Agenda and minutes

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

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

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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 94 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 15 October 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

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November Finance Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report 2018 to 2023 pdf icon PDF 553 KB

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    Key Decision

     

    Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Andrew WilsonStrategic Director Corporate Resources: Jackie Belton

     

    Contact: Group Manager – Budgeting and Planning: Rachel Harrison, RHarrison@lambeth.gov.uk Tel: 0207 926 2027

     

     

     

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    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Andy Wilson, introduced the report and advised that the Council’s budget had been cut by £238m since 2010, one of the highest cuts of any council in the country. Over the next four years, rising demand and further government cuts meant the Council had to find a further £43m. He also stated that the in determining the saving proposals, focus was on how to protect frontline services. The Council had launched a six-week public consultation on the plans, asking residents for their views.

     

    The Director of Finance and Property, Christina Thompson, advised Cabinet that the purpose of the report was to provide an update on the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and the savings proposals to ensure that the gaps in funding were addressed. Despite the scale of the challenge, the Council’s MTFS focused on protecting most front-line services from major cuts and identified the bulk of savings from back-office efficiencies, new income and reducing demand. She also advised that, the future of local government finance had fundamentally shifted away from direct government grant to self-sufficiency. Where previously the majority of council funding came directly from central Government it was now generated locally.

     

    In summary the Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, said that:

    ·           the reality of the cuts imposed by central Government meant that 60p on every pound was lost on what we can spend on services. That meant it was difficult to invest in preventative services and local government was the hardest hit by the cuts;

    ·           the Administration had campaigned very hard in opposing the reduction in funding and was working with London councils in making central Government Ministers aware of the impact. The Leader also advised that she had met with key Treasury Ministers as part of her role with the Local Government Association. There was also support for the “breaking point” campaign which looked at highlighting the effects of cuts to local government, urging central Government to truly end austerity in local government; and,

    ·           no matter how unfair and disproportionate the cuts were, it was Cabinet’s responsibility to manage the budget and continue to look at innovative ways to protect frontline services.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    Medium Term Financial Strategy

    1)      To approve the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy as set out within this report.

    2)      To note the continued uncertainty with regard to elements of government funding, price and demand pressures and the need to ensure that budgets set each year are sustainable during the settlement period to 2022/23 and beyond.

    3)      To note the current funding gap of £43.232m for 2019/20 to 2022/23 and how we have reduced this gap through brought forward savings and new proposed savings, which are detailed within section 2.

    4)      To note the financial position of the Council’s budget in 2018/19 and the actions in place to balance it over the period.

     

    London Business Rates Pilot Pool

    Establishment of Governance Arrangement

    5)      Approve and accept the designation by the Secretary of State as an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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Lambeth Together pdf icon PDF 373 KB

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    Key Decision

     

    Cabinet Member for Adults and Health: Councillor Jacqui Dyer

    Fiona Connolly: Acting Strategic Director for Adults and Health

     

    Contact: Hannah Jameson, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Policy and Communications,0207 926 6918, hjameson@lambeth.gov.uk 

     

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Councillor Jacqui Dyer, and the Director of Integrated Commissioning, Moira McGrath, who highlighted that:

    ·           the purpose of this report was to provide an update on the work that had taken place to integrate health and care in Lambeth;

    ·           the report also set out what was needed to progress to the next stage, including changes to leadership and governance; and,

    ·           the report followed the report of November 2017 where Cabinet were asked to agree to establish Lambeth Together and the associated transition programme as the means of creating an integrated system for health and care in Lambeth.

     

    Members of Cabinet made the following observations:

    ·           this was an excellent example of partnership working and it was possible to improve outcomes and make savings;

    ·           it was acknowledged that there were big challenges to come and the mobilisation of the community would be key in delivering this;

    ·           there were risks as Kings College had financial challenges and there was a shortage of key staff across NHS England. Partnership working was complicated and it was not possible to control demand;

    ·           this was about partnership with our community members; and,

    ·           thanks were offered to everyone who had been involved, with thanks to Councillor Jim Dickson and to the officers that had developed this initiative.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1)         To note progress to date in integrating health and care in Lambeth, and to confirm Lambeth Together as the means for delivering our integrated health and care ambitions in Lambeth as part of the South East London Integrated Care Systems approach.

