Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillor

 

There were no apologies for absence recevied for this meeting.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

The Chair agreed to consider item A.X (Title) as an urgent item of business for the reasons stated in these minutes.

 

There were no items of urgent business.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 50 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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

 

 

4.

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To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 12 September 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.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 12 September 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To note the 2017/18 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report, and make any comments on the report which may assist the Safeguarding Adults Board in assuring itself of the effectiveness of safeguarding for adults in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the 2017/18 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report be noted.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by Mark Godfrey Independent Chair, Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board (GSAB) who highlighted the illustrations in the report and the inclusion of a summary report. He advised Members of the Joint Safeguarding Conference, held in conjunction with Greenwich Safeguarding Children’s Board, which focused on modern slavery.

 

The Independent Chair (GSAB) informed Members of the 3Safeguarding Adults Reviews which were due to be completed in 2018-19. The Joint Communication and Engagement Sub-Group which ensured that the voice of service users was truly represented on the Board.  The adults week / month events provided learning for both staff and the local community.

 

In response to a question, the Independent Chair (GSAB) confirmed that the monitoring of the Universal Credit roll-out was not in the strategic plan however, this would likely be a topic on the Joint Adults and Children’s Board meeting in January 2019.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, The Leader of the Council thanked the independent Chair (GSAB) for his presentation and advised that the Council was signing the charter against modern slavery in October 2018.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the 2017/18 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report be noted.

 

 

 

6.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children's Board Annual Report pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To note the 2017/18 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report, and make any comments on the report which may assist the Safeguarding Children Board in assuring itself of the effectiveness of safeguarding for children in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the 2017/18 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report be noted.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by Nicky Pace, the independent chair, Greenwich Safeguarding Children’s Board (GSCB)who stated the format of the report was complex as they were required to include statutory information. She advised members of the significant upcoming changes to safeguarding arrangement as a result of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 confirming that a plan would be agreed by next June with the current arrangement being abolished by 2019. She added that a Cabinet report would still be part of the new arrangements and there would also be more combined work between local authorities, health services and the Police.

 

The Independent Chair (GSCB) advised that the Board had received a grant from the Department for Education to become one of the early adopters of the new arrangements in partnership with Lewisham and Bexley boroughs.

She continued by highlighting the statutory areas of the report and the activities of the sub-groups which included joint work with the NSPCC on the “Neglect Matters” campaign to raise awareness.

 

In addressing the meeting, Councillor Jackie Smith Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Integrated Enforcement highlighted the suicide rates for young people attributed to mental health and suggested the key was to tackle this at an early age. The independent Chair (GSCB) highlighted the joint case review with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services which led to the production of documents to support professionals in identifying cases.

 

In addressing the meeting, Councillor David Gardner Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Schools highlighted the positive Ofsted inspections confirming that Greenwich was a safe place for children to grow adding that independent oversight was valuable in ensuring this.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, The Leader of the Council advised Members of the new Directorate workshops before each Full Council beginning with the Children’s Services Directorate – Early Help contribution.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the 2017/18 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report be noted.

 

 

7.

Corporate Plan pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To agree the content of the Corporate Plan 2018 – 2022, as set out at Appendix 1 and to note the arrangements for monitoring the delivery of the Corporate Plan, as set out in section 4 of this report.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the content of the Corporate Plan 2018 – 2022 be agreed and the arrangements for monitoring it’s delivery be noted.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director of Communities and Environment who confirmed that the previous Council (Corporate) Business Plan 2014-2018 was agreed by Cabinet in July 2015 and the new Corporate Plan 2018 – 2022, reflected the vision and high-level objectives of the current Administration and its Manifesto commitments.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, The Leader of the Council advised Members of that the high level objectives were already being implemented as exampled by the School Street Scheme which was at the final design stage.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

1.    That the content of the Corporate Plan 2018 – 2022, as set out at Appendix 1, be agreed.

 

2.    That the arrangements for monitoring the delivery of the Corporate Plan, as set out in section 4 of this report, be noted.

 

 

 

 

8.

