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Decisions published

14/09/2020 - Budget and Performance Report – Quarter 1 2020/21 ref: 6666    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/09/2020

Effective from: 14/09/2020

Decision:

Councillor Maria Kay, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, provided an overview of budget and performance issues for quarter 1 2020/21. 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 were noted: 

 

-       During the Covid-19 lockdown, despite some disruption to services, 100% of essential services had been delivered.

 

-       The Covid-19 dashboard, which highlighted the daily impact of the pandemic for critical areas such as contracts and referrals, social care visits and benefit processing time.

 

-       The efforts of staff and innovative use of technology that had allowed, on the whole, performance to hold up and remain at levels seen prior to lockdown, with particular note to Children’s Services.

 

-       The Council was forecasting a gross overspend against budgets of £42.7m mainly due to Covid-19 related expenses and shortfalls in income.

 

-       The Council was continuing to lobby central government to fund a greater share of the costs associated with Covid-19.

 

Councillor Kay explained the Council’s response to the pandemic had included setting up a network of food delivery hubs across the borough with local community groups, with over 20,000 food parcels delivered to vulnerable residents. In addition, it was noted that the Council had responded to the crisis by supporting health and care providers to access personal protective equipment, providing three months of rent relief for 318 businesses and voluntary and community sector tenants, providing additional funding of £500,000 for the Emergency Support Scheme and £4.2 million for Lambeth’s Local Economy Hardship Fund which supported businesses and charities most at risk during the pandemic.

 

It was noted that the largest area of Covid-19 related spend related to Adults and Health, where expenditure had included uplifts to homecare and residential care providers, care package cost inflation, additional capacity staffing costs, shielding and supporting the vulnerable and the cost of personal protective equipment. It was also noted that income losses related to parking charges, three months of free rent provided to commercial property tenants by the council, income losses associated with cancelled events and other losses associated with a general reduction in economic activity since the start of the financial year.

 

Councillor Becca Thackray, speaking on behalf of the Green Group, thanked officers for taking on board the recommendations and suggestions that had been put forward by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Leader of the Opposition in relation to the additional information that had been provided in the report.

 

The Leader of the Council, and Members of the Cabinet, thanked Councillor Kay for taking on full responsibility for the Finance and Performance portfolio and for making a significant contribution while Councillor Andy Wilson had been on shared parental leave, for the period 8 June 2020 to 20 September 2020. 

 

In conclusion, the Leader of the Council raised serious concerns about central government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Councillor Hopkins highlighted  that the Council’s ability to support local residents and business, and future service improvements, would be at risk as a result, especially if promises to fund local authorities for work that had been undertaken to tackle Covid-19 were not kept.   

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That the latest performance outturns for the Borough Plan Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and for the Priority Services KPIs, be noted.

 

(2)  That the latest update of the activity that had taken place in the directorate business plans towards delivery of the Borough Plan be noted.

 

(3)  That the quarter 1 outturn position of the council be noted and that budgetary risks moving forward be considered.


14/09/2020 - Lambeth Events Strategy and Policy 2020-2025 ref: 6665    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Cabinet are asked to adopt Lambeth’s Events Strategy 2020-2025 and Lambeth’s Events Policy 2020-2025.
The current Events Strategy approved by Cabinet ran 2016-2020 and has now expired. A separate policy document has also been developed, based on regional best practice

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 14/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/09/2020

Effective from: 26/09/2020

Decision:

Councillor Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, introduced Lambeth’s Events Strategy 2020-2025. Cabinet was informed that this was a revised strategy and was a result of extensive public consultation and recommendations arising from the Events Scrutiny Commission, undertaken during 2019.

 

The Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture highlighted that Lambeth was a wonderfully diverse borough and stated that cultural events played an important role reflecting this diversity in educating, entertaining and in bringing local communities together. The following points were noted:

 

-       Events provided recreational, employment and educational opportunities that helped to build strong and resilient communities through participation and involvement; as well as increasing health and social benefits.

 

-       The excellent work of the council’s events team, including the facilitation of a diverse programme of events which had helped to make Lambeth one of the best destinations for events in London.

 

-       The overarching values from the 2016-2020 strategy remained but the refreshed strategy would focus on the need for events to be environmentally sustainable, financially transparent, locally led and accountable.      

 

It was explained that the Covid-19 pandemic had changed the way events had been delivered across the country and that the council’s events team would continue to work with colleagues in Public Health and the Safety Advisory Group to ensure any events that were allowed to take place were in line with up to date guidance.  

 

Councillor Becca Thackray, speaking on behalf of the Green Group, welcomed the strategy but highlighted that it was important that the economic and financial benefits arising from events were widely publicised, with greater transparency about how this income would be used to improve parks.

