Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 15 December 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

Contact: Wayne Chandai, Democratic Services,  020 7926 0029, Email: wchandai@lambeth.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Acting Chair

    Minutes:

    In the absence of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

     

    It was MOVED by Councillor Tim Windle, SECONDED by Councillor Donatus Anyanwu

     

    And

     

    RESOLVED, unanimously:

     

    That Councillor Philip Normal be elected as Chair of Full Council.

2.

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:

    No declarations were made.

3.

Response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): Lambeth Council IICSA Action Plan pdf icon PDF 738 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Council was addressed by four representatives of the Youth Council, who highlighted that:

     

             The Youth Council recognise the trauma and injustice which came as a result of a past time in care

             It is imperative that children in care have their rights and safety put at the forefront of each decision made by their corporate parents

             A cultural shift was necessary within the Council

             The Action Plan must be followed through with consistently, not to be published and forgotten about

             It was important that the Council did everything in its power, so no young person feels let down by its services

             The Youth Council stood united and offered a voice for the voiceless.

     

    The Chair highlighted that an addendum had been published setting out the views and recommendations of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee held on 7 December.

     

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Claire Holland, addressed Council, highlighting that:

     

             The Youth Council had presented powerful contribution to the IICSA Action Plan and thanked members for their hard work

             The Council offered its sincere apologies to the victims and survivors who were in the former care of Lambeth Council

             The Redress Scheme had been set up by the Council to provide compensation to victims and  survivors

             It had taken bravery for victims and survivors to come forward in highlighting their experiences and addressing the council’s historic failures

             The Action Plan addressed each concern raised by IICSA in its investigation report

             The present Council was different to that of the past, and has been open and transparent in its work surrounding IICSA

             The whole administration was committed to the Action Plan and delivering it in full.

     

    Council heard from the Labour Group Members, who highlighted a number of points, including that:

     

             The present Council was different to that of the past, and placed the children in its care as a top priority

             The IICSA Action Plan sought to embed and extend the best practise to sort the children in the care of the Council

             The Council aimed to provide swift and compassionate redress and hoped to change the Civil Claims procedure so that its award is more efficient

             The scheme had been audited independently by barristers to ensure its transparency

             The Council had a duty to ensure those in its care were not let down

             Adults had the ability to listen when victims were brave enough to trust in speaking up

             The Council had been proactive in developing the IICSA Action Plan, including mandating training for Members and staff

             The IICSA report detailed a disproportionate representation of Black, African and Multi-Ethnic victims and survivors

             The Council had to take accountability and responsibility going forward, and to act and reflect upon the Council’s motto - let us be judged according to our conduct.

             Safeguarding was everyone’s responsibility

             The Youth Council representatives made it clear that the voices of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.