Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Monday 10 June 2013 7.00 pm

Venue: Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

Contact: Gary O'Key, Tel: 020 7926 2183 Email: gokey@lambeth.gov.uk 

Note: Provisional Date 

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 no declarations of pecuniary interest.

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 72 KB

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    Minutes:

    RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 13 May 2013 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

3.

Cooperative Libraries Implementation pdf icon PDF 167 KB

    (Report 60/13-14 and appendices)

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure

    Executive Director of Adults’ & Community Services

     

    Contact: Gareth Edmundson , Cooperative Services Manager; 020 7926 1833, GEdmundson@lambeth.gov.uk

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 60/13-14 and appendices) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 June 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure introduced the report, which set out the ambitious journey and progress made over 11 months since the July 2012 Cabinet report, including saving the Upper Norwood Joint library from closure by Croydon Council and the partnership with City Screen in Norwood. The programme of capital investment was long overdue and would make a huge difference to practical engagement. She thanked officers, Friends of Libraries groups and the public for their hard work.

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

     

    • Councillor Jeremy Clyne, Majority Opposition Spokesperson: believed that the Cooperative Libraries project still had a long way to go and questioned what the end was, and when this would be achieved. Some libraries were further ahead than others and this indicated an inconsistent approach; there were also few signs that citizens actually wanted to manage their libraries. He was concerned about the discrepancy in the budget and highlighted the need to make sure that Cooperative Libraries were sustainable in the long run
    • Michael Ball, Waterloo Community Development Group Director: welcomed the progress made and believed the disagreement and argument that had taken place was healthy. He looked forward to achieving a library compact for Waterloo but considered that the Business Improvement Districts agenda, which linked closely to the library service since most libraries were a key part of the offer in shopping centres, was missing from the report
    • Tim O’Dell, UNISON: stated that UNISON, who represented 90% of library staff, did not see this as great progress and believed that the Coop project had failed to convince citizens. He believed the Council should live up to its statutory and equalities duties while listening to Friends groups who knew the libraries best, and thought the cuts had been too severe, giving rise to health and safety concerns around staffing.

     

    The following Cabinet Members spoke in favour of the proposals:

     

    • The Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities: believed this was a fantastic step forward and it was natural that different libraries would be at different stages of progress. He believed the Friends groups recognised they were not fully representative of the borough’s population but work was being done to bring others on board. Councillors needed to support front line staff with regards to volunteer management and, despite the agreement not to replace staff with volunteers, it was necessary to tap into the good will that was there
    • The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing: stated that the Council had managed to avoid library closures and secure extra investment, which was very positive when compared to the picture 3-4 years ago. There had been difficulties along the way but immense progress had been made, and it was possible to build on this potential to create a proper cooperative service
    • The Leader of the Council: thanked all of the Friends groups and staff involved and reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to its equalities duties. The nature  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Cooperative Parks Programme pdf icon PDF 170 KB

    (Report 61/13-14 and appendices)

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure

    Executive Director of Adults’ & Community Services

     

    Contact: John Kerridge, Assistant Director, Active Communities; 020 7926 2744, JKerridge@lambeth.gov.uk

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 61/13-14 and appendices) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 June 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure introduced the report, which outlined a groundbreaking programme which embodied cooperative values and sought to give Friends of Parks groups a greater stake in decision making, particularly over ground maintenance and service delivery. Savings also had to be made and it was important to look at the service as a whole where these were concerned, strengthening the horticulture input into maintenance contracts and working with social enterprises to establish apprenticeships. An investment programme would be developed across all parks. Despite the devolution of power and responsibility to Friends groups, the Council would remain the custodian of the borough’s parks and was also mindful of its duties regarding equalities and democratic accountability.

