Agenda and decisions

JULY CABINET MEETING, Cabinet - Wednesday, 7th July, 2021 7.30 pm

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Apologies for absence

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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.



To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2021, and to authorise the Chairman to sign them.


Consideration of the report of a Topic Group - COVID-19 PANDEMIC COMMAND RESPONSE TOPIC GROUP pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Cabinet will give consideration to this Topic Group report at the request of the Overview and Scrutiny Board, pursuant to Executive Procedure Rules paragraph 6(e).

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Cabinet agreed to refer this matter to Full Council.


Decision to increase allowances and benefits for in-house foster carers. pdf icon PDF 593 KB

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AGREED to increase both the support and the financial incentives provided to ‘in-house’ carers in order to increase retention of our in-house foster carers by:


a.    Increasing the financial allowances as set out in Appendix 1  one of the report and improve a comprehensive wrap-around support package as covered in this report;

b.    Approving Havering resident foster carers as a class subject to Council Tax Relief from 1 April 2021.

c.     Approving the amendment to the Council Tax Discretionary Policy to include Havering foster carers with effect from 1 April 2021

d.    Providing complimentary access to the borough’s leisure centres for in-house carers and children in their care;

e.    Waiving free green bin refuse collection charges; and

f.      Offering free parking in resident bays and council carparks borough-wide, this will not include paid for parking bays.



Decision to begin a consultation in respect of Havering's Street Trading Policy pdf icon PDF 344 KB

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APPROVED the commencement of a 10 week public consultation on a draft Street Trading Policy beginning on 1st September 2021.



East London Joint Resources and Waste Strategy - Approval of Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 434 KB

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1.     APROVED the release of the Preliminary Draft of the East London Joint Resources and Waste Strategy (ELJRWS) and associated documents to the four statutory consultees (Environment Agency, Greater London Authority, Historic England and Natural England).

2.    APPROVED the start of wider public engagement in line with the proposals in this report.

3.    DELEGATED to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment, the decision to make minor amendments to the proposal set out in this report. Such amendments will be limited to changes in the public consultation timeline and minor changes within the Strategy document.



The report included in agenda item 10 contains exempt documents, namely Appendices 1 to 4 inclusive.  Cabinet will consider whether the public and press should  be excluded from 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 public were present during that item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972; and, if it is decided to exclude the public and press on those grounds, Discussion of public papers can be transacted in public. Cabinet to resolve accordingly on the motion of the Chairman in relation to discuss on exempt matters.



Cabinet resolved to exclude members of the public and press for agenda item 10.


Public Realm Transformation- New Operating Model pdf icon PDF 351 KB

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1.    APPROVED the new operating model whereby waste and street cleansing, trunk road cleaning, recycling collection and weed control services are combined in one single integrated contract offering and the commencement of the procurement of that contract; and

2.     DELEGATED authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Director of Legal & Governance, to take all necessary steps to award the contract post procurement at the estimated value of £10 million per year and deliver an integrated contract for street cleansing, trunk road cleaning, waste and recycling collection and weed control.