Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Don Austen, Bill Freeman, Mehboob Khan, Clive Mardner, Clare Morris, Matthew Morrow, Paul Morrissey, Cherry Parker, Jackie Smith and David Stanley.

 

Apologies for leaving early were received from Councillor Spencer Drury, Rajinder James, Chris Lloyd and Christine May.

 

On behalf of the Council the Mayor wished Councillor Christine May a speedy recovery.

2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 22 February 2017.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

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That the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 22 February 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

3.

Mayor's Announcements

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Minutes:

The Mayor announced that the Royal Borough of Greenwich Children’s Centres had been recently awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award. The Royal Borough of Greenwich was the first London borough to become fully UNICEF Baby Friendly, and one of a few local authorities in the UK, as all the Borough’s health visiting services (Oxleas), maternity services (QEH) and children’s centres were now UNICEF Baby Friendly accredited. 

 

The Mayor called upon the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Miranda Williams, to present the award to Alison Haworth from the Early Years team in Public Health.

 

Councillor Miranda Williams presented the award to Alison Haworth.

 

The Mayor reminded Members of the Tall Ships Festival taking place in Greenwich and Woolwich from 13 to 16 April, and also that the London Marathon was to take place on 23 April. The Mayor noted that three Councillors were part taking in the Marathon, Councillors Danny Thorpe, Chris Lloyd and Matt Hartley, and he wished them well.

 

The Mayor called upon Council to join him in condemning the recent terrorist attack at Parliament in Westminster, and to extend their sympathies to all the victims, and to thank members of the police and health services, and all members of the community, who came together to help the victims in united defiance of such individual terrorists.

 

The Mayor invited the Leader of the Council to say a few words.

 

The Leader of the Council, Denise Hyland, said that they were all shocked by the incident. Their hearts went out to all those affected and their families. The Leader of the Council read from a letter she had received from Pastor Michael OIawore of New Wine Church, in which the Church members sent their condolences and prayed for the recovery of victims, saluted the professions, the police and emergency services in responding to incident, spoke against those who sought to sow discord, and wished strength and courage for leaders to make Greenwich Borough safe for all. The Leader noted the tribute paid by Charlton Athletic to PC Keith Palmer who was a season ticket holder, that they were to put his scarf over his seat until the next match.

 

The Mayor invited the Leader of the Opposition to say a few words.

 

The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Matt Hartley, said he echoed the words of the Leader of the Council and those of Pastor Michael OIawore. He recognised that it was difficult to deal with such events. He noted that some Members had connections with Parliament through past or current work. He commended the bravery of PC Keith Palmer and also the everyday bravery of staff who worked in Parliament and who were back at work the next day. He concluded that they had known terrorism with the Royal Borough itself, but that they also knew the one certainty which was that the terrorists would not win.

 

The Mayor advised the Council of the death of former Councillor Dermot Poston.  He noted that Dermot Poston served  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 31 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Councillor Barbara Barwick stated that with regard to Item 13 she was the Council representative on the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival board.

 

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That the list of Councillors’ membership (as Council appointed representatives) on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing Bodies is noted.

5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Minutes:

The Council noted that there had been no requests to exceed the five minute rule.

6.

Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Minutes:

The following petitions were presented at the meeting:

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

anti-social behaviour of motorcyclists using parks and woodland as scrambling tracks

220 signatures

Councillor

Denise Hyland

Directorate of Community Safety and Environment

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

parking bays in Eltham High Street outside shop

385 signatures

Councillor

Matt Clare

Directorate of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

extension of parking controls in Beaconsfield Road

16 signatures

Councillor

Geoffrey Brighty

Directorate of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Royal Hill Community Garden

891 signatures

Councillor

Aidan Smith

Directorate of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills

 

7.

Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Minutes:

The Council noted that there were no public deputations.

8.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Up to half an hour will be allowed for questions by Members of the Public.

 

Questions will be taken in the order notices are received by the Chief Executive.  Each question to have no more than one part.  No member of the public shall ask more than 2 questions at a meeting.

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Minutes:

The Mayor stated that Council had received 8 written questions from members of the public. The Mayor stated that he would allow 2 minutes for any supplementary question.

 

The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix A to the minutes.

 

9.

Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 255 KB

a.      To receive written responses to questions submitted by Members in line with procedure Rule A1.38

b.      Up to 10 minutes will be allowed for Members questions.

 

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The Mayor stated that 13 written questions had been received from Members of the Council.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix B to the minutes.

 

Under procedures for oral questions, the Mayor invited questions to Members of the Cabinet for response.

