Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Debra Marlow tel: 01708 433091  e-mail:  debra.marlow@onesource.co.uk

Items
No. Item

59.

Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any interests in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting. Members may still disclose an interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

60.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 17th April, 2019, and to authorise the Chairman to sign them.

Minutes:

The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 17th April, 2019 were agreed and signed by the Chair as an accurate record of the same.

61.

Developing the Local Voluntary and Community Sector pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

  1. AGREED the joint approach of the report in developing the framework into a full strategy with the Voluntary and Community Sector

 

  1. AGREED in principle, the use of funding held in reserve for the voluntary and community sector.  Each separate spend item to be agreed by the Lead Member for Community Safety and Public Protection through the executive decision process.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Viddy Persaud presented the report to Cabinet detailing the development of the Local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS).

The Voluntary and Community Sector continue to face many challenges and opportunities. These are best approached by working collaboratively in a strong partnership.  The Voluntary and Community Strategic Framework 2019 –  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.

62.

Private Housing Health Assistance Policy pdf icon PDF 199 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

·             Approved the Private Housing Health Assistance Policy set out in Appendix 1of the report.

·             Noted the expected positive impacts of the policy and the improvements in the health and wellbeing of the residents of Havering as outlined in the Equalities & Health Impact Assessment for the Private Housing Health Assistance Policy.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Jason Frost, Cabinet Lead Member for Health and Adult Care Services, presented the report to Cabinet.  Cllr Frost stated that he was delighted to bring this matter to Cabinet Members for approval as the policy helps to address a need which has been very specific to the demographics of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.

63.

Tenancy Policy 2018 pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

  1. Approved the draft Tenancy Policy in principle prior to consultation with residents and other stakeholders.

 

  1. Agreed for the Council to consult with residents and other stakeholders on the proposed changes in the draft Tenancy Policy.

 

  1. Noted that the results and feedback that emerges from the consultation will assist the Council in the completion of a full Equalities Impact Assessment which will support the final version of the Tenancy Policy.

 

Minutes:

The report was presented to Cabinet by Councillor Joshua Chapman, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing.  The new Tenancy policy replaces the current Tenancy Management Policy. Its purpose is to inform home seekers and council officers about the type of tenancies that will be on offer from the London Borough of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.

64.

Havering Autism Strategy (all age) 2019-2022 - DRAFT pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

1)    Authorised the commencement of a consultation process on the content of the draft All Age Autism Strategy set out at Appendix 1 of the report.

2)    Noted that the results of the consultation will be referred back to Cabinet for determination of the final version of the Strategy in the autumn 2019.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Jason Frost presented the report to Cabinet, detailing the draft All Age Autism Strategy.  Havering has had an Autism Strategy since 2017, which aligned with the National policy/guidance, with a focus on the needs of the adult community. However, the Government are currently updating the National Autism Strategy and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.

65.

Allocation of Resources to Deliver Ofsted Improvement Programme pdf icon PDF 539 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

  • Approved the approach outlined within and agree the financial request for additional resources to be allocated to Children’s Social Care for 19/20. This will provide an opportunity consolidate improvements delivered over the last two years, and achieve greater consistency across all service areas. 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children and Families was very pleased to present the report to Cabinet setting out an ambitious plan to build on the successes of the Children’s Services Department.

Children’s Services provide essential statutory social work services, to children who are at risk of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 65.

66.

Review of Private Sector Leased (PSL) accommodation pdf icon PDF 340 KB

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

  1. Noted the outcome of the review.
  2. Agreed that officers carry out the recommended actions as set out in the report.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Joshua Chapman presented the report regarding the Review of Private Sector Leased Accommodation for the consideration of Cabinet.  The Private Sector Leasing Scheme (PSL) was introduced in 2014.  The review has been set up to look at residents in PSL properties and their needs.  It was noted that most  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.

67.

Private Sector Housing Enforcement Scheme 2: to Consult on Proposals to Expand Private Sector Housing Landlord Licensing in the Borough pdf icon PDF 751 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

  1. Noted the progress report on the Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs introduced in March 2018.

 

  1. Authorised commencement of a consultation on extending the coverage of the Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs (approved by Cabinet on 11th October 2017) to cover the remaining six wards in the Borough, which are Cranham, Emerson Park, Hacton, Hylands, St Andrews and Upminster.

 

  1. Authorised commencement of a consultation on a Selective Licensing Scheme for Romford Town and Brooklands wards.

 

  1. Noted that, if it is agreed to proceed with the consultation, the results of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet in autumn 2019.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Lead Member for Public Protection and Safety, introduced the report to Cabinet. 

The report provides an update of the Additional Licensing Scheme for Housing of Multiple Occupation (HMO), which was agreed in October 2017 and has been in operation since 1 March 2018.

It presents a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.

68.

S92 Metropolitan Police Officers pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

Approved the MOPAC Partnership Plus scheme for additional Police officers within Havering and the funding requirements to support the scheme for three years from 2019/20.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Viddy Persaud presented the MOPAC Partnership Plus Scheme for s 92 Police Officers, to Cabinet.

The Metropolitan Police launched a new PartnershipPlus Scheme in February 2019 in order to support safer neighbourhoods within London Boroughs. The MOPAC PartnershipPlus Scheme for the London Boroughs must be discussed and considered with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should now be excluded from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the press and public were present during those items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972; and, if it is decided to exclude the public on those grounds, the Committee to resolve accordingly on the motion of the Chairman.

 

Minutes:

Members of the public and press were excluded from the meeting.

 

 

70.

Approval to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Greater London Authority in relation to the Building Council Homes for Londoners Affordable Housing Programme pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

  1. Approved the entering into the Grant Agreement (Local Authority) for which the key terms are set out in exempt appendix 1 in relation to the “Building Council Homes for Londoners Programme” to support the provision of 282 new units of affordable housing as shown in exempt appendix 2 of the report.

 

  1. Agreed to delegate to the Leader of the Council, after consultation with the Director of Regeneration and the Director of Legal and Governance authority to agree to enter into any appropriate contractual extensions or variations in the general management arrangements relating to this Grant Agreement.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report to enter into the GLA Grant Agreement to Build Council homes for Londoners.

In May 2018 the Mayor of London published the prospectus “Building Council Homes for Londoners” which outlined the bidding and award criteria for a new affordable housing programme. The programme was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.