Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 19 March 2018 5.00 pm

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

Contact: Henry Langford, Senior Democratic Services Officer, Tel: 020 7926 1065 Email: hlangford@lambeth.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Under Cabinet Rule 1.5.2, where any Cabinet Member 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 164 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 05 February 2018.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 5th February 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

3.

Equality Commission Implementation: Analysis of our current approach to disability pdf icon PDF 578 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Equality Commission

    Councillor Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture

     

    Jackie Belton, Strategic Director for Corporate Resources

     

    Contact for enquiries: Bethan Hope-Evans, Senior Policy and Communications Officer, 020 7926 6793, bhope-evans@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Councillor Sonia Winifred, introduced the report. She reminded Cabinet that the final Equality Commission report highlighted the significant inequalities and disadvantages experienced by disabled people across the different areas. She went on to say that this report provided an analysis of the Council’s current approach on a range of disability issues and also set out how the Council would address any areas that required improvement. She further highlighted that disability impacted all of our services and that it was a corporate responsibility to ensure that those inequalities were addressed.

     

    David Strong, Director, of Disability Advice Service Lambeth, addressed Cabinet and was pleased that the review was taking place and felt it was a sensible starting point to understand what could be some complex issues. The report gave a good overview of five areas of the Council’s business and an appreciation of issues for disabled persons; whilst. The report also highlighted current initiatives and good practice which could be built on.

     

    David Strong highlighted some concerns mainly around an engagement event that had to be rescheduled and also reasserted the need for a pan -disability reference group. He also stated that the review was internally focused and that the Council should not lose sight of the wider recommendations in the Equality Commission.

     

    He further stated that it was important to ensure that momentum generated by the Equality Commission was maintained by the incoming administration and looked forward to being able to work with the Council to help deliver its ambition for improving its services and processes for the benefit of disabled people.

     

    Cabinet Members made the following comments:

    ·         That the overall responsibility should be managed at a corporate level and that the organisation should be moving toward these issues being business as usual.

    ·         More opportunities should be created for disabled people within the Council.

    ·         Other strategies from the across the Council should be taken into account and compliment this work.

     

    Overall, Cabinet were pleased with the report and supported the recommendations as set out in 4.3 of the report. They also thanked the task and finish group that helped draft the recommendations.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To note the analysis of our current approach to, and performance on, a range of key disability issues; and proposals for what the council will do to address any areas of weakness.

     

    2.         To approve and accept the recommendations to the Council set out in this report.

4.

Accessibility of Council Digital Services Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 193 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources): Councillor Imogen Walker

     

    Jackie Belton: Strategic Director for Corporate Resources

     

    Contact for enquiries: Matt Cooper, Senior ICT Manager; 07903 900719, mcooper2@lambeth.gov.uk

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Chair of the Commission, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove, introduced the report and informed Cabinet that the Commission was set up in 2016 to examine the Council’s accessibility of digital services and also highlighted the following:

    ·         The Council needed to ensure that the move towards “digital by default” were matched by improvements in the accessibility of our online environment so no residents were disadvantaged.

    ·         The Council needed to be mindful of the Equality Act 2010 and ensure there were no barriers in accessing digital services.

    ·         There were three main areas the Commission focused on: website user interface, frontline access and support, and procedures and processes.

    ·         He also highlighted that the work undertaken as part of the Commission strongly related to the findings in the Equality Commission, and hoped that gave greater impetus to the recommendations. Councillor Wellbelove also thanked the officers who supported the Commission.

     

    The Deputy Leader (Finance and Resources), Councillor Imogen Walker, thanked Commission Members, Councillors Wellbelove, de Cordova and Hill as well as officers, for the work on this Commission. She acknowledged that the world was moving to a more digital approach, and that Lambeth was no different and any challenges needed to be dealt with head on, taking into account the limitations of those who have difficulty in using digital. Councillor Walker also advised that she would review the action plan and work with officers to expedite the recommendations where possible.

     

    In response to questions from Cabinet Members, Officers stated that:

    ·         The work undertaken focused on the digital aspects and not on paper usage.

    ·         Some work/actions were done as the Commission was being conducted, such as decommissioning of three micro sites.

    ·         There were new processes in place and more senior officer oversight in relation to things such as microsite creation.

    ·         Government Digital Service (GDS) were supportive and helpful.

    ·         Much of the actions had already been started and in some cases already completed.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To receive the report and recommendations of the Accessibility of Council Digital Services Scrutiny Commission.

     

    2.         To approve the activities within the action plan prepared in response to the Commission’s findings (Appendix 2) in principal, subject to identification of appropriate budget, and to note the intention for it to be reviewed in September 2018 and September 2019.

     

     

5.

Tackling Violence Against Young People: First Steps pdf icon PDF 107 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities: Councillor Mohammed Seedat

     

    Sue Foster: Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth

     

    Contact for enquiries: Kristian Aspinall, Lead Commissioner: Crime and Disorder, Environment 0207 926 2429, kaspinall@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Neighbourhoods (job share), Councillor Mohammed Seedat, introduced the report. He informed Cabinet that these first steps were a results of work undertaken over the last 18 months. The main theme of this report was to highlight the change in approach and to address the wider generational issues of youth violence. He stated that while much good work had taken place over the years a new approach was needed and the model set out in the report would look to tackle the problem of youth violence.