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This report seeks approval of the Housing Delivery Proposals set out in Paragraphs 1.1 – 1.11.

 

 

Decision:

1.    Decision no.1 – Council led housing delivery: That it be agreed to pursue a bid with the GLA under the Building Council Homes for Londoners programme that aims to secure housing grant and lifting of the HRA borrowing cap to deliver a target c.750 new homes for social rent (start on site by 2022).

 

2.    Decision no.2 – Modern Methods of Construction: That it be noted that the Council is already pursuing off site modular construction for the current round of LA New Build and will be seeking to extend this to support the accelerated delivery programme and potentially achieve a reduction in unit cost. 

 

3.    Decision no.3 – Specialist housing: That it be agreed to proceed with the specialist housing delivery at Royal Hill site, Langton Way (agreed by Cabinet) and continue discussions with Hatcliffe almshouses.  That it be noted other proposals will be brought forward in discussion with the Cabinet Members with responsibility for Adults & Older People and Children Services and where required further decision reports will be brought forward for consideration.

 

4.    Decision no.4 – Community Land Trusts: That it be agreed to explore the possibility of establishing two pilot sites for the Community Land Trust model subject to the community forming a trust

 

5.    Decision no.5 – Cooperative Housing: That it be agreed to allocate officer resource to deliver on the commitments adopted by Council in March 2018 in relation to Cooperative Housing.

 

6.    Decision no.6 – Meridian Home Start: That it be agreed to identify a future supply of sites that enable Meridian to deliver an additional 300 units.

 

7.    Decision no.7 – working with Registered Providers: That it be noted the Council will increase its capacity in working with RP’s to clarify their programmes going forward and to work more with RP’s in ensuring more genuinely affordable housing.

 

8.    Decision no.8 – other delivery providers providing housing that is accessible to local people on low and moderate incomes: That it be noted that officers will continue to investigate these models with a view to understanding if there is potential for further delivery through these routes.

 

9.    Decision no.9 – Capacity That it be agreed to create a dedicated multi-disciplinary team, recognising the need to scale up the resources to successfully deliver these proposals it is proposed

 

10.Decision no.10 – Consultation – That it be agreed to undertake exemplary consultation

 

11.Decision no.11 – Maximising social value – That it be noted that the Council, will through this expanded delivery programme, seek to maximise the social value benefits from this programme. 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Cabinet Member for Housing who summarised each of the decisions to be taken.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, The Leader of the Council confirmed the Authority was awaiting details of the upcoming government decision on the Housing Revenue Account cap however, in any case would still proceed with the Greater London Authority bid process.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

1.    That it be agreed to pursue a bid with the GLA under the Building Council Homes for Londoners programme that aims to secure housing grant and lifting of the HRA borrowing cap to deliver a target c.750 new homes for social rent (start on site by 2022).

 

2.    That it be noted the Council is already pursuing off site modular construction for the current round of LA New Build and will be seeking to extend this to support the accelerated delivery programme and potentially achieve a reduction in unit cost. 

 

3.    That it be agreed to proceed with the specialist housing delivery at Royal Hill site, Langton Way (agreed by Cabinet) and continue discussions with Hatcliffe almshouses.  That it be noted that other proposals will be brought forward in discussion with the Cabinet Members with responsibility for Adults & Older People and Children Services and where required further decision reports will be brought forward for consideration.

 

4.    That it be agreed to explore the possibility of establishing two pilot sites for the Community Land Trust model subject to the community forming a trust.

 

5.    That it be agreed to allocate officer resource to deliver on the commitments adopted by Council in March 2018 in relation to Cooperative Housing.

 

6.    That it be agreed to identify a future supply of sites that enable Meridian to deliver an additional 300 units.

 

7.    That it be noted that officers will continue to investigate these models with a view to understanding if there is potential for further delivery through these routes.

 

8.    That it be agreed to create a dedicated multi disciplinary team and recognise the need to scale up the resources to successfully deliver these proposals.

 

9.    That it be agreed to undertake exemplary consultation.

 

10.That it be noted the Council, will through this expanded delivery programme, seek to maximise the social value benefits from this programme.