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No. Item

379.

Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 208 KB

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None were made.

380.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on January 16 2019 be

confirmed and signed as a correct record

381.

Outstanding Scrutiny Matters pdf icon PDF 12 KB

Decision:

Noted.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

382.

Matters Raised by Scrutiny and other Constitutional Bodies pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Decision:

No open matters.

Minutes:

No open matters had been raised by the Overview & Scrutiny Business

Panel..

383.

Council Budget 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having considered an officer report, and presentations by Mayor and the non-

voting job share Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, Councillor

Amanda De Ryk, the Mayor and Cabinet agreed that:

 

(1) the comments of the Public Accounts Select Committee of 5 February

2019 be received and Mayor and Cabinet decisions on the budget report will

be taken formally with the budget update report on 13 February;

 

(2) having considered the views of those consulted on the budget, and subject

to consideration of the outcome of consultation with business ratepayers and

subject to proper process, as required, the Mayor and cabinet approves as

follows:

 

Capital Programme

 

(3) the 2018/19 Quarter 3 Capital Programme monitoring position and the

Capital Programme potential future schemes and resources as set out in

section 5 of this report be noted;

 

(4) to recommend that Council approves the 2019/20 to 2021/22 Capital

Programme of £344.7m, as set out in section 5 and attached at Appendices

W1 and W2;

 

Housing Revenue Account

 

(5) the consultation report on service charges to tenants’ and leaseholders in

the Brockley area, presented to area panel members on 27 November 2018,

attached at Appendix X2 be noted;

 

(6) the consultation report on service charges to tenants’ and leaseholders

and the Lewisham Homes budget strategy presented to area panel members

on 13 December 2018 as attached at Appendix X3 be noted;

 

(7) sets a decrease in dwelling rents of 1.0% (an average of £0.96 per week)

– as per the requirements from government as presented in section 6;

 

(8) sets a decrease in the hostels accommodation charge by 1.0% (or £0.36

per week), in accordance with Government requirements;

 

(9)  the following average weekly increases/decreases for dwellings be

approved for:

 

(10) service charges to non-Lewisham Homes managed dwellings (Brockley);

           caretaking                 4.30% (£0.22)

           grounds                     4.30% (£0.09)

           communal lighting   4.30% (£0.07)

           bulk waste collection           4.30% (£0.06)

           window cleaning     4.30% (£0.01)

           tenants’ levy             15.0% (£0.02)

 

(11)     service charges to Lewisham Homes managed dwellings:

           caretaking                 3.27%  (£0.19)

           grounds                     3.63% (£0.07)

           window cleaning     11.11% (£0.01)

           communal lighting   0.88% (£0.01)

           block pest control     1.84% (£0.03)

           waste collection       8.33% (£0.04)

           heating & hot water1.31% (£0.13)

           tenants’ levy             15.38% (£0.02)

           bulk waste disposal3.70% (£0.03)

           sheltered housing   1.00% (£0.24)

 

(12)     approves the following average weekly percentage changes for hostels

and shared temporary units for;

           service charges (hostels) – caretaking etc.; no change

           energy cost increases for heat, light & power; no change

           water charges increase; no change

 

(13)     approves an increase in garage rents by 25% (£2.37 per week) for

Brockley residents and 25% (£3.06 per week) for Lewisham Homes residents;

 

(14)     notes that the budgeted expenditure for the Housing Revenue Account

(HRA) for 2019/20 is £169.6m, split £99.9m revenue and £69.7m capital,

which includes the decent homes and new build programmes;

 

(15)     agrees the HRA budget strategy cut proposals in order to achieve a

balanced budget in 2019/20, as attached at Appendix  ...  view the full decision text for item 383.

Minutes:

The Mayor reported that he and other Cabinet Members had attended the

Public Accounts Select Committee to discuss the Budget. He stated that the

Budget which was being presented was very different from the one he wished

to present. Government austerity had dictated that £30M of cuts were

required over two years and so far some £18M had been identified. In spite of

the reduction of funds the Mayor pointed out solid positive achievements had

been made in areas such as Refugees, Housing, Insourcing and the Lifelong

Learning Partnership. He promised that the innovative use of budgets would

continue and he thanked officers for their assistance in realising

achievements in the most difficult of circumstances.

