Full Council
Monday, 20th November, 2023 7.30 pm

Venue: Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road London N15 4RY

Contact: Ayshe Simsek, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager 

Note: There is limited seating for the public due to the capacity of the venue. You can watch the meeting live on the link listed on the Agenda page 

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To receive apologies for absence


To ask the Mayor to consider the admission of any late items of business in accordance with Section 100B of the Local Government Act 1972


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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 17 July 2023 & 28 September 2023 pdf icon PDF 540 KB

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To receive such communications as the Mayor may lay before the Council


To receive the report of the Chief Executive


To receive the report of the Monitoring Officer and Head of Legal Services


To make appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Report to follow.


To receive reports from the following bodies pdf icon PDF 126 KB

a)    The Cabinet  - Adoption of the Annual Youth Justice Plan

b)    Standards Committee – Amendments to the Constitution


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Improving Haringey's Housing Repairs Service - Liberal Democrat Debate


To consider requests to receive Deputations and/or Petitions and, if approved, to receive them


To answer questions, if any, in accordance with Council Rules of Procedure Nos. 9 & 10 pdf icon PDF 350 KB

1.            Cllr Anna Lawton to Cllr Adam Jogee

Can the Cabinet Member provide an update on the work being done to bring our communities together and tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia in the borough?


2.         Cllr Rossetti to Cllr Arkell

Given repeated upset from residents over the Council’s management of Finsbury Park - including problems with Tough Mudder, Wireless Festival and the Krankbrother event - what is the Council doing to ensure that any future events are less disruptive?


3.         Cllr Cressida Johnson to Cllr Emily Arkell

Can the Cabinet Member provide an update on the termination of the Council’s contract with Fusion LTD?


4          Cllr Connor to Cllr Das Neves

Haringey Council has a policy not to lift vulnerable residents who have fallen. Introducing a lifting service would prevent a long lie on the floor for residents resulting in fewer hospital admissions; ease pressure on 999 emergency services; and provide self-funded residents additional value for the service. Are there plans to explore introducing a lifting service?


5.         Cllr Nicola Bartlett to Cllr Zena Brabazon

Can the Cabinet Member provide an update on the Council’s response to the RAAC in Haringey?


6.         Cllr Barnes to Cllr Chandwani

The Council has come under scrutiny in recent months for its use of bailiffs, with Acorn Haringey finding that initial claims of a 67% drop in bailiff use since 2019/20 were incorrect. With over 8,000 cases of council tax debt referred to bailiffs last year, concentrated in the borough’s most deprived areas, is it time to review the Council’s so-called Ethical Debt Collection Policy?


To consider the following Motions in accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No. 13 pdf icon PDF 490 KB

Motion D

Proposer: Cllr das Neves

Seconder: Cllr Simmons-Safo

Crisis in the Social Care Sector 

This Council notes: 

Since 2010, Central Government’s funding to English local authorities has reduced by approximately 30% on average and investment in social care has not increased sufficiently to meet the demands we see of an ageing population and of people living with more serious and multiple conditions for longer.

In addition, adult social care is facing further unprecedented challenges with its workforce recruitment and retention, alongside pressures from hospital discharge.

Each day, the Council provides 3,500 adult residents with care and support, with an additional 1,000 residents requiring other types of input. This can cost anywhere from £120 up to £6,000 a week for our most vulnerable residents with complex needs. 

In the first quarter of 2023, an additional circa 300 adults were referred to Adult Social Care in Haringey. This number is increasing year on year and impacts our ability to properly fund their support. Nevertheless, it is our statutory duty to deliver this care. 

The adult social care sector has been greatly impacted by the interest rate hikes caused by the disastrous Truss government’s mini budget; the Government’s failure to tackle rising energy costs, and staff shortages exacerbated by failed migration policy and a lack of long-term investment in training, development, and retention. 

This Council believes: 

There is a crisis in the social care sector due to an absence of central government-led, long-term investment and an inadequate plan for the sector, its workforce, and support for local authorities and communities to deal with the demands on their services. 

The UK Government must urgently invest in and reform the social care sector, to enhance its ability to deal with future demand challenges; making social care more efficient and delivering the best and most dignified care by allowing users better access, and more choice and control over their support. 

The UK Government must focus away from remedial and acute services, towards community-centred preventative models of care, support, housing, and assistive technology to aid independent living; tackle isolation and loneliness; and enable communities to deal with issues such as mental health support. 

There is an urgent need to recruit and retain paid carers, support unpaid carers, and move the sector away from low pay, low recognition, and poor conditions, towards higher pay, better conditions and professional development, to end the workforce crisis currently facing the sector. 

Any funding and investment for social care needs to be focused on a long-term, 10-year plan rather than piecemeal ad hoc grants which do not address the wider and future challenges of increasing demand and complexity of residents’ needs, and prevent local authorities making long term plans.

This Council resolves: 

To write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to urge him to include a long-term funding plan for social care in the Autumn financial statement that focuses on enhancing the sectors’ ability to deal with the complex and increasing demand on these vital services for those in our  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.

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