 

In response to questions, the Assistant Director Neighbourhoods confirmed that the Lambeth Events Strategy 2020-2025 would enable communities to develop and deliver hundreds of community events each year while enabling a smaller number of larger commercial events to take place in a balanced and proportionate way. It was noted that this would allow wider social, economic and cultural benefits across the borough. It was also confirmed that 17 of Lambeth’s parks and green spaces held a Green Flag award and that, overall, the borough had been awarded Gold at the prestigious London in Bloom competition.

 

RESOLVED that Lambeth’s Events Strategy 2020-2025 be adopted.       

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kevin Crook


25/09/2020 - Bill Payments and Cash Collections Services Contract ref: 6669    For consultation

The Council offers a large range of payment options for bill paying customers, such as direct debit, kiosks, internet, telephone, Post Office and PayPoint. These payment options facilitate the collection of approximately £353 million per annum. The Council also offers facilities for those residents that prefer to make cash payment transactions.

It is proposed to award a new Bill Payments and Cash Collection Services Contract that enables Lambeth Residents to pay their Lambeth bills at any Post Office and at any PayPoint outlet when the current arrangements come to an end on the 30 September 2020.

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 25/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To approve award of a contract to Allpay Ltd through a call-off from the Procurement for Housing (PfH) Framework for Electronic Payment Services (Lot 1 – Multiple Network Solutions for Bills Payments and Cash Collection Services).   The contract will commence on the 1 October 2020 for a period of three years to 30 September 2023 at an annual contract cost of £123,267 and total cost of £369,801. 

 

2.         To approve an option to extend the contract for a further 12 months from 30 September 2023 to 30 September 2024 for an estimated total contract cost of £493,068. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sonia Jean-Marie


25/09/2020 - Tulse Hill Environmental Improvement Works ref: 6668    For consultation

This report seeks approval to appoint Blakedown Landscapes as the successful bidder in an open tender process that included four other tenders, to carry out a programme of Environmental Improvements on the Tulse Hill Estate, commencing 09 September 2020, for a period of 20 weeks. The improvements include, upgrading the estate roads, the creation of new community designed green spaces, installation of play areas and traffic calming measures.

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader of the Council (Housing and Homelessness)

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 03/10/2020

Decision:

To award a contract to Blakedown Landscapes to carry out a programme of environmental improvements to the Tulse Hill Estate at a cost of £789,692.88 and an expected duration of 20 weeks.

 

Wards affected: Tulse Hill;


24/09/2020 - Contract award for Mental Health Adult Social care floating support; supported accommodation services and the Living Well Partnership (LWP) ref: 6667    For consultation

To waive section 8.2 of the Council’s contract standing orders for reasons of demonstrable best interest, to extend the 9 contracts for mental health supported accommodation and community support services by 24 months from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022.

 

The rationale for this extension is based on the importance of these services for meeting the needs of Lambeth residents with serious and enduring mental illness. The extension will enable the Alliance to (1) continue to provide essential services in order to meet the needs of vulnerable adults (2) complete financial modelling, needs analysis and contract reviews, (3) implement a framework agreement for MH supported accommodation and community support from April 2021, and (4) undertake ‘call offs’ via a framework for Mental Health community support and supported accommodation based on revised specifications which will improve outcomes, quality and value.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care (job-share)

Decision published: 16/09/2020

Effective from: 02/10/2020

Decision:

1.         To waive section 8.2 of the Council’s contract standing orders for reasons of demonstrable best interest, to extend the 8 contracts for mental health supported accommodation and community support services (Contract No.1-8 at Table.1, para 2.4, p.3) for 24 months from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022. The total maximum value is £5,166,524.44.

 

2.         To waive section 8.2 of the Council’s contract standing orders for reasons of demonstrable best interest, to extend the contract with Mosaic Clubhouse (Contract No.9 at Table.1, para 2.4, p.3) for 24 months from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022. The total maximum value is £1,191,394.40.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jonathan Goodall


22/09/2020 - Contract extensions for IEG4 digital services ref: 6664    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision published: 14/09/2020

Effective from: 22/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To note the spend from 01 April to 22 September 2020 for an amount of £83,416.

2.         To extend the contractual arrangements with IEG4 for the continued provision of Housing Benefits e-forms via the G-Cloud framework for £56,466 for 11 months from 22 September 2020 to 30 June 2021 and to extend the contract for the provision of the portal providing  access to Housing Benefits and other services for an amount of £155,834 and a total value of £233,750 for 15 months from 01 April 2020 to 30 June 2021.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Matt Cooper


21/09/2020 - Lambeth (L3) Public Realm project ref: 6663    

1. To approve the use of £1,447,509 from the Capital Programme Public Realm Protection budget to fund specialist infrastructure that mitigates against risks arising from potential hostile vehicles and is in line with Rush Common Consent.

