Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 24 April 2017 5.00 pm

Venue: Bolney Meadow Community Centre, 31 Bolney Street, London, SW8 1EZ. 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.

 

Members welcomed Councillor Sonia Winifred to Cabinet and passed on their thanks to outgoing Cabinet Member, Councillor Jack Hopkins.

 

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 196 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 March 2017.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 23 March 2017 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

 

3.

Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission report pdf icon PDF 106 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport: Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite

    Sue Foster, Strategic Director Neighbourhoods and Growth

     

    Contact: Simon Phillips, Transport Manager, sphillips2@lambeth.gov.uk,

    020 7926 4067

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Deputy Leader of the Council (Finance and Resources), Councillor Imogen Walker, introduced the report and noted:

    ·           Parking and the environment were highly important to residents.

    ·           The commission’s recommendations would have positive equalities impacts, particularly on health (via improving air quality and encouraging active travel).

    ·           Councillors Hill and Haselden were thanked for their hard work leading the Commission.

     

    Councillor Robert Hill, Co-Chair of the Equality Streets Scrutiny Commission, added the following:

    ·           The report included recommendations on parking, air quality, and street management, and would dovetail into several other council initiatives, such as the air quality action plan, the long term transport strategy and the parking feasibility study.

    ·           Input was received from a range of stakeholders.

    ·           In relation to the action plan, a number of responses were flagged that did not fully address the recommendations and should therefore be strengthened. These were: the need for cycle hangar, car club and electric charging provision to be considered in a systematic way to ensure borough-wide coverage (recommendation 7); consideration of the use of pool bikes for essential staff travel (recommendation 8); an expectation that officers would actively pursue an annual charge for crossovers (recommendation 12); a firm commitment that information regarding the importance of the “Pedestrian Pound” to businesses would be disseminated to Business Improvement District (BID) members; and the need for publicity around the ways in which the parking surplus is spent (as opposed to simply the figures).

    ·           Changing behaviours and attitudes was key.

    ·           Although the commission endorsed the principle of a borough-wide Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), different hours of operation would likely be appropriate in different areas. Any such CPZ(s) should be subject to local consultation.

     

    Members made the following comments:

    ·           The Council had been grappling with parking stress for a long time and any solution would require behavioural changes around car usage.

    ·           The Council needed to ensure that mobility issues were handled correctly (recommendations 1 and 5), with dropped kerbs and considered design required. It was hoped the commission’s report would encourage those designing new housing estates to properly consider such issues.

    ·           The Council should take account of the diverse needs of people using different forms of transport when looking at borough-wide parking provision.

    ·           There needed to be a focus on the psychology of individuals, as residents used their car to travel to town centres and pollution was caused by those looking for a parking space, particularly in Norwood. 

     

    Simon Phillips, Transport Manager, responded to questions from Members:

    ·           It was essential that transport proposals considered future population growth. Residents and stakeholders should be bought into the proposals.

    ·           Any borough-wide CPZ would only be introduced following sufficient evidence and consultation with local people.  The Council had recently consulted on two new CPZs.

    ·           The Council needed to ensure that its messages on reducing private car usage, such as encouraging smarter driving via car-sharing schemes, was received by local people.

    ·           He agreed with the comments regarding dropped kerbs and stated that Capital Programmes were putting in processes to ensure different ability and access  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Q3 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 418 KB

    Non-key decision

    All wards

     

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

    Chief Executive, Sean Harriss          

     

    Contact: Tim Weetman, Head of Performance, 020 7926 6438, tweetman@lambeth.gov.uk

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Tim Weetman, Head of Performance, introduced the report and noted:

    ·           Q3 had witnessed good performance against the Borough Plan’s outcome indicators with 91% of indicators close to or having achieved targets.

    ·           There was a slight deterioration in service indicators (Council’s own performance).

    ·           The four red-rated service indicators areas included: children’s social care (CSC) being subject to much broader improvement plan; disadvantaged young people; adult social care (ASC) with delayed transfers and the timeliness of reviews impacted by wider system strains due; and response rates for Subject Access Requests (SARs).

    ·           The management actions required to turn around performance were detailed in Appendix B.

     

    Cabinet Members raised the following points:

    ·           95% of schools had received Ofsted inspection ratings of good or better during a period of budget cuts, and the excellent work that schools do to deliver for young people was noted. 

    ·           There were questions about the quality of data as opposed to the quality of outcomes and more confidence in data was needed, for example, with employment outcomes of children leaving care.

