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106.

FILMING AT MEETINGS

Please note that this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method. Although we ask members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or recorded by others attending the meeting. Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on. 

 

By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.

 

The chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

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Minutes:

The  Leader referred to agenda item 1 as shown on the agenda in respect of filming at this meeting and Members noted this information.

 

107.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

108.

Urgent Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Business. (Late items of Urgent Business will be considered under the agenda item where they appear. New items of Urgent Business will be dealt with under Item 19 below. New items of exempt business will be dealt with at Item 22 below).

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The Leader advised the Cabinet that Overview and Scrutiny Committee had decided at its meeting of 8 November to refer the decision taken by Cabinet on 18 October 2016 “Preferred Bidder to Secure the Future of Hornsey Town Hall” back to Cabinet. The recommendations of Overview & Scrutiny would therefore be dealt with at Agenda item 7.

 

According to the Call-in Procedure in the Council’s Constitution (Part 4 Section H), the Cabinet had five working days to reconsider the Key decision before taking a final decision.

 

To meet this requirement Cabinet needed to re-consider the Key decision before making a final decision, and the Leader accepted this matter as an item of late urgent business to be considered at item 7 of the agenda. The second pack also included the exempt material considered at the 18th of October meeting.

 

109.

Declarations of Interest

A Member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A Member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest put forward.

110.

Notice of Intention to Conduct Business in Private, any Representations Received and the Response to any such Representations

On occasions part of the Cabinet meeting will be held in private and will not be open to the public if an item is being considered that is likely to lead to the disclosure of exempt or confidential information. In accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 (the “Regulations”), members of the public can make representations about why that part of the meeting should be open to the public.

 

This agenda contains exempt items as set out at Item [20] : Exclusion of the Press and Public.  No representations with regard to these have been received.

 

This is the formal 5 clear day notice under the Regulations to confirm that this Cabinet meeting will be partly held in private for the reasons set out in this Agenda.

 

 

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Minutes:

There were no representations put forward.

111.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 433 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on  the 18th of October 2016 as a correct record.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on the 18th of October 2016 were approved as an accurate record of the meeting.

 

Councillor Engert sought an update on the planned public consultation on Cross Rail 2. This had been indicated in the minutes to take place on the 17th of November. The Leader provided an update, advising that the nature of the public consultation had now changed following the change in leadership in the Conservative party and their Cabinet. Previously, the consultation was to take place in the affected boroughs but now TFL had been asked by government to complete a strategic outline business case before this was issued for public consultation. This consultation would now likely take place in the spring of 2017.

 

112.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 55 KB

No matters have been referred from Overview and  Scrutiny at the time of publication of the agenda.

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The Leader invited Councillor Wright to report on the outcome of the Special Overview and Scrutiny meeting which had considered the recommendation of a ‘preferred bidder to secure the future of Hornsey Town Hall’ following the call-in of this decision.

 

The Leader set out the process for considering the Overview& Scrutiny recommendations and reconsidering the Key decision on Hornsey Town Hall. Cabinet would first consider the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, set out in the second pack of papers, at page 4, and Councillor Strickland would provide a verbal response to the recommendations.

 

Given that the Key decision was previously agreed following consideration of the exempt information at the October meeting, and response to the Scrutiny recommendations did not require further reference to the exempt part of the report, Cabinet agreed to reconsider the Key decision on a preferred bidder to secure the future of Hornsey Town Hall, as part of this item, in the open part of the meeting.

 

After Cllr Strickland’s response to the recommendations, Cabinet would also refer to the petition which was handed in from the Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society at the October Cabinet meeting and then move to reconsideration of the Key decision which was contained in the minutes, agenda item 6, at section 88, page 15 of the original pack. Cabinet noted that the original Cabinet report recommending the decision was attached from page 27 of the second pack of papers.

 

Councillor Wright, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny, began presentation of his report and advised that the Overview and Scrutiny call -in meeting on the 8th of November, had been a long and thorough session lasting 4 hours which had considered two call-in’s. The Committee had given full consideration to the decision on Hornsey Town Hall and received representations from: the Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society, the call-in lead signatories and received a petition from Cllr Engert. The Chair of Overview and Scrutiny was also grateful for the Cabinet Member’s attendance and officer participation in the meeting.

 

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee had agreed that the decision did not fall outside the budget and policy framework and the most appropriate course of action was to refer the decision back to Cabinet to allow for full and detailed consideration. The Committee had agreed ten recommendations which were contained at page 4 in the second pack of papers to be considered and responded to along with original key decision.

