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Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
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To approve and sign the minutes of the last meeting held on 4th March as a correct record of proceedings.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 4 March 2019 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.
(1) To note the budget monitor.
(2) To consider performance for Q3 as a whole and the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that have been highlighted as being of concern.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Jack Hopkins, introduced the report and highlighted that:
· The Redress Scheme was the first of its kind in the country and no public body had ever done anything like this on this scale before.
· Everybody involved had the same desire and commitment to make sure the system was as quick and efficient as possible for claimants and that they were all dealt with fairly and as quickly as possible.
· That the past behaviour needed to be addressed and put right, in any small way it could and the Leader and Council was committed in ensuring the Scheme was successful for claimants.
· The Scheme had received more than 1,100 applicants so far and around £8.5m in compensation was paid in the first year and was being delivered much quicker than civil claims would be.
· The Scheme was not perfect for everybody, nor would it address all the questions or problems people had.
· It was a very difficult process that has not been done before and the Council were bound to find frustrations along the way, but would learn from these.
· There was a lot of detail in the papers, the Equalities Impact Assessment was an important part of the work which was completed as part of an overall review.
· The system in place for administering applications was done in a timely and efficient way and broadly in line with expectations.
· More work was being done to investigate those who were placed in specialist units and ensure they or their families could make a claim.
· The Scheme had been advertised widely, outside of London and in specialist publications, recognising that many of the claimants would not live in Lambeth.
Amy Clowrey (Switalskis), and Malcolm Johnson (Hudgells) made the following representations to Cabinet:
· The Council had decided to set up the Scheme with good intentions but was now being weaponised by the lawyers.
· Many applicants were extremely vulnerable and they should be treated fairly and sensitively across all aspects not just financially, but emotionally as well.
· It was understood that the Scheme was set up outside of the normal court route, and intended to provide a smoother alternative to the courts and lawyers working for the Council should be reminded of that.
· We were trying to give some voice to those who had suffered horrific abuse at the hands of the Council.
· Kennedy’s and the Director of Legal and Governance were responsible for the implementation of the scheme and were in attendance at the meeting tonight.
Lucia Hinton (SOSA) and six SOSA members made the following representations to Cabinet:
· It was not helpful that the files were being redacted and sent to people with no explanation.
· The experience of applicants to the Scheme was not as portrayed and that there were long delays.
· It was shocking that Lambeth did not recognise race as a strand but as an aggravated feature.
· The process was being slowed down intentionally so the Council could ... view the full minutes text for item 4.