Greenwich Council

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Apologies for absence

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Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2018.


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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Mayor's Announcements

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 45 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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Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Up to half an hour will be allowed for questions by Members of the Public.


Questions will be taken in the order notices are received by the Chief Executive.  Each question to have no more than one part.  No member of the public shall ask more than 2 questions at a meeting.

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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 181 KB

a.      To receive written responses to questions submitted by Members in line with procedure Rule A1.38.

b.      Up to 10 minutes will be allowed for Members questions.


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Matters for early debate

Up to 3 items of business may be prioritised for consideration under this section.  Each political party may select an item of business, from the list of items on the agenda, for early debate. 

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Statement of Accounts 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

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Treasury Management Outturn Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

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Noted the Audit Findings Report (AFR) in respect of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Appendix 1b) and Pension Fund (Appendix 2b)


Noted the comments of the Audit and Risk Management Panel and that the Pension Fund Investment and Administration Panel had no comments.


Approved the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 at Appendix 1d, incorporating agreed amendments.


Agreed that the Mayor signed and dated the revised Statement of Accounts.



Petition Response pdf icon PDF 82 KB

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Noted the action taken in response to the petition presented to Council.



Motion - Council calls on the Government to provide a designated budget for emotional wellbeing in schools pdf icon PDF 37 KB

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Resolved –

Council celebrates the 70th birthday of the National Health Service (NHS) and pays tribute to every person who has worked or volunteered for the NHS since its inception. Council especially thanks the NHS for the array of support given to all Greenwich residents.  


Council notes the Government’s plan to support schools by offering every secondary school mental health first aid training and the trials to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff. Council further notes the Government’s funding plan for the NHS to receive an extra £20 billion a year by 2023 but supports the King’s Fund view that it still falls short of the 4% annual increase required to meet current needs.


Council notes its Children and Young People Plan, Quarter 4, 2017/18 Performance Monitoring report and is deeply concerned that it shows a rise in the number of Greenwich children attending A&E due to self-harm, which can be used as a proxy measure for poor mental wellbeing. Council considers the Government’s plan to support schools and the NHS’s funding plan will fail to provide the early intervention services needed, to ensure pupils’ sub-clinical mental health needs do not become progressively worse.


Council notes the Greenwich Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Early Intervention Team’s work in schools providing a range of services including training, consultation, group work, Non-violent Resistance (NVR) training for parents and NVR continual professional development for teaching staff. Council notes the strategic and financial support of Royal Borough of Greenwich and schools for emotional wellbeing but that more resources are needed in schools to promote, protect the emotional and mental health of children in Greenwich.


Council recognises that both local authority (LA) funding and per-pupil funding has reduced in real terms which affects a school’s ability to provide in-house mental health services. Hence, Council calls on the Government to provide a designated budget for emotional wellbeing via the LA for schools to establish in-school mental health experts and maintain programmes such as CAMHS and the NVR training programmes in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and across the country. 





Motion - "Greenwich Against Loneliness" pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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Resolved –

Council notes that loneliness is a significant public health issue, with research finding social isolation to be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and causing significant costs to the health service and society as a whole.


Council endorses the recommendations of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness as accepted by the Government in January, with a new dedicated Minister for Loneliness and a new cross-government strategy launching later this year.


Council applauds the work of the Social Isolation Strategy Group in understanding how our communities are affected by loneliness, and their continued work to identify people who may be particularly at risk in their areas, and to set out plans for local action to address these challenges.”


Council notes that locally:

More than 2,800 older people in Greenwich are estimated to feel lonely ‘all or most of the time’, according to the Campaign to End Loneliness

Only 41.6% of adult social care users, and only 20.0% of carers, in Greenwich feel they have as much social contact as they would like, according to 2016/17 figures

27 local neighbourhoods in the borough have a “very high risk” of loneliness in later life according to Age UK heat mapping data, with some ranked within the top 1% of 32,844 neighbourhoods in England for loneliness risk.


Council notes that while loneliness can affect people anywhere and regardless of age or personal circumstances, particularly “very high risk” hotspots have been identified by Age UK in areas within the following wards: Coldharbour & New Eltham, Eltham South, Middle Park and Sutcliffe, Eltham West, Kidbrooke with Hornfair, Greenwich West, Peninsula, Charlton, Common, Woolwich Riverside, Thamesmead Moorings, Plumstead and Abbey Wood.


Council notes the important work already underway to tackle loneliness:


In our local voluntary sector, including by Age UK Bromley and Greenwich, Contact the Elderly, Greenwich Carers Centre, Goodgym, Listening Ears, Greenwich Pensioners Forum, Dementia Carers Group, Greenwich Citizens and local community and faith groups across the borough.


Through the co-ordinating role of the Social Isolation Strategy Group, set up by RBG in 2015 and chaired by GAVS, and in particular the success of the Forever Young Festival at The Stables, returning for a second year this September.


Through the inclusion of social isolation in the Greenwich Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the forthcoming Voluntary Sector Commissioning round.


Council believes, however, that more could be done to raise awareness of the problem of loneliness particularly amongst other demographic groupsacross the borough, and to mobilise the support of local residents in tackling it.


Council therefore resolves to launch a new campaign – ‘Greenwich Against Loneliness’ – to:

Raise public awareness of the issue of loneliness in the Royal Borough of Greenwich Mobilise local residents to support the campaign, by reaching out to their neighbours, and volunteering their time for local projects including Age UK Bromley and Greenwich’s Befriending Scheme

Bid for the “Building Connections” pot that has been made available to expand the offer already available to other groups.


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