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Councillor Susan Wise declared a personal interest in Item 7 as a member of
the Lewisham Homes Board and as the holder of a pension from Lewisham
Councillor Alan Hall declared a personal interest in Item 7 as a member of the
Phoenix Community Housing Board.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on January 17 2018 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
A petition supported by 450 persons was submitted by Father Boniface
Akpoigbe MSP The petition opposed parking restrictions on Sundays on
Deptford High Street and daily after 6.30pm and called for their removal.
A petition supported by 27 residents of Blashford Street was submitted by
Councillor Joan Reid. The petition called on the Council to introduce a CPZ
for treasons stated.
9 questions were received from the following Councillors which were
answered by the Cabinet Members indicated. A copy of the questions and
answers was circulated separately and can be viewed on the Council’s
website with the meeting papers.
4 questions were received from the following members of the public which
were answered by the Cabinet Member indicated. A copy of the questions
and answers was circulated separately and can be viewed on the Council
website with the meeting papers.
Council meetings in March
The Vice-Chair reminded members that there were to be two Friday evening
meetings of the Council in March. On March 2 to bestow the Freedom of the
Borough on Sir Ian Mills and on March 23 to give the same honour to Wozzie
Brewster. Additionally, dependent on the outcome of the February 22
Appointments Panel, it was planned to convene a short meeting of the
Council on Wednesday March 14 at 7pm to confirm the appointment of a new
The Budget proposals were introduced by the Mayor who thanked staff across
all Directorates for their help in compiling the Budget. The Mayor confirmed
that he was proposing a Council Tax rise of 3.99% and proposed to use
Council reserves in order to ensure a balanced budget was achieved.
The Mayor confirmed that he did not intend to vary the budget proposals he
had already fully set out at Mayor and Cabinet on February 7 and 14 and
which did not require further amendment unless there was an unexpected late
change to the GLA precept when that body met to set its budget the following
A motion that the proposals be accepted was moved by the Cabinet Member
for Resources, Councillor Kevin Bonavia and seconded by Councillor Alan
Hall. There was then a general debate to which Councillor Coughlin,
contributed followed by a reply from Councillor Bonavia. During this general
debate on the budget the 5 minute limit on speeches for the Mayor and
Councillors Bonavia, Hall and Coughlin was suspended.
The Council was also addressed by Nike, aged 22, a care leaver who had
been under the wing of the Council since she was 12 years old. She
described her life journey and the various obstacles she had overcome to
reach her current situation. She warmly welcomed the budgetary proposal
that care leavers be exempted from Council Tax, which she said represented
a meaningful impact for a vulnerable section of the community. The Council
thanked Nike for her commentary and extended their thanks to her, wishing
her well in her future education and career and standing to applaud her
Once the debate was concluded, there was, in accordance with statutory
provisions, a recorded vote on the Mayor’s proposed Budget. The result of the
vote was as follows:
46 Votes In favour of the Mayor’s Budget Proposals
Councillor Abdeslam Amrani
Councillor Chris Barnham
Councillor Peter Bernhards
Councillor Chris Best
Councillor Kevin Bonavia
Councillor Andre Bourne
Councillor Bill Brown
Mayor Steve Bullock
Councillor Suzannah Clarke
Councillor Liam Curran
Councillor Janet Daby
Councillor Brenda Dacres
Councillor Amanda De Ryk
Councillor Joe Dromey
Councillor Damien Egan
Councillor Colin Elliott
Councillor Alan Hall
Councillor Carl Handley
Councillor Maja Hilton
Councillor Simon Hooks
Councillor Sue Hordijenko
Councillor Mark Ingleby
Councillor Stella Jeffrey
Councillor Liz Johnston-Franklin
Councillor Roy Kennedy
Councillor Jim Mallory
Councillor Paul Maslin
Councillor Sophie McGeevor
Councillor David Michael
Councillor Joan Millbank
Councillor Hilary Moore
Councillor Pauline Morrison
Councillor John Muldoon
Councillor Rachel Onikosi
Councillor Jacq Paschoud
Councillor John Paschoud
Councillor Pat Raven
Councillor Joan Reid
Councillor Gareth Siddorn
Councillor Jonathan Slater
Councillor Luke Sorba
Councillor Eva Stamirowski
Councillor Alan Till
Councillor Paul Upex
Councillor Susan Wise
Votes Against the Mayor’s Budget Proposals nil
Councillor John Coughlin
(1) the 2017/18 Quarter 3 Capital Programme monitoring position and the
Capital Programme potential future schemes and resources as set out in
section 5 be noted;
(2) the 2018/19 to 2020/21 Capital Programme of £271.5m, as set out in
section 5 ... view the full minutes text for item 147.