 

Councillor Sarah Merrill asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, Councillor Danny Thorpe, if he agreed that the extension of the criteria for permitted development was now damaging people’s enjoyment of their homes, for example as was occurring in Flaxstead Road. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability stated his agreement. He noted that the previous Government had changed the rules on permitted development apparently to stimulate the economy but all it stimulated was grief as people’s amenity was harmed. The new laws allowed for the proliferation of Houses in Multiple Occupation, they were not supplying the needed genuinely affordable homes instead they were creating the slums of tomorrow. They needed a properly planned system to allow communities to be developed but which took into account all the relevant issues. Greenwich was working with other London local authorities on the matter but they needed to see a change from the Government.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley asked the Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland, of her view on the Police’s proposal to scrap the 32 borough commanders and on the pilot to replace them with 12 regional commanders.  The Leader of the Council said some boroughs had agreed to the pilot scheme in the belief that they would get more resources than if they were forced into it. Greenwich had been well served by a single borough commander and a single borough commander was the preference of the Council. She noted the serious cuts made to the budget of the Metropolitan Police and questioned how much they would actually save by pairing up boroughs. It was not thought it would be the enhancement that they would all like, that of true neighbourhood policing. The Leader noted the Mayor of London’s promise was not to have abstractions but to retain police in wards. The Leader would prefer for the Safer Neighbourhood Teams to work to the Council’s and Ward Councillors’ priorities as they best knew the local priorities. The Leader commented that there was a proposal that Greenwich partner with Lewisham and/or Bexley. It was not thought that Greenwich would have any choice in the matter.

10.

Matters for early debate

Up to 3 items of business may be prioritised for consideration under this section.  Each political party may select an item of business, from the list of items on the agenda, for early debate. 

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Minutes:

The Mayor noted that no requests for matters to be taken early had been received.

11.

Members' Allowances Scheme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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Decision:

Noted that all Councils are required to make annually a scheme for the

payment of allowances to Councillors and the scheme must include a basic allowance payable equally to all Councillors, and may include provision for special responsibility allowances.

 

Noted that the Council in July 2014 agreed to re-adopt the London Councils’ Independent Remuneration Panel to advise the Royal Borough on its allowances schemes as each authority must have regard to the

recommendations of such an independent panel.

 

Agreed that the basic allowance and special responsibility allowances should be frozen at the 2015/16 level.

 

Agreed the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2017/18 as attached at appendix 1 and agreed that Part 6 of the Council’s Constitution be updated accordingly.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland, moved the report. The Leader suggested that the basic allowance and special responsibility allowances should be frozen. The Leader read from a letter she had received from a resident in Coleraine Road congratulating the Council on its efficient financial management and saying there was no need to apologise for the trivial rise in Council Tax.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Danny Thorpe, seconded the moving of the report.

 

The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Matt Hartley, stated agreement with the suggestion that the basic allowance and special responsibility allowances should be frozen.

 

The Mayor put the matter to the vote and it was unanimously

 

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1.       That all Councils are required to make annually a scheme for the

payment of allowances to Councillors and the scheme must include a basic allowance payable equally to all Councillors, and may include provision for special responsibility allowances be noted.

 

2.       That the Council in July 2014 agreed to re-adopt the London Councils’ Independent Remuneration Panel to advise the Royal Borough on its allowances schemes as each authority must have regard to the recommendations of such an independent panel be noted.

 

3.       That the basic allowance and special responsibility allowances should be frozen at the 2015/16 level be agreed.

 

4.       That the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2017/18 as attached at appendix 1 be agreed and that Part 6 of the Council’s Constitution be updated accordingly be agreed.

12.

Dispensation from the Six Month Rule: Councillor C. May pdf icon PDF 34 KB

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Decision:

Agreeda dispensation to Councillor Christine May from the six month rule until 29 September 2017.

 

 

Minutes:

The leaders of the two parties in the Chamber, on behalf of their respective parties, wished Councillor Christine May a speedy recovery and stated their support for the dispensation.

 

Councillor Christine May addressed the Council and indicated that she was making progress.

 

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That a dispensation to Councillor Christine May from the six month rule until 29 September 2017 be agreed.

 

 

13.

Freedom of the Borough pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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Decision:

Agreed to hold a special meeting of the Council on 17 May 2017, following the Council Annual Meeting, to consider awarding the Freedom of the Borough to the following: Bob Harris, Bradley Hemmings MBE, Nick Raynsford, Neil Rhind MBE and Jagir Sekhon OBE.

