Agenda and draft minutes

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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.

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 13 May 2019 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

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Lambeth Partnership Plus Officers pdf icon PDF 228 KB

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by the Councillor Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Job, Skills and Community Safety, Doug Perry, Assistant Director Environment and Bayo Dosunmu, Strategic Director Resident Services. It was noted that:

    ·         The scheme enabled Local Authorities to purchase additional Police resource that were dedicated to that geographical boundary.

    ·         The main change to the new scheme was cost, the price for each pair of Police Officers had increased by £45,000. The costs increased due to Metropolitan Police Service budgetary pressures and unsustainability at existing rates. The new rates still represented a discount to the Local Authority, as MPS would continue to pay other costs (pension and national insurance etc)

    ·         The scheme would considerably impact on community safety by focusing on a series of high harm issues, including; modern slavery, women involved in prostitution, street population, night time economy issues with a focus on serious violence, drug trafficking and antisocial behaviour enforcement.

    ·         Including the officers funded by the Business Improvement Districts (BIDS), Lambeth arrangements would see 10 Police Constables and 1 Police Sergeant being purchased, with the scheme running until 2022. 

    ·         It was a Labour manifesto commitment to ensure Lambeth can secure its share of local officers and this scheme would have a considerable impact on the whole borough.

    ·         Officers would deploy from Council buildings to where they are needed, they would be based full time in the Civic Centre.

     

    Cabinet Members commented that the it was disappointing that the costs had increased but understood the rational. They were also concerned about the lack of support from Central Government to provide additional Police Officers across London and hoped the incoming Prime Minster would honour his pledge for the increase.

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the purchase of 10 PartnershipPlus Police Constables and one PartnershipPlus Sergeant, as part of the Met PartnershipPlus agreement, at a total net cost of £746,250 be approved.

     

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Lambeth Gambling Policy 2019-2022 pdf icon PDF 264 KB

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Budget and Performance Report - Quarter 4 of 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 700 KB

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance who highlighted that:

    ·         This report provided Cabinet with an overview of finance and performance for quarter four (Q4) of 2018/19.

    ·         The report presented budget and performance information together in a single report for Cabinet to review. In terms of format, information was presented according to the new organisational structure from 1 February 2019.

    ·         The General Fund was overspent by £1.5m with the Housing Revenue Account being balanced.

    ·         There was improvement compared to quarter three, but there were still a large number of areas that were identified as “red”. For each “red” indicator there was an action plan to address the issues.

    ·         Future budget and performance reports would be presented and aligned with the Borough Plan outcomes, this would enable the Council to ensure effective delivery on the Borough plan recommendations.

     

     

    Cabinet Members made the following comments and observations:

    ·         Pressures of £2.2m relating to overspends on temporary accommodation (TA) B&B costs were managed in year by higher than budgeted income of £2m. The pressure on TA was due to the impact of austerity and people falling into the poverty trap which was created by the current Conservative Government.

    ·         Recycling on estates was a challenge and a number of initiatives were being explored to tackling the issue.

    ·         Payments to Small and Medium sized business had improved and Cabinet hoped this continued as delayed payments really affected small businesses.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    Performance for Quarter 4 of 2019/20, including the Key Performance Indicators

    (KPIs) that have been highlighted as being of concern were noted. 

     

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Financial Planning and Medium Term Strategy Report 2019/20 to 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 429 KB

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance who highlighted that:

     

    ·         In February Council approved the budget during a significant period of uncertainty.

    ·         Currently, the government in Westminster was a still disorganised, no majority, a Brexit plan that was not fit for purpose with no alternative. The Council also face sustained demographic challenges, rising costs of social care and a complete lack of clarity on future financing of local government.

    ·         The Council had long argued about the impact of austerity and the need for proper funding of public services. The scale of funding uncertainty was why Cabinet rejected the opposition calls to use the reserves to keep funding spending. 

    ·         Money that was put into reserves would not cover the financial pressures in children’s services that this council faced. Nine out of ten local authorities spent more than their budget last year on children’s services and the LGA estimates that the shortfall this year is £1.1 billion pounds.

     

     

    In response to questions from Cabinet, Hamant Bharadia, Director of Finance and Property advised that, the current budget had already taken into account the pay rise for schools that was announced the previous day.  However, if there was any increase above inflation further savings would need to be identified.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1)    That the change to the funding deficit as set out in Table 3, and the consequent amendment to the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy, be approved.

     

    2)    The Council’s commitment to delivering the agreed revenue savings planned for 2020/21 (£15.64m) and 2021/22 to 2022/23 of (£22.02m), as set out in Table 3, be re-affirmed.

     

    3)    That the key risks set out in paragraphs 2.18 to 2.37 be noted.

     

    4)    The 2018/19 General Fund outturn overspend of £1.526m as confirmed in Table 4 paragraph 2.38 be noted.

     

    5)    The 2018/19 Housing Revenue Account outturn is on budget as confirmed in Table 5 paragraph 2.45 be noted.

     

    6)    The capital investment outturn of £162.72m against the 2018/19 budget of £230.65m as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.2 and Appendix 3 be noted.

     

    7)    The changes to the three year Capital Investment Programme for the period 2019/20 to 2021/22 as set out in paragraphs 3.6 to 3.10 and summarised in Appendix 1 were noted.

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Lambeth's Borough Plan Review pdf icon PDF 243 KB

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by Councillor Jenny Brathwaite, Deputy Leader and Hannah Jameson, Head of Policy and Partnerships, they highlighted:

    Since the Borough Plan was first published in 2016, the context in which the public sector was operating had changed. In 2010 the government set out a plan to eliminate the deficit primarily through public expenditure reductions. Lower than predicted rates of economic growth has meant that the deficit target was unlikely to be achieved until the mid-2020s, meaning the period of highly constrained public spending continued.

     

    Our annual public health report (2018) shows that the average healthy life expectancy for adult males has reduced by 6.8 years since 2011-13. This is just one illustration of the rising demand facing public services. Lambeth’s Borough Plan set out our approach to meeting this challenge.

     

    In response to questions from Cabinet Members, the Head of Strategy and Partnerships advised that:

    ·         Lambeth first partnership board were involved in developing the Borough Plan and they would have an ongoing role in monitoring and evaluating outcomes. There were a range of other partnerships (VCS, HWB) that would also be involved.

    ·         As we developed our growth strategy, we would continue to engage with businesses more in our objectives. 

    ·         A review of the borough plan measures would take place over the next six months to ensure that they enable us to effectively measure our impact.

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the proposed Borough Plan goals be approved.

    That the next steps in developing, adopting and implementing the Borough Plan be agreed.