    2)         To approve the overall scope of Local Care Networks (LCNs) for Neighbourhood Based Care and Wellbeing.

    3)         To approve the development of a proposed procurement approach, subject to formal decisions of CCG/Council in Quarter 4 2018/19. This will include shadow arrangements for 2019/20 and full contract arrangements for 2020/21.

    4)         To approve to seek formal support across partner organisations to endorse these recommendations and approach - to include securing commitment for the 2019/20 shadow arrangements.

    5)         To agree to progress the development of proposals on future governance for Lambeth Together from April 2019. This will include the role of the Health and Wellbeing Board and Committee/s in Common.

    6)         To agree to progress with and develop proposals for future integrated Council/CCG leadership of Lambeth Together.

     

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Initial assessment of the potential impacts of the UK leaving the European Union on Lambeth's population, economy and public services pdf icon PDF 307 KB

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    Non Key Decision

     

    Leader of the Council: Councillor Lib Peck

    Jackie Belton: Strategic Director for Corporate Resources

     

    Contact: Hannah Jameson, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Policy and Communications,0207 926 6918, hjameson@lambeth.gov.uk 

     

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    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, presented the report, and Cabinet Members made the following observations: 

    ·           Lambeth had the highest vote to remain within the EU in the UK at 79% and at the last Council meeting the Council agreed that a People’s Vote be held. However, Lambeth needed to prepare for exiting the European Union and this report highlighted some of the areas that were currently being looked at;

    ·           the situation was a fast moving picture and Cabinet wanted to share some of the risks with local people and partners;

    ·           the Council would continue planning and would need to monitor the national situation over the next few weeks and may need to expedite some of the planning if there was a no deal scenario; and,

    ·           electoral registration needed to be as thorough as possible and needed to maintain the register in case of an election.

     

    It was noted that the effects of Brexit could be far reaching within Lambeth and the report highlighted the following specific areas:

    a.       Macro-economic change – the effects on the borough brought about by the short- and medium- term change to the UK economy;

    b.       Lambeth’s local economy – the effects on Lambeth’s local economy and the sectors within our local economy;

    c.       Local public services – the effects on local public services and in particular those provided by the Council;

    d.       EU citizens, security and cohesion – the effects on Lambeth’s communities, their security and levels of cohesion, as well as the rights of EU citizens living and working in the borough; and,

    e.       No deal – this considers the areas above, but under a scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place or a deal on the future UK/EU trade relationship.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1)      To take note of this analysis, and the potential risks identified.

    2)      To delegate to the Chief Executive the task of coordinating the organisation’s preparation and response to Brexit, including the development of the Council’s risk assessment.

    3)      To delegate to the Chief Executive the task of engaging with partners, stakeholder and residents to develop and implement the borough’s preparation and response to Brexit.

     

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Establishing Regional Adoption Arrangements in South London pdf icon PDF 299 KB

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    Key Decision

     

    Deputy Leader of the Council (Children and Young People), Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite

     

    Annie Hudson: Strategic Director for Children’s Services

     

    Contact for enquiries: El Mayhew, Assistant Director – Looked After Children

    0207 926 2437 / Emayhew@lambeth.gov.uk

    Minutes:

    In introducing the report, the Deputy Leader (Children and Young People), Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, and the Strategic Director for Children’s Services, Annie Hudson, highlighted that:

    ·           the Regional Adoption Agency was a timely initiative, drawing on best practice from the different agencies to provide better post-adoption support, wider family recruitment and a more positive overall adopter experience; and,

    ·           governance was a crucial element and the agency would be governed by a Board and existing quality assurance arrangements would continue. Ofsted would also continue to monitor Lambeth on its adoption provision. As a local authority we would retain responsibility for the children to the point of adoption.