Minutes:

The Mayor put the matter straight to the vote.

 

After the vote the Mayor advised that under A1.12 of the Council’s Constitution he was to bring forward the start of the Council Annual Meeting from 7.00pm to 6.30pm, with the special meeting to follow after the Annual Meeting.

 

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That it be agreed to hold a special meeting of the Council on 17 May 2017, following the Council Annual Meeting, to consider awarding the Freedom of the Borough to the following: Bob Harris, Bradley Hemmings MBE, Nick Raynsford, Neil Rhind MBE and Jagir Sekhon OBE.

14.

Parent Governor appointments to Overview and Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 32 KB

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Decision:

Appointed Gary Dillon as the parent governor representative (primary) to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee until 30 April 2019.

 

Noted that there were no nominations received for a parent governor

representative (secondary) to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the position therefore remains vacant.

Minutes:

The vice-Chair of Overview and Scrutiny, Councillor Chris Lloyd, moved the report.

 

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1.       That Gary Dillon be appointed as the parent governor representative (primary) to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee until 30 April 2019.

 

2.       That there were no nominations received for a parent governor

representative (secondary) to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the position therefore remains vacant be noted.

15.

Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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Decision:

Noted the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

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Councillor Nuala Geary reiterated the safety concerns expressed by residents and while accepting that a 20mph zone was not permitted asked if safety measures could be implemented.

 

The Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities, Councillor Sizwe James, said the concerns would be taken into consideration and dealt with as quickly as possible.

 

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That the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Councilbe noted.

16.

Motion - “Education Cuts” pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Motion proposed by Councillors Miranda Williams, Chris Kirby, Mehboob Khan, Danny Thorpe

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Decision:

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This Council condemns the far-reaching and damaging government cuts to schools funding, cuts that will impact the life chances of children and young people across Greenwich.

 

76 out of 82 Greenwich schools will lose funding as a result of the Government's current proposals, with Greenwich schools seeing a loss of £700 per pupil.

 

Council notes that the average one form entry school in the Borough will see a reduction in funding of up to £126k - the equivalent of losing 3 out of an average of 7 teaching staff.

 

These cuts, along with increased costs and financial pressures for schools, will result in losses of up to of 15% per school in this borough until 2020.

 

Council notes with frustration that the government has chosen to cut the ‘basic needs funding’ for Greenwich – money that is used to provide school places - from £26million to £4.6million at a time when pressure on school places has never been greater.

 

Council notes that the Education Service Grants has been reduced from £3.2m to £600k which will frustrate the local authority’s ability to provide services to schools and therefore add further pressures to our schools’ budgets.

 

Council calls upon the Conservative government to withdraw these unfair proposals immediately.

 

Council commits to work with other boroughs, schools, trade unions and parents to lobby the government to reverse these punitive funding cuts and ensure that all Greenwich children are given the very best start in life.

 

Minutes:

In moving the motion Councillor Miranda Williams indicated that it could be expected that the outcome of the consultation on school funding would mean that, at worst, Greenwich schools would be 10-15% worse off over the next 3 years. She detailed the effect of this on a one-form primary in terms of loss of teachers, increased class sizes and key subjects dropped. She felt that what the Government was proposing was fundamentally unjust. She referred to a report of the Public Accounts Committee “The Financial Sustainability of Schools” which expressed concerns about the Government’s funding proposals, in that schools in England were facing the most significant financial pressures since the mid 1990’s, noting that schools were facing a cut of £1.1 billion from their 2016/17 budget up to £3 billion by 2019/20, while at the same time pupil numbers were set to increase 6.3% nationally. She noted that Malcolm Trobe, the interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders had indicated that the Government did not understand the financial pressures faced by schools. Councillor Williams highlighted that the cuts were in addition to the reduction of the Education Services Grant and the cost of implementing other policy changes.  The Department for Education (DfE) believed that schools could save £1.3 billion through better procurement, and £1.7 billion by using staff more efficiently. On average staff accounted for three quarters of school spending; reductions to school budgets would have a detrimental effect. Councillor Williams felt that the Government’s focus was on structures not on standards. Councillor Williams highlighted that in the Royal Borough of Greenwich standards were set high, standards which had increased over the last decade with 97% of schools now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. Councillor Williams emphasised that it would be standards that would be eroded by less funding. She said it was the education of Greenwich’s children that was at stake and it was their future that the Government was gambling with.

