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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.
There were none.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 15 April 2019 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.
Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, and Rachel Willsher, Head of Procurement, Finance and Investment, presented the Responsible Procurement Policy to Cabinet. It was noted that:
The council spent £588 million in 2017/18 through procurement
activity. In adopting the Responsible Procurement Policy, Council
Officers would be required to consider the economic, environmental
and social aspects of the purchases they made.
The Responsible Procurement Policy gave a clear message to
suppliers, and staff, on Lambeth Council’s priorities when
undertaking procurement activities. These priorities
Good quality jobs with fair pay and decent working
Increase the number of quality apprenticeships accessed by Lambeth
residents, particularly those from Lambeth priority
Increase the quality and range of targeted employment opportunities
for residents from Lambeth priority groups.
Reduce emissions: focus on cutting our carbon footprint and
improving air quality.
Reduce consumption of raw material, reuse materials and recycle
– focus to reduce use of single use plastics.
Maximise positive health and wellbeing – focus on supporting
a healthy workforce and on provision of healthier, affordable and
more sustainable food and drinks offer.
The principles behind the Responsible Procurement Policy were based
on the principles of the manifesto of the current administration,
and was an example of how the manifesto was being
· The policy focused on a concise set of outcomes and indicators, which would enable officers and the market to focus their procurement activity on the priorities of the Council.
Councillor Scott Ainslie, Councillor Pete Elliott and Councillor Tim Briggs made representations on this item to Cabinet which focused on the following key points:
· In January 2019, Council had resolved to become carbon neutral by 2030 but this target was not reflected in the policy. There were very few mentions of the ongoing climate emergency in the policy.
· The Council should commit to stop using any single use plastics, not reduce the use of single use plastics.
· It was unclear how this policy related to the estate regeneration programme – it was more environmentally friendly to renovate estates that to rebuild them.
Although the aims of the policy were commendable, it was unclear
how the outcomes as a result of the policy would be monitored. In
particular, how would the Council deal with breaches of the policy
once the decision had been taken to procure from a
· Doubts were raised whether the Council could achieve value for money when there was so much weight placed on social and environmental benefits of procurement.
In response to questions from Cabinet, Officers confirmed that:
It was impossible to completely eliminate single use plastics, as
they were essential for some services. For example medical
consumables needed to be made from single use plastics in order to
· Decisions on estate regeneration programmes were not relevant to this policy and would be taken on a case by case basis. However if a decision was taken to go ahead with regeneration or renovation of an estate ... view the full minutes text for item 3.