Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Contact: Anne Reid, Principal Democratic Services Officer  020 8937 1359, Email: anne.reid@brent.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of personal and prejudicial interests

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, any relevant financial or other interest in the items on this agenda.

Minutes:

None made.

2.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 12 December 2014 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.

3.

Matters arising

Minutes:

None.

4.

Order of business

Minutes:

The Executive changed the order of business so as to take early in the meeting, the  item for which members of the public were present.

5.

Deputations - proposal to permanently expand Princess Frederica School

Minutes:

With the consent of the Executive, residents and parents of children attending Princess Frederica Primary School addressed the meeting expressing their views over proposals to permanently expand the school, following a statutory consultation, the outcome of which was reported in the report from the Acting Director of Children and Families and the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth. Parents and local residents who spoke against the proposals, whilst appreciating the shortage of school places in the borough, submitted that Princess Frederica School was not appropriate for the proposed expansion given its location within a confined site, the density of the surrounding areas and lack of parental support for the plans. Other schools in the area with a wider footprint were considered more suitable for expansion.

 

Ms Anna Pascoe (parent) referred to the impact on the school and existing pupils during the development phase and felt that the position of these which included duration, effect on playground space and dining arrangements should be clarified prior to any agreement. She felt the quality of education would suffer and the school would lose its existing community spirit. Mr Karl Abeyasekera (parent) questioned the accuracy of the report and the extent to which the democratic process had been followed. He suggested that contrary to indications in the report, the school governing body had not agreed to the expansion but were awaiting information. He felt that the consultation was flawed and referred to what he considered to be double counting of the outside space and, in addition, he considered the completion date of pre-2015 was over-optimistic.

 

Mr Rik Smith, speaking on behalf of Kensal Rise Residents Association and Ms Fiona Bell (local resident) expressed concern over the adverse impact on traffic in the area which was already congested. They argued that access was limited and surrounding roads were already narrow and congested, in particular College and Purves Roads. He questioned the extent to which the new travel policy would be effective given the narrowness of pavements and absence of cycle storage and existing road layout. Mr Smith contributed that he understood the logic of expanding a good school but pointed to the adverse impact on outside play areas. Mr Smith stated that the Association had worked well with the council in the past and hoped this would continue however he could not support the plans as they currently stood. Ms Bell put that a traffic plan could not be effective as it would not be policed and would be ignored when people were in a hurry to get to work. She also felt that plans to widen the pavement would increase the traffic problems. Ms Sylvia Maxfield expressed concern over the impact of the building works on the learning environment and pupil behaviour.

 

The Executive then heard from the Chair of Governors, Andrew Moss who drew attention to the benefits of expansion in enabling a redevelopment of the school to address existing shortcomings. Mr Moss spoke on behalf of the Governing Body which was the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Determination proposal to permanently expand Princess Frederica CE Primary School by September 2014 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

This report informs the Executive of the outcome of the statutory proposal to alter Princess Frederica Church of England Primary School through permanent expansion from September 2014 and recommends that it be approved.

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)         that the permanent expansion of Princess Frederica C of E Primary School by one form of entry from September 2014 is not approved at this time on the grounds of the extent of the impact of the currently proposed scheme on play space at the school during construction pending the adoption by the Executive of a new School Places Strategy;

(ii)        that the hard work of school staff, the governing body of the school and the diocese in having worked with council officers on this challenging expansion scheme be recognised, assuring the school of the council’s ongoing commitment to working in partnership;

(iii)       that a new School Places Strategy be developed in 2014 to provide a up-to-date and robust framework for school expansion decisions and that the expansion of the school be reconsidered in 2015 in the light of need and this new framework.

Minutes:

The report from the Acting Director of Children and Families and Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth informed the Executive of the outcome of the statutory proposal to alter Princess Frederica Church of England Primary School through permanent expansion from September 2014 and recommended that it be approved.

 

In response to deputations earlier in the meeting, the Chair (Councillor Butt, Leader of the Council) stated that the council was in the middle of a school expansion programme, with £110M to be spent on primary schools. Children had a right access a school place and to have the opportunity, through quality education, to be good, productive citizens. The expansion programme would continue and the council would work with governors and parents across the borough.

