Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 8 February 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Main Hall - Lilian Baylis School, 323 Kennington Lane,SE11 5QY. View directions

Contact: David Rose, Democratic Services Officer, Tel: 020 7926 1037 Email: drose@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 181 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minute of the previous meeting held on 11 January 2016 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

 

3.

Revenue and Capital Budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 544 KB

    Report 15-16/172

     

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    Minutes:

    The meeting was adjourned from 19.05 to 19.10 following disturbance from the public gallery.

     

    The Deputy Leader (Finance and Investment), Councillor Paul McGlone, introduced the report and detailed the following:

    ·           Lambeth faced an unprecedented financial challenge and even increased council tax to 1.99% and the 2% precept would not be enough to fill the funding gap. The report also detailed the general and capital investment funds for the next three years.

    ·           There had been tough choices following an estimated core funding cut of 56% between 2010/11 to 2017/08 which would impact front line services, whereas previous cuts still enabled the delivery of core services.

    ·           There was a £16.12m overspend in the general fund, with a further £28.32m savings in 2016/17 which would rise to £55m savings needed over the following three years.

    ·           Even though Lambeth was the 29th most deprived borough in the UK, it had the 13th highest level of cuts since 2010.

    ·           There were some positive economic indicators, but overall it showed a central government committed to reducing all expenditure centred on a small state ideology, with a focus on shrinking local government; and presented an unprecedented financial challenge. 

    ·           There were also greater needs placed on the Council, such as the increasing costs of temporary accommodation; however, Lambeth was working hard to cut costs, with over 1000 fewer staff than in 2010, moving more services online and by cutting down on fraud.

     

    Christina Thompson, Director of Finance, emphasised that the level of earmarked reserves and balances remained one of the lowest in London, but they were at a safe level and contingencies had been factored for. However, risks would need to be managed given the significant level of savings next year.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Jane Pickard, commented on youth and play and noted that it was always the Council’s intention to end the Early Adopter Phase 1 funding in 2016.  In addition, the Council had lined up alternative providers, children supporters and co-ops which were thriving and these strategies saved programmes and operations from being closed.  As an example of what could be achieved when sites were outsourced into the voluntary sector, one of Lambeth’s adventure playgrounds had won a bid for lottery funding to enable it to open for three days instead of one day per week.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Jackie Meldrum, noted that health and social care budgets were linked, however central government did not believe in meeting the needs of this public service and were redistributing for 2020.  As the 29th most deprived borough, Lambeth was dependent on increasing business rates and council taxes, with the 2% precept to adult social care a drop in ocean against the cuts.  The £3.43m savings from adult staffing and contract efficiencies were significant, although a number of projects were integrating to save funds and were beginning to show real progress.  However, how services would be delivered in 2020 was a different matter and there was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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Use of the legislation contained in London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2013 enabling London Councils to affix traffic signs and street lighting to buildings pdf icon PDF 108 KB

    Report 15-16/115

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    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, introduced the report.

     

    Raj Mistry, Programme Director for Environment, Regeneration, Planning & Neighbourhoods, informed Cabinet that this policy would see Lambeth adopt Section 4 of the Act, without which it was difficult to obtain and manage the separate agreements needed to carry out street lighting and signage in a timely manner; and there had been a noticeable improvement of street environments where it had been enacted.  The agenda pack (page 189-204) also contained the code of practice and model notice.

     

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, noted that this was an important policy designed to improve the Council’s efficiency in reducing street clutter in streets and make signs more comprehensible.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1)         To adopt the provisions at Section 4 of the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2013 (the Act) so that its provisions enabling the Council to affix traffic signs and street lighting to buildings shall apply to the London Borough of Lambeth from the day appointed for this purpose.

    2)      To fix the Appointed Day from which the adopted provision takes effect as Monday 4 April 2016 pursuant to Section 3 of the Act.

    3)      To adopt from the Appointed Day London Council’s code of practice for Affixing traffic signs and street lighting to buildings in London (appendix A) regarding notification and consultation with property owners.

    4)      Authorise the Programme Director, Environment to publish notices of the aforementioned resolutions in accordance with the requirements of section 3(4) of the Act.