Venue: Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW
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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 none.
To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on:
- 23 January 2019
- 13 February 2019
- 17 July 2019
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2019, 13 February 2019 and 17 July 2019 be signed and approved as a correct record of proceedings.
There were none.
Petitions, PNQs and Deputations
No public notice questions were received.
Petitions will be presented at the meeting by Councillors.
The deadline for the receipt of requests for a deputation is 5pm
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1. A deputation was made to Council about Lambeth Maintained Nursery School and issues relating to funding. Council noted that:
· The speaker was passionate about children succeeding in life, and spoke about the manner in which teachers impact children’s lives.
· Teachers were struggling because they did not have sufficient funding.
· The speaker requested support in funding Lambeth Maintained Nursery Schools.
The Deputy Cabinet Member for Schools,Councillor Pickard responded. Council noted that:
· She thanked the speaker for a fantastic and moving speech that illustrated the fantastic work these nursery schools did for Lambeth children.
· The funding was inadequate, and the schools depended on the temporary funding which ceases next summer.
· She was campaigning along with NEU and parents for long term sustainable funding.
· An invitation was sent to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, to visit the schools of Lambeth.
2. A deputation was made to Council about changing the supplementary Planning Guidance. Council noted that:
· The speaker raised the issue of his personal circumstances relating to a planning issue.
· The resident requested that the Council provided consistency and clarity from the Planning Authority and allow L-dormers to be legal.
· That the actions of the Planning Authority on how they deal with enforcement be reviewed as he had a negative experience with his recent application.
The Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes,Councillor Bennett responded. Council noted that:
· He thanked the resident for his deputation to Full Council and Councillor Dickson had also brought this to the attention of Council on various occasions.
· In August, a different planning inspector had confirmed L shaped dormers were legal, and that the inconsistencies of planning inspectors across the country were due to poorly worded secondary legislation which regulated permitted development.
· Those who had submitted an application that was rejected had been written to, informing of them of this change.
Council received three petitions:
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Jack Hopkins, addressed Council. Council noted the following points:
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Becca Thackray, addressed Council. Council noted the following points:
1. Councillor Becca Thackray to the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Councillor Ed Davie:
Councillor Thackray asked if the rise in adult social care fees was really worth it.
Councillor Davie responded that Lambeth had carefully benchmarked against neighbours and found that the Council was relatively generous. Consultation had finished and the Council had carefully considered responses.
Councillor Tim Briggs to the Deputy Leader of the Council (Children and
Young People), Councillor Jennifer
Councillor Jon Davies to Deputy Leader of the Council
(Environment and Clean Air) Councillor Claire
Councillor Jackie Meldrum to Leader of the Council,
Councillor Jack Hopkins:
Councillor Mohammed Hashi to Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills
and Community Safety, Councillor Mohammed
Councillor Joanna Reynolds to Cabinet Member for Finance and
Performance, Andy Wilson:
RESOLVED: To suspend committee rules and procedures to allow three motions to be debated instead of two.
Motion 1: Green
The Labour amendment to the motion was CARRIED and Council RESOLVED:
This Motion is designed to complement the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and Action Plan put forward for consultation in September 2019.
Council commits to adopting the following Homelessness Charter, and notes that when it refers to those who are ‘homeless’ it includes those who are without shelter of any kind - ‘rough, or street sleepers’ as well as individuals and families who have a roof over their head but live in overcrowded conditions and those with no security of tenure; such as those sofa-surfing and those in temporary accommodation.
Council notes that the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and Action Plan sets out many of the principles contained within the Homelessness Charter and welcomes the strategy’s focus on providing vulnerable residents who find themselves homeless with the support they need and deserve.
Lambeth Council believes that everyone has the right to a warm and secure home that they can afford to live in.
The Council will respect and uphold the rights of anyone who is experiencing homelessness of any kind.
The Council does not and will not contribute in any way to the harsh and inhumane conditions too often experienced by people who do not have a place to call home and commits to improving the living conditions of people who are homeless and to lessen the impact of the negative effects of homelessness.
The Council does not and will not facilitate the government’s hostile environment policies in any way. Council condemns the government’s hostile environment policies and their appalling record of rising homelessness, which is arguably the most acute impact of almost a decade of austerity.
To help achieve this Council believes that it is essential to re-state that every person who is experiencing homelessness is entitled to the same treatment as any other resident in the borough. No one should be denied rights because they are experiencing homelessness.
To this end Lambeth Council will make effective the following rights where it is within its legal powers to do so:
1. Homelessness prevention
Each person has the right to access the help and support they need, including financial planning, to avoid homelessness. All individuals have the right to access any support services, including specialist support for those with protected characteristics, that may help them stay in their home be it for mental or physical health, financial or addiction issues.
2. The Right to Housing
If a person does find themselves without a home, their most important right is to exit homelessness. Services supporting access to appropriate housing must be accessible to all homeless people.
3. The Right to Shelter
Where housing cannot be immediately provided, there must be access to decent emergency accommodation for anyone finding themselves without shelter. The Council is committed to ensuring that there is sufficient emergency accommodation ... view the full minutes text for item 8.
a) Delegation of powers to London Councils for the creation of pan-London Byelaw
Councillor Briggs commented on the report to Council. Council noted the following key points:
· He was concerned that it could block private bike providers, and that it would not change the function that they currently had.
· He agreed that bike hire should be easier to control.
1. Agreed to the making of a pan-London Byelaw that would regulate dockless cycle hire schemes by, amongst other things, compelling dockless operators to use designated parking spaces and to prohibit cycles being left anywhere other than as stipulated by boroughs.
2. Agreed to delegate the Council’s byelaw making powers to London Council’s Transport and Environment Committee and authorised an appropriate officer or member to sign the declaration in Appendix 2 on its behalf.
a) Lambeth Gambling Statement of Principles 2019-22 (‘Gambling Policy’) Approval and Adoption
Councillor Paul Gadsby, Cabinet Member for Housing, commended the report to Council. Council noted the following key points:
· He thanked Lambeth Council Officers on their work.
· The innovative approach taken looked at public health risks, gambling addiction and poverty.
That there had been a shift to online gambling and
that the Council did not have powers over this.
Councillor Briggs commended the report to Council. Council noted the follow key points:
· The government did take action on fixed and betting terminals.
· Bookmakers should be allowed to exist, but the right for people not to gamble and ruin themselves financially should also be balanced against that right.
RESOLVED: That the Statement of Gambling Principles 2019-2022 was approved and adopted.
Councillor Tim Briggs commended the report to Council. He stated that it simplified management structure and created greater accountability to each role.
RESOLVED: That the Constitution in year changes was approved as set out in Appendix 1.
Council noted the updated report which was tabled.
RESOLVED: That the current absence from all Council and Committee meetings of Councillor Christopher Wellbelove and Councillor Annie Gallop due to ill health was authorised and approved for the period until the scheduled meeting of the Council to be held in February 2020, pursuant to Section 85 of the 1972 Local Government Act.