     

    In response to questions from Councillor Becca Thackray and Cabinet Members, the Strategic Director for Children’s Services, Annie Hudson, stated that:

    ·           the focus was on adoption however the idea of using this approach for fostering had been raised nationally. The Regional Adoption Agency was looking at absorbing responsibility for special guardianship orders;

    ·           Corporate Parenting Board would receive updates on the progress; and,

    ·           this was very much a partnership approach with Lambeth sharing the responsibility with the host authority.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1)      Lambeth enter into permanent regional adoption arrangements as part of Adopt London South.

    2)      Agree that staff and finances (likely 6.3 Fixed-Term Employee posts and an annual budget of up to £500,000 (under negotiation)) are transferred to Southwark who will be hosting Adopt London South on behalf of ten South London boroughs.

    3)      Agree that Lambeth’s statutory Director of Children’s Services is vested with delegated authority to make more detailed decisions around the implementation of this proposal including signing off the inter-authority agreement between Lambeth and Southwark.

     

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Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth – South Lambeth - Compulsory Purchase Order pdf icon PDF 363 KB

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Investing in better neighbourhoods and building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth – Westbury - Compulsory Purchase Order pdf icon PDF 347 KB

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    Key Decision

     

    Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes: Councillor Matthew Bennett

    Sue Foster: Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth

     

    Contact: Jed Young, Assistant Director, Housing Regeneration, Strategic Programmes, JYoung1@lambeth.gov.uk 

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the item noting that the compulsory purchase order was required as a backstop for the Westbury Estate.  This followed planning permission for the 64 new homes at council rent, did not require any immediate relocation of residents, and the report set out timetables and residents’ preferences.

     

    Cabinet heard from Shemi Leira, Westbury resident and Chair of the Tenants Residents Association; Councillor Pete Elliott, Green councillor for Gipsy Hill ward; and, Councillor Tim Briggs, Conservative councillor for Clapham Common, who raised the following points:

    ·           the regeneration programme was causing significant emotional distress to residents, which had been intrusive to residents’ family and finances, and more needed to be done to protect their wellbeing;

    ·           the proposals were not in the public interest, were disproportionate and appeared inconsistent with duties of the Equality Act 2010, EU Human Right Act 1998, Land Compensation Act 1973 and MHCLG guidance on regeneration; 

    ·           the regeneration process was substantially and procedurally unfair and unjust as it was driven by Lambeth and was a manifest conflict of interest;

    ·           the Labour manifesto pledge to build 1,000 council homes by 2018 had not been met and this many council homes had actually been lost;

    ·           residents were being removed from homes they purchased in good faith and were being threatened with CPOs;

    ·           it was queried how many housing waiting list places would be met by regeneration;

    ·           more information was needed on EQIA monitoring and that these review broader impacts on residents, many of whom had protected characteristics;

    ·           the carbon release from proposals and its recovery was queried;

    ·           the impact on air quality of these schemes was raised and it was requested that thorough monitoring before, during and after works be implemented;

    ·           the 29,000 housing waiting list figure was questioned, but had been increasing since January 2013;

    ·           the CPO report did not cover all issues, lacked full consultation and representation from residents, and had unclear sources of funding and key guarantees;

    ·           there was a lack and lower than current provision of parking spaces, which restricted social mobility, meant that only healthy persons could afford to live on the estate, and would increase parking stress; and,

    ·           the plans were too dense, tall, lacked light and free movement of air, with overlooking properties and would not stand the test of time.

     

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, thanked representations, noting the importance of preventative measures and the need to build homes to house Lambeth’s population.  She noted that she regularly visited estates and residents were suffering from illnesses, such as asthma, arising from damp conditions and poor housing.  The Labour Group were committed to ensure safe, secure and warm properties and residents deserved high-quality homes at affordable prices.

     

    Greg Carson, Principal Lawyer for Housing Property & Planning; and, Jed Young, Assistant Director for Housing Regeneration, responded to questions as below:

    ·           local authorities had to balance rights, but recognised regeneration interfered with people’s lives; 

    ·           the proposals were subject to independent analysis by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

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Adoption of Statement of Licensing Policy 2019-2024 pdf icon PDF 329 KB