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The Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities (job-share), Cllr Jim Dickson, declared that his company (Four Communications) had worked with Port of London Authority which had responded to the consultation for the Lambeth Development Viability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), to be considered at agenda item four. He would therefore remove himself from the committee during consideration of this item. Cllr Dickson was also a non-voting member of the committee.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 22nd January 2018.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 22 January 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings, subject to a minor amendment.
Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance & Resources): Councillor Imogen Walker
Strategic Director Corporate Resources, Jackie Belton
Contact: Director of Finance and Property: Christina Thompson CThompson3@lambeth.gov.uk Tel: 0207 926 5302
The Leader of the Council, Cllr Lib Peck, noted the supplementary paper published after the main agenda pack which included the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the Budget 2018/19.
The Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources), Cllr Imogen Walker, introduced the report and noted that Council spending continued to be restricted due to severe funding cuts from central government. Despite this the Council continued to work to promote equality, inclusive growth and create strong, sustainable neighbourhoods. A funding gap of £40.9m over the period of 2018/19 to 2020/21 had been mitigated through various measures, including an identified £28m of brought forward savings. Essential services would also be maintained through increases in council tax and the Adult Social Care precept, as well as further new savings. There were however no proposed savings in Children’s Services whilst the improvement process was underway and care leavers would be exempt from council tax. The report also identified Council’s capital investment proposals.
The Vice Chair Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Resources), Cllr Andy Wilson, addressed Cabinet in relation to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) recommendations as outlined in the supplementary paper. In particular, Cllr Wilson noted:
· In relation to the current Housing Benefits Overpayment debt; lobbying of central government should continue in favour of transferring this debt back to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) once Universal Credit had been rolled out.
· That more focus was needed on the pipeline of demand in relation to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who required Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. The Council and Schools Forum needed to have more in-depth conversations about the funding system.
· There were plans in place to replenish the Council’s reserves, but these needed to be strengthened further; however the Council’s capacity for flexibility was increasingly limited.
· That growing income streams needed to be at the centre of the Council’s financial strategy. OSC would seek to be involved in the Commercialisation Strategy due to come forward in 2018/19.
In response, the Director of Finance and Property, Christina Thompson, said that the issue of housing benefit overpayment debt had been discussed at length at the meeting of OSC a clearer picture would emerge once people were transferred across to Universal Credit. Officers would continue to work with colleagues at London Councils and the Local Government Association (LGA) to lobby for the transferal of the debt back to the DWP.
Cabinet members then raised the following comments and questions:
· The Council would fully support the LGA‘s cross-party campaign against the under-resourcing of Children’s Services.
· Councils across the country faced funding gaps as a result of cuts from Government. This Budget was designed to minimise the impact on the most vulnerable members of society but it could only go so far. Northamptonshire County Council had been unable to meet its financial requirements and had issued a Section 114 notice. This should act as a wakeup call to Government.
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Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Jobs
Sue Foster, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth
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The Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Jobs, Cllr Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and noted that the borough had benefited greatly from investment and growth in recent years. There had been a 30% increase in jobs since 2005 and unemployment had reduced by half to 5% in 2017. Despite this, the benefits of growth needed to be spread more evenly across different parts of the community. The proposed Employment and Skills SPD set out the Council’s approach to securing appropriate contributions through Section 106 agreements towards employment and skills initiatives.
The Lead Commissioner for Welfare, Employment and Skills, John Bennett, said the SPD aimed to ensure that 25% of all jobs created through development in the borough be secured by local residents. This included both end use jobs and those created during the construction phase.
Members welcomed the SPD and commended the target for end user jobs. Many people with disabilities often had the skills to work but struggled to secure roles for other reasons. Continued efforts should be made to address this issue.
John Bennett noted that some groups were disproportionately affected by unemployment and said the SPD captured this issue, ensuring apprenticeships and train-to-work opportunities were focused at those furthest from the jobs market. Adherence to the policy would be closely monitored and developers who failed to fulfil their Section 106 obligations would be liable to financial penalties.
Cllr Lib Peck noted the considerable achievement that employment had increased from 71.6% in 2012 to 83.1% in 2017; the highest ever employment rate in Lambeth. However, tailored support was required for the most vulnerable members of society. It was important to use the SPD to provide clarity on the Council’s ambitions and deliver targets moving forward.
It was RESOLVED:
1) To note the representations received in response to public consultation on the Draft Employment and Skills SPD and subsequent Revised Draft Employment and Skills SPD; and to note officers’ assessment of the representations set out in the Consultation Statement in Appendix One of the report.
2) To adopt the Final Draft Employment and Skills SPD as set out in Appendix Three of the report.
