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 Crane, Gill, Mahmood, Marquis, Mashari, Pavey and Perrin.

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 248 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the attached minutes of the previous meeting of the Council held on Monday 8 July 2019.

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Decision:

Minutes of the Council meeting held on 8 July 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:

·                Pride of Brent Youth Awards

·                Harlesden Festival

·                Mayors Civic Ceremony

·                125th Anniversary of Willesden Library and Great British High Street Awards 2019

·                Opening of Brent Hub Kilburn

·                Flag Raising Ceremonies – Jamaican Independence, Pakistan Independence, Indian Independence and Emergency Services Day

·                Visits from student groups from The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (USA) and E-associates Educational Consulting (Nigeria)

·                Brent Summer Reading Challenge

·                Success of Brent students in their GSCE, A Level and Vocational Qualification results

·                Mayoral Charity Events – Football Competition (15 October 19) & Christmas Party (6 December 19)

·                Support for biodiversity work

·                Brent named as joint friendliest borough in London

·                Brent Black History Month 2019 – Celebrating Black Excellence (17 October 19)

·                Minutes silence in memory of former Councillors Pat Harrison and John Detre

·                Petitions

5.

Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies and Appointment of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To agree any appointments to Committees, Joint 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:

NOTED that under the new London West Regional Adoption arrangements the requirement for Brent to operate its own Adoption and Permanency Panel would cease after 30 September 2019.

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:

NOTED the following deputations received at the meeting:

 

(a)        Dawn Butler MP in support of the Labour Group motion relating to health services in Brent and expressing concern at the proposed reduction in opening hours of the Urgent Care Centre at Central Middlesex Hospital.  The concerns raised were supported by Councillor Farah, responding to the deputation as Lead Member for Adult Social Care.

 

(b)        Fiona Mulaisho highlighting public health concerns regarding air quality and pollution along the Kensal Rise Corridor (with specific reference to Chamberlain Road and Station Terrace) and seeking details on what action the Council was taking with other partners such as TfL in order to protect the health and wellbeing of local residents in the area.  Councillor Krupa Sheth, responding to the deputation as Lead Member for Environment, took the opportunity to highlight the work being undertaken by the Council to monitor and tackle air quality with specific reference to the promotion of sustainable transport initiatives, introduction of a diesel surcharge, increase in electric vehicle charging points and work with TfL to encourage the roll-out of electric buses and to introduce an anti-idling policy.

7.

Questions from Members of the Public

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.

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Decision:

No questions were received from the public.

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.

Annual Report from the Leader

To receive an annual report on the work of the Council from the Leader of the Council, in accordance with Standing Order 38.

 

Members are asked to note that the Leader of the Council will have up to 5 minutes to present his annual report with a period of 20 minutes then provided for debate.

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Decision:

Noted the annual report provided by the Leader of the Council on the work of the Council.

10.

Reports from the Leader and Cabinet pdf icon PDF 55 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 Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform highlighting the following in relation to her portfolio:

·             Successful completion of the Estate Cleaning service being bought back in-house;

·             The ongoing consultation being undertaken in relation to proposed changes to the Council Tax Support (CTS) scheme along with the Council’s commitment to maintain the current level of investment at £28.9m in recognition of the important assistance being provided through the scheme for many residents;

·             The celebrations being planned to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Addison Act having been passed;

·             The recent and planned provision of additional council and affordable social housing across the borough.

11.

Questions from the Opposition and other Non-Cabinet Members pdf icon PDF 142 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 three 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 Housing & Welfare Reform to a question submitted by Councillor Thakkar confirming the Council’s policy in terms of non-eviction of tenants experiencing rent arrears as a result of delays in receiving Universal Credit and work being undertaken with other housing providers to encourage the adoption of a similar approach with their tenants.

 

2.     The written response provided by the Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning to a question submitted by Councillor Ahmed regarding the level of Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) funding allocated since inception of the scheme to voluntary groups, residents and other stakeholders for community infrastructure projects. No supplementary question was asked

 

3.     The written response provided by the Deputy Leader in relation to a question submitted by Councillor Chappell detailing the total financial value of Non-Domestic Rate Relief provided for small businesses and non-profit making bodies under the Council’s current policy.  No supplementary question was asked.

 

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 Kelcher requesting urgent consideration be given to a licensing issue identified in relation to operation of a car boot sale at Newman Catholic College and enforcement action in relation to illegal street trading activity in the surrounding area when the boot sales take place.