2. To award Allen Fencing Ltd the contract to supply and install the measures as described in Part II of this report at a value of £1,107,596 from August 2020 until August 2022.

3. For the Council to enter a S8 Highways Act 1980 agreement with Transport for London for works on their boundary.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety

Decision published: 11/09/2020

Effective from: 29/09/2020

Decision:

1.    To approve the use of £1,447,509 from the agreed Transport and Public Realm capital budget to fund specialist infrastructure that mitigates against risks arising from potential hostile vehicles and is in line with Rush Common Consent.

 

2.    To award Allen Fencing Ltd the contract to supply and install the measures as described in Part II of this report at a value of £1,107,596. The contract term will run for a period of 2 years from August 2020 until August 2022 to cover any delays to the programme.

 

3.    For the Council to enter a S8 Highways Act 1980 agreement with Transport for London for works on their boundary.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jay Ward


16/09/2020 - Electronic Signature Solution ref: 6661    Recommendations Approved

The covid-19 pandemic has required the Council to adapt its working practices with staff encouraged to work from home where possible and adopt new ways of working. To ensure service continuity it has been essential to implement an efficient and secure solution for the electronic signing of Council documents, with a solution initially piloted for the signing and sealing of Planning 106 Agreements and commercial contracts within Legal Services in May 2020.

Urgent Council wide need has made it necessary to expand the solution across service areas in the organisation including, Legal Services, HR, Homeownership and Rents, Housing Needs, Neighbourhood Housing, and Accounts Receivable teams.

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 08/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To approve a contract with DocuSign Inc as a waiver under Section 17 of the Contracts Standing Orders for the provision of an Electronic Signature Solution at a total contract cost of £109,384 for three years running from the 14 September 2020 to 13 September 2023.  

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Malcolm de Vela


16/09/2020 - Your New Town Hall - Phase 2 - Lambeth Archives ref: 6662    Recommendations Approved

To agree the lease arrangements for the commercial space at YNTH to enable YNTH Phase 2 to proceed.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision published: 08/09/2020

Effective from: 24/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To agree that the Archives will be located on part of the ground floor and basement of the new building that replaces Olive Morris House.

2.         To delegate authority to the Head of Valuation and Strategic Assets to enter into a sub-lease in line with this report, to secure a 999-year lease at nominal rent together with an agreement for the development of the Archives and commercial space

3.         To authorise the Head of Valuation and Strategic Assets to finalise the terms of the lease and agreement in the best interest of the Council.

4.         To delegate authority to the Head of Valuation and Strategic Assets to make a decision on the commercial space, its occupier and enact any necessary lease agreements.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sandra Roebuck


04/09/2020 - Funding Temporary Mortuary Provision to March 2021 ref: 6660    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture

Decision published: 04/09/2020

Effective from: 04/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To approve payment of £588,928 to the London Borough of Camden for temporary mortuary accommodation, covering the period through to March 2021, by 4 September 2020.

2.         To sign the inter-authority legal agreement.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kevin Crook


11/09/2020 - Letting to Oasis Children’s Venture of 8 Bolton Crescent, London SE5 0SE ref: 6659    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 03/09/2020

Effective from: 11/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To authorise the Head of Valuation & Strategic Assets in conjunction with the Head of Legal Services:

a)    To grant a lease of the subject property to Oasis Children’s Venture on the proposed terms outlined in sections 2.2 and 2.3 of this report and detailed in Statement of Requirements (within Lot 4) of the Shorts Breaks Activities Tender Documentation. 

b)    Any other terms deemed necessary

 

Wards affected: Oval;

Lead officer: Rubina Nisar


10/09/2020 - 10/22 Tooting Bec Gardens - Contract Variation ref: 6656    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision published: 02/09/2020

Effective from: 10/09/2020

Decision:

To award to Engie Regeneration Limited a variation to the contract for External and Internal refurbishment of 10/22 Tooting Bec Gardens, in the sum of £317,610. for the installation of about 30 en-suite bathrooms, with shower, wash hand basin and w/c. It is proposed works shall commence during September 2020 for a contract period of 16 weeks.

