Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday 18 October 2022 11.00 am

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

Contact: Paula Thornton and Virginia Wynn-Jones  Phone: 020 7525 4395/7055 Email:;

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    To receive any apologies for absence.


    An apology for absence was received from Councillor Evelyn Akoto.


Notification of any items of Business which the Chair Deems Urgent

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


    The chair gave notice of the following late item:


    ·  Item 9:  Policy and Resources Strategy 2023-24 to 2025-26 update


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


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


Disclosure of Interests and Dispensations

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    Members to declare any interests and dispensations in respect of any item of business to be considered at this meeting.


    There were none.

Announcement by the Leader of the Council

The leader made a statement in respect of the recent political and economic turmoil for the country.


Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

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    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 12 October 2022.


    1.  Clive Rates


    I submitted an online petition to Southwark in August 2022, asking that BlueBadge Holders, carers & SEND transport can travel through the Dulwich Village junction. The website is often down; currently not working. How will the leader ensure the petition site is reliable so vulnerable groups' voices can be heard?


    Response by Councillor Stephanie Cryan, Communities, Equalities and Finance


    Our petition scheme (available here: Southwark Council Petition Scheme 2021.pdf) sets out that Southwark Council welcomes petitions from any source, ranging from paper to any online petition site, including our own petition page.


    The Southwark Council petition page (available here: Current ePetitions - Southwark Council) is currently active and available. The recent interruptions have been dealt with, and our supplier has been engaged to complete a thorough health check of the entire system. 


    I recognise the importance of residents’ voices being heard, and strongly support anyone who wants to present a petition to use any, and potentially all, of the options available to them to engage signatories.


    The third party supplier, Civica (Modern.Gov) has completed initial health checks and has found nothing untoward in the system thus far. Proactive monitoring, alerts and remote access will be set up on the system to diagnose any future errors. Southwark is also looking to investigate the wider web security perimeters in case these are impacting the performance of the infrastructure.


    2.  Tristan Honeyborne


    Southwark is consulting on the Dulwich Village junction. The consultation requires respondents to choose between options, all of which include the never-before-mentioned closure of Turney Road. This denies residents the option to reject this major extension to the Dulwich LTN. Will you now include it as an option for respondents?


    Response by Councillor Catherine Rose,  Leisure, Parks, Streets and Clean Air


    The survey associated with the current Dulwich consultation can be found at the below weblink:



    Page 3 of the survey asks for any comments or suggestions about the “Simplified junction layout to improve vehicle flow - including removal of motor vehicles from the Turney Road approach”. This allows anyone completing the survey the opportunity to reject both the suggested proposals involving changes to the Turney Road/Dulwich Village junction.


    In addition, this is only the second stage of engagement and there will be a further stage later this year when residents will be able to comment on any final design proposals. Furthermore, any changes to the existing traffic management arrangements will require a Traffic Management Order with the associated power of objection.



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    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the open section of the meeting held on 13 September 2022.

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    That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2022 be approved as a correct record and be signed by the chair.


Deputation Requests

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    To consider any deputation requests. The deadline for the receipt of a deputation request is midnight Wednesday 12 October 2022.




    1.  That the deputation request from a representative for the Tustin Residents and Community Association be heard.


    2.  A spokesperson for the deputation addressed cabinet for five minutes, reading a statement from the chair of the Tustin Community Association and questions were asked of the deputation for a period of five minutes.


    Note: Cabinet placed on record their thanks to Neal Purvis, the previous independent tenant and homeowners advisor for his incredible work in representing and bringing tenants together; wishing him a happy retirement.


Southwark’s response to the cost of living crisis


Policy and Resources Strategy 2023-24 to 2025-26 update

    To note, as necessary, any changes and/or progress following the financial remit report submitted in July 2022.

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    The report had not been circulated five clear days in advance of the meeting. The chair agreed to accept this item as urgent as it was important that the cabinet received regular updates on the progress of the budget setting process, particularly given the pace of change in the economic, political and policy environment in recent months.




    That the following be noted:


    1.  The updated medium term financial strategy (MTFS) included at Appendix 1 of the report, forecasting a most likely gap in 2023-24 of £19.84m.


    2.  The tax and policy changes announced in the 23 September 2022 mini-budget and the potential for further policy changes following the election of the new Prime Minister.


    3.  The mini-budget gave no specific details on local government funding but the subsequent rapid deterioration in the UK economy will require substantial remedial action which is likely to include cuts to public sector spending.


    4.  Given the change in policy direction, the council faces a further period of austerity at a time when public services are already under significant pressure  arising from the impact of the previous austerity period (2010-2020) together with the worsening economic outlook.


