Decisions by Individual Cabinet Members, Cabinet and Committees

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Decisions published

04/03/2021 - Adult Learning Approved Provider List ref: 7775    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

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

Decision published: 24/02/2021

Effective from: 12/03/2021

Decision:

1          To appoint 29 providers to join the Lambeth Adult Learning Approved Provider List from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2026, which will have an option to extend for 2 years 2026-2028. Over the 5-year lifetime of the Approved Provider List, the value of contract awards will be £9.315m.

 

2.      To seek delegated authority to the Director of Economy, Culture and Skills to undertake mini-competitions within the APL and award call-off contracts to providers from the APL each academic year in line with the available funding from the GLA. It is estimated that the annual funding will be approximately £2.3m less, approximately £437,000 (equivalent to19%) of which is spent on administration of the contract.

 

3.      To delegate authority to re-open the Approved Provider List every 2 years and consequent decisions to the Director of Economy, Culture and Skills.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lesley Robinson


03/03/2021 - Short-term floating support for care leavers in their own tenancies ref: 7771    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Children's Services

Decision published: 23/02/2021

Effective from: 03/03/2021

Decision:

 

(1)  To waive clause 9.2 of the Council’s Contract Standing Orders to award a contract to Settle for the provision of medium-level floating support to twenty care leavers for twelve months with proposed dates from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2021 at a cost of £80,000.

 

(2)  To waive clause 9.2 of the Council’s Contract Standing Orders to award a contract to Single Homeless Project for the provision of intensive-level floating support to twenty-five care leavers for twelve months with proposed dates 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2021 at a cost of £200,000.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sophie Konradsen


03/03/2021 - Acquisition of 300 Norwood Road, West Norwood, SE27 ref: 7772    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision published: 23/02/2021

Effective from: 11/03/2021

Decision:

 

1.         To approve the purchase of the property for the sum detailed in the exempt part II report together with all associated acquisition fees and costs and that the cost be met from the capital budget.

 

Wards affected: Knight's Hill;

Lead officer: Kay Milstead


02/03/2021 - Lambeth Country Show 2021 ref: 7770    

This report proposes that the Country Show in 2021 is run as a virtual event as for 2020 because due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a full-scale Country Show with open access would not be able to go ahead in 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture

Decision published: 22/02/2021

Effective from: 10/03/2021

Decision:

(1)             To run the 2021 Lambeth Country Show as a virtual event as per the arrangements for the 2020 Show.

(2)             To prepare an options assessment for the 2022 Country Show, to be the subject of a separate decision report.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lee Fiorentino


25/02/2021 - Representations on Draft Charging Schedule 2020 ref: 7769    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider the representations received in response to publication of the Draft Charging Schedule 2020, prior to submission to the Planning Inspectorate for examination

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

Decision published: 17/02/2021

Effective from: 05/03/2021

Decision:

 

1.    To note the representations received on the Draft Charging Schedule January 2020 and to agree the response to those representations, as set out in Appendix A.

 

2.     To authorise the submission of the Modified Draft Charging Schedule 2021 at Appendix B for independent examination and the preparation and publishing of any associated documentation required in connection with that examination.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Benny Clutario


24/02/2021 - Increase the contract sum for Pellings LLP ref: 7768    Recommendations Approved

This report recommends the Housing Construction Related Consultancy Contract with Pellings LLP be varied by £0.562m from £3.407m to £3.969m.

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

Decision published: 16/02/2021

Effective from: 04/03/2021

Decision:

 

1.         To increase the CPA for Consultancy Services for the Project Management and Associated Services for the Delivery of Capital Works to Pellings LLP from £3,407,000 to £3,968,587 for 2020/21.

 

The revised contract expenditure is set out in this table:

 

Supplier

Original CPA, £m

Current CPA balance £k

Cost of additional instructions, £k

Revised CPA level required £k

Pellings

3.407

258.063

819.650

          561.587

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Ingram


23/02/2021 - High Streets Recovery - Reopening High Streets Safely grant funding ref: 7767    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Sustainable Growth and Opportunity

Decision published: 15/02/2021

Effective from: 23/02/2021

Decision:

 

1.    To note the information provided about the RHSS fund and Lambeth Council’s £290,782 allocation to support temporary reopening activities.

