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RESOLVED that the minutes of the open meeting held on 1 October June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.



Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 208 KB


None received.


Outstanding Scrutiny Matters pdf icon PDF 108 KB


RESOLVED that the report noted.


London Borough of Lewisham's Brexit Preparations


The Panel received a report introduced by the Director of Corporate Policy and Governance (DCPG) about the London Borough of Lewisham’s (Lewisham) preparations for Brexit.


Commenting on the report, Members welcomed statement that the preparations were necessary in light of an announcement that the Government had identified a series of ‘reasonable worst-case assumptions’ for the impact of a no-deal Brexit.  It was recognised that the testing of business continuity plans for a variety of scenarios across key Council service areas remained a priority, with a focus on the distribution and supply of food, medicines and fuel. 


Members also noted responses to questions about Lewisham’s preparedness for Brexit from the Council’s Executive Directors within the scope of their individual service remit.  Other Directors present also contributed in clarifying issues to the Panel.  It was noted that ongoing efforts by the Council’s Brexit Co-ordination Group (BCG) with departments and across London regions were in line with Lewisham’s Corporate Strategy for 2018-2020.  Information that the coordinated efforts spanned across the Council’s work in relation to social care, school and children services, regulatory services, housing, homelessness and capital programme delivery, data protection and emergency planning was welcomed by Members.


Members expressed satisfaction that ideas gathered on the Council’s Brexit Plan via its website since January 2019 had been useful to the work of the BCG.  Members therefore endorsed a decision by Officers not to close website link until 31 October 2019 in light of the Government’s deadline for Brexit to occur, and the likelihood of a no-deal.


On behalf of the Panel, the Chair, Councillor Bill Brown invited comments from Councillor Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Democracy, Refugees and Accountability.  It noted that the Cabinet Member was leading on Lewisham’s preparatory work on Brexit.


In addressing the meeting, Councillor Bonavia echoed statements by the DCPG, confirming to the Panel that the arrangements assimilated a wide range of national guidance from government departments.  The Cabinet Member confirmed to the Panel that the baseline of the efforts was to ensure that Council’s departments had prepared their services to test and support business continuity arrangements for a variety of potential scenarios, including a no-deal Brexit.  Thus, there were ongoing liaisons with partners through the Local Resilience Forum.  Meetings with the police, and health service officials through the South East London Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships were also underway as part of the coordinated efforts by the BCG.  The Cabinet Member confirmed that Lewisham would also continue to participate in regional co-ordination across local government, to include weekly submissions to the London Resilience Forum and London Councils.


Councillor Bonavia continued by recalling to the Panel that residents living in Lewisham voted overwhelmingly for the United Kingdom to remain within the EU.  Thus, the coordinated efforts to enhance Lewisham’s response in delivering to its citizens would include arrangements for direct support to EU nationals through the establishment of various communication initiatives, with a view to increase an awareness of the EU settled Status (EUSS).


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Open Item(s) - Decision by Mayor and Cabinet on 10 October 2019 pdf icon PDF 213 KB


RESOLVED that the report be noted.


Overview and Scrutiny Select Committees Work Programmes - 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 107 KB


The Panel received an update report presented by the Scrutiny Manager in regards to Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee activities.  It was noted that Members were currently being consulted on potential changes to the scrutiny structure in Lewisham.  There would be a roundtable on Friday 18 October between 11am and 1pm, in Room 101 at Laurence House.  Thereafter, two drop in sessions would take place on Wednesday 23 October between 11am – 1pm and Tuesday 29 October  between 6-7pm.


The Scrutiny Manager further advised the Panel that Mayor and Cabinet would meet on 30 October to consider the budget cut proposals and referrals from the select committees on the cuts will be considered. 


The Panel also received confirmation by the Scrutiny Manager that those Select Committees undertaking in-depth reviews were collating evidence via written submissions, engagement activities and visits.  It was noted that the activities were progressing well.


Commenting on other aspects of work of currently undertaken by select committees, the Panel expressed a concern that the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Local Democracy Review excluded executive arrangements.  It was recognised that that was what was agreed by Members when the ToR was discussed, however, with hindsight, executive arrangements should have been included.  The Panel also suggested that contact should be made with Children and Young people representatives, and it was recognised that Calabash centre had been scrutinised by the Healthier Communities Select Committee, and the Mayor & Cabinet deferred decision on it.


RESOLVED that the report be noted.



Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Summary of the discussion that took place at the closed meeting to follow.


RESOLVED that the report be noted.


Decisions made by Mayor and Cabinet on 10 October 2019


RESOLVED that the report be noted.