3) To instruct officers to take the necessary steps to publicise its decision in the event that Cabinet resolves to adopt the Final Draft Employment and Skills SPD.
Councillor Matthew Bennett: Cabinet Member for Planning Regeneration and Jobs;
Councillor Imogen Walker: Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources)
Jackie Belton: Strategic Director for Corporate Resources,
Sue Foster: Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth
Contact: Dawn Redpath: Head of Economic Inclusion
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The Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Jobs, Cllr Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and said the Equality Commission had helped to set out how the benefits from growth could be spread more evenly across the borough’s communities. Some people found it more difficult to access jobs and opportunities and the ‘Aspirational Futures’ commitment was a proactive step to simultaneously remove these barriers and drive down inequality. The report set out the prioritisation proposal which formed just one element of the wider Lambeth Council Apprenticeship Scheme. Together they would ensure that the first benefits of growth would be felt by those furthest from the jobs market.
The Head of Economic Inclusion, Dawn Redpath, added that the four programmes outlined in the report identified how more people could ultimately be captured within the apprenticeship scheme.
Cabinet members made the following comments:
· The Steps to Success care leavers’ employment support programme was commended. It was important for the Council to prioritise the needs of looked after children. A report should be brought back to Cabinet in approximately six months to consider the outcomes of the Steps to Success programme.
· Lambeth Council must set the standard to all employers in the borough and lead by example when it came to apprenticeships. There were a lot of vulnerable people in the community who required assistance in getting into work. There was a direct correlation between work, health and quality of life.
· This was a timely report following the publication of the Equalities Commission report. The focus on care leavers would in some cases require both patience and cultural change within the organisation. The Council must implement and maintain a good quality apprenticeship scheme.
· The ongoing programme would encourage people into work. The work of the Equalities Commission should inform every part of the apprenticeship scheme.
It was RESOLVED:
1) To note the wider objectives of the Corporate Apprenticeship Scheme including the level of Lambeth Council’s levy contributions and annual targets and the proposals for delivering the Corporate Apprenticeship Scheme.
2) To agree the proposals for prioritisation of residents who are disadvantaged in the labour market.
3) For a report on the council’s wider approach to apprentices to be brought to Cabinet later in 2018.
4) For an annual report to be received in 2019.
5) For a report to be brought to Cabinet in approximately six months to consider the outcomes of the Steps to Success programme.
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Councillor Jackie Meldrum, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care
Strategic Director, Adult and Health – Helen Charlesworth-May
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The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Jackie Meldrum, introduced the report which provided an update on the Working with families and carers – A framework for action, previously agreed at Cabinet in April 2017. A Carers Task and Finish group had been established to develop an action plan and embed the framework into service areas. The group had met on multiple occasions and would continue to meet on a bi-monthly basis. In future, the relevant Cabinet Member should be appointed to the panel at each meeting of Annual Council.
Cllr Meldrum said that caring for people with dementia was a very difficult task and that the key issue for carers was often access to information. The Framework for Action would enable health partners to share information about available services with carers and ultimately provide them with more support. An event to launch the Framework for Action would be held on the 14 February 2018 at the Town Hall. Service areas and departments were invited to set up stalls.
The Strategic Director for Adults and Heath, Helen Charlesworth-May, said that carers had traditionally been seen as one of many client groups serviced by the Council and health partners. This framework was about embedding cultural change so that all service provision across the board was informed by the needs of carers. The development and implementation of a Lambeth version of the Carers Passport was a manifestation of this approach.
Cabinet Members made the following comments:
· The notion of supporting carers was central to the work of the alliance and the roll out of the Framework for Action was fundamental to the merging of health and social care.
· Improving access to services for carers would reduce the long-term demand on services. The Chief Executive of Age UK Lambeth worked inside the alliance and was helping to embed an organisational understanding of carers’ needs.
· It was good that the report was also considered by the Health and Wellbeing Board.
In response to questions from Members, Helen Charlesworth-May said that, by law, every carer was entitled to an assessment of their own needs. This framework was about supporting people from an early stage and enabling careers to manage their responsibilities in a sustainable way.
The Chair thanked the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and the task force for their work. She also thanked officers from across the health alliance.
It was RESOLVED:
1) To note the development a comprehensive carer’s action plan across Council and NHS delivery and transformation programmes.
2) To note the development of communications, engagement and marketing campaign to raise awareness and promote better support of carers in Lambeth.
3) To establish a Carers Collaborative Strategy group to meet on a bi-monthly basis to develop and monitor the action plan and report progress back to the Health and Wellbeing board in October 2018 and annually thereafter.
4) To support the development and implementation of a Lambeth version of the Carers Passport.