     

    Cabinet heard from Patrick Vernon, Director of Black Thrive, Mahamed Hashi and Ayman Riane from the YLC, they stated:

    ·         That it was important that the strategy was owned by the Council, and using the public health approach was a positive move.

    ·         Accountability needed to be with all parts of the community with the Council and other statutory partners playing key roles.

    ·         It was good that consideration was given to previous efforts and that the strategy was not “re-inventing the wheel”.

    ·         The work would be community led which gave it more creditability.

    ·         Involving young people at the development stage was beneficial and should be the approach for all such strategies.

     

    In response to question from Cabinet members, Officers advised that:

    ·         Some of the previous strategy’s focus on other elements of youth violence such as the Gang’s Commission. 

    ·         The main difference with this strategy was the inclusive approach and focusing on addressing the problem over a longer period.

    ·         Children from a very young age up to 25 were captured by the strategy.

    ·         The Children’s and Young People Plan which was due to be launched later in the week has some similarities to this strategy and officers needed to determine would complement the work being undertaken.

     

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.         To endorse the proposed vision and agree the first steps to developing Lambeth’s “Tackling Violence against Young People” strategy.

6.

Living Well Network Alliance pdf icon PDF 690 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Councillor Jim Dickson Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities (job-share)

    Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director for Adults and Health

     

    Contact for enquiries: Denis O’Rourke, Assistant Director Integrated Commissioning (Mental Health), denisorourke@nhs.net, 07917 883008

     

    Minutes:

    In introducing the report the Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities (job share), Councillor Jim Dickson, informed Cabinet that this report was seeking approval of a partnership agreement with the NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). He explained that the Living Well Network Alliance would have a term of 7 – 10 years and would be underpinned by a section 75 agreement.

     

    Councillor Dickson thanked officers from both organisations for the work in getting this ready for a 1st July launch.

     

    The Strategic Director for Adults and Health, Helen Charlesworth-May, told Cabinet that it was unclear how health services would look in the future and the alliance, to some degree, was helping to shape that future. She further stated that there were risks with the approach but the current status quo was not sustainable.

     

    The Leader of the Council also thanked officers for their worked and also highlighted the importance and value of working with our health partners.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To agree to the extension of the Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA) and existing S75 Partnership Agreement (covering IPSA) for the period 1 April to 30 June 2018. The contract value for this period will be £2.395m, of which the Council will contribute £982,000.

     

    2.         To agree to enter into a new S75 Partnership Agreement with Lambeth CCG from 1 July 2018 for the length of the LWNA term and to delegate final sign off on the terms of the Agreement to the Council Strategic Director for Adults and Health and the CCG’s Accountable Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

     

    3.         To agree to enter into the LWN Alliance Agreement from 1 July 2018 to 31 March 2025 (with an optional extension to 31 March 2028) with Lambeth CCG, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Thames Reach and Certitude and to delegate final sign off on the terms of the Agreement to the Council Strategic Director for Adults and Health and CCG’s Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer. The projected total funding envelope over 7 years is £458m and £652m over 10 years.

     

    4.         To note that all of the recommendations above are subject to attaining approval from all Alliance partner boards, the satisfactory conclusion of due diligence work and approval from NHS England and NHS Improvement through the Integrated Support and Assurance Process (ISAP).

7.

Sustainability Update pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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    Non key decision

    All wards

     

    Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing

     

    Sue Foster: Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth

     

    Contact for enquiries: Simon Phillips, Transport Manager, Phillips2@lambeth.gov.uk, 020 7926 4067; and, Andrew Round, Sustainability Manager, ARound@lambeth.gov.uk, 020 7926 1253

    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite. She highlighted some of the successes which were detailed on page 152 – 159 of the report.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To note the contents of this report.  

8.

Financial Resilience Strategy and Universal Credit pdf icon PDF 320 KB

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    Non-key

    All wards

     

    Councillor Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of the Council (Investment and Partnerships)

     

    Sue Foster, Strategic Director Neighbourhoods and Growth

     

    Contact: Jamey Fisher Perkins – Senior Commissioning Officer, Welfare Employment and Skills, 0207 926 3319, jfisher3@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Minutes:

    The Deputy Leader (Investments and Partnerships), Councillor Paul McGlone, highlighted that this report was to share some of the ongoing work that the Council were currently delivering in making people of Lambeth more financially resilient. The strategy that was agreed at the Cabinet meeting in January 2016 set out two main priorities, increasing people’s income and increasing people’s financial capability.

     

    He gave assurances that the Council would continue to lobby against cuts to benefits from central government while continuing to protect the most vulnerable.

     

    He thanked officers for their work on delivering the financial resilience strategy.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To recognise the achievements of Lambeth’s Financial Resilience activities in 2016/17 and 2017/18 in supporting residents to increase their incomes and financial capability.

     

    2.         To highlight ongoing concerns about the rollout of Universal Credit Full Service in the borough, particularly around the risk of rent arrears accrued by Council tenants.

     

From the Chair

Councillor Lib Peck thanked Helen Charlesworth-May for her years of service to Lambeth and wished her well in her new position.

 

Councillor Peck also noted that it was the last Cabinet meeting of this administration and thanked all Cabinet Members for their support, and in particular thanked Councillors Walker and McGlone who were retiring as councillors.