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

     

    • Richard Payne, Chair, Friends of Streatham Common: was very enthusiastic about the plans, which had been overwhelmingly supported at their AGM and which he hoped would reverse the decline in service following cuts in resources in recent years. He was pleased that asset transfers had been ruled out but hoped that a local cooperative could bid for and run the maintenance contract in Streatham. He wished to see parks staff back on the ground as well as encouraging volunteers
    • Colette Thomas, Chair, Lambeth Parks Forum: expressed her support for the plans and championed Friends groups across the borough as well as hoping that more young people and hard to reach groups would become involved
    • Michael Ball, Waterloo Community Development Group Director: congratulated the Council on the progress made and believed there were many opportunities to work in partnership and share good practice with third sector and community organisations. It was important to maximise Section 106 income and also ensure that accessible, robust open spaces were maintained and increased to cope with the expected increase in population over the coming years
    • Councillor Jeremy Clyne, Majority Opposition Spokesperson: welcomed the fact that the idea of transferring assets had been dropped and hoped the new model would deliver the required savings. He questioned why there was only a passing reference in the report to the pilot which had taken place in Vauxhall, and stated that the figures regarding the revenue raised from Denver’s parks, as cited, should in fact be $7.1m, not $71m. He also requested that the quarterly Section 106 report be reintroduced
    • Councillor Helen O’Malley, Clapham Town Ward Councillor: called for a full analysis of structures in parks and how they would be managed, as well as improvements to the financial system involving proper accounting of revenues. She explained that there were many complex issues regarding Clapham Common and it was important to balance the competing interests of diverse communities. She stated that the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (MAC) had no administrative support other than two very busy Ward Councillors and this made broadening its reach difficult
    • Councillor Shirley Cosgrave, Clapham Common Ward Councillor: requested that councilors be given information on future consultations, questionnaires  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Brixton Supplementary Planning Document: Approval pdf icon PDF 114 KB

    (Report 64/13-14 and appendices)

    Key decision

    Coldharbour, Ferndale, Tulse Hill, Brixton Hill & Herne Hill wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing & Regeneration

    Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration & Environment

     

    Contact: Shola Davies, Project Manager, Neighbourhood Regeneration; 020 7926 2586, SDavies@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 64/13-14 and appendices) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 June 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration introduced the report and stressed how much consultation and co-production had taken place to arrive at the final SPD document. Brixton was of huge importance locally, nationally and internationally and this framework would ensure that the changes and development that took place over the next 20-30 years would be positive while retaining Brixton’s character and providing jobs and affordable housing. He also reiterated the need to improve cycling provision and maintain green spaces.

     

    The following Cabinet Members spoke in favour of the proposals:

     

    • The Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure: welcomed the focus on improving access to Brixton Station, particularly for those with pushchairs or mobility problems
    • The Leader of the Council: echoed the importance of good relations with Network Rail and commended the Somerleyton Road proposals. She also believed the lack of speakers on this item bore testament to the huge amount of consultation and engagement that had taken place

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)          That the Brixton SPD and its supporting documents, set out in Appendix 1 and 2, are approved and adopted.

     

6.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule and Next Steps in Adopting CIL in Lambeth pdf icon PDF 156 KB

    (Report 66/13-14 and appendices)

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Housing & Regeneration

    Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration & Environment

     

    Contact: Clive Fraser, Team Leader Regeneration & Policy; 020 7926 1178, CFraser@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 66/13-14 and appendices) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 June 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration introduced the report, which linked to the Brixton SPD (see item 5) and others which had come to Cabinet recently, by providing a framework to ensure development was accompanied by effective social and physical infrastructure. Section 106 would continue but only cover employment and enterprise, and affordable housing; the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would cover everything else. Agreement was sought on the draft charging schedule for consultation. Referring to the different charging bands, he stressed that it was important to ensure an effective balance between collecting enough money while not discouraging good development.

     

    Cabinet received the following representations:

     

    • Councillor Jeremy Clyne, Majority Opposition Spokesperson: noted that the rate was based on achieving 40% affordable housing but this target was seldom met, and questioned whether there was any way of adjusting the levy rate
    • Michael Ball, Waterloo Community Development Group Director: believed that CIL was desperately needed and asked whether Lambeth was linking with any other London Boroughs on how to implement it. Better understanding of CIL was needed across the borough among residents. He also voiced concern that the proposed office accommodation rate might be too high but welcomed that rates regarding hotels and student accommodation

     

    In response to questions raised, officers stated that there was a cross-borough group which met to share ideas. There was a lot of information available regarding CIL but work would be done to simplify this and disseminate it to residents. On the office development rate, this was the same as that adopted in relation to the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development in 2010 and developers had been agreeing to this. Regarding affordable housing, the assessed rates were policy compliant.