 

Councillor Amanda De Ryk confirmed the level of cuts that would be required

in the next two years and she joined the Mayor in thanking officers for their

efforts in constructing the Budget.

 

Having considered an officer report, and presentations by Mayor and the non-

voting job share Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, Councillor

Amanda De Ryk, the Mayor and Cabinet, for the reasons set out in the report,

by a vote of 8-0:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(1) the comments of the Public Accounts Select Committee of 5 February

2019 be received and Mayor and Cabinet decisions on the budget report will

be taken formally with the budget update report on 13 February;

 

(2) having considered the views of those consulted on the budget, and subject

to consideration of the outcome of consultation with business ratepayers and

subject to proper process, as required, the Mayor and cabinet approves as

follows:

 

Capital Programme

 

(3) the 2018/19 Quarter 3 Capital Programme monitoring position and the

Capital Programme potential future schemes and resources as set out in

section 5 of this report be noted;

 

(4) to recommend that Council approves the 2019/20 to 2021/22 Capital

Programme of £344.7m, as set out in section 5 and attached at Appendices

W1 and W2;

 

Housing Revenue Account

 

(5) the consultation report on service charges to tenants’ and leaseholders in

the Brockley area, presented to area panel members on 27 November 2018,

attached at Appendix X2 be noted;

 

(6) the consultation report on service charges to tenants’ and leaseholders

and the Lewisham Homes budget strategy presented to area panel members

on 13 December 2018 as attached at Appendix X3 be noted;

 

(7) sets a decrease in dwelling rents of 1.0% (an average of £0.96 per week)

– as per the requirements from government as presented in section 6;

 

(8) sets a decrease in the hostels accommodation charge by 1.0% (or £0.36

per week), in accordance with Government requirements;

 

(9)  the following average weekly increases/decreases for dwellings be

approved for:

 

(10) service charges to non-Lewisham Homes managed dwellings (Brockley);

           caretaking                 4.30% (£0.22)

           grounds                     4.30% (£0.09)

           communal lighting   4.30% (£0.07)

           bulk waste collection           4.30% (£0.06)

           window cleaning     4.30% (£0.01)

           tenants’ levy             15.0% (£0.02)

 

(11)     service charges to Lewisham Homes managed dwellings:

           caretaking                 3.27%  (£0.19)

           grounds  ...  view the full minutes text for item 383.

384.

Income Generation Update pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the non-voting job

share Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, Councillor Amanda De

Ryk, the Mayor and Cabinet agreed that:

 

(1) the draft Income Generation Strategy be adopted and implemented; and

 

(2) the current pilot to centrally resource income generation activity should

convert to permanent using the identified funding of £200k as per section 7.

Minutes:

In presenting the report, Councillor De Ryk stressed that while Income

Generation was making a welcome contribution to Council finances and was

at the heart of all Council workings, it was not a magic wand that could solve

the massive financial challenges faced by the Council.

 

Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the non-voting job

share Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, Councillor Amanda De

Ryk, the Mayor and Cabinet for the reasons set out in the report, by a vote of 9-0:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(1) the draft Income Generation Strategy be adopted and implemented; and

 

(2) the current pilot to centrally resource income generation activity should

convert to permanent using the identified funding of £200k.

385.

Procurement Social Value Policy pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the non-voting job

share Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, Councillor Amanda De

Ryk, the Mayor and Cabinet agreed that the draft Social Value Policy be

approved for implementation, including the required amendment to the

standard procurement evaluation weighting to support this.

Minutes:

Councillor De Ryk indicated that it was the intention of the Administration to

maximize Social Value from Procurement, hence a new suggested weighting

of 50% cost, 40% quality and 10% social value.

