Decisions by Individual Cabinet Members, Cabinet and Committees

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Decisions published

25/02/2019 - Contract extension for the RiSE partnership sexual health promotion service ref: 4304    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Adults & Health

Decision published: 15/02/2019

Effective from: 25/02/2019



1.         To waive clause 9.2 (requirement for competition) of the Lambeth Contract Standing Orders to extend the contract for the Rise Partnership for one year from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 for an amount of £392,867.


2.         To directly contract with the Naz Project London as the lead provider in the Rise Partnership to continue with this service model for one year until 31 March 2020.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Corinna Gamble

22/02/2019 - Waiver to increase of budget for St Leonard’s Primary Expansion Project ref: 4302    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 14/02/2019

Effective from: 22/02/2019


1. To note the variation to Jerram Falkus Construction’s contract resulting in a revised contract sum of £3,554,999.58;

2. That the St Leonard’s Primary Expansion Project budget be increased by £289,494.13, from £4,400,000.00 to £4,689,494.13, to accommodate the balance due to Jerram Falkus Construction (£288,379.13), associated additional professional fees and legacy works.


Wards affected: St Leonards;

Lead officer: Kamran Rashid

04/02/2019 - Revenue and Capital Budget 2019/20 – 2022/23 ref: 4301    Information Only

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/02/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2019

Effective from: 04/02/2019


In introducing the report the Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Andy Wilson, explained that:

·           This was a time of major uncertainty for the UK due to Brexit and for local councils due to the Government’s austerity agenda.

·           Jobs and the economy were at risk due to the Government’s failure to deal with Brexit.

·           The budget meant that the Council continued to provide services to vulnerable residents.

·           Even though the budget was balanced there was still uncertainty on any future finance settlement from the Government.

·           This budget protected the most vulnerable residents and delivered on an ambitious manifesto pledge, for a better, fairer Lambeth.


He further stated that:

·           Over the next year £500,000 would be invested into tackling serious youth violence with a further £1 million the year after.

·           A business rates discount scheme would be introduced for local firms that follow Lambeth Council’s lead and pay the London Living Wage.

·           Spending was protected on child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS), benefits advice, and violence against women and girl’s (VAWG) services.

·           As a result of considering the views of 4,000 residents who responded to the budget consultation, plans to make savings in the library service were scrapped.

·           As part of the commitment to continuing to invest in the borough despite austerity, £131 million would be invested over the next two years in roads and pavements, parks and homes. 

·           Cabinet were committed to delivering the policy to double the council tax on empty homes.


Councillor Wilson also summarised the responses from the budget consultation sent out to residents and highlighted:

·           The key findings, 46% of residents agreed/strongly agreed with the Council’s saving proposals, with 22% disagreed/strongly disagreed.

·           40% agreed/strongly agreed, with 23% disagreed/strongly disagreed, that the budget proposals would enable the Council to achieve its priorities.

·           Residents placed services for children, tackling youth violence and community safety as their top three areas for the Council to prioritise.


Councillor Donatus Anyanwu, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny, addressed Cabinet and noted that both the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Children’s Scrutiny Sub-Committee considered the budget proposals in great detail and advised that:

·           Assurance was needed that the proposed income on fees and charges was realistic, and the Committees would continue to monitor this.

·           Raising the reserve from 7% to 10% would have an impact on frontline services and Scrutiny Members were concerned about this.

·           Agency staff needed to be reduced otherwise savings would be difficult to achieve.

·           There was concern on the service changes proposed in Children’s Services and Adult Social Care and the impact these could have on the borough’s most vulnerable residents, as well as the feasibility of delivering the savings proposed.


Councillor Pete Elliott, Green Party Councillor, gave the following representation:

·           All public services should be properly funded by central Government, and the most vulnerable should be put first.

·           He was surprised there was no review of the estate demolition plans, as the programme would destroy hundreds of council homes with no new housing.

·           The estate demolition plans were undermined by the lifting of the borrow cap on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA).

·           It caused concerned to local residents that Lambeth Labour did not change their stance on estate demolition.

·           Lack of spending on temporary accommodation and the projected overspend in Children Services were signs that residents and those most vulnerable were not being prioritised. 


The Interim Strategic Director for Finance and Investment and the Council’s Section 151 officer added:

·           The settlement was received from central Government and there were no changesin relation to the budget.

·           There was continuation in the London pilot pool on business rates although with some changes.

·           Fees and charges had been achieved in previous years and was a realistic target.

·           Lambeth was the third lowest in London in terms of reserves, and as the Section 151 officer she was recommending an increase to the reserves to manage the risks the Council was facing.

·           It was reported previously to Cabinet that the lifting of the borrowing cap on the HRA would not create any additional funding for Lambeth.


The Strategic Director for Children’s Services, Annie Hudson and Interim Strategic Director for Adult’s and Health, Fiona Connolly, responded to some of the points raised and advised that:

·           The savings were deliverable and set out some examples highlighted in the report on how this this would be achieved.

·           Redesigning services so they were more effective with users in mind and enhancing commissioning arrangements were some of the ways they would deliver the savings target.

·           Programme management arrangements had been adopted to ensure that saving targets were on track and reassured Cabinet that there was no threat to the service provided to children and service users.

·           Many of the proposals had been developed over a considerable period, and while they were challenging it did offer many opportunities to improve services. The proposals were developed with the impact to service users not being affected.

·           There would be greater integration with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS which would contribute to delivering the savings targets.