 

Councillor Pavey (Lead Member, Children and Families) referred to the council’s duty to provide high quality school places and progress made, despite shortage of funding. He paid tribute to the campaigners and the high quality of responses to the consultation. He accepted the view that Princess Frederica School was situated on a constrained site, there were other schools in the vicinity that could be better placed and felt the council should pause and consider the justification for pursuing Princess Frederica at this time. Councillor Pavey proposed that the recommendations in the Directors’ report should be rejected, the council should await the production of a new school places strategy and then take a strategic review of the position on school place provision.

 

Councillor Crane (Lead Member, Regeneration and Major Projects) spoke in support of proceeding with the expansion proposals as the report from the Directors made clear the proposals were in keeping with central government guidance, the school had a waiting list and was very popular. He reminded the Executive of the statutory obligation to provide school places and the need to bear in mind those parents that did not have a school place for their children. Councillor Crane questioned why Princess Frederica should be treated differently to any other school that had expanded many of whom had traffic problems and were in densely populated areas. The borough did not have alternatives locations and, if approved, concerns raised would be dealt with as apart from the planning process.

 

Councillor A Choudry (Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety) and Councillor R Moher (Lead Member, Resources) emphasised the importance of the council making every effort to provide school places for children who were on the waiting list for schools in this and other areas. Councillor Denselow (Lead Member, Customers and Citizens) while acknowledging the need to provide school places, supported the rejection of the expansion proposals and for efforts to be made to bring the community together. The Chair referred to the many children who had to travel across the borough to schools due to the shortage of places. He stated that he had listened to all views carefully and regretted the anxiety felt by some parents. While acknowledging the significance of going against officer recommendations he supported  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Update on Public Health Contracts pdf icon PDF 166 KB

This report provides an update to the Executive report of 19 August 2013 on future arrangements for public health contracts that the Council inherited from the NHS. It seeks an exemption from Contract Standing Orders and extensions to current service provision in accordance with Contract Standing Order 84 (a) and direct of award of GUM services contracts.

Decision:

(i)         that the progress made in developing options for the future commissioning and procurement of public health services;

(ii)        that approval be given to an exemption in accordance with Contract Standing Order 84(a) from the usual tendering requirements of Standing Orders to extend the existing Public Health services contracts inherited from the NHS for the contract periods set out in paragraph 8.1, on the basis of good operational and/or financial reasons as stated within this report;

(iii)       that it be noted that residential rehabilitation and inpatient detoxification for substance misuse are currently spot purchased and that these arrangements would continue while officers explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring through the WLA, as set out in Para. 3.9;

(iv)       that authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Director of Legal and Procurement and Chief Finance Officer, to participate in the WLA negotiation of 2014/15 Genito-Urinary Medicine (“GUM”) contracts and to award direct contract(s) to existing GUM health providers, on behalf of Brent Council, and to develop arrangements to support the collaborative management of these contracts, as set out in Para. 4.6 of the report;

(v)        that the decision of Leaders’ Committee London Councils, in consultation with the Director of Public Health, to fund pan London HIV prevention activity procured by Lambeth Council on behalf of all London boroughs, as set out in para. 4.11 be noted;

(vi)       that authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Director of Legal and Procurement and the Chief Finance Officer, to establish, appoint and monitor a providers’ list comprising GP practices, local community pharmacies, and potentially private sector providers, for the continued commissioning of community-based services (previously referred to as “Local Enhanced Services”) as set out in Para 7.4 of the report.

Minutes:

The report from the Acting Director of Social Services provided an update to the Executive report of 19 August 2013 on future arrangements for public health contracts that the council inherited from the NHS. It sought an exemption from Contract Standing Orders and extensions to current service provision in accordance with Contract Standing Order 84 (a) and the direct award of GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) services contracts.

