Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday 19 July 2016 4.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room GO1A, 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH

Contact: Paula Thornton or Virginia Wynn-Jones  Phone: 020 7525 4395/7055 Email:  paula.thornton@southwark.gov.uk;  virginia.wynn-jones@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 a late deputation request received from Southwark Defend Council Housing Group in respect of Item 16: Southwark Council’s response to the key housing aspects of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This request was considered for reasons of urgency as specified in 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 13 July 2016.

    Minutes:

    No public questions were received.

6.

Minutes

7.

Deputation Requests

    To consider any deputation requests. The deadline for the receipt of deputations is midnight Wednesday 13 July 2016.

    Minutes:

    The late deputation request had not been circulated five clear days in advance of the meeting. The chair agreed to accept as urgent because the request related to an item on the agenda for cabinet (Item 16, Southwark Council response to the key housing aspects of the Housing and Planning Act 2016).

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the deputation be heard.

     

    The deputation addressed the meeting and outlined their concerns in respect of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the proposed mitigation measures set out in the cabinet report. The deputation felt that the Housing and Planning Act represents a devastating attack on social housing and tenants. The deputation submitted written comments setting out all the points raised in their deputation.

8.

FGM - A report from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

9.

A Joint Mental Health Strategy for Southwark

10.

Council Plan Annual Performance Report 2015/16

11.

London Living Wage Symposium Report and Recommendations

12.

Revenue Outturn Report 2015-16, including Treasury Management

    To note the outturn position for general fund 2015/16 and the key adjustments and reserve movements included within the final position. To approve the general fund budget movements that exceed £250,000.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That the favourable general fund outturn position for 2015-16 of £679,000 be noted.

     

    2.  That the key adjustments and reserve movements included within this final position be noted including:

     

    ·  the use of £4.0m contingency to partially address cost pressures for both temporary accommodation and no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

    ·  the utilisation of the agreed £6.163m reserve movement to balance the 2015-16 budget

    ·  the planned use of departmental and corporate reserves of £15.443m to support service priorities, capital, regeneration, modernisation and other key projects

    ·  the treasury management position statement for 2015-16

    ·  the housing revenue account (HRA) outturn deficit position for 2015-16.

     

    3.  That the general fund budget movements that exceed £250,000, as shown in Appendix A of the report be approved.

13.

Capital Outturn Report for 2015-16 and Capital Programme Refresh for 2016-17 to 2024-25

14.

Major Works Status Report incorporating Warm, Dry and Safe

    To note the status of the housing investment programme and the current warm, dry and safe commitments.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That the status of the housing investment programmes at the end of March 2016 with particular reference to achieving the Warm, Dry and Safe (WDS) standard be noted.

     

    2.  That the current warm, dry, safe (WDS) commitments and that the first year of delivering the kitchen and bathroom guarantee being delivered alongside the WDS investment be noted.

     

    3.  That it be noted that at the end of 2015/16 the housing stock stood at a 91.3% decency level. The pre-WDS figure was 56% in April 2010.

     

    4.  That it be noted that over 30,000 properties had received works or were in the process of receiving works to their homes or blocks at the end of March 2016 as part of the WDS programme.

     

    5.  That it be noted that over £130m of Greater London Authority (GLA) funding has been drawn down to help deliver the programme.

     

    6.  That it be noted this report will be sent to Home Owners’ Council, Tenant Council and Future Steering Board following cabinet approval.

15.

New Homes Delivery Programme

16.

Southwark Council's Response to the Key Housing Aspects of the Housing and Planning Act 2016

17.

Appropriation of Land at Bournemouth Close from Housing to Planning Purposes

18.

Motions Referred from Council Assembly 16 March 2016

    To consider motions on the following:

     

    ·  Building more affordable homes in Southwark

    ·  Transport improvements.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    Building more affordable homes in Southwark

     

    That the motion referred from council assembly as a recommendation to cabinet, set out below be agreed:

     

    That council assembly:

     

    1.  Notes the escalating housing crisis in London and Southwark and the desperate need for more genuinely affordable housing for residents.

     

    2.  Further notes the negative impact that policies in the Conservative government’s Housing and Planning Bill will have on the construction of new affordable homes and access to existing affordable housing.  These policies include:

     

    ·  Extending the right to buy to housing association tenants.

