Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday 23 January 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room G02A - 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH

Contact: Paula Thornton  Phone: 020 7525 4395 Email:  paula.thornton@southwark.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Notification of any items of Business which the Chair Deems Urgent

    In special circumstances, an item of business may be added to an agenda within five clear working days of the meeting.

    Minutes:

    The chair gave notice of the following late item:

     

    ·  Item 8: Policy and Resources Strategy 2018-19

     

    Reasons for urgency and lateness will be specified in the relevant minutes.

     

    Additionally, the chair confirmed the following:

     

    ·  Item 9: Housing Revenue Account – Final Rent Setting and Budget Report 2018-19. Appendix E detailing results of consultation was circulated.

     

    ·  Item 14: Gateway 0:  Facilities Management Contract for the Council’s Operational Estate. Item withdrawn (reasons specified under the relevant minute).

3.

Notice of Intention to conduct business in a closed meeting, and any representations received

4.

Disclosure of Interests and Dispensations

5.

Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

    To receive any questions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance of the meeting in accordance with the cabinet procedure rules. The deadline for the receipt of public questions is midnight Wednesday 17 January 2018.

    Minutes:

    Public Question from Amir Eden

     

    Marion Marples asked the public question on behalf of Amir Eden.

     

    Would Southwark Council please explain in detail, the process for the distribution of community CIL money (including how projects are added to the community project lists, how they are prioritised, how money is allocated to a prioritised project and what the decision making process looks like)?

     

    Response by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and New Homes

     

    The cabinet approved on 17 March 2015 the adoption in April 2015 of the Section 106 Planning Obligations and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

     

    Under the Localism Act the council were obliged to identify a “meaningful proportion” of Southwark CIL that will be spent in the local area to ensure that people affected by development benefit from that development.

    The former section 106 system required planning officers to negotiate with developers to secure funding in an inefficient way. Negotiations could involve over 40 different purposes, for instance community development facilities, education, environmental improvements, primary care trust payments, CPZ’s, car clubs and so on. With the adoption of CIL it allows the council to plan in a meaningful way to develop the infrastructure required to support the growth of the borough for example through securing funding for our school expansion programme, improved health facilities, new libraries, improvements to district parks such as Burgess Park, new leisure facilities and strategic transport provision.

    Under the Localism Act the minimum threshold for local CIL was 15%, or 25% for those with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan or Area Action Plan. However we decided to set local CIL at 25% for the whole borough. The SPD explains that the Community Infrastructure Project Lists (CIPLs) will be developed as a mechanism by which local communities will inform priorities for spending the local CIL. The project ideas suggested by the local community are approved by the relevant community council on an annual basis. Inclusion will require that projects are publically accessible, physical infrastructure in the locality and that support growth. 

    Depending on the location of the development, the council will use the following sequence of areas to identify relevant projects:

    §  Areas with an adopted neighbourhood plan

    §  Opportunity areas

    §  Action areas

    §  SPD areas (other than individual sites/buildings)

    §  Community council areas (for those areas not covered by the above).

     

    The SPD explains that if an area has a neighbourhood plan, the local CIL funds from a development will be invested within the boundary of the plan area.

    The community councils will ensure the relevance of the projects on the CIPL and approve any proposed new projects to be included on the list. The community councils will also suggest a priority of projects that will be submitted to cabinet. This will then inform the decisions taken by cabinet about which projects local CIL will be invested in, this will allow investment to be considered alongside the council’s capital programme.

    Supplemental question

     

    Marion Marples asked whether the council could examine the current  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Minutes

7.

Deputation Requests

8.

Policy and Resources Strategy 2018-19

    To note issues associated with the policy and resources strategy and agree recommendations.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    It was not possible to circulate this report five clear days in advance of the meeting. The chair agreed to accept the report as urgent as the council were committed to publishing budget proposals at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure that they were available to the public for comments and questions. The report needed to be considered by cabinet prior to presentation of budget figures to cabinet on 6 February and to council assembly on 21 February.  Also, under the council’s constitution, there is a requirement for the overview and scrutiny committee to review and challenge budget proposals and this was due to take place on 29 January 2018.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That it be noted that the provisional settlement was received on 19 December 2017 and that the key headlines are set out in the report (paragraphs 36-38 of the report).

     

    2.  That it be noted that the provisional settlement includes an increase to the council tax referendum threshold from 2% to 3%; this is in recognition of social care and inflationary pressures.

     

    3.  That it be noted that no changes were made to the adult social care precept arrangements, which remain at a maximum of 3% in 2018-19.

     

    4.  That it be noted that the section 151 officer has proposed to increase the Southwark element of the council tax in line with the government threshold by 2.99% in recognition of the spending pressures in services which protect and support vulnerable children and families; council tax increase will continue to remain below consumer price index (CPI) (paragraphs 56-59 of the report).

