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Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

    Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor 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.



    Cllr Liz Atkins, Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed all attendees.


    There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 204 KB


Council Response to Covid-19

    A question and answer session with the organisational leadership regarding the Council’s response to the Covid-19 emergency.



    The Chair explained that the main item on the agenda was a question and answer session with the organisational leadership on the Council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While this was formally an Overview & Scrutiny Committee (OSC) meeting, members of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee (CSSC) had also been invited to attend and contribute in order that issues pertaining to Children’s Services could be considered at the same meeting.


    In order to make the meeting as productive as possible, committee members had been invited to submit questions in advance which were then circulated to the leadership representatives a week before the meeting. The questions had been split into themed sections and each theme would have its own dedicated portion of the meeting consisting of an introduction by the relevant Cabinet Member(s)/officer(s), followed by supplementary or additional questions on that theme from committee members.


    The deadline for public representations was 12pm on Friday 15th May. The Chair noted that the committee had received one such request by the deadline, from Nicola Kingston, Co-Chair, Lambeth Patient Participation Group (PPG) Network. This representation was made via pre-recorded audio message, while supporting documents submitted by Ms Kingston had also been circulated to members earlier in the day.


    The representation made the following key points:


    • She wished to thank the NHS, social care, council and community in Lambeth for their incredible work since the pandemic hit
    • Further information was requested regarding the statistics on Covid-19 in Lambeth, especially with regards to deaths, and any explanation and lessons learned regarding the differences between the local hospital trusts
    • Public Health staff should be central to the response in Lambeth, particularly with regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and the test, track and trace strategy
    • Further detail was requested regarding the differential outcomes particularly for BAME citizens
    • The PPG Network believed the only way forward was to work with local communities


    Due to time constraints and the number and nature of the questions already submitted to the leadership by members, the Chair explained that there would unfortunately not be time in the meeting for a detailed exploration of these issues, though members agreed that they be followed up by the relevant officers and responses reported back to the committee and Ms Kingston in due course.


    The Chair then moved on to Children’s Services issues. Councillor Ed Davie, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, and Merlin Joseph, Strategic Director, Children’s Services, provided an introduction during which the following points were made:


    • They were impressed by how Children’s Services staff had adapted to the changing circumstances, with most meetings now happening digitally but physical meetings taking place where necessary
    • Social workers had maintained contact with their clients according to need and risk assessments, and they were confident that appropriate support was being provided
    • A new critical safeguarding team had been established to make sure face to face support needs were met
    • Most schools in Lambeth had remained open for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, with around  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


2020-21 Overview & Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 312 KB

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    The Chair introduced the report and stated that preliminary discussions had already taken place between the Chair, Vice Chairs and relevant officers with regards to the agenda for the July meeting, which it was proposed would focus on the council’s finances (by way of the July Finance Review report expected at Cabinet later that month) and the current state of play with regards to the council’s climate change work, in light of Covid-19. This was unanimously agreed.


    A brief discussion then took place regarding possible topics for future scrutiny to be considered when planning the committee’s work programme for the 2020-21 municipal year.




    1. That the work programme as drafted and the status of actions be noted (Appendix 1).
    2. That the following agenda be agreed for the OSC meeting scheduled for 9 July 2020:

    -          July Financial Planning Report

    -          Update on the Council’s response to the climate emergency in light of Covid-19

    1. That the following topics be considered by the committee when planning its future work programme:

    -          The impact of the emergency transport programme and how this would be taken forward

    -          Poverty in the borough

    -          Changing work patterns in town centres and commercial spaces and the potential impact with regards to housing

    1. That the Senior Democratic Services Officer contact committee members by email outside the meeting to invite further suggestions