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No. Item


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 219 KB


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July be agreed as an accurate record of proceedings.


Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 212 KB


Cllr Jacq Paschoud declared an interest in item 4 as she had a close family member in receipt of a care package from Lewisham Social Care.


Mayoral Response to Committee Referral pdf icon PDF 208 KB

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RESOLVED: That the response be noted.


Mayoral Response to Task and Finish Groups pdf icon PDF 211 KB


·         Digital Inclusion for Adults with Learning Disabilities

·         Housing Retrofit


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RESOLVED: That the responses be noted and that a referral to Mayor and Cabinet be made in respect of the response to the recommendations of the Digital Inclusion for Adults with Learning Disabilities Task and Finish Group:


·         The Committee noted that a number of responses cited a lack of resources and/or budget to carry out the recommended action.

·         The Committee recognises the very severe financial constraints which have been imposed on Council services, with cuts made year on year despite increasing demand. However, the Committee also feels that the council still needs to signal its ambitions, without being disengenuous; and seek out creative ways, including working more closely with partners, in which to improve the experience of this extremely vulnerable and excluded section of the community. The Committee would like the response to be reconsidered and for a fuller response to be provided.



Establishing Task and Finish Groups pdf icon PDF 404 KB

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(a)   Two time limited task and finish groups be established to look at creative and community workspaces and community gardening and allotments practice.


(b)   The following memberships for each group be agreed:


Creative and community workspaces:

1.    Cllr Rudi Schmidt (nominated as Chair)

2.    Cllr Billy Harding

3.    Cllr Mark Ingleby

4.    Cllr Aliya Sheikh

5.    Cllr Liam Shrivastava

Community gardening and allotments:

1.    Cllr Coral Howard (nominated as Chair)

2.    Cllr Natasha Burgess

3.    Cllr Will Cooper

4.    Cllr Laura Cunningham

5.    Cllr Sian Eiles



Cost of Living pdf icon PDF 415 KB



1.    The work done to date to support residents be noted.

2.    The proposed work to be carried out by the Cost of Living working group be noted.

3.    The Healthier Communities Select Committee review the draft Food Justice Action Plan and look at the commitment to providing Warm Havens for residents where they can spend time when the weather turns colder.

4.    The Safer Stronger Communities Select Committee review the Cost of Living programme from an equalities perspective to ensure that support is being provided in an equitable way for Lewisham residents.

5.    It be noted that the Children and Young People Select Committee would be looking at the cost of living crisis from the perspective of children and young people at its November meeting.