Housing and Community Safety Scrutiny Commission - Monday 21 November 2022 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Amit Alva  Email:

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    To receive any apologies for absence.


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.


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.




Fire Commander Interview- London Borough of Southwark

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    To receive a report and interview Verona Clark, Borough Commander for the Southwark Fire Brigade on key Fire Safety Issues listed below:


    • Key fire safety issues across the borough.


    • Support efforts to enhance fire safety, as scrutiny commission members, and also as ward councillors.


    • Updates since last year on figures of buildings in the borough with known safety issues relating to cladding, and/or measures in place to counter potential serious safety hazards. 


    • Updates since last year on the impact of Covid on the service and its effect on response times and/or broader service levels.


    • Fire safety risks posed by empty homes in the borough and mitigating them.


    • Additional areas/information for the commission to note and/or review.


    • The comparison of Bonfire night, fireworks incidents attended this year compared to last few years.

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Cabinet Member Interview - Councillor Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member for Council homes and homelessness

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    Interview with Councillor Darren Merrill including a holistic overview of key strategies and projects under the Cabinet member portfolio for Council Homes and Homelessness. Including the following topics but not limited to


    ·  Housing repairs service including the contact centre service, multiple failures, repeated calls, contractors and an update on the new strategy in development.


    ·  Leaseholder Charges, Value for Money (VFM) for charges and transparency of accounts supported by asset management team.


    ·  Empty homes


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Housing Allocation Statistics and Overcrowding report

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    To note the report on Housing Allocations Statistics and Overcrowding from Cheryl Russell, Director of Resident Services, Housing and Modernisation and Karen Shaw, Head of Housing Solutions.

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Work Programme 2022-2023