Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Monday 18 July 2022 5.00 pm

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

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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 263 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the previous meeting of Cabinet held on 21 March 2022 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chair.

3.

Q4 Budget and Performance Report pdf icon PDF 827 KB

    Fiona McDermott / Dami Awobajo / Cagdas Canbolat

    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Cost of Living, Councillor David Amos who highlighted that:

    -          The report covered the latest performance within the Borough Plan, Tier Two priority service KPIs and the financial position of the Council.

    -          The cut in government funding coupled with the increased demand for services created a challenging period for local authorities.

    -          Frontline services continued to face difficulty due to the lack of funding and the nationwide shortage of social workers would impact some of those services.

     

    In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member mentioned the following:

    -          The main challenge in the adult and social care sector was the volume of settings, which were regularly assessed.

    -          The funding for advice, Officers would look at the areas of concern. 

    -          The Active Lambeth Strategy was rated through the quarterly resident survey and the current indicators were currently within line.

    Cabinet made the following observations:

    -          The noted that the Adult and Social Care performance indicator were slightly out of date with the KPIs revealing the last quarter of the financial year.

    -          That there had been a financial constraint on the sustainability of the Leisure sector and the Council had continued to fund the key services despite the funding difficulties.

    -          Regarding the HRA budget, a few areas needed to be improved such as disrepair and although the figure of those homeless had been increasing, the Council had measures to prevent homeless and provide alternate solutions to the current living crisis.

    -          They were pleased that officers began a number of schemes to support residents.

    Cabinet thanked the Cabinet Member and Officers for their hard work in putting this report together and delivering services throughout these challenging times.

     

    Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:

     

    That the report be noted.

     

4.

July Finance Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report 2022 to 2027 pdf icon PDF 606 KB

    • View the background to item 4.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Cost of Living, Councillor David Amos who highlighted that:

    -          The report updated Lambeth Council’s Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) to extend it by one financial year and outlined the new demand on services and inflation without government funding. The changes since the last version was agreed in March 2022 included increasing inflation, increased demand in essential services and the rising cost of living.

    -          After a decade and more of austerity, there remains increasing uncertainty around the level of funding in local government.  The fair funding review remained unresolved and plans to rest the business rates remain unknown. The Local Government Financial Settlement was for only one year despite a 3 year Spending Review.

    -          The Adult Social Care funding reforms would provide a fair cost of care for all services that fall under that sector, however there remain large concerns about whether the funding will be sufficient to cover the increased costs.

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    In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member mentioned the following:

    -          Officers were in frequent contact with colleagues at the Local Government Association (LGA) and London Councils to lobby for funding across central government.

    -          The funding that was currently available would be unlikely to meet the needs to the rising cost of living and pressures within boroughs.

    Cabinet made the following observations:

    -          The Capital Investment Programme (CIP) would provide over 300 new homes for residents to support the difficulties with the living crisis.

    -          The rising population and demographic of the borough was evolving, and the Council was keeping up with the changes with the MTFS.

    -          The report was in response to the economic need due to increasing pressures in the Borough.

    Cabinet thanked the Cabinet Member and Officers for their hard work in putting this report together.

     

    Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:

     

    1. To note the key risks set out in paragraphs 2.8 to 2.61

     

    2. To note the Council’s commitment to delivering the agreed revenue savings planned for 2023/24 (£4.975m) and 2024/25 (£2.790m), as set out in Table 3.

     

    3. To approve the change to the funding deficit as set out in Table 3 and the consequent amendment to the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy.

     

    4. To note the 2021/22 General Fund outturn as confirmed in Table 5 paragraph 2.62

     

    5. To note the 2021/22 Housing Revenue Account outturn as confirmed in Table 6 paragraph 2.69

     

    6. To note the capital investment outturn of £129.2m against the 2021/22 budget of £175.8m as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.2 and Appendix 1.

     

    7. To note the 3-year Capital Investment Programme for the period 2022/23 to 2024/25 as set out in paragraphs 3.6 to 3.7 and summarised in Appendix 2.

     

    8. To approve the proposed increases to fees and charges as set out in Appendix 3.