     

    In summing up, the Leader of the Council agreed that clarity was needed regarding communication so that people could get involved , and hoped a framework as to how CIL would be spent would be in place by the autumn.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)To note the consultation on Lambeth’s Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS), and subsequent changes to government guidance on CIL.

     

    (2)   To approve the Draft Charging Schedule, as revised and updated from the PDCS, and the update/changes to the Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Viability Report as supporting evidence, for public consultation and submission for an Examination in Public.

     

    (3)   To note the initial draft CIL regulation 123 list, which identifies broadly those infrastructure project typologies to be funded by CIL, and by default where Section 106 planning obligations will not be sought, as appropriate to be submitted for an Examination in Public.

     

    (4)   To note that a further report on a revised Section 106 planning obligations SPD for consultation, will be submitted to a later Cabinet meeting for consultation prior to the adoption of the Lambeth CIL Draft Charging Schedule.

     

    (5)   To receive further reports on CIL, as required, including the outcome of the examination in public, and a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Vehicle Relocation and Removal Policy - Parking Contravention pdf icon PDF 100 KB

    (Report 65/13-14 and appendices)

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability

    Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration & Environment

     

    Contact: Raj Mistry, Head of Parking Services; 020 7926 6263, RMistry@lambeth.gov.uk

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 65/13-14 and appendices) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 June 2013)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability introduced the report, which she believed to be an excellent piece of work. Parking officers were often seen in a negative light but she was proud of the service as it was vital to ensure people were not obstructing emergency vehicles or parking spaces for blue badge holders.

     

    The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Equalities and Communities reiterated that this report was a positive step forward and praised the Parking Team.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)   That the new Vehicle Relocation and Removal Policy – Parking Contravention is adopted by the Council

     

     

8.

Authorisation of the National Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to Prosecute for Offences under the Consumer Credit Act within Lambeth pdf icon PDF 127 KB

    • View the background to item 8.

    (Report 63/13-14 and appendices)

    Non-key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Safer & Stronger Communities

    Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration & Environment

     

    Contact: Robert Gardner, Trading Standards Manager; 020 7926 6122, RGardner@lambeth.gov.uk

    Minutes:

    (Report 63/13-14 and appendices) (Non-key decision)

     

    The Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities introduced the report, which outlined a positive step in tackling a major problem for vulnerable residents. He thanked officers for their hard work.

     

    The following Cabinet Members spoke in favour of the proposals:

     

    • The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing: believed illegal money lending to be a serious issue which was often linked to other criminal activity. He also queried what was currently known regarding the level of illegal money lending in the Borough
    • The Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration: welcomed the report and reiterated the problems also caused by legal money lenders charging extremely high interest rates
    • The Leader of the Council: affirmed that the Council was taking this issue very seriously and that a week of events was planned in mid July to engage with money lenders and provide advice for residents

     

    In response to the points raised, officers stressed that the measures outlined were aimed at providing resources to support victims as well as prosecuting offenders, and there would be a series of workshops held on the issue soon which would be open to Councillors. There was little known about the current level of illegal money lending in Lambeth as people often did not report them due to fear. There would also be increased scrutiny and enhanced inspections of legal money lenders to ensure they were operating within the law.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)          To agree the delegation of the function in the London Borough of Lambeth, of the enforcement of Part III of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 to Birmingham City Council from the date of the signing of the proposed “Protocol for Illegal Money Lending Team Investigations” to 31 March 2015.

    (2)          To agree the delegation of the power of prosecution to Birmingham City Council for any matters associated with, or discovered during, an investigation by the Illegal Money Lending Team.

    (3)          To agree the attached “Protocol for Illegal Money Lending Team Investigations” and to delegate authority to the Director of Governance and Democracy in consultation with the Trading Standards Manager and the Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, to enter into the agreement on behalf of The London Borough of Lambeth, and approve minor alterations if required.

