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The Leader of the Council explained that, following publication of the agenda, Councillor Maria Kay had taken on full responsibility for the Finance and Performance portfolio, for the period 8 June 2020 to 20 September 2020, while Councillor Andy Wilson was on shared parental leave.
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.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 3 February 2020 be approved as a correct record of the proceedings.
Councillor Maria Kay, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, provided an overview of budget and performance issues for quarter four (Q4) 2019/20. Councillor Kay explained that the report included a range of information including direction of travel, a summary of key performance indicators by Borough Plan outcomes, as well as key areas of concern. The following points, set out in the report, were noted:
- A general trend of continuous service improvement.
- A significant improvement in performance in relation to first time entrants to the youth justice system aged 10-17.
- The Council had overspent against its budgets by £12m at the end of the financial year due to ongoing budgetary and demand pressures across Children’s Services and Adults and Health.
- The Council continued to lobby Central Government for a longer-term funding solution for Adult Social Care costs.
- The Q4 reporting period did not reflect pressures and challenges posed by Covid-19.
Councillor Kay confirmed that Cabinet would continue to receive details of budget and performance issues via regular quarterly reports during 2020/21.
Councillor Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Opposition, and Councillor Pete Elliott made representations which focussed on:
- Concerns that Cabinet had not met since 3 February 2020 and had, to date, not considered the financial impacts of Covid-19.
- Concerns about household waste and resident satisfaction with the quality of repairs.
- The importance of taking action to address a number of issues concerning equalities, diversity and inclusion.
- The need to review both the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy and the viability of the Homes for Lambeth Business Plan in response to Covid-19.
Cabinet discussed a wide range of issues, including matters relating to: the Council’s response to Covid-19; the importance of integrated health and social care; the need to build more homes to help reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation; the work that was needed to ensure care leavers education, employment and training opportunities were maximised; the importance of looked after children receiving health assessments; Lambeth’s strategic approach to applying the waste hierarchy; and new workstreams that were progressing in response to Lambeth’s Equality Commission.
Councillor Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, explained that in response to the enormous public outpouring of anger and concern about the killing of George Floyd, the Council had launched an audit of all landmarks, statues and works of art in public spaces. This was in order to review links to slavery, colonialism and the oppression of black and minority ethnic communities. It was highlighted that this audit would be brought to community consultation, so the Council could work with local communities to review the appropriateness of local monuments and statues across the borough.
In response to questions about waste, the Strategic Director of Resident Services clarified that the percentage of total waste sent for reuse, recycling or composting was improving. In terms of total household waste generated per household it was explained that unfortunately not all waste datasets had been received and processed ... view the full minutes text for item 3.