 

In seconding the motion, Councillor Linda Bird commented on the support Greenwich had given to its schools but stressed that the funding for this support would cease if the proposed cuts were implemented. She felt that the intention of the Government’s education policy was to reduce the ability of local authorities to support school improvements and monitor education standards. Councillor Bird said there was no evidence to show academies, free schools and grammar schools, would provide better school provision if removed from local authorities. There was very little evidence of improvement in education standards from academy and free schools, as could be seen from the statistics on the DfE website. Councillor Bird felt that the Government’s intention was the destruction of state education. She insisted that the Government withdraw the budget proposals, and she urged Conservative Members to lobby the Government. Councillor Bird said the motion reflected the true character of the Council in protecting the rights of the child.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley moved the amendment to the motion as detailed in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

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Motion - “EU Nationals” pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Motion proposed by Councillors Maureen O’Mara, David Gardner, Don Austen, Mehboob Khan, Averil Lekau, Aidan Smith

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Decision:

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This Council values the huge contribution of its 23000+ European citizens from outside the UK to the Royal Borough, their local community, our businesses, economy and public services. From the QEH to the University to the burgeoning Digital Greenwich businesses, Europe and Europeans play a significant role in Greenwich’s international stature and future potential, building on our European and global heritage. Royal Greenwich is both rich in its history and rich in its diversity benefitting from citizens whose heritage is drawn from every continent, all playing their part in one of the most cohesive Boroughs in the world’s most dynamic and open city.

 

This Council calls upon both the Government and the 27 remaining EU states to move speedily to reassure the millions of anxious Europeans who have made their home in the UK, and UK citizens who have made their home in the rest of the EU, by guaranteeing their right to stay.  This Council welcomes reassurance from both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union that achieving this goal - for both Europeans living in the UK, and UK citizens living in the remaining EU states - will be the very first priority for the Government in the Brexit negotiations.

 

Further, we note the excellent initiative of the Royal Borough in holding a reception for our EU residents and businesses in September 2016 and urge this be repeated to demonstrate that we welcome and support the continued efforts and contribution to Greenwich and the wider London economy, cultural life, academia and public services of our fellow Europeans.

Minutes:

In moving the motion Councillor Maureen O’Mara noted the numbers of EU nationals living in the UK and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. She explained that after 9 months the EU nationals still did not know literally whether they were staying or going, and the position was the same for British people living in the EU. She said these nationals were being used as bargaining chips by the Government and by the governments of the states of the EU. She suggested the first priority of the Government should be to sort out the future of such people. She further suggested other local authorities with resident EU nationals should also carry motions as the Royal Borough of Greenwich was doing that night to put pressure on the Government. The Council had a responsibility for the EU nationals within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and they should tell them that they were welcome to stay. Councillor O’Mara indicated that she would accept the Conservative amendment to turn it into a cross party motion.

 

In seconding the motion, Councillor David Gardner commented on the numbers of people seeking residency permits who were worried about their future. He noted that some permits had been rejected even though the individuals had been here for 20 or 30 years. He emphasised the issue was about professors, doctors, and nurses; he highlighted that 16% of those who delivered care in Greenwich were EU nationals. He had talked to a representative of the Royal College of Nurses and they were saying that some hospitals were losing many nurses. He gave examples of individuals he had met in his Ward. He said these were people who played a full part in society, they contributed to the economy, and were active members of the community. He said the Council had a duty to these people and that Members should unite to remove the uncertainty about them.

 

Councillor Stephen Brain commented on leaving the EU and its effect. He expressed his view of some of those who supported leaving the EU, and gave his continuing support to the EU.

 

Councillor Mark Elliott moved the amendment to the motion as published in the Tabled Items agenda. He noted the situation was as a result of the referendum and the triggering of Article 50.  He explained the amendment was to recognise that the first priority of the Government was to get the best result in the negotiations and crucially to recognise UK and EU ex-pats. They all recognised that EU nationals and non-EU nationals made a valuable contribution to their communities, and their contribution should not cease as a result of the UK leaving the EU. It was right to state that many services would struggle to cope, health and care services and schools, and also business and the tourism sector.  He commented on the inter-Government negotiations and hoped that with notification the issue could now be settled as quickly as possible. As all Members agreed on the principles the Council should send  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

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Motion - “Council Tax exemption for care leavers up to the age of 25” pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Motion proposed by Councillors MattHartley, Geoffrey Brighty, Mandy Brinkhurst, Matt Clare, Charlie Davies, Spencer Drury, Mark Elliot, Nuala Geary, John Hills

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Decision:

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Council recognises that young people leaving care can be amongst the most vulnerable in our community, and is committed to supporting care leavers to successfully make the often difficult transition to adult life, as part of its corporate parenting role.