 

Councillor Wright continued to outline the ten recommendations which were mainly concentrated on:  safeguarding free access to the square, affordable housing, tailored support for the businesses which have to move, immediate community engagement and involvement, safeguarding the community Arts centre use through the lease, active continual monitoring  of the lease, and high standard of design and accessibility.

 

Councillor Strickland thanked Scrutiny colleagues for their examination of the decision. There was misinformation circulated about proposals, prior to the Cabinet meeting, so the call-in Scrutiny meeting had been helpful in exploring the detail of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 112.

113.

Deputations/Petitions/Questions

To consider any requests received in accordance with Standing Orders.

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Noted that a public question had been received in accordance with committee standing orders but would be discussed outside of the meeting with the Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

 

114.

Muswell Hill Library - Future and Next Steps pdf icon PDF 249 KB

[Report of  the Chief Operating Officer. To be introduced by the Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Culture.] This report summarises the results of this consultation and sets out the next steps for exploring the options for Muswell Hill Library and 54/56 Muswell Hill.

 

 

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The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Libraries introduced the report which set out the results of the 12 week consultation looking at the option of moving Muswell Hill Library to a new location at 54/56 Muswell Hill (the site of the former Green Man pub). Over 1280 responses were received including 775 from the N10 area and the report set out the next steps for exploring the options for Muswell Hill library and 54/56 Muswell Hill. The majority of responses favoured keeping the library in the existing building. There was strength of feeling for the library building but there was a distinction between this and the provision of the actual library service provision. Taking this on board, the Cabinet Member recommended further exploring potential future uses of the Muswell Hill Library building and also the 54-56 Muswell Hill [ Green Man site] to ensure that future recommendations on the location of the library takes into consideration the option for both sites.

 

In response to the questions from Cllr Engert, it was noted:

 

·         The district valuer had valued both the Greenfields Special School site [Coppets road] and Green Man [54-56 Muswell Hill] site at equal sums; the former was freehold and latter for 999 year lease when the land swap was taken forward. In legal terms there was no significant difference between these legal interests.

 

·         The Greenfields Special School [Coppets road] had a freehold agreement and Green Man site [54-56 Muswell Hill]   999 lease on peppercorn rent.

 

·          The D1 change of use to the ground floor of the Green Man site could include a post office and this should not be a planning obstacle.

 

·         As part of transformation programme for moving customer services centres to Libraries this had required a higher investment in Marcus Garvey and Wood Green Library’s.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Newton:

 

The Leader advised that space above the Green Man site allowed only one bedroom homes. This was part of a solution to the housing crisis which extends across the spectrum. Given the 6 units would enable an opportunity for people to get on the housing ladder and shared ownership properties were still popular, this allocation contributes to meeting some housing need.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    To authorise the Assistant Director for Capital Property and Major Projects, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Customer Services & Culture, to explore potential options for future uses of Muswell Hill Library and 54/56 Muswell Hill to support the decision making process around the best options for both sites, including retention of the library service in the current building, or the ground floor of the new building.

 

2.    Based on the findings of 3.1 above, for the Assistant Directors for Capital Property and Major Projects and for Customer Services & Libraries, to present a Cabinet Report in Spring 2017 which sets out a recommendation on the future location of Muswell Hill Library.

 

Reasons for decision

The consultation results and comments show that respondents feel  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.

115.

Budget Monitoring 2016/17 Quarter 2 pdf icon PDF 461 KB

[Report of the Chief Operating Officer. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Health.]Monitoring report on forecast spend against budget and consideration of any proposed budget virements.

 

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The Cabinet Member for Finance and Health introduced the report which set out the 2016/17 Period 6 financial position; including Revenue, Capital, Housing Revenue Account (HRA) and Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).

The Cabinet Member outlined the significant overspend of £22m in the budget with an improved position of £800k which was positive. However, demand led areas had significant pressures.

Although there was good progress in delivering savings the Council had seen a growth in demand and also challenges to the supply of temporary accommodation, outstripping capacity to keep the budget in line.

The report outlined the corporate actions being undertaken to reduce spend and the significant work underway to bring overspend down in demand areas.