 

Wards affected: St Leonards;

Lead officer: Paul Ingram


10/09/2020 - Somerleyton Road Workspace Provisions ref: 6658    Recommendations Approved

A cabinet member decision is required to:
• approve the council entering into agreements to lease for a portion of the commercial space within Block A (Carlton Mansions) and Block B (Theatre building) at Somerleyton Road

• approve a variation on the build contract to enable additional works to the basement to make it suitable for occupancy by a commercial tenant

• authorise the Business, Culture and Investment team to lead on the marketing of the remaining commercial spaces to secure tenants in line with the council’s Creative and Digital Industries Strategy.

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

Decision published: 02/09/2020

Effective from: 18/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To authorise the council to enter into an Agreement to Lease with each of the proposed tenants identified in the part II report for commercial space within Block A (Carlton Mansions) and Block B (Ovalhouse Theatre building) at Somerleyton Road.

 

2.         To authorise the Council to enter into a Lease with each of the proposed tenants identified in the part II report on satisfaction of the conditions contained in the respective Agreement to Lease.

 

 

3.         To delegate authority to the Enterprise, Jobs and Skills division to begin marketing of the remaining commercial spaces within Black A and Block B in consultation with the Somerleyton Road Project Team and Valuation and Asset Management Service.

 

Wards affected: Coldharbour;

Lead officer: Bruce McRobie


10/09/2020 - Extension of Insurance Legal Services framework ref: 6657    Recommendations Approved

Extension of the existing insurance legal services framework to ensure continuity for the handling of civil compensation claims and redress applications beyond the closure date of the Redress Scheme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision published: 02/09/2020

Effective from: 18/09/2020

Decision:

(1)          To approve a contract variation to increase the value of the existing insurance legal services framework by £6,000,000 taking the total cost under the framework to £16.2m to allow for the cost of disbursements incurred in handling civil litigation cases and redress claims, for the four suppliers listed below:

 

Kennedy’s LLP;

Browne Jacobson LLP;

Berryman’s Lace Mawer LLP; and,

Clyde & Co LLP.

 

(2)          To approve an extension to the existing four suppliers under the insurance legal services framework to extend the period of the original contract for a further nineteen months from 31 May 2021 to 31 December 2022 to ensure a period of continuity during the operation of the historic abuse Redress Scheme.

 

(3)          To waive contract standing order requirement for competition.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mark Nicolson


07/09/2020 - Contract Award for Early Intervention and Targeted Support Children (0-5) and their families ref: 6655    Recommendations Approved

Approval to contract awards for the continuation of Targeted Support Services. Targeted support provides community-based parenting programmes, family support for young parents and advice support for debt management, benefits and housing.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Decision published: 27/08/2020

Effective from: 15/09/2020

Decision:

1.         To note the spend over 19 months on the targeted support contracts with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM), St Michael’s Fellowship and Merton and Lambeth Citizen’s Advice between 1 January 2019 and 31 July 2020 of £579,882.5 to the following providers: South London and Maudsley NHS Trust £233,088.50 St Michael’s Fellowship £237,500 and Merton and Lambeth Citizen’s Advice £122,461. The contract period is from 1 January 2019 to 31 July 2021.

 

2.         To approve an extension as a waiver to Contract Standing Orders 8.2 to continue the targeted support service contracts for an amount of £379,344 to the following providers: South London and Maudsley NHS Trust £152,000. St Michael’s Fellowship £150,000 and Merton and Lambeth Citizen’s Advice £77,344. The contract period is from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Dave Smithers


04/09/2020 - Cherry Groce Memorial ref: 6639    Recommendations Approved

To commemorate 35 years since the shooting of Cherry Groce, the Cherry Groce Foundation announced that a memorial will be unveiled in Windrush Square in September 2020. However, the challenging economic climate arising from the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the Foundation so far failing to raise sufficient donations to meet the memorial’s estimated £151,163 cost. To enable the memorial to proceed as planned, the Foundation has requested that the Council underwrites the project’s cost and, once installed, maintains the memorial in perpetuity at public expense.

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision published: 26/08/2020

Effective from: 04/09/2020

Decision:

1.         That a CIL and Section 106 Funding Request SAP Template be submitted to secure £81,749.24 to fund the proposed Cherry Groce Memorial in Windrush Square, Brixton and the opening ceremony event.

 

2.         That the Director of Environment and Streetscene negotiates and enters into an agreement with the Cherry Groce Foundation under section 1 of the Localism Act 2011 whereby the Council:

 

a.         Underwrites the construction-related costs of the memorial, subject to the Foundation making a unilateral undertaking to use its best endeavours to repay the Council its costs; and,

b.         Becomes responsible for the memorial’s future cleaning, maintenance and repair.

 

3.         That upon project completion, the Cherry Groce Memorial in Windrush Square becomes part of the Parks & Leisure Services’ asset inventory and maintained within the overall management plan for the Square.

Wards affected: Coldharbour;