 

Council recognises that managing money and bills for the first time can be a particular challenge for care leavers, with research from the Centre for Social Justice finding that 57% of young people find it difficult to manage their money and avoid debt when leaving care.

 

Council notes that in recognition of these challenges, the Royal Borough already works in partnership with The Money House in Woolwich, an innovative financial education project established by Hyde Housing and now run by the charity MyBnk.  The Money House provides invaluable support to young people, including care leavers, in helping to manage their money and tenancies for the first time.

 

However, Council believes there is more that can be done, at relatively little cost to the council taxpayer, to support care leavers to manage their money during this transition. 

 

Council welcomes the growing cross-party movement in local government towards using this power to exempt care leavers from council tax up to the age of 25, and congratulates The Children’ Society for its determined campaigning on this issue.  Council notes that the idea has secured the support of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, as well as the Government through its Care Leavers’ Strategy published in July 2016.

 

However, the NAO found that the Care Leaver Strategy was not set up as an effective programme with no strong evidence of the Conservative Government working in an integrated way; limited implementation capability; no regular reporting of progress or outcomes; and no evidence of a sustained effort to continuously improve.

 

Council also notes how young people have been unjustly targeted through the Government’s welfare reforms such as the Government’s “Youth Obligation”, aimed at those aged 18-21 denying them automatic access to Housing Benefit from April 2017. This will inevitably result in increased demand for our services, such as housing advice and family mediation services. Care leavers are exempt until the age of 22, but when this exemption expires they can find that the place they have called home for the past three years becomes unaffordable and they have to seek alternative arrangements. Much of the exemptions rely on self-reporting, which is potentially embarrassing for young people.

 

Council are concerned, noting that care leavers are disproportionately affected by homelessness, in fact in 2010 25% of those who were homeless had been in care at some point in their lives.

 

According to Children’s Society care leavers are three times more likely to be sanctioned than the general population with 1 sanction applied for every 13 care leavers.  DWP currently rely on self-reporting of care leaver status rather than seeking this information from LAs so this is likely to under-report the impact of sanctions on care leavers. Only 16% of care leavers challenge their sanction  ...  view the full decision text for item 18.

Minutes:

Councillor Denise Hyland informed the Mayor that Labour Members would be happy to go straight to a vote after the introduction of the motion but that they would insist on their amendment

 

In moving the motion Councillor Matt Hartley stated what was proposed was within the Council’s control, and if implemented would make a difference to hundreds of young adult care leavers in the Borough. He noted the Children’s Society had raised a campaign on the matter. He detailed the reason for motion. He applauded the Council’s partnership with the Money House but recognised that there was more that the Council could do. He listed support for the idea from the Local Government Select Committee, the Government’s care leavers strategy, and a number of other local authorities, with Lewisham having just requested a study of it. He commented on the cost, and felt that it was a relatively small amount of money but would make a real difference to hundreds of young people. He considered the proposed amendment to the motion supported the idea. He noted the Leader of the Council had asked the Fairness Commission to consider the idea. He was asking for cross-party support. He requested the Leader of the Council to withdraw the amendment and second the motion.

 

The Mayor put Councillor Hartley’s request to second the motion to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland. Councillor Hyland declined the request. Councillor Hyland explained that the amendment committed the Council to an introduction of a system of exemptions for the next financial year. She commented on the Government’s cutting of housing benefit for young people.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Matt Clare.

 

Councillor Averil Lekau moved the amendment as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda, and invited Conservative Members to support it.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Denise Hyland.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley did not accept the amendment because he felt it added partisan political context.  He was delighted that there would be an exemption from next year.

 

The Mayor put the amendment to the vote and with 25 in favour, 7 against, and 1 abstention the amendment was carried.

 

Councillor Averil Lekau closed the debate 

 

The Mayor put the amended motion to the vote and with 25 votes in favour and 8 abstentions it was

 

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Council recognises that young people leaving care can be amongst the most vulnerable in our community, and is committed to supporting care leavers to successfully make the often difficult transition to adult life, as part of its corporate parenting role.

 

Council recognises that managing money and bills for the first time can be a particular challenge for care leavers, with research from the Centre for Social Justice finding that 57% of young people find it difficult to manage their money and avoid debt when leaving care.

 

Council notes that in recognition of these challenges, the Royal Borough already works in partnership with The Money House in Woolwich, an innovative financial education project established by Hyde Housing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.