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Review of Estate Cleaning

Meeting: 14/01/2019 - Cabinet (Item 9)

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The report sets out proposals for the future service delivery of the Estate Cleaning Service.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

(i)            Cabinet agreed Option 1 as the preferred service delivery option, as set out in section 7 of the report.

 

(ii)          Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Community Well-being in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform to take all necessary steps to insource the Estate Cleaning Service.

Minutes:

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, welcomed Mr Vaughan West, Regional Political Officer & Organiser, GMB London Region, to the meeting. Mr West stated that on behalf of the GMB Trade Union, he welcomed the content of the report and the possible insourcing of the service utilising directly employed Council employees. He outlined some of the current working conditions and the nature of the work. He stated that by insourcing estate cleaning, residents would get a better service.

 

Councillor Ellie Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, thanked Mr West for his contribution. Councillor Southwood stated that she agreed with Mr West that the current contract does not deliver a quality service for our residents.

 

Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, welcomed the report and the potential to bring back this key service in house. This, above all, presents an opportunity to improve the service for residents and also improve working conditions for the estate cleaning staff.

 

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Highways & Planning, welcomed the report and supported option 1. Cabinet noted the other options available.  

 

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, thanked Mr West for his contribution and for relaying the views of GMB Members. He thanked Cabinet Members for their contributions and welcomed the possibility that the Council would directly manage the service.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(i)            Cabinet agreed Option 1 as the preferred service delivery option, as set out in section 7 of the report.

 

(ii)          Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Community Well-being in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform to take all necessary steps to insource the Estate Cleaning Service.