    ·           Adult Social Care and the wider health service were under extreme pressure due to rising demand and costs alongside budget cuts.  The little extra money received from central Government was not enough to fill this gap and services were running at higher levels of risk.

    ·           The employment statistics were subject to a time lag, whilst more nuanced data was required for the proportion of residents entering low-paid jobs and those completing apprenticeships.

    ·           Further information was needed on the percentage of children excluded from school but not placed in new provision after six days.

     

    Annie Hudson, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, expressed growing confidence in the quality of data, with legacy issues the main reason for problematic data, but Ofsted had recently confirmed improvements.  This included identifying care leavers and the proportion that had gone into other employment or training, and the backlog in family monitoring, although recently allocated assessments were likely to be within timeframes. Children’s Services held monthly meetings looking at all performance indicators and where outcomes and data improvements were needed.  A detailed response to the percentage of school exclusions not receiving new provision within six days would be provided.

     

    Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director for Adults and Health, noted a deterioration of performance across the whole system, but in particular for delayed discharges of care, indicative of rising level of demand, instability in the care market and local difficulties sourcing nursing and dementia placements.  However, this was a nationwide trend and Lambeth had seen a less significant decrease than elsewhere.  The department was reviewing additional requests for assessments, whilst deprioritising reviews for those already in residential care, as they were already supported and at a lower level of risk.  Resources would be deployed for those with no access to services or who lived alone.  Such a choice was not taken lightly, but the Council needed to effectively use its resources to manage risk.

     

    Jackie Belton, Strategic Director for Corporate Resources, stated that the Corporate Management Team (CMT)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Carers Strategy – a framework for action pdf icon PDF 322 KB

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Councillor Jackie Meldrum, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care

    Strategic Director, Adult and Health – Helen Charlesworth-May

     

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

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Jackie Meldrum, introduced the report and noted:

    ·           If caring was fully covered by central government it would cost the taxpayer around £300bn/year.

    ·           There were roughly 20,477 unpaid carers in Lambeth, of which healthcare knew of about 25%.

    ·           Some carers worked more than 100 hours per week, often causing major impacts on both physical and mental health.

    ·           Lambeth was looking to devise a fresh approach to the crisis in health and social care, not through more strategies but via a framework.  Work would start with the mental health contract and progress to older people, co-produced with carers to ensure that they were at the heart of the system.

    ·           The Council had a responsibility to all carers, noting that improving housing, leisure, benefits or outcomes for young people, all had a positive impact for carers. This responsibility extended beyond the Council to key partners, with greater integration a key to success.

    ·           All future policy reports needed to consider health and wellbeing impacts.

    ·           The development of communications recommendation was highly important, as health sector-recipient communication was poor and needed development to better support Lambeth carers.

     

    Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director for Adults and Health, and Moira McGrath, Director for Integrated Adults Commissioning, added:

    ·           Integrating across the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other health partners was critical, but the biggest challenge remained encouraging carers to identify themselves.  Further advice and information to successfully signposting carers to available help was also critical.

    ·           Resourcing remained a challenge, and the Council was switching from a preventative to an early intervention model due to budget pressures. Opportunities to strategically shift resources were also under consideration.

    ·           The Council was working with the voluntary sector and outside the statutory system to design strategies to better support carers.

    ·           Children’s Services would also be included in proposals for young carers alongside schools.

     

    Cabinet Members added the following points:

    ·           Clearer and easy-to-find information on entitlements was needed.

    ·           Carers formed a vital part of the care model and they needed to be nurtured and supported.

    ·           The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) would consider the report at its next meeting.

    ·           Resources were key, and other partnerships should be brought in to provide the support carers need.

     

    The Leader of the Council noted Cabinet’s appreciation of the clearly written work and hoped that this would aid future successes.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To approve and endorse the proposed carers framework for action.

    2.         To approve the proposed process aimed at co-producing a comprehensive action plan across Council and NHS delivery and transformation programmes.

    3.         To approve and support the development of a communication, engagement and marketing campaign to promote better support of carers in Lambeth.

     

6.

Housing Strategy Statement pdf icon PDF 330 KB

    Non-key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment: Councillor Jenny Brathwaite

    Sue Foster: Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth

     

    Tom Tyson, Strategy and Policy Manager, ttyson@lambeth.gov.uk, 020 7926 3544

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Jobs, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and noted:

    ·           It had been subject to much consultation input, including from Tenant’s and Leaseholder’s Councils, Cabinet and OSC.

    ·           The last housing strategy from 2012 now had a £28m housing budget shortfall due to government cuts, legislative changes, and the Housing and Planning Bill with more changes expected.