·             Councillor Choudhary regarding:

Ø   a review of the Council’s Housing Allocation Policy and potential to extend the offer of bidding rights to those categorised as on Band B in relation to housing need;

Ø   the policy in relation to the use of materials for footway repairs and replacement in the Barn Hill Conservation Area;

·             Councillor Long regarding:

Ø   Housing Key Performance Indicators and the action being taken to secure a sustained turnaround in performance, with a particular focus around customer service;

Ø   The action being taken through the West London Economic Prosperity Board to support and encourage the creation of Green Jobs;

·             Councillor Chan seeking support for the ongoing lobbying of TfL regarding the upgrade of the Bakerloo line with a specific focus on the accessibility of station facilities within the borough and on the provision of step free access at Kensal Green.

12.

Report from Chairs of Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 74 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:

 

12.1    Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee

 

12.2    Community and Wellbeing 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.

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Decision:

NOTED the update reports provided by the Chairs of the Resources & Public Realm and Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committees, along with an additional update provided by the Chair of the Knife Crime Scrutiny Task and Finish Group.

 

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:

Ø   the approach towards scrutiny of the police and Safer Neighbourhood arrangements following introduction of the tri borough command structure;

Ø   the inclusion of the funding position of North West London CCG and impact on patient care and waiting times as part of the work programme for the North West London Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee;

·             Councillor Long:

Ø   regarding scrutiny around the provision of public toilet facilities across the borough; and

Ø   supporting the need identified for further scrutiny in relation to the financial position of the North West London CCG and impact on residents within the borough;

·             Councillor Dar highlighting the ongoing campaign to oppose the closure of the Cricklewood GP Walk-In Centre.

13.

Report from the Vice-Chair of the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee pdf icon PDF 84 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.

14.

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 reports from Cabinet members, where required, on issues previously raised.

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Decision:

No subject was identified for debate.

15.

2018/19 Treasury Management Outturn Report pdf icon PDF 132 KB

The report updates members on Treasury Management activity and confirms that the Council has complied with its Prudential Indicators for 2018/19.

 

Members are asked to note that this report was noted by the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee on 10 July 2019 and is due to be considered by Cabinet on 9 September 2019.  It has been forwarded to Council in compliance with CIPFAs Code of Practice on Treasury Management.

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Decision:

AGREED to note the 2018-19 Treasury Management outturn report, in compliance with the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management.

16.

Motions pdf icon PDF 87 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 Conservative Group was approved:

 

Protecting and Raising the Quality of Adult Social Care in Brent

 

This Council notes:

 

·             The unprecedented times that the country is facing and the role local government has in providing local stability and leadership in these tumultuous times.

 

·             The irreplaceable role that local council plays at the heart of communities, providing key public services that protect the most defenceless in society – children at risk, disabled adults and vulnerable older people and the services we all rely on, like clean streets, libraries and children’s centres.

 

·             That councils up and down the UK are at breaking point, with disproportionate reductions in local council funding and comparison to the rest of the public sector.

 

·             That councils had to spend an extra £800m in the last financial year to meet the demand on vital services to protect children and that, with an ageing population and growing demand, adult social care faces a gap of over £2bn in the next financial year.

 

·             In Brent, as with all other council departments, adult social care has had to make significant budget savings in the past, and continues to need to make savings in the future, with a target of reducing the overall spend by £4.1m on adult social care by 2021. This is in the context of an aging population and increasing demand for services.

 

·             Brent has an estimated prevalence of 2,470 patients living with dementia, of whom only 1,834 (74.2%) are diagnosed. This leaves an estimated 1034 undiagnosed patients living with dementia who could benefit from early diagnosis and follow up and support in the community. Brent seeks to address this gap in service with a view to providing early interventions to support people with dementia and their carers to live longer in their own homes.

 

·             The extra £1.5bn for social care in the Government’s recent spending round - £1 billion through a new grant and £500 million through the adult social care precept.

 

·             To implement reform – which will involve difficult choices about how to raise money to pay for services – the Government must set up an independent, cross-party inquiry on social care funding, as the Institute for Government recommended last year. This would be the best mechanism to build the public and parliamentary support needed to deliver change, with the last major attempt to reform social care funding. Then, once political support is secured, legislation will have to be passed.

 

·             This council also notes and commends the work done with partners progressing Brent as a Dementia Friendly Borough which has been recognised nationally. This will include GP practices, leisure services, libraries, the Alzheimer’s Society, supermarkets such as Tesco, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London Ambulance Service, Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, local cinemas and art venues.

 

The Council therefore resolves:

 

To write to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP.

 

The Council requests that the Leader of the Council:  ...  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 30 (s).

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Decision:

None