 

2.     To approve entering into the grant funding agreement to secure this funding, in line with Lambeth’s Grant Action Plan, as summarised in this report.

 

3.     To delegate authority to the Head of High Streets, in collaboration with the Director of Economy, Culture and Skills, to approve spend of this grant funding in line with the funding agreement and Grant Action Plan, as summarised in this report.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nabeel Khan


23/02/2021 - Grant of Easement to National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc ref: 7766    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Head of Valuation & Asset Management Services

Decision published: 15/02/2021

Effective from: 23/02/2021

Decision:

(1)  To agree to the grant of the easement agreement to National Grid on the terms set out in this report.

 

Wards affected: Clapham Common; Clapham Town; Ferndale;

Lead officer: David Gobel


08/02/2021 - 49 Brixton Station Road/6 Canterbury Crescent - Development Objectives and Delivery Partner Procurement Exercise ref: 7762    Recommendations Approved

The council is seeking to support Brixton town centre’s future development and economic and community resilience through the redevelopment of two council-owned sites. The core development principles which will guide the redevelopment of the sites - including the delivery of 50% affordable housing and 20% affordable workspace – as well as the council’s requirements around ensuring the delivery of significant workspace, employment, community engagement and equalities and diversity benefits are set out in this decision paper for approval.

 

The council is also seeking delegated authority to launch a competitive, OJEU compliant procurement exercise to secure a development partner to deliver the desired regeneration outcomes in line with the core development principles.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 08/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 20/02/2021

Decision:

The report was introduced by Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes who set out the following:

·         There had been a lengthy period of engagement on the back of a strong record of Labour delivery for residents of Brixton.

·         A number of local schemes had delivered affordable homes in the centre of Brixton and there was a thriving economy in the coined “Rec Quarter”.

·         The scale of the housing crisis was deeply concerning; the availability of affordable housing needed to be addressed. As of 1 December 2020, there were over 3,000 active bidders in the wards of Ferndale, Coldharbour, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, and Brixton Hill on the Council’s housing register.

·         The scheme would deliver new commercial and affordable workspace, providing new homes for Brixton businesses and supporting the creation of hundreds of jobs while contributing to the economic resilience of Brixton.

·         A shortage of council, social and affordable housing meant local families were either in overcrowded or unaffordable homes in Brixton, some of whom faced having to leave the area.

·         This can only be addressed by building more council, social and affordable housing for the local community.

 

 

Cabinet Members made the following comments and observations:

·         The engagement had happened over a long period and included all the key partners, stakeholders and local people.

·         People wanted to live in thriving areas where there was a strong economy, job prospects and inclusivity. 

·         Cabinet welcomed the vision from Councillor Bennett and acknowledged the work of the team. The Net Zero pledge was also welcomed as well as proposed waste compactor and the need to have a public realm fit for the current times; this scheme proposed to achieve this. 

·         Shortage of housing was a highly concerning problem and more truly affordable homes were needed; this development would contribute to achieving that.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

1)    To commence the process to procure a delivery partner for 49 Brixton Station Road/6 Canterbury Crescent by way of a Development Agreement on a long leasehold basis.

 

2)    To authorise officers to publish the procurement opportunity on the Find a Tender Service (FTS).

 

3)    To agree that a Competitive Procedure with Negotiation (CPN) procurement process is used with the Development Agreement included as part of the procurement documents which will be finalised under delegated authority by the Strategic Directors of Sustainable Growth & Opportunity in consultation with Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes and the Director of Legal and Governance prior to agreement to enter into the Development Agreement being made at a future meeting of the council’s Cabinet committee.

 

4)    To note the financial assumptions set out in Part II of this report.

