Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW. View directions

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

Note: NOTE: Items 8 and 9 will not be heard at this meeting 

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:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 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.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 May 2019.

 

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 14 May 2019 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Draft Statement of Accounts 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To consider the authority’s draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019, to note that the Pension Fund accounts will be specifically considered by the Pension Fund Investment and Administration Panel on 17 June and that the whole accounts will also be considered by the Audit and Risk Management Panel on 19 June.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Considered and comment upon the authority’s draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 as submitted to Grant Thornton for audit on 24 May 2019 (Appendix A).

 

Noted that the Pension Fund accounts will be specifically considered by the Pension Fund Investment and Administration Panel on 17 June 2019.

 

Noted that the whole accounts will also be considered by the Audit and Risk Management Panel on 19 June 2019.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Acting Director of Finance.

 

The Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the authority’s draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 as submitted to Grant Thornton for audit on 24 May 2019 (Appendix A) be considered.

 

That it be noted that the Pension Fund accounts will be specifically considered by the Pension Fund Investment and Administration Panel on 17 June 2019.

 

That it be noted that the whole accounts will also be considered by the Audit and Risk Management Panel on 19 June 2019.

 

6.

Outturn 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To note the Council’s outturn position

 

Decision:

Noted the Council’s outturn position.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Acting Director of Finance.

 

In addressing the meeting, Councillor Christine Grice the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources highlighted the ongoing pressures in children and adults and social care leading to increases in departmental outturns. She stated the Council was awaiting the government social green paper adding that there would be difficult times ahead.

 

The Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the Council’s outturn position be noted.

 

 

 

 

7.

The John Roan School Conversion to Academy Status pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To note the receipt of the Academy Order in respect of The John Roan School and the selection of United Learning as the academy sponsor; to delegate to the Director of Children’s Services the overall management of the conversion process; to delegate to the Director of Finance the authority to complete the formal agreements for the transfer of staff under TUPE arrangements and the authority to negotiate and agree the terms of the Commercial Transfer Agreement and any other legal documentation; and, to agree the lease of the Westcombe Park site to the trust at peppercorn rent and to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skillsthe authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the lease and any other property documentation

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the receipt of the Academy Order in respect of The John Roan School (TJR) dated 12 June 2018 and the selection of United Learning (ULT) as the academy sponsor by the Secretary of State for Education (SoS).  Notwithstanding the clear policy of Full Council agreed on 31 October 2018 to resist further academisation, the Council is required, by law, to take reasonable steps to facilitate the academy conversion process.

 

Delegated to the Director of Children’s Services working in liaison with the Cabinet member for Children’s Services and Schools the overall management and timing of the conversion process working with all relevant parties.

 

Delegated to the Director of Finance, the authority to complete the formal agreements for the transfer of staff under TUPE arrangements as detailed in section 5.4 of this report.

 

Delegated to the Director of Finance, in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services and the Director of Legal Services, the authority to negotiate and agree the terms of the Commercial Transfer Agreement (CTA) and any other legal documentation required to protect the Council’s investment in the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF) following the conversion as set out in sections 4.7 and 5.6 of this report, respectively.

 

Agreed to grant the lease of the TJR Westcombe Park site (edged in red on the plan in Appendix A) to ULT for a term of 125 years at peppercorn rent, in accordance with the relevant standard documentation produced by the Department for Education (DFE), together with any other property documentation which the Council would need to enter into to facilitate the academy conversion process, and delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services, the authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the lease and any other property documentation.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director of Legal Services and the Senior Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement (Children's Services).

 

In addressing the meeting, the Director of Legal Services stated the following:

 

·        Full Council on 31 October 2018 resolved to resist further academisation, to promote the local authority framework and Greenwich Direct services to schools and to further develop the Greenwich family of schools working with existing academies to the benefit of all our children.

 

·        Notwithstanding this clear political policy, the Council has a legal duty under section 5B of the Academies Act 2010 to take all reasonable steps to facilitate the conversion of the school into an academy when an Academy Order has been made by the Secretary of State following an inadequate Ofsted judgment.

 

·        Just to be clear, Cabinet is not being asked this evening to agree the academisation.  It is the Secretary of State for Education who makes the Academy Order and not the Council.  This report is seeking delegated authority to enable officers to take the necessary steps to facilitate the conversion of the John Roan School to academy status as required by law.  If Cabinet wished to refuse to delegate the necessary authority to officers, it would need compelling reasons to do so in order to avoid being in breach of the legal duty to facilitate conversion. 

 

·        The Assistant Director will now highlight the steps that has been taken by the Council to support John Roan since the Academy Order was made in June 2018.

 

In addressing the meeting, the Senior Assistant Director Inclusion, Learning and Achievement (Children's Services) stated the following:

 

·        The Council has written to the Deputy General Secretary of the NEU stating that as a local authority, we are in support of union activity, and that we are opposed to the forced academisation of schools.  We have had meetings with the Regional Schools Commissioners’ Office asking for the Council to be given time to support the school to improve without the threat of academisation.

 

·        We have provided substantial support to The John Roan – this has included support for the Head and other senior managers, financial support (including funding building improvement works), deployment of highly experienced school improvement officers to focus on teaching and learning, providing behaviour support and coaching for staff, and additional educational psychology and SENCO support.

 

·        It was noted in the Ofsted monitoring visit letter that “Leaders (at The John Roan) have drawn effectively on external support, including from the Local Authority, to address the areas for improvement from the previous inspection.  This includes leadership development and intervention work with pupils”.

 

·        Discussions have been had with the RSC and questions raised in Parliament by one of our MPs questioning the process and stating our opposition to forced academisation.  We recognise that the accountability of the school shifts once it becomes an academy and clearly our preferred way forward is for all of our schools to be accountable to the local community and local democratic  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

After the decision was made the meeting was adjourned for 5 minutes due to a disturbance.

 

 

 

8.

The Woolwich Estates Enhanced Leaseholder Offer and Reaffirmation of Application of Compulsory Purchase Order

Minutes:

This item was not heard at this meeting.

 

 

 

 

9.

Woolwich Estates Instruction to Demolish Morris Walk Estate

Minutes:

This item was not heard at this meeting.

 

 

 

 

10.

Contract Standing Orders - Summary of Exemptions and Variations pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To note the summary of Exemptions and Variations to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019, detailed in Appendix 1.

 

Noted the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019, detailed in Appendix II.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Acting Director of Finance.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 be noted

 

That the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 be noted.

 

That the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny be noted.

 

11.

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

To note the overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director of Communities and Environment.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved -

 

That the Appendices to this report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives be noted.