 

Councillor Hirani (Lead Member, Adults and Health) stated that the WLA had expanded the potential for collaboration and improved efficiency. He outlined the services to be provided and where the contractual changes had taken place.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(i)         that the progress made in developing options for the future commissioning and procurement of public health services be noted;

 

(ii)        that approval be given to an exemption in accordance with Contract Standing Order 84(a) from the usual tendering requirements of Standing Orders to extend the existing Public Health services contracts inherited from the NHS for the contract periods set out in paragraph 8.1 of the report from the Acting Director of Social Services, on the basis of good operational and/or financial reasons as stated within that report;

 

(iii)       that it be noted that residential rehabilitation and inpatient detoxification for substance misuse were currently spot purchased and that these arrangements would continue while officers explore the possibility of collaboratively procuring through the WLA, as set out in paragraph 3.9 of the report;

 

(iv)       that authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Director of Legal and Procurement and Chief Finance Officer, to participate in the WLA negotiation of 2014/15 Genito-Urinary Medicine (“GUM”) contracts and to award direct contract(s) to existing GUM health providers, on behalf of Brent Council, and to develop arrangements to support the collaborative management of these contracts, as set out in paragraph 4.6 of the report;

 

(v)        that the decision of Leaders’ Committee London Councils, in consultation with the Director of Public Health, to fund pan London HIV prevention activity procured by Lambeth Council on behalf of all London boroughs, as set out in paragraph 4.11 of the report be noted;

 

(vi)       that authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health, in consultation with the Director of Legal and Procurement and the Chief Finance Officer, to establish, appoint and monitor a providers’ list comprising GP practices, local community pharmacies, and potentially private sector providers, for the continued commissioning of community-based services (previously referred to as “Local Enhanced Services”) as set out in paragraph 7.4 of the report.

8.

Award of tender for Connexions Service pdf icon PDF 187 KB

This report requests authority to award a contract for the provision of education, employment, and training and careers Connexions services to the Council as required by Contract Standing Order No 88. This report summarises the process undertaken in tendering this contract and, following the completion of the evaluation of the tenders, recommends to whom the contract should be awarded.

Additional documents:

Decision:

that the contract for the provision of education, employment, training and careers Connexions services be awarded to Prospects Services Limited for an initial contract period of three years from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2017 with an option for the council to extend by any number of periods up to an aggregate of 2 years.

Minutes:

Councillor Pavey (Lead Member, Children and Families) introduced the report which requested authority to award a contract for the provision of education, employment, and training and careers Connexions services to the council as required by Contract Standing Order No 88. The report summarised the process undertaken in tendering the contract and, following the completion of the evaluation of the tenders, recommended to whom the contract should be awarded.

 

Councillor Pavey welcomed the report as a success story and referred to the role played by Connexions in the borough having a relatively low percentage of 16-18 year olds who were not in education, employment or training (NEET). Councillor Pavey stated that the tendering process was rigorous and Connexions had an established track record and would continue to give quality advice and guidance. He thanked Connexions for their work.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that the contract for the provision of education, employment, training and careers Connexions services be awarded to Prospects Services Limited for an initial contract period of three years from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2017 with an option for the council to extend by any number of periods up to an aggregate of two years.

9.

Tender award for Information Advice and Guidance in Children’s Centres pdf icon PDF 201 KB

This report requests authority to award a contract for the provision of information, advice and guidance  services for families of children attending children’s centres in Brent aged 0-5  to the Council as required by Contract Standing Order No 88. This report summarises the process undertaken in tendering this contract and, following the completion of the evaluation of the tenders, recommends to whom the contract should be awarded.

Additional documents:

Decision:

that the contract for the provision of Information, Advice and Guidance for families of children attending children’s centres in Brent aged 0-5 be awarded to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for the value of £354k (for the first two years at fixed prices for each year) for an initial contract period of three years from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2017 with an option for the Council to extend by any number of periods up to an aggregate of two years.

Minutes:

The report from the Acting Director of Children and Families requested authority to award a contract for the provision of information, advice and guidance services for families of children attending children’s centres in Brent aged 0-5 to the council as required by Contract Standing Order No 88. The report summarised the process undertaken in tendering this contract and, following the completion of the evaluation of the tenders, recommended to whom the contract should be awarded.

 

Councillor Pavey (Lead Member, Children and Families) referred to the valuable role played by children’s centres as a play facility for children while offering advice to parents/carers. The contract price represented a small increase in funding which would be absorbed within existing budgets. Councillor Pavey stated that while there had been only one tenderer, the usual processes had been followed.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that the contract for the provision of Information, Advice and Guidance for families of children attending children’s centres in Brent aged 0-5 be awarded to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for the value of £354k (for the first two years at fixed prices for each year) for an initial contract period of three years from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2017 with an option for the council to extend by any number of periods up to an aggregate of two years.