Wards affected: Coldharbour;

Lead officer: Jennifer Angus


08/02/2021 - Revenue and Capital Budget 2021-22 ref: 7763    Recommendations Approved

The Revenue and Capital Budget report will set out the General Fund budget for 2021-22 and planning totals for the following four years together with a refreshed Medium Term Financial Strategy, Financial Management Strategy and Treasury Management Strategy.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 08/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 20/02/2021

Decision:

The Revenue and Capital Budget Report was introduced by Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance who advised Cabinet of the Following:

·        The Council was planning for next year’s budget in a state of continued uncertainty from central government around the pandemic, the future of local government finance and the long-term funding pressures of essential services.

  • The UK was already beginning to see some of the impact that Brexit was having in the short term on the UK’s relationships with our nearest trading partner, and the medium- and long-term effects of the transition to a country outside the European Union was still uncertain.

·        Council Tax and the Adult Social Care precept were temporary measures and long-term pressures required longer term funding solutions and no clear plan on the future of social care and how we would pay for it had been forthcoming from this government. As a result, local authorities were forced by central government to raise Council Tax in order to achieve a sustainable financial footing.

·        Despite the uncertainty, and the significant spending to support residents through this crisis, the prudent financial management meant the Council was able to set a balanced Medium-Term Financial Strategy, through a mixture of income generation, savings and use of reserves.

·        The Council was committed to helping the most vulnerable, and had expanded the welfare safety net for people in financial difficulty so that more people could access the support they needed.

·        An extra £500,000 in emergency financial support for residents at immediate risk of financial hardship.

·        An extra £1million to the budget for discretionary housing payments to support residents who may struggle to pay their housing costs due to the virus.

·        Additional funding for local advice surgeries to ensure that help was at hand to assist residents in finding the support they needed.

·        The Council was considering what further support could be given to those who needed to self-isolate, which had been the major gap in the government’s flawed Covid-19 response.

·        Expanded support for vulnerable people who struggled to pay their Council Tax by increasing the scope and funding for our Council Tax Support scheme.

·        The administration’s budget reflected its values, supporting people at a time of hardship and rebuilding the welfare safety net removed by central government.

·        Support to vulnerable people in our communities would continue, but central government needed to ensure the promise of funding for local authorities in full for the work and resources used to fight Covid-19 was honoured.

 

Councillor Jonathan Bartley addressed Cabinet and made the following points:

·        He looked forward to the Council debate, and felt that there was a wide range of support measures for local people.

·        It would have been better if the Council Tax Support Scheme could have been brought forward to this year.

·        It was concerning that some level of enforcement had begun to be taken against those who were receiving Council Tax support, and he wanted reassurance that would not be the case

 

Cabinet Members made the following comments and observations:

·        They thanked finance colleagues for the work on Foster Carer council tax allowance – which was revolutionary and would create better outcomes for young people.

·        It was good news that the council tax support scheme would be extended so more people in need would be supported.

·        Over the years the Council had undertaken good and prudent financial planning and had sufficient reserves to help deal with recent challenges. 

·        It was unfair to local people that Central Government had not addressed the lack of Adult Social Care (ASC) funding which targeted the poorest and most in need. Cabinet welcomed the ASC white paper as the fundamental issue (funding) had not been addressed by Central Government.

·        The resources that the council had to allocate to essential services was not sufficient to meet the rising needs of the population; this was a result of sustained cuts to the Council’s budget.

·        Those who fell into Council tax arrears would be supported to help manage any debt.

·        It would not be possible to bring forward the Council Tax Support scheme due to the lengthy consultation needed, however the council were using the government Local Council Tax Support grant and Hardship Fund to provide support.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1)     To recommend Council to note or adopt the recommendations listed below.

2)     To approve the disposal of the properties identified in Appendix 7b.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Amaris Wong


08/02/2021 - Recycling, waste collection and street cleansing services contract ref: 6762    Recommendations Approved

The current contract comes to an end on 31 March 2021 and cannot be extended. The Council’s intends to issue an OJEU Notice a procure a new contract to commence on 1 April 2021. This decision relates to the award of the contract following the procurement process that will be using the Competitive Dialogue procedure

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 08/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 20/02/2021

Decision:

In introducing the report Councillor Claire Holland, Deputy Leader of the Council (Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clear Air) highlighted the following points:

·         Lambeth was a place people want to live, work, and invest and this contract award would support the Borough plan’s sub-objectives:

o Town centres – manage our neighbourhoods, estates and town centres so they feel safe and welcoming.

o Environmental impact – invest in the circular economy, cut down carbon emissions, significantly cut waste, encourage reuse by residents and businesses.

