Agenda and decisions

Venue: Conference Hall - Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Members of the Council.

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Decision:

Apologies received from Councillors Donnelly-Jackson and Naheerathan.

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the attached minutes of the Annual Council meeting held on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

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Decision:

Minutes of the Annual Council meeting held on 1 May 2019 agreed as a correct record.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

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Decision:

No interests declared.

4.

Mayor's Announcements (including any petitions received)

To receive any announcements from the Mayor.

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Decision:

NOTED the announcements from the Mayor in relation to:

·                Recent fatalities in Brent

·                Death of former Mayors Joyce Bacchus and Les Ford with tributes paid by Councillors Muhammed Butt, Colwill, Long, Hector and Kansagra.

·                London Finals of HSBC Young Enterprise – Kingsbury High School

·                Barham Primary School – Teachers Award

·                Windrush Event

·                Mayors Civic Service – 23 July 19

·                LGBTQ+ Pride Month

·                Big Iftar – Monks Park Mosque

·                Jack Petchey Award – St Gregory’s Science College

·                Armed Forces Day

·                Co-operative Day

·                Neasden Festival

·                Petitions

5.

Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies and Appointment of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To agree any appointments to Committees, Forums, Panels and Outside Bodies (if any) and the appointments of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) in accordance with Standing Order 30 (g).

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Decision:

AGREED the appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies, as detailed in the supplementary paper.

6.

Deputations (if any)

To hear any deputations received from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 32.

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Decision:

No requests for deputations were received.

7.

Questions from Members of the Public & Brent Youth Parliament

6.1       To receive questions submitted from members of the public to Cabinet Members, in accordance with Standing Order 33.

 

Members are asked to note that no questions have been submitted for this meeting of the Council.

 

6.2       To receive questions submitted from members of the Youth Parliament to Cabinet Members, in accordance with Standing Order 33 (d)

 

Members are asked to note that no questions have been submitted for this meeting of the Council.

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Decision:

No questions were received from the public or Brent Youth Parliament.

8.

Petitions (if any)

For Members to refer to petitions received and debate any petition with more than 200 signatures, where such a request has been submitted in accordance with the Council’s petition rules and Standing Order 66.

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Decision:

No requests were received for debates on any petitions.

9.

Reports from the Leader and Cabinet pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To receive the report from the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members in accordance with Standing Order 31 setting out any key or significant issues arising from any matter within the responsibility of Cabinet.

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Decision:

NOTED the report and accompanying update provided by the Leader of the Council in relation to the ongoing financial challenges being experienced not just in Brent but within Local Authorities across the country as a result of the reduction in Central Government finance and the uncertainty around the outcome of the Fair Funding Review and Autumn Statement.  Cabinet members were thanked for their individual updates provided within the report, with the opportunity also taken to highlight the collaborative work being undertaken with a range of strategic partners in relation to ownership and delivery of the Borough Plan being co-ordinated through Partners for Brent.

10.

Questions from the Opposition and other Non-Cabinet Members pdf icon PDF 125 KB

For questions to be put to members of the Cabinet by opposition and non-Cabinet Members in accordance with Standing Order 35.

 

Details of the four questions submitted in advance have been attached along with the written responses provided.

 

Members are asked to note that this session will also include an opportunity (within the time available) for other non-Cabinet members to ask questions of Cabinet.

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Decision:

NOTED

 

1.      The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Schools, Employment and Skills to a question submitted by Councillor Kennelly regarding the approach being taken to the teaching of relationship education within schools.

 

2.      The written response provided by the Lead Member for Environment to a question submitted by Councillor Hassan regarding the scale of carbon reduction being delivered through the roll-out of borough wide LED street lighting. No supplementary question was asked

 

3.      The written response and supplementary verbal response provided by the Deputy Leader in relation to a question submitted by Councillor Saqib Butt regarding Council Tax and non-recoverable arrears and measures being taken to support residents struggling with payments and charges, including progress with the Anti-Poverty policy and Council Tax Protocol developed in consultation with Citizens Advice.

 

4.    The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to a question submitted by Councillor Maurice regarding the support available and rates charged for local traders renting space within the Civic Centre.

 

Responses were also provided by the relevant Lead Members on the following additional questions raised during the open session of this part of the meeting:

 

·               Councillor Johnson seeking further details on the criteria and support for the possible extension of the Streets for School initiative across Brent.

·               Councillor Kelcher regarding the management and scheduling of the road works at the junction of Furness Road and Harrow Road in Kensal Green and ways in which the process, communication and scheduling of combined works with utilities companies could be improved in future.

·               Councillor Nerva regarding what action it would be possible to take in highlighting concerns about performance and in securing improvements to operation of the Euston to Watford Junction train line with TfL and Network Rail.  The Lead Member for Environment advised that she would be willing to raise the issue with TfL and Network Rail in order for an update to be provided.

·               Councillor Long requesting an update on progress with adoption and implementation of the British Sign Language Charter by the Council.

·               Councillor Kennelly seeking an assurance regarding the continued involvement of local ward councillors as part of the formal consultation process now being undertaken regarding the future of Roe Green Strathcona School.

·               Councillor S.Choudhary and Thakkar regarding the approach towards the teaching of relationship education within schools.

·               Councillor Dar regarding the removal of litter bins across the borough and ways in which the impact could be mitigated around schools.