10.

Award of tenders for Speech and Language Therapies pdf icon PDF 242 KB

This report requests authority to award 2 individual contracts for the provision of Speech, Language and Therapy services (“SLT”) for children’s centres and mainstream education for the Council as required by Contract Standing Order No 88. This report summarises the process undertaken in tendering these contracts and, following the completion of the evaluation of the tenders, recommends to whom the contracts should be awarded.

Additional documents:

Decision:

that the Executive award contracts for the provision of Speech and Language Therapy services to Central and North West London Health Trust (CNWL) for Children’s Centres and to North West London Health Trust (NWLHT) for Mainstream Education for an initial contract period of two years from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016 with an option for the Council to extend for up to a further additional one (1) year. The price for the first two years of the Children’s Centres contract is £589k. The price for the first two years of the Mainstream Education contract is £656k.

Minutes:

Councillor Pavey (Lead Member, Children and Families) introduced the report from the Acting Director of Children and Families which requested authority to award two individual contracts for the provision of Speech, Language and Therapy services (“SLT”) for children’s centres and mainstream education for the council as required by Contract Standing Order No 88. The report summarised the process undertaken in tendering these contracts and, following the completion of the evaluation of the tenders, recommended to whom the contracts should be awarded. It was noted that the new arrangements would yield savings.

 

The Executive also had before them an appendix to the report which was not for publication as it contained the following category of exempt information as specified in Schedule 12 of the Local Government (Access to Information Act) 1972: 

 

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

RESOLVED:

 

that the Executive award contracts for the provision of Speech and Language Therapy services to Central and North West London Health Trust (CNWL) for Children’s Centres and to North West London Health Trust (NWLHT) for Mainstream Education for an initial contract period of two years from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016 with an option for the Council to extend for up to a further additional one year. The price for the first two years of the Children’s Centres contract was £589k. The price for the first two years of the Mainstream Education contract was £656k.

11.

Authority to participate in a collaborative procurement for construction professional services pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Accordingly this report requests approval, as required by Contract Standing Order 85, to participate in a collaborative procurement to set up a framework for construction professional services for use by the Department for Regeneration & Growth. The report also requests associated approvals and exemptions under Contract Standing Orders to maximise the ease of use of the framework in view of the high number of possible call-offs for similar services over distinct projects.

Decision:

(i)         that approval be given to the Council participating in a collaborative procurement exercise being run by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) which would lead to the establishment of a framework agreement for construction professional services, as listed in paragraph 3.4 of the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth;

(ii)        that approval be given to the collaborative procurement exercise described in paragraph (i) above being exempted from the normal contract requirements of Brent’s Contract Standing Orders in accordance with Contract Standing Orders 85(c) and 84(a) on the basis that there were good financial and operational reasons as set out in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.3 of the report, due to the procurement being conducted in accordance with BHP’s contract standing orders instead;

(iii)       that approval be given for any call offs from the BHP framework that are the subject of the report and listed in paragraph 3.4 of the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth to be exempt from the requirement in Contract Standing Order 86(d) to get confirmation prior to each proposed call off from the Director of Legal and Procurement that use of the framework was legally permissible.

Minutes:

The report before the Executive advised that Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) were currently tendering a framework with three lots for various construction professional services and had agreed that the council could participate in this exercise. Accordingly, the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth requested approval, as required by Contract Standing Order 85, to participate in a collaborative procurement to set up a framework for construction professional services for use by the Department for Regeneration and Growth. The report also requested associated approvals and exemptions under Contract Standing Orders to maximise the ease of use of the framework in view of the high number of possible call-offs for similar services over distinct projects. Councillor Crane (Lead Member, Regeneration and Major Projects) recommended the proposals to the Executive.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(i)         that approval be given to the Council participating in a collaborative procurement exercise being run by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) which would lead to the establishment of a framework agreement for construction professional services, as listed in paragraph 3.4 of the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth;

 

(ii)        that approval be given to the collaborative procurement exercise described in paragraph (i) above being exempted from the normal contract requirements of Brent’s Contract Standing Orders in accordance with Contract Standing Orders 85(c) and 84(a) on the basis that there were good financial and operational reasons as set out in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.3 of the report, due to the procurement being conducted in accordance with BHP’s contract standing orders instead;

 

(iii)       that approval be given for any call offs from the BHP framework that were the subject of the report and listed in paragraph 3.4 of the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth to be exempt from the requirement in Contract Standing Order 86(d) to get confirmation prior to each proposed call off from the Director of Legal and Procurement that use of the framework was legally permissible.