·         That this contract would deliver substantial savings, £2m each year, by minimising non-direct delivery costs including overheads, profits and making the operation more efficient and greener.

·         The contract would deliver more recycling with expanding collections to small electrical and electronic waste, expansion of the food waste collections on our estates with an additional 3,000 waste collections from homes at no additional cost, and recycling batteries and textiles.

·         There was an emphasis on giving staff some certainty about their future, ensuring enough resources were available, that there was full trade union recognition and a reduction in agency staff.

·         Rates of pay would be set at London Living Wage or market rate, whichever was the higher, and that there would be an integrated and extensive social value component ensuring that Lambeth residents, young people, and priority groups were fully involved in the contract.

 

Councillor Jonathan Bartley addressed Cabinet and advised that:

·         The report demonstrated great benefits.

·         Clarity was needed on how the Council reconciled its Responsible Procurement Policy.

·         Involvement of Serco in other areas such as Test and Trace, and HS2 should have been considered when awarding the contract as many of those issues were subject of Motions agreed at Council and the entire Council should have been against the award.

 

 

In response to some of the questions from Cabinet, Venetia Baptiste-Reid, Director of Environment and Streetscene advised that: 

·         The process was competitive, took place over 2 years and achieved quality and value. 

·         The different stages of the procurement process were explained and were set out in paragraph 2.4 of the report.

·         There would be access to employment opportunities and a strong training offer for local residents including our young people and those who would benefit from preemployment training access.

·         The contract did include flexibility to make some changes and to future proof against future legislation etc.

·         From the apprenticeships programme – 15% would be earmarked for care leavers in addition to other priority groups.

·         The correct and proper process was followed and if no contract was awarded there would be huge risk to the council if challenged.

·         Robust contract management and performance monitoring would be in place to ensure that the terms and conditions of the contract were being met.

·         A Community Partnership Board would be established, including residents, voluntary sector and councillors to support the monitoring of the social and community benefits aspects of the contract including the annual Community Benefits Plan.

·         As set out in the report Serco Ltd scored higher in both the finance and quality parts of the tender and in accordance with the published award criteria it was recommended Serco Ltd be approved as the successful bidder.

 

 

 

Members of Cabinet made the following observations and comments:

·         There needed and would be a strong client and commissioning approach to ensure the performance was being achieved and that Serco continued to achieve the performance targets set by the Council.

·         Despite 10 years of austerity the Council was still able to deliver a good, value-for-money service, and this contract delivered on savings that could be deployed to other areas of severe central government underfunding, such as Adult Social Care. 

·         A fully electric fleet back under Council control and wider recycling was welcomed and helped achieve the Council’s climate emergency ambitions.

·         The contract reflected the needs of residents and improvements for the environment as well as delivering substantial savings year on year.

·         The offer to young people and other local benefits was positive and would make a huge difference to the local area and local residents. 

·         GMB Trade Union was supportive of the contract.

·         The Equalities Impact Assessment Panel reviewed the report in great detail and was satisfied that the procurement met the equalities and social value aims.

·         It was a thorough process lasting 2 years with a lot of time and thought and this was the best option for our service users and local residents.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

1)    To award the Recycling, Waste and Cleansing contract to Serco Limited for the initial term of six years with the option to extend for up to a further eight years depending on contract performance. The eight years in the extension can be any combination of additional years meaning the authority can choose to terminate or have an earlier break clause within that 8 years extension. The new service has a total maximum contract value of £118.7m over the six years, amounting to an average of £19.8m per annum and a maximum total value of approximately £277m over the total of 14 years.