In response to Cllr Engert’s questions the following information was noted:

·         Likely future consideration of re-profiling of the budget, but underlying principles   that had been agreed in the Medium Term Financial Plan in February 2015 such as focusing on growth and regeneration together with supporting independence, prevention and community resilience remain. These principals underpinned the proposed savings plans and remained significant to a future sustainable budget and should be continued even with the parameters change being seen.

 

·         Critical to provide support to all officers, including senior officers, to develop and ensure they have a capacity in a time of substantial change. The Chief Executive advised that the Corporate Leadership Group comprised of 26 senior managers and the senior leadership team members. They had been part of ongoing development  programme  which  had offered individual  coaching and development over the past 18 months .The Chief Executive was happy to share details of the programme with the outcomes and  benefits to the organisation with Councillor Engert.

 

RESOLVED

1.    To note the report and the Council’s 2016/17 Period 6 financial position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure;

2.    To note the risks and mitigating actions, including spend controls identified in this report in the context of the Council’s on-going budget management responsibilities;

3.    To approve an increase in the capital budgets of £6.3m as set out in section 6.8; and

4.    To approve the list of virements set out in Appendix1.

 

Reasons for decision

A strong financial management framework, including oversight by Members and senior management, is an essential part of delivering the Council’s priorities and statutory duties.

 

Alternative options considered

This is the 2016/17 Period 6 Financial Report.  As such, there are no alternative options.

 

116.

Supporting refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum seeking children pdf icon PDF 267 KB

[Report of the Deputy Chief Executive. To be introduced by the Leader of the Council.] This report will set out what the Council currently does and what is planned for the future to support refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

 

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The Leader of the Council introduced the report which set out in a single document the existing and expected support for refugee families and households on No Recourse to Public Funds, in light of humanitarian crisis through the closure of the Calais camp. The report also outlined the Council’s support for children that have a right to come to the UK through the Dublin agreement and delegated responsibility to the Deputy Chief Executive for working with the Home Office to resettle 10 Syrian families.

 

In response to Cllr Engert’s questions the following was noted:

 

·         The Council had been speaking with the Home Office for a number of months on the resettlement of refugee families. The actions in relation to the resettlement of refugee families taken by other boroughs did not have Home Office agreed support and it was necessary to have this. It was important to note that there were families that arrive in Haringey, outside of the scheme, as well as   number of unaccompanied minors and families that are supported through NRPF by the Council.

 

·         It was important to note that the Council had been part of small number of boroughs that had pursued the resettlement agenda and worked hard to ensure there was Pan London support for this action. The Council recognised this as an emergency but were dependent on the Home Office actions in terms of the timing of re- settling families.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    To note and endorse the response by the Council and local partners to the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by conflict in Syria by resettling up to 10 Syrian refugee families in Haringey.

2.    To note the support that the Council and local partners are providing to asylum seekers, refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children through the schemes that are currently in operation;

3.    To delegate responsibility to the Deputy Chief Executive to enter in to an agreement with the Home Office to resettle up to 10 Syrian refugee families in Haringey;

4.    To note that officers will continue to work with statutory partners, VCS organisations, and faith and community groups to ensure appropriate support is provided to refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum seeking children who resettle in Haringey.

 

Reasons for decision

To set out in a transparent and accountable way, the support that Haringey Council and local partners have been and will provide to anyone resettling in Haringey through the support schemes that currently operate in the UK.

 

To set out how we do and will continue to offer asylum seekers, refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children a place of safety.

 

 

Alternative options considered

The alternative option considered is not to enter into an agreement with the Home Office on the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Given the significant migration crisis, it is felt that Haringey should continue and enhance the part it plays in the wider London and UK effort to provide assistance.

 

 

117.

Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy pdf icon PDF 217 KB

[Report of the Director for Public Health. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Communities.]The Violence Against Women and Girls 2016-2026 Strategy outlines Haringey's approach to addressing and preventing violence against women and girls in the next ten years.

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The Cabinet Member for Communities introduced the report which sought agreement to a 10 year Violence against Women and Girls Strategy (2016-2026).

 

The Strategy set out, in detail, the borough’s strategic approach to not just improving the health, safety and wellbeing of women and girls in the borough but also ensuring  that they can have fulfilling lives. It had been completed alongside community organisations and voluntary sector in the borough and advocated a co-ordinated community response whilst also emphasising the importance of holding perpetrators to account.

 

The Council drew up the draft strategy with the community and launched a  10 week consultation on the strategy which had elicited over 300 responses. It was important to note that  90% of the young people responding to the consultation were under the age of 18 which helped taking forward the early preventative nature of this work.

