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1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 19 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Decision:

That the minutes of the on the 19 September be agreed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

Minutes:

1.1       That the minutes of the on the 19 September be agreed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

2.

Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 201 KB

Decision:

Councillor Mallory declared a personal interest under item 4 "Budget Cuts" as he was Chair of Lee Green Lives which was in receipt of a local assembly grant and a Main Grant.

 

Councillor Morrison declared a personal interest in respect of Item 4 "Budget Cuts" and Item 6 “Main Grants Consultation Results” as she was a trustee and officer of a trust in receipt of a main grant.

 

Councillor Rathbone declared a personal interest in item 4 “Budget Cuts” and item 6 “Main Grants Programme Consultation Results” as he was a member of Lewisham Citizens Advice Bureau and Voluntary Action Lewisham and he was a member of the Board of Lee Green Lives and Manor House Community Library.

 

Minutes:

2.1       Councillor Mallory declared a personal interest under item 4 "Budget Cuts" as he was Chair of Lee Green Lives which was in receipt of a local assembly grant and a Main Grant.

 

2.2       Councillor Morrison declared a personal interest in respect of Item 4 "Budget Cuts" and Item 6 “Main Grants Consultation Results” as she was a trustee and officer of a trust in receipt of a Main Grant.

 

2.3       Councillor Rathbone declared a personal interest in item 4 “Budget Cuts” and item 6 “Main Grants Programme Consultation Results” as he was a member of Lewisham Citizens Advice Bureau and Voluntary Action Lewisham and he was a member of the Board of Lee Green Lives and Manor House Community Library.

 

3.

Response to Referrals from this Committee

No responses to be considered at this meeting.

Decision:

There were no responses to referrals discussed at this Committee.

Minutes:

3.1       There were no responses to referrals discussed at this meeting.

4.

Budget Cut Proposals pdf icon PDF 566 KB

The following proposals fall within the remit of the Committee:

 

CYP   6          Cease funding for former CYP funded post in VAL

COM 10         Crime, Enforcement & Regulation Reorganisation

COM 11         Hub Libraries cuts to staffed opening hours

COM 13         Reduction in Arts, Development and Events funding

COM 16         Cultural and Community Development Staffing Structure

COM 17         Ending the Small and Faith Fund

RES  7           Reduce Corporate Apprenticeship Salary Budget

RES 10          Cease Graduate Programme

 

In addition to these, the following proposals will be considered

by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee but are of particular relevance

to this Committee:

 

COM 12         Cut to Main Grants Budget

COM 14         Reduce Local Assemblies Budget

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

The Committee resolved to advise the Public Accounts Select Committee of the following:

 

COM 10: Crime Enforcement and Regulation Reorganisation

 

The Committee stated that whilst they understood the severity of the budget situation, they felt a decision should not be made on the part of this saving proposal relating to the review of CCTV Service (£161k (20/21)), without a complete assessment of the full impact of this cut. This should include consideration of how often CCTV is used to stop crime taking place as it happens and retrospectively in prosecutions, as well as the extent to which the capacity being reduced would affect residents and partner organisations.

 

COM 11: Hubs Libraries Cuts to staffed opening hours

 

The Committee felt the proposals in their current form were unacceptable and further consultation was necessary before a decision could be made. A full Equalities Impact Assessment should also be undertaken. The Committee highlighted that section 9 of the budget pro-forma stated that those affected included “some of the most vulnerable in our society (who) will have been signposted to the library service by other public sector bodies such as Job Centre Plus, Central Government Departments, council services, GP etc.”

 

COM 12: Cuts to main grants budget

 

The Committee were concerned that the proposed cut of 30% was too high and there should be further consideration as to whether the scale of the cut could be reduced before a final decision was made.

 

COM 14: Local Assemblies Fund and COM 17: Ending the Small and Faith Fund

 

            The Committee felt that these two proposals should be considered together. The Committee stated that the retention of some form of small grant programme, accessible to community and neighbourhood groups, was essential to building strong communities. The Committee believed that Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money could not achieve this and that not all wards would receive regular CIL money. As such the Committee felt a new scheme must be created that would provide funds for small groups/initiatives and that this funding should be subject to approval of Ward Assemblies to retain local democracy and accountability.

 

 

Minutes:

4.1      Selwyn Thompson introduced the report to the Committee and highlighted that for the next two years, pending the Comprehensive Spending Review in summer 2019, the level of cuts needed were estimated at £30m, (£17m and £13m in 19/20 and 20/21 respectively). This round of cuts proposals were for proposals totalling just under £21m for 19/20 and 20/21.

 

4.2      Paul Aladenika highlighted that each savings proposal would need to consider equalities implications.

 

4.3      Sara Williams, Executive Director for Children and Young People introduced cut proposal CYP 6 “Cease funding for former CYP funded post in Voluntary Action Lewisham” to the Committee. Mark Drinkwater, Policy and Communications Coordinator and Tony Nixon, Director, Voluntary Action Lewisham also addressed the Committee on this proposal. During these presentations and in the discussion that followed, the following key points were highlighted:

·         The Council would always continue to have a close and positive relationship with Voluntary Action Lewisham and highly valued the work they did.

·         There was no referral to PAC on this proposal.

