Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Wayne Chandai Head of the Chief Executive's Office and Democratic Services Manager, Tel: 020 7926 0029 Email: wchandai@lambeth.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

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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.

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Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To agree the minutes of the 18 November 2019 meeting as a correct record of proceedings.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 18 November 2019 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

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Tackling Youth Violence: Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 702 KB

    Key Decision

     

    Wards: All

     

    Portfolio: Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety: Councillor Mohammed Seedat

     

    Report Authorised by: Andrew Travers: Chief Executive; and, Annie Hudson: Strategic Director for Children’s Services

     

    Contact for enquiries: Kristian Aspinall, Assistant Director – Community Safety 0207 926 2429, KAspinall@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    In introducing the report, the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety: Councillor Mohammed Seedat, Annie Hudson: Strategic Director for Children’s Services and Kristian Aspinall, Assistant Director – Community Safety highlighted that:

     

    ·         This report was an interim update on the Council approach to youth violence in the borough.

    ·         The report set out how council services would be realigned to ensure prevention.

    ·         The key aspects would be highlighted by officers and a number of stakeholders have already contributed to preparation of the report.

    ·         Report follows on from the Cabinet report “Tackling Violence Against Young People: First Steps” which was approved in March 2018. The overall strategy was agreed at that meeting and Officers have been developing the strategy over the last 15/18 months.

    ·         Officers had worked extensively with the community to understand the root causes of violence that affects young people and had involved many stakeholders in developing and preparing the strategy.

    ·         There had been considerable investment in this area which was making a positive impact on addressing the causes of violence.

     

    Inspector Jack Rowlands addressed Cabinet and gave an overview of Divert programme which was a police initiative and started in Brixton in 2015. The programme was aimed at supporting people (adults and young people) who enter Brixton custody by embedding specialist workers in custody, including youth workers, which allowed for a more preventative approach from drawing young people further into crime.

     

    The Co-Leader of the Greens, Councillor Nicole Griffiths thanked Officers for their work on the strategy, she asked that greater use of outreach teams be considered and also advised that the Divert programme needed more resources as well as more accessible information on the Council website.

     

    Cabinet Members made the following comments and observations:

    ·         The strategy was a good concerted effort in addressing the actual problems of violence. The Council needed to be able to adapt the strategy and learning needed to be ongoing.

    ·         Need to have a better understanding and assurance that the Council was able to deliver its wider legal equality duties.

    ·         Report was in line with the borough plan but needed to ensure that success of the strategy was measured and reported back to Cabinet.

    ·         It was still difficult to understand practically how to move young people away from crime but this report was a good step forward.

     

     

    In response to some of the questions raised, Officers advised that:

     

    ·         There was an overarching ambition which could help to measure the impact of the strategy.

    ·         There will be an independent academic evaluation in measuring the work streams and effectiveness of the strategy.

    ·         The community were willing to get involved and already the strategy had considerable input from a wide range of stakeholders.

    ·         The voluntary sector were extremely active and the different community groups had some overlapping memberships who provided feedback to officers and will be key partners in the future.

    ·         With regard to child sexual exploitation, there had been much work around the safeguarding children’s partnership and although it sat outside of this strategy there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy pdf icon PDF 382 KB

    Key Decision

     

    Wards: All

     

    Portfolio: Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Paul Gadsby

     

    Report Authorised by: Bayo Dosunmu: Strategic Director of Residents Services

     

    Contact for enquiries: Eleanor Hopkinson, Housing Strategy and Policy Officer, ehopkinson@lambeth.gov.uk

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    In introducing the report Councillor Paul Gadsby highlighted that:

     

    Having good quality and secure accommodation was fundamental to residents’ having

    happy and successful lives. When it is not available, there was an impact detrimental impact on individuals and on many other aspects of public service beyond housing.

    The last full review of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy was in 2012, before significant changes to responsibilities for homelessness were introduced.

     

    Bill Tidman from Thames Reach addressed Cabinet and talked about the work his organisation did in Lambeth. He said:

    There was a high percentage of mental health issues amongst rough sleepers. Organisations tackling rough sleeping work well with Lambeth, who were genuinely committed to reducing homelessness and rough sleeping.

    Prevention needed to be started much earlier.

     

    Councillor Pete Elliott thanked Councillor Gadsby on progressing the strategy and was pleased that the motion at Council was agreed. Councillor Elliott raised concerns on the loss of hundreds of council homes, stating that the private sector/building contractors made considerable profits in housing. He was concerned that there were far too many empty council homes, which needed to be turned around quicker so they could be used by those in need. There were negative impacts on residents lives when they had nowhere to live, these include mental health issues, unable to work and life chances being negatively impacted.

    He went on to explain that while the strategy outlined many of the issues, clearer targets and completion dates were needed as well as a commitment and boldness by the Council to end homelessness within a certain period. He said that he had some comments on the Equality Impact Assessment which he would pass to officers.

     

    Cabinet Members made the following comments:

    ·      The level of data collection was impressive, and the equalities impact assessment should be more closely aligned to the data collected.

    ·      This was clearly a successful partnership approach of Lambeth and needed to continue to being clear and transparent about commissioning and working with others to delivering the strategy.

    ·      It was disappointing that core funding from central government had been cut, which will, inevitably weaken some of the pathways.

    ·      There were clear parallels with tackling youth violence strategy and was positive that children looked after were covered in the strategy.

    ·      The strategy identified the right way to support people, however more new homes were needed and Cabinet would look to help with this through shaping of the planning policy.

     

    In response to some of the questions, officers advised that:

    There was a loss of 50% of funding in the last few years. The Council were funding 500 beds and had been successful in bidding for money.

    The Council was required by law to do a holistic assessment when someone presents as homeless, and there were a number of wrap around services included as part of this strategy.

    The Homelessness Strategy Steering Group has recently been formed and contains representatives from all relevant council departments and supported housing providers.  The group is chaired by the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Making of the draft South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Development Plan pdf icon PDF 168 KB