Agenda item

Questions from Councillors

Minutes:

1.         Councillor Scott Ainslie to Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of the Council

Supplementary Question
Councillor Ainslie asked what new initiatives were expected to be announced at Conference Of the Parties 2026.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Holland stated that the Council was continuing to lobby the Cabinet Office with three different proposals at Conference Of the Parties 2026 including an exhibition and an event. Various announcements would be made in the near future.

 

2.         Councillor Tim Briggs to Councillor Daniel Adilypour, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air (job-share)

Supplementary Question
Councillor Briggs asked what date could be given for the additional traffic to evaporate after the introduction of LTNs.  

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Adilypour stated the data would be gathered to make assessments and then an informed decision could be made based on the data.

 

3.         Councillor Marianna Masters to Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment 

Supplementary Question
Councillor Masters asked if the Council could request Council partners to continue to update risk assessments to consider the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on specific groups such as BAME, pregnant and older workers, and how they could mitigate risks. Further, if flexible working options could be expanded upon to meet the needs of employees.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Wilson stated that assistance would be given to Council partners to ensure that Covid-19 secure measures were taken, especially regarding the workforce. The Council had strong relationships with local employers and consulted with them on working terms and conditions. A project was underway to examine the best use of remote working whilst ensuring that services were still delivered to residents.  Future discussions would be held with organisations regarding the terms and conditions in relation to flexible working.

 

4.         Councillor Paul Gadsby to Councillor Mahamed Hashi, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air (job-share)  

Supplementary Question
Councillor Gadsby asked how the Council was monitoring the e-scooter scheme, how the success of the scheme would be monitored and how residents’ concerns would be addressed as a result of the trial on e-scooters.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Hashi stated that a regulated trial would evaluate the safety benefits and how they would affect the reduction of emissions. It would also enable the Council to properly understand the evidence on whether e-scooters were a viable form of transport. E-scooters and other motorised transport were banned from parks and the Council needed to work on helping residents understand this. The e-scooters to be trialled would turn off automatically on specific spaces including parks.

 

5.         Councillor Mary Atkins to Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment                                                                                        

Supplementary Question
Councillor Atkins asked what benefit to businesses a fair tax mark could achieve.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Wilson stated that a fair tax mark could help change the local economy so that Council-contracted organisations paid a fair tax and businesses could use this to enhance their brand. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fair tax accreditation stood a greater chance of winning Council contracts and residents would be more likely to purchase goods and services from them.

 

6.         Councillor Scarlett O’Hara to Councillor Jaqui Dyer, Deputy Leader of the Council (Jobs, Skills and Community Safety)

Supplementary Question
Councillor O’Hara asked how the Council was working with the Police to ensure that young people were treated with respect and dignity during stop-and-searches.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Dyer stated that the Lambeth Made Safer Strategy was tending to the issue. Police, neighbourhood leads, Black Thrive and King’s College London were developing training to help build trusting relationships with the Police. Kings College London and Black Thrive Lambeth were involved in research of the impact of stop-and-search on the mental health of children and young people and this would be made available to the Council. Mental Health and emotional wellbeing interventions would also be created to further the support.

 

7.         Councillor Jackie Meldrum to Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of the Council Supplementary Question                                                                                        

Councillor Meldrum asked how coordination and practice for the four types of EU citizens (those with visas, pre-settled status, those with settled status and those with no status) would be implemented and whether resources were available to enact changes to Council processes and polices.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Holland stated that Lambeth residents who were EU or EEA residents without relevant notification were encouraged to contact the Council. Support and advice would continue to be provided and £113,000 had been invested to support Voluntary and Community Sector groups to support residents with applications. Additional Adults and Health staff had been appointed to assist with applications relating to vulnerable adults.

 

8.         Councillor Nicole Griffiths to Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of the Council Supplementary Question                                                                                        

Councillor Griffiths asked what planning had been done or mitigations in place to deal with extreme weather arising from the climate emergency, including high temperatures and flooding.

          Supplementary Answer

          Councillor Holland stated that it was important to lobby Government and move toward to a carbon-zero future. The Council would learn from other boroughs to implement adaptation strategies on flood risk and build sustainable buildings that took account of climate change. The Council would also continue to invest and support residents so that they can take measures to protect themselves.

 

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