 

4.4      Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Head of Public Protection and Safety, introduced cut proposal COM10 “Crime Enforcement and Regulation Reorganisation”. In the discussion that followed the following key points were highlighted:

·         Members of the Committee felt more information on the potential impact of the part of the saving related to CCTV services should be obtained prior to a decision on this aspect of the saving being made. This should include consultation with partner organisations.

 

4.5      Liz Dart, Head of Culture and Community Development, introduced cut proposal COM11 “Hub Libraries Cuts to Staffed Opening Hours” and explained that the proposal contained 2 options. Caroline Jupp, Save Lewisham Libraries, was invited to address the Committee. Caroline tabled a document listing concerns on the proposed cuts reports, a copy of which will be included in the agenda documentation. Peter Richardson, Friends of Manor House Library, was also invited to address the Committee. In the discussion that followed the following key points were raised:

·         Members of the Committee felt that more information on the equalities implications was needed and further consultation would be important.

·         Members of the Committee commented that the proposals in their current format could lead to an unacceptable level of detriment to the most vulnerable in society.

 

4.6      Liz Dart, Head of Culture and Community Development, introduced cut proposal COM13 “Reduction in Arts Development and Events Funding”. In the discussion that followed the following key points were raised:

·         Alternative funding sources had been looked into but it had been very challenging to secure additional funds.

·         Hidden additional costs included the costs for policing Blackheath Fireworks and People’s Day. These costs were currently met by the Police but would be increasingly challenging for them.

·         There was no referral to PAC on this proposal.

 

4.7      Liz Dart, Head of Culture and Community Development, introduced cut proposal COM14 “Reduce Local Assemblies Budget”. This cut proposal had been looked at by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. A copy of their referral on this and COM 12 “Cuts to Main  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Safe Lewisham Plan pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

Minutes:

 

5.1       Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney, Head of Public Protection and Safety introduced the report to the Committee. In the discussion that followed, the following key points were highlighted:

 

·         Gender based violence included in its definition violence against men and boys.

·         Each secondary school in the borough had a named Police contact they could communicate with. Each Primary School had a Safer Neighbourhood Team they could contact.

·         The Lammy Review on the treatment of, and outcomes for, the BAME community in the criminal justice system, The Casey Review on Opportunity and integration, and the Young Review on Improving outcomes for young Black/and or Muslim men in the criminal justice system continued to be important reference documents for the team and the findings had been reviewed.

·         The Casey Review included a section looking at Prevent.

·         Work had been undertaken with Muslim women’s groups to help understand and address fear and perceptions of crime.

 

5.2       RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

6.

Main Grants Programme Consultation Results pdf icon PDF 8 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

The Committee noted the importance for some Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups of receiving funding from the Council as an endorsement allowing them to more easily secure additional funding from other sources. The Committee also noted that many VCS groups and services worked across more than one of the four funding streams on the Main Grants Programme and that this needed to be acknowledged within the process of awarding of grants. The Committee therefore made the following recommendation to be considered by the Mayor and Cabinet:

 

1.    That emphasis should be placed on the ability of Voluntary and Community Sector Groups to access additional resources alongside any grants from the London Borough of Lewisham.

2.    That emphasis should be placed on the ability of Voluntary and Community Sector Groups to meet more than one theme included in the Main Grants Programme.

3.    That no decision should be made on Main Grants Funding periods until a decision has been reached on the budget cuts proposal COM 17 “Ending the Small and Faith Fund”.

 

 

Minutes:

 

 

6.1       James Lee, Head of Service, Culture and Community Development, introduced the report to the Committee. In the discussion that followed, the following key points were raised:

 

·         The importance for some Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups of receiving funding from the Council as an endorsement allowing them to more easily secure additional funding from other sources was raised.

·         Members of the Committee noted that many VCS groups and services worked across more than one of the four funding streams on the Main Grants Programme and that this needed to be acknowledged within the process of awarding of grants.

·         The cuts proposal COM17 “Ending the Small and Faith Fund” should be considered alongside the Main Grants Fund proposals.

 

6.2       RESOLVED:

 

That the following recommendation be referred to the Mayor and Cabinet:

 

1.    That emphasis should be placed on the ability of Voluntary and Community Sector Groups to access additional resources alongside any grants from the London Borough of Lewisham.

2.    That emphasis should be placed on the ability of Voluntary and Community Sector Groups to meet more than one theme included in the Main Grants Programme.

3.    That no decision should be made on Main Grants Funding periods until a decision has been reached on the budget cuts proposal COM 17 “Ending the Small and Faith Fund”.

 

 

7.

Select Committee work programme pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

 

That comments on the NPS and CRC report be passed on to partners at the NPS and CRC.

Minutes:

7.1       Katie Wood, Scrutiny Manager, introduced the report to the Committee. The following points were noted during the discussion:

 

·         The following information was suggested as being included as part of the report the Committee would receive from the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and the National Probation Service (NPS):

1.    As much data as possible to include: data on the offending/re-offending rates; breakdown of gender/age/ethnicity.

2.    Information on the improvement plan

3.    Information on what was different between those that reoffended and those that were successfully rehabilitated.

 

7.2       RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

 

That comments on the NPS and CRC report be passed on to partners at the NPS and CRC.

8.

Items to be referred to Mayor and Cabinet

Decision:

Referrals were made as listed under Item 4 and Item 6.

Minutes:

Referrals were made as listed under Item 4 and Item 6.