     

    ·  Requiring councils to sell vacant high-value properties to fund the extended right to buy policy.

     

    ·  Introducing a ‘Pay to Stay’ scheme, where households with an income over £40,000 pay a higher rent to stay in their council or housing association home.

     

    ·  Forcing local authorities to reduce tenants’ rents by £1 a week and thereby reducing the council’s housing budget by £62.5m.

     

    ·  Extending the definition of ‘affordable housing’ to Starter Homes and requiring councils to promote them.

     

    ·  A reduction in the annual benefit cap for families to £23,000 in London making private rented housing even more unaffordable.

     

    3.  Acknowledges the steps the administration is taking in Southwark to solve the housing crisis, including building 11,000 new council homes over thirty years, the first 1,500 of which will be delivered by the end of 2018.

     

    4.  Condemns the previous Conservative/Liberal Democrat government for cutting the affordable housing grant by 70%, making it more difficult for councils to build much-needed affordable homes.

     

    5.  Believes that the scale of the housing crisis requires additional help from the Mayor of London to build new social rented housing in Southwark and other boroughs.

     

    6.  Calls on the cabinet to support plans for the future Mayor of London to:

     

    ·  support councils and housing associations to build homes for social rent

     

    ·  support councils to enforce clear, new rules to maximise the affordable housing in new developments

     

    ·  support Londoners struggling to rent private by providing Homes for London Living Rent and improving Londoners’ experience of private renting by enabling London councils to strengthen renters’ rights over tenancy lengths, rent rises, and the quality of accommodation

     

    ·  provide homes to buy for Londoners, including for first-time buyers, by building new homes on land owned by the Mayor and tying in long-term planning for new and affordable homes with new transport infrastructure, including the Bakerloo Line extension.

     

    Transport improvements

     

    That the motion referred from council assembly as a recommendation to cabinet, set out below be noted.  Additionally, the recent motion agreed at council assembly on 13 July 2016 condemning Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) for failing to provide an adequate and reliable service for passengers, believing that the government should strip GTR of its franchise and allow Transport for London to run the service also be noted.

     

    1.  That council assembly realises how essential good public transport is for residents in Southwark to carry out their day to day lives.

     

    2.  That council assembly recognises that transport fares are one of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

Gateway 2: Contract Award for the Parks Ground Maintenance Service

    To approve the award of the contract to maintain the council’s parks and open spaces to Quadron Services Limited commencing from October 2016 for a period of seven years, with an option to extend.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That the award of the contract to maintain the council’s parks and open spaces to Quadron Services Limited (QSL) commencing from October 2016 at an annual value £2,761,435 for a period of seven years with an option to extend for a period or periods of up to a further seven years making a total revenue value of £38,660,090 be approved.

     

    2.  That it be noted that QSL’s tender assumes a capital cost of £1,179,748 in year 1 by the council for the purchase of capital equipment being vehicles and plant items for use in the contract for the initial seven year period as detailed in paragraphs 15-17 of the report.

     

    3.  That the delivery of the council’s Fairer Future promise of increasing the number of Green Flags, as outlined in paragraph 18 of the report, will be delivered via the contract be noted.

20.

Disposal of Council's Freehold Interest at 99-161 Ilderton Road, London SE16 3JZ

21.

Sale of 42 Harper Road, London SE1 6AD

22.

Kipling Garages, Weston Street, SE1 - Housing Grant

Exclusion of the press and public

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in category 3 of paragraph 10.4 of the access to information procedure rules of the Southwark Constitution.

 

The following is a summary of the closed part of the meeting.

23.

Gateway 2: Contract Award for the Parks Ground Maintenance Service

Minutes:

The cabinet considered the closed information relating to this item.  Please see item 19 for decision. 

24.

Disposal of Council's Freehold Interest at 99-161 Ilderton Road, London SE16 3JZ

Minutes:

The cabinet considered the closed information relating to this item.  Please see item 20 for decision. 

25.

Sale of 42 Harper Road, London SE1 6AD

Minutes:

The cabinet considered the closed information relating to this item.  Please see item 21 for decision.