambeth Business Plan. Members were asked to notify the Senior Democratic Services Officer of any issues they wished to be addressed in this report as soon as possible in order that officers could take these into account

    ·         It was noted that the response in the work programme (Appendix 1) pertaining to the recommendation concerning the independence of the Homes for Lambeth Ownership & Stewardship Panel (OSC meeting of 6 June 2019) needed to be updated before it could be ascertained whether it had indeed been accepted, as stated. The Senior Democratic Services Officer would raise this with relevant officers

    ·         There were concerns about the way Universal Credit was administered and the impact this had on residents. This could potentially be the subject of a future commission. It was suggested that the Senior Democratic Services Officer liaise with officers to ascertain whether it would be possible for relevant data to be included in the expected Employment & Skills Strategy report at the 26 March meeting in the first instance

    ·         It was noted that clarity was needed with regards to the merger of the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in South East London and the establishment of a local Borough Board for Lambeth, and what the scrutiny arrangements would be to oversee this new arrangement. This could form the basis for a future OSC item



    1.    That the work programme as drafted and the status of actions be noted (Appendix 1)

    2.    That the draft Terms of Reference for the proposed Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) with the London Borough of Southwark on the reconfiguration of Lambeth Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Services be noted (Appendix 2)

    3.    That the following issues be considered when determining the future work programme:

    -          Universal Credit

    -          CCG merger and related scrutiny arrangements