The report was introduced by Councillor Kevin Bonavia who highlighted a pay
imbalance favourable to female employees.
Councillor Kevin Bonavia moved that the recommendations be approved and
this was seconded by Councillor Maja Hilton and it was:
RESOLVED that the Pay Policy Statement as attached as Appendix 1 be
Councillor Alan Hall moved that the report recounting the work of scrutiny over
the previous four years be noted and this was seconded by Councillor Gareth
Siddorn. Following contributions from Councillors Morrison, Curran and
Dacres, it was:
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
The motion was moved by Councillor Joan Millbank and seconded by
Councillor Suzannah Clarke. Following contributions from Councillors
Kennedy, De Ryk and Hilton, the motion was put to the vote and declared to
be unanimously carried.
RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:
“This Council notes that 2018 is the centenary of Representation of the
People Act 1918, which saw the start of women in the UK securing the right to
vote and to take up opportunities in civic life including the right to stand as
councillors. This Council welcomes events being organised to mark women’s
achievements over the last 100 years, including ‘Vote Organise Participate’, a
day of celebration, learning and action taking place in the Civic Suite Catford
on International Women’s Day on March 8th.
While recognising the significant progress made on gender equality this
Council believes that more action is needed for women to have full and equal
rights. The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap report that
while women worldwide are closing the gap in critical areas such as health
and education, significant gender inequality persists in the workforce and in
politics, while the Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013 found less than
a third of councillors nationally were female (36% in London) and only 12.3%
of local authority leaders in England were women in 2014. This Council’s own
Barriers to Politics Working Party in 2017 identified a range of attitudinal and
practical measures still necessary to remove the barriers to political
engagement by women, and other under-represented groups.
This Council welcomes the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign set up by the
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London to mark progress made on women’s equality
and to drive gender equality across the capital in 2018. This Council pledges
its support to the campaign and to uses its influence to lead and umotivate its
administration, its partners and its communities to think, act and be gender
The motion was moved by Councillor Bill Brown and seconded by
Councillor Jim Mallory who accepted an amendment submitted in the names
of Councillors Egan and Best. Following contributions from Councillors
Egan, Best and Coughlin, the amended motion was put to the vote and
declared to be unanimously carried.
RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:
“Council notes and welcomes UNISON’s campaign for an Ethical Care
Charter. Council agrees to sign up to the Ethical Care Charter and thereby to
become an Ethical Care Council where:
• The starting point for commissioning of visits will be client need and not
minutes or tasks. Workers will have the freedom to provide appropriate care
and will be given time to talk to their clients.
• The time allocated to visits will match the needs of the clients. In
general, 15-minute visits will not be used as they undermine the dignity of the
• Homecare workers will be paid for their travel time, their travel costs
and other necessary expenses such as mobile phones.
• Visits will be scheduled so that homecare workers are not forced to
rush their time with clients or leave their clients early to get to the next one on
• Clients will be allocated the same homecare worker(s) wherever
• Zero hours contracts will not be used in place of permanent contracts.
• Providers will have a clear and accountable procedure for following up
staff concerns about their clients’ wellbeing.
• All homecare workers will be regularly trained to the necessary
standard to provide a good service (at no cost to themselves and in work
• Homecare workers will be given the opportunity to regularly meet co-
workers to share best practice and limit their isolation.
• All homecare workers will be paid at least the London Living Wage.
• All homecare workers will be covered by an occupational sick pay
scheme to ensure that staff do not feel pressurised to work when they are ill in
order to protect their vulnerable clients.
The meeting closed at 9.28pm.