·               Councillor Kennelly seeking further details on the support available for those within the Armed Forces looking to gain access back into employment, with reference to the Armed Forces Covenant.

11.

Report from Chairs of Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To receive reports from the Chairs of the Council’s Scrutiny Committees in accordance with Standing Order 36.  The reports have been attached as follows:

 

11.1    Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

 

11.2    Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee

 

Members are asked to note that this session will include an opportunity (within the time available) for non-Cabinet members to ask questions of relevant Scrutiny Chair’s in relation to the remits of their Committees.

Additional documents:

Decision:

NOTED the update reports provided by the Chairs of the Community and Wellbeing and Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committees.

 

Responses were also provided by the relevant Scrutiny Chairs on the following additional questions raised during the open session of this part of the meeting:

 

·                Councillor Nerva regarding the approach towards future scrutiny of the police following introduction of the tri borough command structure.

·                Councillor Dar on the prospect of Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) being encouraged to oppose the proposed closure by Barnet CCG of a GP practice on the border of Cricklewood, which would also impact on Brent residents.

·                Councillor Choudry seeking further details on the approach being developed in relation to scrutiny of the 2019/20 – 2020/21 budget.

·                Councillor Gill regarding the process for scrutinising the proposals to alter the present opening hours for the Urgent Care Centre based at Central Middlesex Hospital.

·                Councillor S.Choudhary expressing concern that targets in relation to child immunisation were not being met and what action could be taken in following up the scrutiny review on this issue.

·                Councillor Kansagra on the response provided regarding plans to replace the Council’s fleet of diesel vehicles and whether the fleet would be subject to the same surcharges as introduced for diesel vehicles within CPZs.

·                Councillor Gbajumo seeking further details on the introduction of a scrutiny recommendation and data request tracker.

12.

Report from the Vice-Chair of the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To receive a report from the Vice-Chair of the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee in accordance with Standing Order 37.

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Decision:

NOTED the update report provided by the Vice Chair of the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee.

13.

Non Cabinet Members' Debate

To enable non Cabinet Members to debate an issue of relevance to Brent for which notice has been provided in accordance with Standing Order 34 and to receive any reports required from Cabinet members on issues previously raised.

 

Members are asked to note that the subject identified for debate at this meeting is as follows:

 

Delivery of change by the Mayor of London

 

The motion put forward as the basis of this debate has been attached.

Additional documents:

Decision:

No subject was identified for debate.

14.

Fire Safety & Housing in the London Borough of Brent pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To receive a report from the Assistant Chief Executive updating Council about existing fire safety arrangements for housing in Brent and actions that the local authority has taken to improve fire safety in council-managed properties since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017.   The report also provides and update about fire safety arrangements for the private sector and Registered Providers.

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Decision:

AGREED that Council note the report providing an update on fire safety arrangements for housing across the borough.

15.

Overview & Scrutiny Annual Report 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive a report from the Assistant Chief Executive presenting the 2018-19 Annual Scrutiny Report.

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Decision:

AGREED that Council note the Annual Overview & Scrutiny Report 2018-19.

16.

Motions pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To debate the motions submitted in accordance with Standing Order 41.

 

Members are asked to note that the motions submitted will be circulated as a supplementary paper in advance of the meeting, in accordance with Standing Order 41(c).

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Decision:

16.1    The following motion submitted by the Labour Group was approved:

 

Standing up to racism, discrimination and prejudice in Brent

 

This Council notes:

 

Brent Council adopted the definition of antisemitism in September 2017, including its examples, set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and now, seeks to adopt the definition of Islamophobia, including its examples, as set out by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims.

 

The charity Tell Mama reported that in the week after 50 innocent, Muslim worshippers were massacred in the Christchurch New Zealand terror attack, Islamophobicincidents increased by almost 600 per cent back in Britain.

 

This Council believes:

 

That words have consequences within political discourse.

 

We unequivocally condemn all forms of pernicious racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, ableism and sexism and reaffirm our commitment to fighting against them.

 

This Council resolves:

 

To adopt the APPG on British Muslims – Working Definition of Islamophobia as follows:

 

“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

 

Contemporary examples of Islamophobia in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in encounters between religions and non-religions in the public sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

 

·                Calling for, aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of Muslims in the name of a racist/ fascist ideology, or an extremist view of religion.

 

·                Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism, and claims of a demographic ‘threat’ posed by Muslims or of a ‘Muslim takeover’.

 

·                Accusing Muslims as a group of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Muslim person or group of Muslim individuals, or even for acts committed by non-Muslims.

 

·                Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against Muslims.

 

·                Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the ‘Ummah’ (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

 

·                Applying double standards by requiring of Muslims behaviours that are not expected or demanded of any other groups in society, e.g. loyalty tests.

 

·                Using the symbols and images associated with classic Islamophobia (e.g. the Prophet Muhammed being a paedophile, claims of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule) to characterize Muslims as being ‘sex groomers’, inherently violent or incapable of living harmoniously in plural societies.

 

·                Holding Muslims collectively responsible for the actions of any Muslim majority state, whether secular or constitutionally Islamic.

 

16.2  The following motion submitted by the Conservative Group was not approved:

 

Surcharge on diesel Vehicle Owners

 

This Council notes, with grave concern, the surcharges  ...  view the full decision text for item 16.

17.

Urgent Business

At the discretion of the Mayor to consider any urgent business, in accordance with Standing Order 37 (r).

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Decision:

None