Cabinet Members made the following observations and comments:

·           The issue raised by Councillor Pete Elliott, Green Party, on the lifting of the borrowing cap had already been dealt with at Cabinet and Overview and Scrutiny, and was unclear why the issues were being raised again when the Council’s position had been made clear.

·           Green Councillors had wrongly assumed that the massive savings target passed down from central Government could be made up by efficiency savings.

·           There was a number of inaccuracies in the submission made by Councillor Pete Elliott and there was investment in housing, temporary accommodation and dealing with rough sleepers.

·           Cabinet were satisfied that the Youth Offending Service was one of the best funded services in London, and there would be no negative impact on front line staff in this area.


Councillor Lib Peck thanked all those residents who took part in the consultation and to Councillor Andy Wilson.


Councillor Lib Peck also welcomed Councillor Jack Hopkins as the Leader-elect of the Council, and Members thanked the outgoing Leader of the Council for her service and commitment to Lambeth.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Christina Thompson

14/02/2019 - Oracle Cloud Maintenance and Support ref: 4300    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019


1.         To note the spend from 1 February to 14 February 2019 for an amount of £12,352.94.


2.         To award a third party Oracle Cloud support and maintenance contract to Softcat for a duration of 14 months from 14 February 2019 to 31 March 2020, for an amount of £337,647.06 and a total contract value of £350,000, with the option to extend to 30 September 2020.    


Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jason Martin

14/02/2019 - London HIV Prevention Programme – extension of condom distribution and outreach contract ref: 4299    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Adults & Health

Decision published: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019



1.    To waive section 9.2 of the Council’s standing orders on the grounds of urgency.


2.    To extend the contract with the Metro Centre for the LHPP condom distribution and outreach services for a maximum 12-month period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 at a total maximum cost of £444,750.


Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Fiona Connolly

13/02/2019 - Procurement of replacement contract for Residential Statutory and Non-Statutory Valuations ref: 4298    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision published: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 21/02/2019


To award the contract for Residential Statutory and Non-Statutory Valuations for the Council’s Housing Services to BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property UK Ltd for a contract term of 3 years from 1st March 2019 to 28th February 2022 through the Crown Commercial Services (Ref: RM 3816) Lot 1 National Panel, plus optional one year extension to 28th February 2023, with a maximum contract value of up to £750,000. Services will be delivered through their wholly owned subsidiary, Strutt and Parker who are experienced specialists in residential valuations.


Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kay Milstead

11/02/2019 - South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours (SoWN) neighbourhood forum re-designation ref: 4297    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes

Decision published: 01/02/2019

Effective from: 19/02/2019



1)    To approve the application for the re-designation of South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Forum as the neighbourhood forum for the South Bank and Waterloo neighbourhood area, included at Appendix 1.


2)    That the Cabinet Member delegates to officers the publication of the decision and the preparation of any associated documents required arising from recommendation (1) in accordance with the statutory requirements.


Wards affected: Bishop's;

Lead officer: Dominique Barnett

08/02/2019 - LJ Works Operator Service Level Agreement, Heads of Terms & Allocations Policy ref: 4296    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes

Decision published: 31/01/2019

Effective from: 16/02/2019



1.       To delegate completion of the Leases to Mission Kitchen and Meanwhile Space and associated Service Level Agreements to the Head of Valuation and Strategic Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes.


2.      To note the proposed allocation policy.  


Wards affected: Coldharbour;

Lead officer: Sonia Baralic

07/02/2019 - Reliance Arcade: Townscape Heritage Initiative grant offer ref: 4294    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 15/02/2019


To approve the issue of a formal grant offer to South Coast Furnishing Company Ltd. for £598,356.27 (capital) for heritage focused refurbishment and improvements in respect of Reliance Arcade, 455 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH.


To approve the inclusion of an additional ‘rent agreement’ clause within the THI Grant Agreement in order to protect existing tenants.



Wards affected: Coldharbour;

Lead officer: Ellie Cook

07/02/2019 - The Removal of Pay and Display Machines in Lambeth ref: 4295    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety (job-share)

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 15/02/2019


To approve the removal of all Pay & Display machines in the borough by switching them off in a phased approach.


To approve the gradual removal of Pay and Display machines from the streetscape.


Wards affected: Bishop's; Brixton Hill; Clapham Common; Clapham Town; Coldharbour; Ferndale; Gipsy Hill; Herne Hill; Knight's Hill; Larkhall; Oval; Prince's; St Leonards; Stockwell; Streatham Hill; Streatham Wells; Thornton; Thurlow Park; Tulse Hill; Vassall;

Lead officer: Jonathan Pook

06/02/2019 - Larkhall Park - Capital Improvements ref: 4293    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Neighbourhoods and Growth

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 06/02/2019


To approve and allocate several S106 Parks and Open Spaces covenants worth £175,686.08 to be used for works to improve safety within Larkhall Park.


Wards affected: Larkhall; Stockwell;

Lead officer: Kevin Crook

06/02/2019 - Approval of budget and planning for Lambeth Country Show 2019 ref: 4292    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture

Decision published: 29/01/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019



1.            To approve the total expenditure of £933,687 (a net expenditure for the Council of £510,689).

2.            To approve and issue a Park Event Permit allowing the Lambeth Country Show 2019 to be held in Brockwell Park on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019, subject to the Council’s event service protocols and terms and conditions of hire.

3.            To approve minor changes to the format which will reduce the forecast net expenditure.


Wards affected: Coldharbour; Herne Hill; Thurlow Park; Tulse Hill;

Lead officer: Lee Fiorentino