    5.  The updated assumptions are detailed in paragraph 36 of the report. The  key assumptions being:


    ·  All government funding expected to increase by 2% to account for inflationary pressures  with the exception of:


    o  New homes bonus – expected reduction of circa £2m resulting from ending of current scheme

    o  Market sustainability and fair cost of care fund – expected to increase with matching commitments

    o  Public health grant expected to remain at current cash levels

    o  2022-23 services grant expected to remain at current levels with a reduction to offset the reversal to the 1.25% national insurance increase.


    ·  The fair funding review and business rate retention reset will be delayed again until at least 2024-25


    ·  Additional costs arising from pay and contract prices (3% and 6% respectively)


    ·  Additional costs arising from energy cost increases on council properties (100%)


    ·  Additional debt financing costs arising from additional capital projects (£3.4m)


    ·  Council tax will increase by the maximum amount allowed (1.99%)


    ·  An adult social care precept of 1%.


    6.  That the budget challenge process commenced in early October 2022 as planned and that an update on progress will be brought to cabinet in December 2022.


    7.  Continuing financial uncertainty as a result of a number of further factors:


    ·  The reaction of the currency and bond markets to the mini budget and subsequent emergency actions taken by the Bank of England;

    ·  Unknown impact of U- turn over abolition of 45% tax band

    ·  The government’s medium-term fiscal plan due to be published on 31 October, giving further details of proposed debt repayments and a full forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR)

    ·  Possible spending cuts to public services[1] of up to 15% as a means to reduce government borrowing in the medium term

    ·  Further announcements in October and November are expected on the supply-side growth measures, including changes to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.


Gateway 1 Children's Residential Provision - Procurement Strategy Approval

    To approve the procurement strategy for the provision of children’s residential care in Southwark as an in-house service, under the children and families Division of the council from August 2024.

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    1.  That the procurement strategy for the provision of children’s residential care in Southwark as an in-house service, under the children and families division of the council from August 2024 be approved.


    2.  That the one off costs covering the whole mobilisation period necessary to operationalise the first children’s home, estimated to be £436,331, which will be met from reserves earmarked for this purpose be noted.


    3.  That authority be delegated to the strategic director of children’s and adults’ services to approve operational and resourcing decisions for the establishment of the first children’s home and subsequent homes in line with the outline proposals set out in the report.


    4.  That a further report on the implementation of a quality assurance framework for residential service delivery, to include specific reference to the quality of provision and safe and effective recruitment and retention arrangements be received by cabinet.


Pupil Place Planning Report for 2022


The Health and Care Bill: implications for Southwark Council


Local Development Scheme 2022 - 2025


Gateway 2 - Contract Award Approval - Partner & Financial Plan for redevelopment of Tustin Estate


Cator Street - appropriation for planning purposes

    To seek authority for the council to use its statutory powers to facilitate the delivery of new council housing.

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    1.  That the land shown outlined on the plan at Appendix A of the report, that is currently held for education purposes be confirmed as no longer required for those purposes and the appropriation of the land to planning purposes to facilitate the carrying out of the development proposals for the area in accordance with section 226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and section 122(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 be approved.


    2.  That following completion of the appropriation at paragraph 1 of the report the land shown outlined on the plan at Appendix A of the report be confirmed as no longer required for planning purposes, and the appropriation of the land to housing purposes in accordance with section 9 of the Housing Act 1985 and section 122(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 be approved.


Response to the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Commission: Domestic Abuse in Families

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    To consider the responses to the recommendations in respect of the scrutiny commission report.

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    1.  That the response to the domestic abuse in families scrutiny recommendations as set out in Table 1 of the report be noted.


    2.  That it be suggested that the commission invites the lead member back to the commission to discuss this report, as well as follow up on previous reviews, and specifically the review completed in June 2019 by the community safety scrutiny commission on violence against women and girls.


Response to the Environment Scrutiny Commission: Energy Environment

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    To consider the responses to the recommendations in respect of the scrutiny commission report.

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    1.  That the environment scrutiny commission’s report ‘environmental scrutiny commission: energy scrutiny review report’ (March 2022) be welcomed and the responses set out to their recommendations in the report be agreed.


    2.  That officers be asked to amend the climate action plan at the next quarterly update, in November 2022, with minor changes to existing actions to reflect recommendations 3, 5, 9 and 15 of the report. 


    3.  That the climate action plan be reviewed at the point of the next annual review, in July 2023, to incorporate new actions around recommendations 1, 2 and 21 as required.


    4.  That the request for funding to support additional roles, as detailed in recommendations 8, 13 and 22 of the report, relating to energy reduction and retrofit in schools and the expansion of community energy work be noted. It be agreed to explore every route to maximise resources to tackle the climate emergency, and to bring forward further commitments in the 2023-24 budget. 

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 decisions taken in the closed part of the meeting.


Gateway 2 - Contract Award Approval - Partner & Financial Plan for redevelopment of Tustin Estate


The cabinet considered the closed information relating to this item. Please see item 14 for the decision.