Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 14 March 2019 7.00 pm

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

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Introduction and 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.




    Councillor Dontaus Anyanwu, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) welcomed everyone to the meeting.


    There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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    To agree the minutes of the meetings of 13 December 2018 and 30 January 2019 as accurate records of the meetings.


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    RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meetings held on 13 December 2018 and 30 January 2019 (subject to an amendment) be agreed as accurate records of the meetings.


    In response to a question from the Committee, the Senior Democratic Services Officer, confirmed that all of the recommendations from the 30 January 2019 meeting had been sent to the lead officer but some responses were still awaited.  The work programme report sets out the responses that had been received and any outstanding responses would be pursued.



Lambeth Labour Market Review pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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    Contact for Information: John Bennett, Head of Economic Inclusion, 020 7926 6452,


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    Councillor Jack Hopkins, Leader of the Council, introduced the item by highlighting that:

    ·         He paid tribute to the Economic Inclusion team for their hard work that included joint work with various partnerships.

    ·         Historically, the Council were successful in securing jobs by using procurement, the planning process, working with partners and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).  To ensure the trend continued the Council worked with the Assistant Director Integrated Commissioning (Mental Health), Lambeth CCG to discuss mental health employment and ensure that employers were able to provide support for vulnerable people with different characteristics.

    ·         Since last year, various job events by the Council were held and tracking work with employers undertaken to ascertain why employers preferred to work with specific groups.  Work was also being undertaken to understand employers’ social value and social impact to understand how this could be measured by the Council.  


    John Bennett, Head of Economic Inclusion, highlighted the following issues:-

    ·         Changes pertaining to the labour market continued to increase over the past five years, as a result of the growing population, the development of new homes and families moving into the borough.  Also, over the past five years an increase in migrants in Lambeth could be seen.

    ·         The proportion of young people aged 20-34 were much higher in Lambeth compared to other London boroughs.  Consequently, the proportion of school age children, older working people and the elderly was lower. 

    ·         Lambeth residents had high levels of qualifications which had increased over the last 5-10 years.  The qualification levels reflected the types of jobs people obtained and the earnings they hoped to achieve. 

    ·         A large proportion of people in Lambeth existed that had not gained employment for a considerable number of years.  They tended to claim health related benefits rather than claiming job seekers allowance.  Also people aged 50-60, were more likely to remain unemployed in Lambeth compared to other boroughs and claimed benefits.  

    ·         Employment rates for people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background was 10-15% lower than the overall employment rate.  Similarly the disability employment rate was lower compared to people without a disability.

    ·         Although only one in four residents that lived in Lambeth worked in the borough, significant numbers of people came into Lambeth to work.

    ·         The health, construction, hospitality and retail sectors were considered to be significant employers for Lambeth.  However, some of those sectors were poorly paid.  The hospitality sector had a high proportion of jobs that paid less than the London Living Wage (LLW).  The lower qualified and BAME people were more likely to be in low paid roles.

    ·         Although high employment rates and high levels of qualifications existed in Lambeth, some groups of residents were not benefitting from the economic growth, due to being unemployed or in low paid employment.  


    The Chair then invited speakers who wished to contribute on the Lambeth Labour Market Review to address the Committee. 


    Lee Elliott, Employment, Information and Training Coordinator, Mosaic Clubhouse, said that:

    ·         Mosaic had secured jobs for 63 people generated by mental health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Jobs for All Scrutiny Commission: Update pdf icon PDF 192 KB

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    Contact for Information: John Bennett, Head of Economic Inclusion, 020 7926 6452,


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    John Bennett, Head of Economic Inclusion, introduced the report by highlighting the following:

    ·         The Commission report along with the action plan that supported the 32 recommendations had been updated since its implementation by Cabinet in June 2018.

    ·         Various officers across the Council had contributed towards the updates produced.  For example, ten local people had secured apprenticeships within the Council.  Also various people with learning difficulties had started roles within the Council.  However, it was recognised that further progress with the recommendations were required.  Despite this, positive progress had been made with the recommendations which were also reflected in policies and activities wherever possible.


    The Chair then invited Councillor Mary Atkins, Vice-Chair and Commission Member to address the Committee and the following points were noted:

    ·         The Commission had been started by the late Councillor Matt Parr which sought to assist disadvantage groups into work, as previously discussed.  

    ·         She paid tribute to the organisations that had contributed to the Commission which assisted to formulate the recommendations, including Mosaic, Tree Shepherd, First Step Trust and Job Centre Plus.

    ·         Concerns regarding implementation of the recommendations existed, although she appreciated the work progressed by officers.  However, it was difficult to measure the work achieved, as there was a lack of baseline data.  Although she was content that ten apprentices had been appointed, she questioned whether more apprentices could have been engaged, as no success rates were measured.

    ·         The Opportunity Lambeth website was difficult to navigate, especially for vulnerable residents.

    ·         Whilst it was recognised that work was being undertaken by officers, further improvements were required.


    The Chair invited speakers to provide contributions regarding the Commission action plan.


    Colin Crooks, CEO, Tree Shepherd, said that:

    ·         He was pleased with the progress made by the Council but expressed disappointment that the Local Multiplier 3 (LM3) to procure contracts (agenda page 96) would not be implemented by the Council.

    ·         LM3 showed the money retained within the community including the money spent by the Council.   Therefore, he felt it was incumbent on the Council to ensure that that its money was retained in the community for investment and spent on local services to create local employment.  The LM3 model had been successfully implemented in Manchester and he believed it should be considered by Lambeth.    13 social value contract measures existed in Lambeth which was difficult to evaluate, compared to one measure in Manchester.  The LM3 model would influence the Council to liaise with other large organisations, including the health sector, to ascertain how much of their funding remained in borough to provide employment opportunities.  An eight-hour training course was available to provide support to officers.


    Lee Elliott, Employment, Information and Training Coordinator, Mosaic Club, said that:

    ·         In relation to recommendations 8 and 19 (agenda page 100), members raised issues regarding their difficulty in accessing employment among some  employers that declared social value responsibility as they were reluctant to employ people with mental health problems but preferred to employ young dynamic people instead.


    Ronnie Wilson, CEO, First Step Trust, said that:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


2018-19 Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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

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    The Committee discussed the work programme.




    1.         To agree the following outline focus for forthcoming Overview & Scrutiny Committee meetings:

    -       May 2019: Homes for Lambeth / Borough Plan refresh

    -       July 2019: Health & Adult Social Care

    -       Sept/Oct 2019: Contracts/procurement