Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions

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Contact: Nassir Ali  Email: nassir.ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items or urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meetings held on 20 February and 26 February.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

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5.

Short Breaks Grant Funded Activities 2019 - 2021 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To agree the funding recommendations for the 2019 – 2021 Short Breaks for Disabled Children Grant scheme, totalling £662,633 as detailed in paragraph 3.1  

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Agreed the funding recommendations for the 2019 – 2021 Short Breaks for Disabled Children Grant scheme, totalling £662,633 as detailed in paragraph 3.1  

 

 

 

 

6.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To note the legal requirement for the Royal Borough of Greenwich to replace the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) with new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements and to approve the Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements outlined in this paper for publication no later than 31st March 2019.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the legal requirement for the Royal Borough of Greenwich to replace the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) with new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements.

 

Approved the Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements outlined in this paper for publication no later than 31st March 2019.

 

Delegated responsibility and authority for ensuring full participation with the new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements to the Director of Children’s Services.

 

Recommended that the geographical footprint for the new arrangements should be based on local authority boundaries.  However, in line with work undertaken as part of the DfE Early Adopter Programme Greenwich would be prepared to align some processes, procedures and priorities with other Multi Agency Safeguarding Partnerships if it promotes more effective use of resources and a shared approach to learning and development leading to better outcomes for children and young people.

 

Recommended that the Independent Chair of the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board be asked to undertake the role of Independent Scrutineer and   that the Partnership Group be chaired by one of the lead representatives from the statutory safeguarding partners in yearly rotation.

 

Recommended that the funding from each of the partners and relevant agencies should remain the same in 2019/20 with a review in 2020/21.

 

Recommended that a tri borough (Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley) Child Death Review Panel be agreed and become operational by 29th September 2019.

 

 

 

 

7.

Contract Standing Orders - Exemptions / Variations pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To note the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018, detailed in Appendix 1. To note the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018, detailed in Appendix II. To note the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 below.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018, detailed in Appendix 1.

 

Noted the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018, detailed in Appendix II.

 

Noted the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 below.

 

 

 

 

8.

Woolwich Estates Regeneration Scheme: Connaught Phases 2 and 3 Viability Approval Via Deed of Variation, Appropriation and Transfer of Land pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To agree the Connaught Phases 2 and 3 Viability Approval Via Deed of Variation, Appropriation and Transfer of Land.

 

 

 

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Decision:

Agreed to the Connaught Phases 2 and 3 Viability Test by way of a Deed of Variation (Appendix 1), which delays the Council's receipt of Phases 2 and 3 project and vacant possession costs (6.4), and to authorise the Head of Legal Services to execute (sign and/or seal) the necessary legal documents.  The Deed of Variation will be entered in to once the proposed appropriation for planning purposes has occurred.

 

Agreed to grant a 300 year lease of the land at the former Connaught Estate, SE18, hatched red on the plan and attached as Appendix 2 (the “Phases 2 & 3 Land”) from the Housing Revenue Account to Lovell Partnerships Ltd.

 

Agreed to appropriate the Phases 2 & 3 Land at the former Connaught Estate, after the 300 year lease at 1.2 has been granted, from its present housing purpose to planning purposes pursuant to Section 122 Local Government Act 1972 and subject to the powers provided by Section 203 Housing & Planning Act 2016 for the reasons set out in Section 8 of this report. 

 

Agreed to the freehold transfer of the same land pursuant to the Development Agreement (DA) between the Council and Lovell Partnerships Ltd was signed in July 2013 subject to the powers provided by Section 233 Town & Country Planning Act 1990.

 

Noted that The Deed of Variation of the 8th September 2016 entered into by the Council, Lovell and Morgan Sindall contains an indemnity in the Council’s favour for any claims or demands, including for compensation, as a result of rights being infringed where appropriation for planning purposes has taken place.

 

Agreed to treat the information in Appendix 1, 3, 4 and 5 as exempt under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, point 3, “information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)”.

 

Agreed that the exempt information, presented in this report is not subsequently released to the press or public.

 

Noted that the decisions being sought in this report will allow the Council to fulfil its obligations under the Development Agreement, for Connaught Phases 2 & 3.

 

Noted under the current scheme of delegation the Leader approves appropriations, in this case, the Leader has agreed to a variation to the scheme of delegation to enable Cabinet to make the appropriation decision.

 

 

 

 

9.

Cabinet Performance Report - High Level Objectives pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To note the appendices to this report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives.

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the Appendices to this report which provided an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives

 

 

 

10.

Social Mobility Delivery Plan pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To agree the Social Mobility Delivery Plan and its recommendations as listed at 4.5. To agree to the creation of the Social Mobility Board and its terms of reference as referred to in 4.10 and set out in Appendix C. To note that out of 26 recommendations, only 5 have a direct cost associated with them and that funding has been secured for the first year. To agree that officers will investigate the potential funding routes for the 2 options which have unfunded cost implications for future years (Recommendations 10 and 18), as set out in Section 4.8.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Agreed the Social Mobility Delivery Plan and its recommendations as listed at 4.5.

 

Agreed to the creation of the Social Mobility Board and its terms of reference as referred to in 4.10 and set out in Appendix C.

 

Noted that out of 26 recommendations, only 5 have a direct cost associated with them and that funding has been secured for the first year.

 

Agreed that officers will investigate the potential funding routes for the 2 options which have unfunded cost implications for future years (Recommendations 10 and 18), as set out in Section 4.8.

 

 

 

 

11.

Communities and Local Government Committee Report on the Effectiveness of Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To comment on the eight recommendations of the Communities and Local Government Committee Report on the Effectiveness of Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees. (Appendix A). To note the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Committee report recommendations. (Appendix B) and that new guidelines on Scrutiny were due to be published by Government in November 2018 but these are still awaited. To agree the request of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee that Scrutiny should report directly to Full Council by presenting update reports from each panel on a rotational basis.

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the eight recommendations of the Communities and Local Government Committee Report on the Effectiveness of Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees. (Appendix A).

 

Noted the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Committee report recommendations. (Appendix B).

 

Noted that the new guidelines on Scrutiny were due to be published by Government in November 2018 but these are still awaited.

 

Agreed the request of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee that Scrutiny should report directly to Full Council by presenting update reports from each panel on a rotational basis.

 

 

 

 

12.

Options to amend charging for adult social care services pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To note the options for changes to the charging policy in Greenwich for Adult social care services. To advise on the preferred options for changes to the charging policy. To agree to take forward a consultation process with borough citizens, with a focus on those who are current or future users of adult social care services, with regard proposed changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy. 

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the options for changes to the charging policy in Greenwich for Adult social care services.

 

Advised on the preferred options for changes to the charging policy.

 

Agreed to take forward a consultation process with borough citizens, with a focus on those who are current or future users of adult social care services, with regard proposed changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy. 

 

 

 

 

13.

EXEMPT ITEMS

It is proposed that, pursuant to section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they may involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Act, by virtue of the particular paragraph shown on the agenda and on the attached reports.

 

·        Exempt Appendices 1,3,4 & 5 to Woolwich Estates Regeneration Scheme: Connaught Phases 2 and 3 Viability Approval Via Deed of Variation, Appropriation and Transfer of Land (Item 8).

Exempt by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended): Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person including the authority holding that information.