12.

Burnt Oak, Colindale and The Hyde Placemaking Plan pdf icon PDF 340 KB

This report provides a summary of the Placemaking Plan, which is attached as Appendix 3, its objectives, the transport and planning context, public consultation and the delivery mechanism.

Additional documents:

Decision:

that the Burnt Oak, Colindale and The Hyde Placemaking Plan as a vision for the Burnt Oak, Colindale and The Hyde area as recommended by Brent Planning Committee be endorsed.

Minutes:

The Burnt Oak, Colindale and The Hyde Placemaking Plan set out a vision which aimed to maximise the opportunity associated with the area along Edgware Road (A5). The report from the Strategic Director Regeneration and Growth stated that the plan sought to guide and help catalyse development and investment and to shift the character of A5 away from that of a vehicular ‘artery’ towards that of a vibrant local high street through a suite of co-ordinated public realm interventions and urban design strategies to improve the area for new and existing residents, businesses and visitors.

 

Councillor Crane (Lead Member, Regeneration and Major Projects) recommended that the Plan be endorsed as a vision which could radically transform the area within the next 10-15 years, developed with input from the officers from Brent, Barnet, Harrow, Transport for London and the local community. It was noted that the plan had already been approved by the Planning Committee on 4 September 2013.

 

Councillor J Moher (Lead Member, Highways and Transportation and Ward Councillor, Fryent) drew members’ attention to the area covered by the plan which, he felt, was frequently ignored. He commended the plan as an imaginative attempt to improve the area and, noting that its implementation would require funding, hoped this would be forthcoming in the future.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that the Burnt Oak, Colindale and The Hyde Placemaking Plan as a vision for the Burnt Oak, Colindale and The Hyde area as recommended by Brent Planning Committee be endorsed.

13.

West London Waste Plan pdf icon PDF 337 KB

This report presents a revised draft of the proposed submission version of the Joint West London Waste Plan to be agreed for statutory public consultation across west London.  It asks Executive to agree the Plan for publication and public consultation in March / April 2014 and, subject to representations made, asks Full Council to agree that it be submitted for Examination.

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)         that approval be to the changes made to the draft West London Waste Plan detailed in the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth including the policy wording changes and additional policy, as set out at Appendices 1 and 2, and the changes to safeguarded sites set out at Appendix 3, following the original approval to proceed with consultation in November 2011;

(ii)        that approval be given to the Proposed Submission Draft Joint West London Waste Plan for publication and public consultation in March / April 2014 and the recommendation to Full Council that, subject to representations made, it be submitted for Examination;

(iii)       that authority be delegated to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth to make minor editing and textual changes to the Proposed Submission Draft of the West London Waste Plan after consultation with the other five London Boroughs involved;

(iv)       that approval be given to the Proposed Submission Draft of the West London Waste Plan as a material consideration for the determination of planning applications;

(v)        that approval be given to the timetable set out in paragraph 3.21 of the Director’s report for publication as part of the council’s Local Development Scheme.

Minutes:

Councillor Crane (Lead Member, Regeneration and Major Projects) presented revised draft of the proposed submission version of the Joint West London Waste Plan to be agreed for statutory public consultation across west London. The report from the Strategic Director, Regeneration and Growth asked the Executive to agree the Plan for publication and public consultation in March / April 2014 and, subject to representations made, ask Full Council to agree that it be submitted for examination. Councillor Crane reminded the Executive that discussions on the plan had been on-going since 2009 between the six boroughs involved. A number of changes had been made to the plan none of which directly affected the sites within the borough.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(i)         that approval be to the changes made to the draft West London Waste Plan detailed in the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth including the policy wording changes and additional policy, as set out at Appendices 1 and 2, and the changes to safeguarded sites set out at Appendix 3, following the original approval to proceed with consultation in November 2011;