 

In response to Councillor Engert’s questions the following information was noted:

 

  • This was an overarching strategy which included all forms of violence against women and girls. A lot of the forms of violence were interconnected and the strategy considered similar causes and how to develop a co-ordinated community response. In terms of FGM , there was a  need to  consider a co-ordinated response  and not have different forms of violence dealt with in different ways.

 

  • Councillor Ayisi clarified that when considering and extrapolating London data, on the forms of violence against women and girls, then there could be 3500 cases of FGM in the borough but this was not an actual factual figure but an estimated assessment. However the strategy did encourage more reporting of all forms of violence which was a positive way forward.

 

  • The Leader advised that the issue of FGM had also been discussed at Health and Wellbeing Board and assured Cllr Engert that dealing with this in a co-ordinated partner approach was a priority that would not be lost sight of.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    To consider and take into account the feedback from the consultation and the equalities impact assessment;

 

2.    To approve the Violence against Women and Girls Strategy (2016-2026) and to support the future development of action plans that underpin the  work of the Strategy.

 

Reasons for decision

The Strategy sets out our 10 year ambitions (2016-2026) for addressing and preventing violence against women and girls in Haringey.

 

The Strategy covers four key priorities: developing a coordinated community response; prevention; support for victim/survivors and holding perpetrators accountable.

 

The Strategy has been developed in partnership with a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations from across Haringey. We have utilised existing evidence around ‘what works’ in addressing and preventing violence against women and girls. We will ensure that we co-produce all of our action plans with communities and survivors to ensure that we deliver meaningful change.

 

We have consulted widely with partners and local residents over a 10 week period to ensure that we have ensured that our approach will work with all stakeholders across the borough (see 6.3).

 

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118.

Agreeing rents and service charges for the shared facility hostel at Broadwater Lodge pdf icon PDF 229 KB

[Report of the Chief Operating Officer. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning.]

This report sets out the proposed rent and service charge levels that will be set for users of the Broadwater Lodge shared facility hostel which will be used as emergency accommodation for families presenting themselves as homeless to the borough. The report will provide an overview of the costs associated with the scheme and how these are recovered through rents and service charges.

 

 

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The Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning introduced the report which sought approval of the proposed rent to be charged for a new shared facility hostel at Broadwater Lodge, Higham Road N17. In addition the report recommended that the rent level proposed for Broadwater Lodge be agreed as the model to be applied to all future shared facility hostels under development.

This report and proposed decision responded to previous concerns about the cost, provision, and quality of temporary accommodation. The Council had an ongoing programme examining Council owned buildings that could be available to provide housing support in the current housing crisis. This was the first building to be converted for TA which the Council can manage and have control on the quality and safety of the accommodation . The rents were in accordance with local housing allowances rates and would be applied to future buildings being converted for similar use. Application of LHA meant that this was affordable for residents on benefits.

RESOLVED

1.    To approve the rent level for shared facility rooms at Broadwater Lodge to be set at the one bedroom Outer North London Broad Rental Market Area rate (Local Housing Allowance subsidy rate). As set out in paragraph 6.6.

2.    To approve the rent level for the self contained mobility standard unit at Broadwater Lodge to be set at the two bedroom Outer North London Broad Rental Market Area rate (LHA subsidy rate). As set out in paragraph 6.6.

3.    To approve all future shared hostels to have their rent set at the appropriate LHA subsidy rate. As set out in paragraphs 6.6 and 6.9.

4.    To approve that all operating models for future hostels ensure the service costs do not exceed the appropriate LHA subsidy rate recoverable. As set out in paragraph 6.7.

5.    To approve that any surplus generated from the rental income of hostels is reinvested in the general fund. As set out in paragraph 6.8.

 

Reasons for decision

R1and R2. Setting the rent level for Broadwater Lodge at the Outer North London Broad Rental Market Area rate (LHA subsidy rate). As set out in paragraph 6.6.

·           Broadwater Lodge is scheduled to ‘go live’ in January 2017.

·           Rent level setting is an Executive function of Haringey Council and a Key Decision as the income and expenditure will exceed £500,000 (As set out in paragraph 8 Legal comments).

·           The proposed rent level is within the permissible LHA subsidy rate and will generate sufficient income to make the facility cost neutral both in terms of day to day running costs and the initial capital set up cost (As set out on the last page of Appendix A).

