Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

Venue: Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.


Apologies for absence were noted on behalf of Councillors Linda Bird, Bill Freeman, Spencer Drury, and Dominic Mbang.


Urgent Business

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


There was no urgent business.


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.

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Councillors Tonia Ashikodi and Leo Fletcher declared a personal interest as tenants of the Council in relation to Item 7, “Update on Housing Repairs In-Depth Review”.


Resolved –


That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Members of the Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 October 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.


Resolved -


That the Minutes of the meeting of the Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel held on 11 October 2018, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.


Cabinet Member Update Report - Social Mobility pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Members to note the update on the development and delivery of the Council’s Social Mobility agenda.



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The Panel received an update report on the Council’s Social Mobility agenda, introduced by the Councillor Averil Lekau, Cabinet Member for Adult’s Social Care, Health and Anti-Poverty.


In response to questions raised, the Cabinet Member reiterated to the Panel that the development of the Social Mobility Strategy would be supported by a delivery plan with 8 thematic areas as follows:

1.               Improving digital skills and access

2.              Improving financial resilience

3.              Improving opportunities and skills for children and young people

4.              Support for SME growth and development

5.              Supporting unemployed and underemployed people into effective employment

6.              Improve health and wellbeing by supporting the development local community networks and support structures

7.              Build more social and affordable homes and improve the quality of housing in the Borough

8.              Help at home

Naomi Goldberg, Director of Strategy at Metro GAVS addressed the meeting, and commented on the proposed 8 themes,  as outlined in Annex 1 to these Minutes.


In response to questions raised, the Director of Strategy at Metro GAVS advised the Panel that her understanding of the concept of “social mobility” revolved in the idea that people’s quality of live would be improved.  Thus, economic prosperity and resilience would be vital if residents were to experience rewarding and fulfilling lives.  The Director stated that clarification was however required on how partnership would be implemented, and the level of support that would be required from the voluntary sector in helping residents to access local services.  It was stated that  Metro GAVS’s would particularly welcome provisions to enable gays, young people in isolation and experiencing mental ill health and autism, including those requiring parenting support access to services in ways to improve their economic prosperity and wellbeing.  


Gilles Cabon, Chief Executive Officer at Greenwich’s Inclusion Project (GrIP), also addressed the meeting.  The contributions made to the report are outlined in Annex 2 of these Minutes.  It was stated that from GrIP’s perspective, the concept of social mobility strategy should be informed by a clear analysis of the cumulative impact of racial and/or faith inequality of opportunity.


In response to further questions, the Cabinet Member advised the Panel that although the term “social mobility” appeared to present a broad-brush in terms of its definition, the concept remained linked to the Council’s objectives in delivering services for the benefit of its residents.  It was stated that the work started in 2016 with the Council’s anti-poverty strategy, which was informed by contributions from a steering group which was established to address poverty and inequality in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Thereafter, a mapping exercise was undertaken alongside the recommendations from the Fairness Commission.  It was stated that the exercises included contributions from cross-party working group, departments and external partners.


The Cabinet Member pointed out that the current work comprised of working groups with a mandate to develop a set of actions and recommendations to inform the final delivery plan, prior to submitting the draft Social Mobility strategy for consideration by Cabinet in the new year.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Troubled families update, including supporting adults into work and financial management pdf icon PDF 498 KB

Members to note the developments of the Troubled Families Programme, in particular the change in the model of delivery and the performance around supporting adults back into work.  To note the changes to the delivery of the National Troubled Families Programme and Families 1st.




The Panel received a report introduced by the Service Leader (Early Help) in relation to the development of the Council’s Troubled Families Programme (TFP).


In response to questions raised, the Service Leader reiterated to the Panel that the first implementation phase of the TFP was focused on housing contribution of 40% per family, with an expectation by the Government that local authorities and their partners should make up remaining 60%, and present a claim for reimbursement.  It was stated that all claimed money was being reinvested into family work with in the Early Help Service. 


The Panel was advised by the Service Leader that the second phase of implementation placed greater emphasis on public service reform, with objectives to reduce demand for high cost specialist services, maximise impact, evidence outcomes and ways of working, and initiate ways to work to achieve a significant and sustained change.  It was stated that as part of the transformation agenda for the programme, the Government required all services working with families to deliver against a specified model.  Thus, the Council’s Early Help section had been reorganised to take account of the programme requirements, with a view to sustain the work into the future.


The Cabinet Member for Adult’s Social Care, Health and Anti-Poverty stated that the Early Help service had undertaken a lot of work to ensure delivery of the programme.  It was stated that the learning from Families 1st programme was integrated into the new Early Help service to demonstrate persistent engagement with families.


The Service Leader clarified that the integration of the service with learning from Families 1st Programme had enabled the Early Help section to deliver a whole family intervention service based on geographical model.  Thus, capturing data and tracking was critical to the programme outcomes.  However, the implementation of Universal Credit and the General data Protection Regulation had created challenges in capturing outcomes because every family would need to be referred to Early Help with agreement from Job Centre Plus (JCP).  Thus, steps had been taken by Early Help service to share information with JCP to support the work.


The Panel noted submissions made at the meeting, and commended staff in Early Help for their hard work.  It was requested that a breakdown relating to ‘equality profile’ of service users should be circulated to Members.


Action: Service Leader (Early Help)


The Panel


Resolved –


That reports highlighting developments of the Troubled Families Programme, be noted.


Update on Housing Repairs In-Depth Review pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Members to receive and comment on the interim progress report on Housing Repairs Review.


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Councillors Tonia Ashikodi and Leo Fletcher declared a personal interest as tenants of the Council in relation to this Item.


The Chair, Councillor Clive Mardner, introduced the interim progress report to the Panel.


The Panel noted the report, expressed concern that officers from the Housing department were not present to answer questions on the report.  In view of the concern, the Panel made requests as “actions”, which are attached as Annex 3 to the Minutes.


The Panel


Resolved –


That the update report on Housing Repairs In-Depth Review, be noted.


Commissioning Future Reports - Specification of Requirements pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Members are asked to note the items that are scheduled to be presented at the next Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel, taking place on 13 December 2018 are being revised, and a confirmation will be provided at the meeting.

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