    ·           There had been strong housing performance in Lambeth, vindicating the 2015 decision to reintegrate Lambeth Living. 

    ·           By 2018, Lambeth would have invested £500m bringing homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS), in excess of the original pledge, and the estate regeneration programme was getting to grips with longstanding problems.

    ·           A further paper to establish Homes for Lambeth (HfL) would be brought to Cabinet in due course.

    ·           The Akerman Road Passivhaus and new-build Kennington properties were open for viewing.

    ·           Despite significant rent increases, Lambeth was the best performing London borough in homelessness prevention and was committed to helping support people to stay in the borough.

    ·           The housing strategy put a priority on delivering more council homes, of better quality, with better services and improved support, especially for vulnerable residents, with greater integration with other council services.

     

    Mandy Green, Assistant Director Homes and Communities, and Tom Tyson, Strategy and Policy Manager, noted:

    ·           This was an ambitious new strategy, with greater opportunities to build, but presented challenges.

     

    Cabinet Members raised the following points:

    ·           A major step forward was the clear integration with health and disabilities as one of the biggest contributions to improving outcomes was the home, enabling joined-up services and for non-Council partners to be able to work with housing colleagues.

    ·           More detail on the development of an integrated accommodation and support pathway for young people should come to Corporate Parenting Board, and further detail was requested.  Likewise, other opportunities around supporting foster carers in more appropriate accommodation was worth looking into given financial pressures.

    ·           A refreshed equalities impact assessment would be required.

    ·           Tackling and mitigating the impacts of overcrowded accommodation for families remained an area of concern.

    ·           The Council was taking action to protect the rights of social housing whilst increasing supply.

    ·           Lambeth had secured 5,000 homes or a £3bn housing stock increase in the borough since 2014.  Increasing supply and spending more was the only way that the Council could increase social housing, whilst integration with other services for a one council approach would lead to better services overall.

     

    The Leader of the Council noted the positive feedback and the importance of working across the council, and thanked officers for their work.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         To approve the Housing Strategy 2017-2020 (Appendix 1).

     

7.

Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food pdf icon PDF 231 KB

    Non-key decision

    All wards

     

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

    Strategic Director for Adults and Health, Helen Charlesworth-May

     

    Contact: Bimpe Oki, Consultant in Public Health, boki@lambeth.gov.uk, 0207 926 9678

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities, Councillor Jim Dickson, introduced the report and noted:

    ·           This report built on the great work of the Food Flagship Partnership and relationships with Public Health, CCG, and schools, and indicators were moving in the right direction. 

    ·           Lambeth was at the forefront of combatting food policy and obesity, leading the way for other boroughs, however, more needed to be done to imbed the policy.

    ·           The policies needed to be expanded to other food retailers. 

    ·           It was important to ensure that any new Council-built facilities did not have vending machines.

    ·           The Council was working alongside the CCG and other partners to develop the policies within this declaration, having received good feedback from the Chief Executive of Guys and St Thomas (GSTT) and South London and Maudsley Trusts (SLAM). It would next go to the HWB for approval. 

     

    Cabinet Members made the following points:

    ·           Take up at schools had been good, with teachers training teachers from other authorities and the HWB’s Food Partnership working with the Young Lambeth Cooperative.

    ·           Healthy eating started with parents and children’s centres passing on good habits to children.

     

    Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director for Adults and Health; Dr Ruth Hutt, Public Health, and Bimpe Oki, Consultant in Public Health, answered:

    ·           This built on the legacy of the celebrated Food Flagship Borough, which was now used as a template across London boroughs, with the NHS and CCGs now committed to selling healthy food on their premises as part of a whole-system approach. 

    ·           Success in tackling childhood obesity had recently been achieved in Amsterdam, and Lambeth’s approach mimicked those successful policies.

    ·           The Health and Wellbeing Strategy had signed up to delivering a Council-wide approach.

    ·           There was a planned health and wellbeing trail at the upcoming Country Show, which would give participants the choice of healthy drinks and snacks during the one mile walk. The Council would ensure that health and wellbeing were more explicit in future borough events.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities, Councillor Jim Dickson, passed on thanks to officers for their exemplary policy work and setting up the programme.

     

    The Leader of the Council noted that the next meeting was 15 May 2017 and passed on her best wishes to Councillor Jane Edbrooke who would be unable to attend.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         Cabinet agrees to the proposed pledges contained within the report.

    Cabinet approves the signing of the Sustain Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food.