·           As the proposed rent level is within the permissible LHA subsidy rate it represents an affordable option for the clients we are seeking to place in the facility, in the event that the client cannot claim full benefit we will seek a Discretionary Housing Payment where possible (As set out in paragraph 6.7).

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119.

Contract Extension for Children, Young People and Families Substance Misuse Service pdf icon PDF 144 KB

[Report of the Director for Public Health. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Health.]Execution of the option agreed by Cabinet of two years on contract for delivery of substance misuse services for young people (total contract length is five years).

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The Cabinet Member for Finance and Health introduced the report which sought agreement to the extension of the substance misuse service for children, young people and families substance misuse service. The contract was previously awarded by Cabinet for an initial period of three years, with an option to extend for a further 2 years, the current contract ends in March 2017.

 

Cabinet noted that this contract met a specific need of young people having problems with substance misuse and it was important to have readymade tailored support which the provider had delivered and was recommended to continue.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

In accordance with CSO 10.02.2 to agree the extension of the following contract for 2 years.

 

 

Organisation

Service provided

Total value for life of the contract extensions

CDP Blenheim (Insight Platform)

Children’s young people and families substance misuse service

£570,000 (start date 1 April 2017)

 

 

 

 

Reasons for decision

In 2014 a contract was awarded by Cabinet for a children’s young people and families substance misuse service. The contract length was for 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 years.

 The service has recently been realigned with the Council’s new children’s services structure and is working in an integrated way with teams.

The service is meeting expected outcomes. To ensure continued service improvement over the next two years, the service will be monitored on a quarterly basis and the public health commissioner will continue to meet with children’s service managers to ensure the service is working closely with the Council’s children’s services.

 

Alternative options considered

There is a competitive market for the provision of adult substance misuse services; however few provide stand alone children’s services. When the service was tendered in 2013/14 there were 3 bidders. Instead of extending the contracts Haringey could have returned to the market by retendering, it took the decisions not to for the following reasons;

 

Since the last procurement no new market opportunities in terms of technological changes or new providers, have arisen.

·         The current provider was the incumbent provider when the service was last tendered and continues to deliver well and to have an excellent relationship with children’s services particularly schools. 

·         When benchmarked against other Councils this services perform well in terms of outcome and the length of time it takes to complete treatment.

·         There is no intention at this stage to radically re-specify the services.

Re tendering creates anxiety within staff and service users, the types of services delivered within this contract relay on a strong stable relationship between service users and their key worker

120.

Contract Extensions for Integrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services for Adult Residents in Haringey pdf icon PDF 151 KB

[Report of the Director for Public Health. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Health.]Execution of the option agreed by Cabinet for the extension of two years of three contracts delivering substance misuse services (total contract length will be five years).

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The Cabinet Member for Finance and Health introduced the report which sought agreement from Cabinet to the extension of three public health substance misuse service contracts. The contracts were for adult services that were previously awarded by Cabinet, for an initial period of three years, with an option to extend for a further 2 years. The current 3 year contracts end in December 2016.

 

RESOLVED

In accordance with CSO 10.02.2 to agree the extension of the following contracts for 2 years:

 

 

Organisation

Service provided

Total value for life of the contract extensions

HAGA

Alcohol misuse prevention and community treatment

£838,000 (start date 1 January 2017)

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (The Grove)

Drug misuse prevention and treatment plus criminal justice intervention programme

£4,844,000 (start date 1 January 2017)

St Mungo’s

Substance misuse recovery services

£1,942,000 (start date 1 January 2017)

 

 

Reasons for decision

In 2013 three contracts were awarded by Cabinet for the provision of adult substance misuse services. The contract length was 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 years.

The services are meeting expected outcomes (6.4 6.5). To ensure continued service improvement over the next two years, service users are currently conducting a review, the finding of which will be incorporated into an updated specification.

 

The contract extensions include further budget savings in 2017/18 of £170,000 for HAGA and BEH Mental Health Trust. These services will also help to generate an additional £100,000 in savings through offering more community based services, thus reducing the need for spot purchased residential services.