    (4)          To ensure that all awareness raising events concerning illegal money lending arranged as a result of the Borough’s delegation are linked with its wider strategies for the social and financial inclusion of Lambeth Citizens, particularly in relation to affordable credit.

     

9.

Response to Early Intervention Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 90 KB

    (Report 62/13-14 and appendices)

    Key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Children & Families

    Executive Director of Children & Young People’s Service

     

    Contact: Sandra Morrison, Divisional Director, Early Intervention and Targeted Services; 020 7926 9705, SMorrison@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 62/13-14 and appendices) (Key decision – call-in deadline Friday 21 June 2013)

     

    Councillor Mark Harrison, Chair of the Early Intervention Scrutiny Commission, introduced the report and thanked the parents and young people who agreed to be interviewed about what were sometimes very difficult issues. The Commission attempted to answer the question as to whether spending money on early intervention saved money further down the line, and whilst it was difficult to find convincing qualitative evidence of this, there was strong evidence from parents that intervention, such as parenting classes, was life-changing in some instances and these programmes should be supported.

     

    The following Cabinet Members spoke in favour of the proposals:

     

    • The Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration: congratulated the Commission on its work and acknowledged that it was difficult to evaluate outcomes against cost; however, it was vital to minimise the amount of children in care
    • The Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure: asked what were the most important issues when weighing up expenditure, given the tough service and financial planning context
    • The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing: questioned whether some of the work done by the Commission would link into the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Public Health Strategy
    • The Cabinet Member for Equalities and Communities: welcomed the work done but questioned whether alternative interventions which might be better suited to certain sections of the community had been explored

     

    In response to the question regarding the most important issues, Councillor Harrison stated that outreach was particularly vital in relation to Children’s Centres. Primary schools were also providing a lot of support but parents felt less supported by secondary schools.

     

    In response to the other points raised, officers stated that financial decisions were difficult but the Commission had reaffirmed its belief in early intervention. The types of intervention used had been subjected to trials and research and were evidence based; however, it was acknowledged that a conversation needed to take place regarding alternatives. Work had been done with health bodies and it was acknowledged that health issues were important regarding prevention and wellbeing.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)   To note and commend the Early Intervention Scrutiny Commission Report (Appendix 1).

     

    (2)   To approve the action plan prepared in response to the Commission’s recommendations.

     

    (3)   To agree that the implementation of the action plan should be monitored and reviewed by Children and Young People’s Service Scrutiny Sub-Committee.

     

10.

Lambeth's Cooperative Council Constitution 2013-14 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

    • View the background to item 10.

    (Report 52/13-14 and appendices)

    Non-key decision

    All wards

     

    Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

    Executive Director of Finance & Resources

     

    Contact: Dave Burn, Head of Democratic Services & Scrutiny; 020 7926 2186, DBurn@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    (Report 52/13-14 and appendices) (Non-key decision)

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)   To note the arrangements for the discharge of executive functions and local choice functions set out in Part 2, Sections 2 & 5 of the Constitution 2013-14.

     

    (2)   To appoint the bodies to undertake executive functions with the terms of reference, constitution and membership (including substitute members) as detailed in Part 2, Section 2 of the Constitution 2013-14 and Appendix 2.

     

    (3)   To note the appointment of the representatives of the Council on other bodies and outside organisations as approved by Council (22 May 2013) and to approve the appointments for which Cabinet is responsible as set out in Appendix 3.

     

    (4)   To note the scheme of delegation to Cabinet Members and officers, in relation to the discharge of executive functions, including the schedules thereto which apply to Cabinet Members, Executive Directors, Assistant Directors, Divisional Directors and Business Unit Managers, as set out in Part 2, Section 4 of the Constitution 2013-14.

     

    (5)   To confirm the renewal of all joint arrangements (whether by way of a joint committee or otherwise) which, following the adoption by the Council of executive arrangements, became either the sole responsibility of the Cabinet, or partly the responsibility of the Cabinet and partly the responsibility of the Council, as set out in Part 2, Section 5 of the Constitution 2013-14.

     

    (6)   To note that further revisions will be required following the management restructure to support cooperative working.