 

Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the non-voting job

share Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, Councillor Amanda De

Ryk, the Mayor and Cabine for the reasons set out in the report, by a vote of

9-0:

 

RESOLVED that the draft Social Value Policy be approved for

implementation, including the required amendment to the standard

procurement evaluation weighting to support this.

386.

Draft Transport Strategy and Local Implementation Plan 2019-2041 (LIP3) pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the voting job

share Cabinet Member for Parks, Neighbourhood and Transport, Councillor

Brenda Dacres, the Mayor and Cabinet agreed that:

 

(1) the draft of the Transport Strategy and Local Implementation Plan 2019-

2041 (LIP3),be approved for final submission to TfL and approval by the

Mayor of London.

 

(2) authority be delegated to the Executive Director for Customer Services, for

minor changes to LIP3 in the lead up to final submission to TfL in consultation

with the appropriate Cabinet Member.

Minutes:

The Mayor indicated his support for the creation of 18 transport

neighbourhoods and mentioned his visit to the London Borough of Waltham

Forest to examine the transport infrastructure projects in Walthamstow known

as Little Holland.

 

Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the voting job

share Cabinet Member for Parks, Neighbourhood and Transport, Councillor

Brenda Dacres, the Mayor and Cabinet, for the reasons set out in the report,

by a vote of 9-0:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(1) the draft of the Transport Strategy and Local Implementation Plan 2019-

2041 (LIP3),be approved for final submission to TfL and approval by the

Mayor of London.

 

(2) authority be delegated to the Executive Director for Customer Services, for

minor changes to LIP3 in the lead up to final submission to TfL in consultation

with the appropriate Cabinet Member.

387.

Comments of the Public Accounts Select Committee on financial control pdf icon PDF 578 KB

Decision:

Having considered an officer report and a presentation by the Chair of the

Audit Committee, Councillor Alan Hall, the Mayor and Cabinet agreed that the

Committee’s comments be noted and the Executive Director for Resources &

Regeneration be asked to provide a response.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Chair of the Audit Panel, Councillor Alan Hall

who highlighted what he deemed to be a major failure of internal financial

control. The Mayor indicated he believed much of the presentation made was

wrong but that he would ensure a response was prepared for the Select

Committee.

 

Having considered an officer report and a presentation by the Chair of the

Audit Committee, Councillor Alan Hall, the Mayor and Cabinet:

 

RESOLVED that the Committee’s comments be noted and the Executive

Director for Resources & Regeneration be asked to provide a response.

388.

Exclusion of Press and Public pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Decision:

Approved.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that in accordance with Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local

Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to

Information)(England) Regulations 2012 and under Section 100(A)(4) of the

Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the

meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve

the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3, of Part 1

of Schedule 12(A) of the Act, and the public interest in maintaining the

exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information

 

10. Confidential Matters Raised by the Overview & Scrutiny Business Panel.

389.

Matters Raised by Scrutiny

Decision:

Having considered a call-in received from the Overview & Scrutiny Business

Panel, the Mayor and Cabinet resolved to confirm the decisions made on

January 16 2019 in respect of the Contract for the provision of Carer

Information Advice and Support Services.

Minutes:

A formal call-in agreed by the Overview and Scrutiny Business Panel on

January 29 was presented by the Chair and Vice-Chair, Councillors Bill Brown

and Juliet Campbell.

 

The Cabinet considered a detailed confidential response to the five issues

raised by the Business Panel which was circulated by the Executive Director

for Community Services.

 

Following prolonged debate and questioning the Deputy Mayor thanked the

Business Panel for issuing the call-in saying she was impressed by the

passion being shown on behalf of Carers. She said she was satisfied due

diligence had been undertaken and gave her personal assurance that the

correct decision had been delivered. She promised also that the Contract

would be closely monitored.

 

Having considered a call-in received from the Overview & Scrutiny Business

Panel, the Mayor and Cabinet by a vote of 9-0:

 

RESOLVED that the decisions made on January 16 2019 in respect of the

Contract for the provision of Carer Information Advice and Support Services be confirmed.

 

The meeting closed at 8.06pm