 

Alternative options considered

There is a competitive market for the provision of substance misuse services. This market consists of both NHS and not for profit organisations. When these services were tendered in 2013/14 there was good market engagement, with between 3-5 providers bidding for each service. Instead of extending the contracts Haringey could have returned to the market by retendering, it took the decisions not to for the following reasons;

  • Since the last procurement no new market opportunities in terms of technological changes or new providers, have arisen.
  • The current providers are delivering as per specification and working with the commissioner to innovate and make savings.
  • When benchmarked against other Councils these services perform well in terms of outcome and the length of time it takes to complete treatment.
  • The current services have a skills mix of NHS and voluntary sector staff, which provides good, affordable services.
  • There is no intention at this stage to radically re-specify the services.
  • Re-tendering creates anxiety within staff and service users, the types of services delivered within this contract rely on a strong stable relationship between service users and their key worker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

121.

Sale of Land at Kerswell Close N15 5HT pdf icon PDF 183 KB

[Report of the Director for Planning, Regeneration and Development. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for  Corporate Resources.]

The report requests approval to sell land adjacent to Kerswell Close to Pocket Living.

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The Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources introduced the report which sought approval to provide a long lease to Pocket Living of land opposite Kerswell Close, in order to develop 36 housing units subject to planning permission being obtained. The land at Kerswell Close was currently a grassed communal area and car parking area with a retail unit located on it and adjacent to St. Ann’s Road and was currently HRA land. The land offers the opportunity to provide a new development of affordable housing in the Borough. There was strong demand for intermediate housing in the area and this site provides an opportunity for 36 affordable home ownership units to be built subject to approval of the planning scheme.

 

In response to Cllr Engert’s question, the planning application decision would take account of priorities for provision of green spaces.

 

In response to Councillor Tucker’s request for Cabinet to postpone the decision:

 

  • The Leader responded that it was important to take account of London as a rapidly growing city with an increasing population and understanding the  difficulties in being able to provide housing when conditions were stacked against the Councils. This would mean re- considering the density of housing in the whole of London and not just in Haringey. The Council were striving continually for affordable housing to meet the scale of housing demand and considering sites that had not been used for housing before.

 

  • Also in terms of the quality and space provided by Pocket homes, the Leader advised visiting the Pocket Living website to gain an understanding on quality of the homes that they have provided in boroughs such as Camden and Lambeth.

 

Councillor Strickland continued to respond to the issues raised on planning, consultation with the local community and affordability of housing. 

 

  • In relation to the concerns about the protection of green space and the potential impact of the proposed building on the look and feel of the area, these would be part of Planning’s committee’s consideration. Once plans for the site were submitted to planning, by Pocket Living, there would be full public consultation instigated allowing these issues/ concerns to come forward prior to consideration of this application at Planning committee.

 

  • In relation to concerns about the realistic affordability of these homes and the expected income levels of people that would be able to afford these homes, the Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning referred to the evidence base of the recently agreed intermediate housing strategy which pointed to a demand for this type of housing. Also the  Housing strategy  approved by Cabinet in October and proceeding  to full Council  on the 21  November , includes an increase in  intermediate housing.  Therefore the  Council policy was clear on this.

 

  • Councillor Strickland outlined that shared ownership had a valuable role in the borough and in Tottenham. It was important to note that pocket homes would remain affordable in perpetuity which guarantees this type of housing remains affordable in the future and is attractive option when considering development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 121.

122.

Minutes of Other Bodies pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To note the minutes of the following:

Cabinet Member Signing 7 October 2016

Cabinet Member Signing 14 October 2016

Cabinet Member Signing 31 October 2016

Cabinet Member Signing 1 November 2016

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RESOLVED

 

To note the minutes of the following:

 

Cabinet Member Signing 7 October 2016

Cabinet Member Signing 14 October 2016

Cabinet Member Signing 31 October 2016

Cabinet Member Signing 1 November 2016

 

123.

Significant and Delegated Actions pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To note significant and delegated actions taken by directors during October.

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RESOLVED

 

To note the significant and delegated actions taken by directors in October.

124.

New Items of Urgent Business

To consider any items admitted at Item 3 above.

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None

125.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Note from the Democratic Services &Scrutiny Manager

 

Items 21  and 22   allow for the consideration of exempt information in relation to items,  16 and 3 respectively.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting as the items below contain exempt information, as defined under paragraph, 3  Part 1, schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting as the items below contain exempt information, as defined under paragraph, 3  Part 1, schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

126.

Sale of Land at Kerswell Close N15 5HT

As per item 16.

Minutes:

As per item 121.

127.

New Items of Exempt Urgent Business

To consider any items admitted at Item 3 above.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

As per item 112.