 

2)    To note the statutory standstill period and leaseholder consultation processes that must be followed before the contracts may be formally awarded.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Doug Perry


22/02/2021 - Q3/Q4 2020/21 Payment for Services Provided by SBEG under London Eye S106 Agreement ref: 7765    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 22/02/2021

Decision:

To waive the Council’s Contract Standing Order 9.2 requiring competitive tendering for contracts over £100,000 for the goods and services under an Agreement with South Bank Employers’ Group Ltd (SGEG) dated 4 September 2019, to pay £275,886 in respect of goods and services delivered by SBEG for quarters 3 and 4 of 2020/21.

Wards affected: Bishop's;

Lead officer: Wendy Goodman


10/02/2021 - Lambeth Local Plan Review – Main Modifications ref: 7764    Recommendations Approved

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

Decision published: 10/02/2021

Effective from: 10/02/2021

Decision:

1.         To undertake public consultation on the proposed main modifications to the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version in Appendix 1 and the associated sustainability appraisal of the proposed main modifications in Appendix 2.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Catherine Carpenter


17/02/2021 - Next Steps Accommodation Programme ref: 6761    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision published: 09/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Decision:

1.         To note the spend from 1 December 2020 to 16 February 2021 for an amount of £174,064.55.

2.         To waive Contract Standing Order 8.2 (in accordance with section 17.2 of the contract standing orders) due to demonstrable best interest and directly award the MHCLG NSAP contract to Thames Reach from 17 February and 31 March 2021 at a contract value of £99,465.45 and a total value of £273,530.

3.         To approve the short-term licenses at 70-72 Acre Lane and 54 Clarence Avenue between 1 February 2021 and 31 March 2021.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Emma Casey


15/02/2021 - Customer Experience & Digital Programme capital budget allocation ref: 6760    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision published: 05/02/2021

Effective from: 23/02/2021

Decision:

1.         To note the spend from 01 April 2020 to 15 February 2021 for an amount of £1,838,252.

2.         To approve the allocation of £2,952,252 from the Digital Transformation capital budget as approved by Cabinet on 20 July 2020 (£3m).  Refer to table 1 (section 3) for full project list and budget breakdown.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Matt Gunn


11/02/2021 - Food and Green Waste Disposal Procurement ref: 6759    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader of the Council (Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air)

Decision published: 03/02/2021

Effective from: 19/02/2021

Decision:

 

1.         To award Veolia Environmental Services, for the reception and treatment of Food and Green Waste Disposal a contract for three years, from 12 July 2021 to 11 July 2024, with the option to extend for a further year to 11 July 2025.

2.         The estimated value of the contract is £1,186,657, with the option to extend for a further 1 year at an estimated value of £418,713, bringing the total maximum contract value over the contract term to £1,605,370, including all extensions.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kelly Williams


10/02/2021 - HR Transformation Professional Services ref: 6758    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Finance and Investment

Decision published: 02/02/2021

Effective from: 10/02/2021

Decision:

1.         To note the appointment of Grant Thornton to support the Council’s HR Transformation project from October 2019 through to October 2020 at a total cost of £145,405. 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Dean Shoesmith


10/02/2021 - Integrated Energy Bureau Service, Display Energy Certificate and Carbon Reporting Facility Contract ref: 6757    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision published: 02/02/2021

Effective from: 10/02/2021

Decision:

 

1.         To award a new contract for Integrated Energy Bureau Services, Display Energy Certificate and Carbon Reporting to Energy Auditing Agency Ltd from the 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2023 at a cost of £157,325. 

 

2.         To approve an option to extend the contract up to a further 24 months (in two twelve-month increments) from 1 February 2023 to 31 January 2025 for an additional £157,325 and an estimated total contract cost of £314,650.   


 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Malcolm de Vela


10/02/2021 - Allocation of NCIL to employment and skills ref: 6756    Recommendations Approved

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

Decision published: 02/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

To allocate up to £5,000,000 from Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) to fund employment, skills and training programmes from October 2020 to March 2024.

 


 

Lead officer: John Bennett