 

(ii)        that approval be given to the Proposed Submission Draft Joint West London Waste Plan for publication and public consultation in March / April 2014 and the recommendation to Full Council that, subject to representations made, it be submitted for Examination;

 

(iii)       that authority be delegated to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth to make minor editing and textual changes to the Proposed Submission Draft of the West London Waste Plan after consultation with the other five London Boroughs involved;

 

(iv)       that approval be given to the Proposed Submission Draft of the West London Waste Plan as a material consideration for the determination of planning applications;

 

(v)        that approval be given to the timetable set out in paragraph 3.21 of the Director’s report for publication as part of the council’s Local Development Scheme.

14.

NNDR Discretionary Rate Relief pdf icon PDF 113 KB

The Council has the discretion to award rate relief to charities or non-profit making bodies. It also has the discretion to remit an individual National Non-Domestic Rate (NNDR) liability in whole or in part on the grounds of hardship.  The award of relief is based on policy and criteria agreed by the Executive in September 2013.  New applications for relief have to be approved by the Executive.  The report details new applications for relief received since the Executive last considered such applications in September 2013.

Decision:

that the applications for discretionary rate relief detailed in Appendix 2 of the report from the Chief Finance Officer be agreed.

Minutes:

The Council has the discretion to award rate relief to charities or non-profit making bodies. It also had the discretion to remit an individual National Non-Domestic Rate (NNDR) liability in whole or in part on the grounds of hardship.  The award of relief was based on policy and criteria agreed by the Executive in September 2013.  The report from the Director of Regeneration and Growth detailed new applications for relief received since the Executive last considered such applications in September 2013 which Councillor R Moher (Lead Member, Resources) put forward for approval.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that the applications for discretionary rate relief detailed in Appendix 2 of the report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Growth be agreed.

15.

London Councils Grants Scheme 2014/2015 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

This report seeks agreement to London Councils Grants Committee budget for 2014/15 and the associated level of contribution by Brent Council to the London Borough Grants Scheme. It recommends reinvesting the small one off payment to Brent from London Councils Grants Committee reserves to support work with CVS delivering further capacity building for the voluntary sector in Brent.

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)         that the recommendations made by the London Councils Leaders Committee summarised in section 3 of the report from the Assistant Chief Executive noted;

(ii)        that approval be given to the recommended budget for the London Councils Grant Scheme and the contribution of £340,854 to be paid by the Council towards the London Boroughs Grants Scheme for 2014/15;

(ii)        that approval given to reinvest a total of £31,931 in work with CVS to deliver further capacity building for the voluntary sector in Brent.  This is made up of the following:

(a)       the small sum of £1,633, which is the difference between the proposed Brent Council contribution for 2014/2015 and that paid in 2013/14

(b)       the one off payment of £30,298 from London Councils Grants Committee reserves.

Minutes:

The Chair (Councillor Butt, Leader of the Council) introduced the report which sought agreement to London Councils Grants Committee budget for 2014/15 and the associated level of contribution by Brent Council to the London Borough Grants Scheme. It recommended reinvesting the small one off payment to Brent from London Councils Grants Committee reserves to support work with CVS delivering further capacity building for the voluntary sector in Brent.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(i)         that the recommendations made by the London Councils Leaders Committee summarised in section 3 of the report from the Assistant Chief Executive noted;

 

(ii)        that approval be given to the recommended budget for the London Councils Grant Scheme and the contribution of £340,854 to be paid by the Council towards the London Boroughs Grants Scheme for 2014/15;

 

(iii)       that approval given to reinvest a total of £31,931 in work with CVS to deliver further capacity building for the voluntary sector in Brent.  This is made up of the following:

 

(a)       the small sum of £1,633, which is the difference between the proposed Brent Council contribution for 2014/2015 and that paid in 2013/14

(b)       the one off payment of £30,298 from London Councils Grants Committee reserves.

16.

Reference of item considered by Call in Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Minutes:

None.

17.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Democratic Services Manager or his representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 64.

Minutes:

None.