Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 24 March 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Room B-06, Town Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW

Contact: David Rose, Democratic Services  020 7926 1037, Email: drose@lambeth.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

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.

     

     

    Minutes:

    There were none.

     

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 327 KB

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    To agree the minutes of the meeting of 2 February 2022 as an accurate record of the meeting.

     

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 2 February 2022 were agreed as a correct record of proceedings.

     

3.

2021 Safer Lambeth Partnership Scrutiny Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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    Wards: All

     

    Report Authorised by:Executive Director Adult Social Care: Fiona Connolly

     

    Contact for enquiries: Trevor East, Community Safety Partnership Manager, TEast@lambeth.gov.uk; and Anthony Lewis, Assistant Director, Community Safety, ALewis3@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Jacqui Dyer, Deputy Leader of the Council (Jobs, Skills and Community Safety), Bayo Dosunmu, Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Resident Services; and Jeanette Young, Director of Children's Commissioning and Community Safety, introduced the annual statutory report as follows:

    ·           The report provided an overview of the Safer Lambeth Partnership (SLP) and priority areas such as violence against young people, the Lambeth Made Safer (LMS) Strategy; counter terrorism, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), anti-social behaviour (ASB) and substance misuse.

    ·           The appendix provided an update from the previous year’s recommendations and structure of governance of both SLP and LMS programmes.

    ·           Crime and disorder was a complicated process delivered through multiple collaborative partnerships.  There was a current review of the Partnership to improve the safety of citizens and aimed to make Lambeth one of the safest London boroughs.

    ·           There were concerns, such as on Stop and Search, which needed further prioritisation and more proactivity as illustrated by Child Q case.

    ·           This report would inform the draft Partnership Plan and scrutiny of its delivery; and on how to respond transparently and comprehensively to the Strategic Needs Assessment.

    ·           Benchmarking performance during Covid-19 lockdowns was difficult, which had caused low levels of ASB, whilst Lambeth’s geography and demographics complicated this further.

    ·           It was essential to build trust and confidence with the community and deliver with partners.

    ·           The SLP was being refreshed post Covid-19, via the Crime and disorder Plan and Crime Reduction Plan.  This included additional capacity in a larger Community Safety team, and improved effectiveness and co-working with external colleagues and partners.

     

    The Committee next heard from Alex James, Lambeth Youth Council (LYC) representative:

    ·           He had met with the Victim Care Unit (VCU) to discuss the Child Q case, noting that it could cause a generation of trauma for those affected by similar events.

    ·           The LYC planned to work with Lambeth’s and Southwark’s Young Advisors to promote awareness of and campaign on young people’s rights during Stop and Search and the role of officers, via leaflets and attendance at school assemblies.

     

    Reahanna Gordon, Lambeth Young Advisor, next provided representation:

    ·           Lambeth Young Advisors worked alongside Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers and with the Independent Advisory Group (IAG), who also provided advice to the MPS.

    ·           The school in the Child Q case had emailed that it did not know how to challenge the Police to ensure actions were justifiable and proportionate.

    ·           Police information needed to be more instructive and accessible, and the public needed to be able to understand how they could challenge Police officers.

     

    The Chair read an anonymous resident statement on the impacts of ASB:

    ·           Their local area had been a quiet, friendly community, but ASB from two properties comprising excessive noise at night and drug misuse had taken place over two years. This escalated to excessive littering, discarded drug paraphernalia, intimidation of residents, drug dealing and a physical confrontation between a resident and one of the young men involved.

    ·           Initial Police activity only resulted in the perpetrators moving to another nearby  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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Health Inequalities pdf icon PDF 489 KB

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    Wards: All

     

    Report Authorised by: Andrew Eyres: Strategic Director of Adults and Health

     

    Contact for enquiries: Ruth Hutt, Director of Public Health, 020 7926 7196, rhutt@lambeth.gov.uk; and, Bimpe Oki, Consultant, Public Health 020 7926 9678, boki@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    During discussion of this item the guillotine fell at 9.00 pm.

     

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

     

    Councillor Jim Dickson, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care (job-share), Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB), and co-Chair of Lambeth Together Partnership (LTP); Andrew Eyres, Strategic Director for Integrated Health and Care; Ruth Hutt, Director of Public Health; and Bimpe Oki, Public Health Consultant, introduced the item and stated:

    ·           Health inequalities ran through all activities, such as the Delivery Alliance for Neighbourhoods and Young People and mental health; and had been a specific focus over the past decade.

    ·           Varied health outcomes for parts of Lambeth’s communities was indefensible.

    ·           Covid-19 had further exacerbated and highlighted embedded inequalities.

    ·           The recently established Lambeth Together Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) group supported and enabled work across all health and care programmes.

    ·           This report set out the growing understanding of inequalities, particularly for those conditions that most impacted residents such as maternity, hypotension, diabetes, and mental health. In turn, this information was being used to shape the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) Strategy and healthcare priorities.

    ·           Further improvement was needed, but the Government had acknowledged Lambeth’s progress with the new Office for Improvement and Disparities opening in Lambeth, work with Black Thrive, taking the lead on Black Londoner’s health, and on drugs and alcohol.

     

    The Committee next heard from Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP as follows:

    ·           Ethnic minority communities were on average poorer and reported worse local support and treatment from GPs; which compounded stress and consequently their health and wellbeing.

    ·           Black people statistically presented with symptoms of persons 20 years older and were four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act. Black males were 70 times more likely to have serious mental health issues, 60 times more likely to be a mental health facility in-patient, and 40 times more likely to access services via the Police or criminal justice route, than white people.

    ·           The Health Secretary only recently announced plans to remove the discriminatory question on sexual activity for sub-Saharan African blood donations, needed for those with sickle cell.

    ·           Ethnic minorities had higher instances of hypotension, stroke, diabetes, and prostate cancer mortality, which were not genetically based, but resulted from institutional racism.

    ·           Issues in Black maternal health were also prevalent, with mortality during pregnancy and childbirth being four times higher; and increased rates of 121% for stillbirth and 50% for neonatal death. A key problem was that many Black women were not listened to during pregnancy.

    ·           A disproportionately higher number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic males died from Covid-19, which had been highlighted from their likely occupations in key worker roles.

    ·           These issues were longstanding and exacerbated by an unwillingness to acknowledge institutional racism in the healthcare system, and culturally sensitive services and data collection were needed.

     

    The Committee then heard from Livia Whyte, Head of Special Projects and Legacy at Black Thrive:

    ·           Thanks were given to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Work Programme pdf icon PDF 290 KB

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    Wards: All

     

    Contact for Information: David Rose, Democratic Services, 020 7926 1037 drose@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    This item was deferred.  In discussion, although Members suggested for a post-election review of the 2022 local government election to be added, to include Lambeth’s performance and conduct in running it, and turnout.