     

    5.  That it be noted that this budget also proposes to use the full flexibility offered by the government to support social care through an increase in the adult social care precept, equivalent to 3% of council tax, on the basis that these additional funds will be used exclusively for adult social care (ASC)  (paragraphs 54-55 of the report).

     

    6.  That the budget options proposed to achieve a balanced budget 2018-19, including new commitments, savings, efficiencies and income generation. (Appendices C to F of the report) be noted.

     

    7.  That it be noted that the current proposed budget options include an increase in the children’s and adults’ services budgets of £17.1m, funded in part by £12.584m Better Care Fund and the £2.9m increase in the ASC precept which has been passported fully to adult social care.

     

    8.  That it be noted that the general fund budget proposals for 2018-19 contained within the report have been updated post settlement as follows:

     

    ·  Revenue Support Grant (RSG) has been replaced by business rate baseline funding with the implementation of the London Business Rate pooling pilot in 2018-19 (paragraphs 39,65 of the report)

    ·  Resources arising from the provisional settlement on 19 December (Appendix A of the report) have reduced by £12.19m from 2017-18 (excluding Better Care Fund)

    ·  Improved Better Care Fund resources totalling £12.584m (including the supplementary allocation of £4.497m announced in the  spring 2016 budget)

    ·  Retained business rates growth of £20.996m  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Housing Revenue Account - Final Rent-Setting and Budget Report 2018-19

10.

Southwark Joint Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2021

11.

Admission Arrangements for Community Primary Schools - September 2019

12.

Southwark Coordinated Admission Schemes for Primary, Junior and Secondary Admissions 2019

13.

Ledbury Estate - Next Steps

14.

Gateway 0: Facilities Management Contract for the Council's Operational Estate

15.

Disposal of Freehold interests – 99 Brook Drive, SE11, 20 Hayles Street, SE11, 11 Friern Road SE22

16.

Motions referred from Council Assembly

    To consider motions referred from council assembly on the following:

     

    ·  Culture and wellbeing

    ·  Southwark’s bid for London borough of culture

    ·  Southwark response to moped crime

    ·  Local government pay cap

    ·  Tideway

    ·  Support for Dulwich Hamlet football club (DHFC)

    ·  The Latin American community after Brexit

    ·  Adoption of the international holocaust remembrance alliance working definition of antisemitism

    ·  Upholding a woman’s right to a legal abortion.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    Culture and Wellbeing

     

    That the motion referred from council assembly as a recommendation to cabinet, set out below be noted and that it also be noted that the cabinet member for public health and social regeneration has asked officers to report back on a number of the issues raised in this motion.

     

    1.  Council assembly notes:

      Air quality is a significant problem across London, including in Southwark

      In 2013, 45% of the population of Southwark was exposed to levels of NO2 above the annual average objective limit

      That in Southwark, diesel accounts for 91% of the total NOx emissions in the borough and 58% of the total PM10

      That poor air quality directly impacts on the health and wellbeing of Southwark residents, and affects children, older people, and those with conditions such as heart or lung disease, or asthma most severely

      That across the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to air pollution each year, incurring £20bn in health costs

      That 30% of TfL’s bus fleet are diesel-electric hybrids, which produce up to 40% less emissions than standard diesel buses.

     

    2.  Council assembly believes:

      That Southwark Council is already taking proactive steps to tackle the problem of poor air quality by encouraging and facilitating a culture of active travel 

      That promoting forms of active travel is an essential part of improving the wellbeing of our residents, both because it reduces the number of people travelling in pollutant emitting vehicles, and because physical activity improves wellness in itself

      That facilitating a reduction in the number of diesel vehicles should be a priority for the government

      That reducing the number of diesel buses should be a priority for Transport for London (TfL)

      That small business, charities, schools and low income households might struggle to replace diesel vehicles due to financial constraints

      The proposed National Diesel Scrappage Fund would provide support for small business, charities, schools and low income households to replace their diesel vehicles with lower emission vehicles

      That poor air quality directly and negatively impacts on the wellbeing of residents in Southwark, and that this council should continue to work to tackle this problem.

     

    3.  Council assembly therefore resolves to call on cabinet:

      To lobby TfL to increase the number of diesel-electric hybrid buses on routes through Southwark.

      To continue to press the government and the Secretary of State for Transport to reform the Vehicle Excise Duty and to create a National Diesel Scrappage Fund to encourage the removal of the most polluting vehicles on our roads.

      To continue to promote active forms of travel, such as walking and cycling.

      To extend the Cycle Hire scheme to Bermondsey and Rotherhithe by committing funding for the capital costs associated

      To support the campaign for an extra station on the Bakerloo Line Extension at Bricklayer’s Arms/New Kent Road.

      To install air pollution monitors in the most polluted schools, including all schools near main  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.