Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Wednesday, 7th December, 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

2.

Disclosure of Interests

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and other registrable and non-registrable interests they may have in relation to any item(s) of business on today’s agenda.

 

3.

Urgent Business (If any) pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

Additional documents:

4.

Appointments

To receive any Executive functions appointments.

5.

Distribution of Household Support Fund Grant pdf icon PDF 154 KB

The attached report invites Cabinet to consider the distribution of £3,013,689.49 Housing Support Fund received by Croydon, which is entirely grant funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

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Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.1  Accept the Department for Work and Pension Household Support Fund (HSF) allocation of £3,013,689.49 as set out in this report and make associated budget adjustments.

 

1.2  Approve the proposed allocation of the HSF in line with Appendix A to this report and the administration of the fund. This covers a local eligibility framework, an approach to enabling access to grant funding that supports households most in need, and the development of a local delivery approach.

 

1.3   Approve the proposed phased roll out approach set out in paragraph 7 of the report.

6.

Adopting the Residents' Charter pdf icon PDF 99 KB

The attached report provides an update on the development of the Residents’ Charter following engagement sessions held with residents between August and September 2022. It presents an action plan to finalise the Charter and embed the commitments made in the Charter within the housing directorate.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.     Note and agree the Residents’ Charter (Appendix One)

 

2.     Note the Council’s plans to embed the Charter’s principles within the Housing directorate

 

7.

Update on the Housing Transformation Programme pdf icon PDF 219 KB

The attached report provides an update on the revised Housing Transformation Programme (previously referred to as Housing Improvement Plan).

 

The Housing Improvement Plan, as presented to Cabinet in March 2022, received criticism for not commanding the confidence of the Housing Improvement Board and tenants.

 

Several key recommendations were made which the Housing Directorate has sought to address in the new Transformation Programme, having conducted further research into underlying challenges within the directorate.

 

This report details the development of the Housing Transformation Programme, including the programme’s high-level workstreams, future governance and next steps.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

       I.          Note and approve the Housing Transformation Programme including the programme’s high-level workstreams, future governance and next steps.

 

     II.          Note the Member-led Transformation Steering Board.

8.

Updating the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy pdf icon PDF 122 KB

The attached report is presented to Cabinet since producing a Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy is a statutory requirement for local authorities.

 

The report sets out the Council’s approach in revising the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy for the next four years, as well as providing an update on the key actions that are proposed be taken by the Council and its partners to help prevent and address homelessness in 2023/2024.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

       I.          Approve the updated draft 2023/24 Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Action Plan (Appendix One)

 

     II.          Note and approve the Housing Directorate’s plan to develop a revised Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy, following a comprehensive review of homelessness in the Borough, which will set out the strategic direction for service delivery for 2024- 2027.

9.

Report on the Results of Informal Public Consultation 13 Healthy School Streets pdf icon PDF 246 KB

The attached report presents to Cabinet, the results of an informal consultation, which sought the public’s view on the possible introduction of 13 new Healthy School Streets under Experimental Traffic Management Orders (ETMOs) for a maximum period of 18 months. 

The table in the report provides a summary of the number of schools, streets and wards affected.

 

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Decision:

The Executive Mayor delegated to the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lynne Hale, the power to make the decisions set out in the recommendations contained within this report. The Deputy Mayor is recommended to agree to the following subject to compliance with statutory requirements:

 

RESOLVED: To

 

i. That the following 10 Healthy School Street schemes are agreed for implementation under ETMOs, with proposed amendments to HSS 17 and HSS 20 schemes as detailed in this report:

 

Ref:

Scheme name

HSS14

Elmwood Schools (Infant & Junior)

HSS15

Harris Academy Crystal Palace

HSS16

Harris Academy Invictus

HSS17

Harris Academy South Norwood, Beulah Hill Campus (as amended)

HSS18

Kensington Primary & Norbury High

HSS19

Minster Schools

HSS20

Oasis Academy Byron (as amended)

HSS21

Rockmount Primary

HSS22

St. James the Great Primary

HSS24

St. Peter's Primary

 

If the above recommended school streets are agreed to proceed, the Deputy Mayor is recommended to agree the following to ensure that the experimental schemes progress smoothly during the 18-month trial period:

 

       i.          Provide the relevant delegated authority to the Road Space Manager, Sustainable Communities Division to make the required ETMOs which will be valid for a maximum period of 18 months. The first 6 months will serve as the statutory objection period.

 

      ii.          Authorise officers to implement relevant parking, waiting and/or loading restrictions required to support the successful operation of the experimental school street schemes.

 

    iii.          Authorise officers to install the relevant equipment that allows the collection of traffic and air quality data for the 10 School Street sites.

10.

Report by the Monitoring Officer under Section 5A of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 - Finding of Fault with Maladministration and Injustice pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Cabinet is invited to consider a report on a report in the public interest, published by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) in relation to Croydon Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.1.         Consider the public interest report dated 23 June 2022 and the recommendations made by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) in relation to Croydon Council set out in Appendix 1.

 

The full list of recommendations can be found in section 6 of this report.

 

1.2.         Accept the findings and agree the recommendations set out in the public interest report;

 

1.3.         Endorse the actions taken by the Council and note the steps, progress and timeline to implement the recommendations set out in section 7 of this report.

 

1.4.         Adopt the report as the Council’s formal response under section 31 of the Local Government Act 1974 to be communicated to the Ombudsman; and

 

1.5.         Adopt the report as the Executive’s formal response as required by section 5A of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 for distribution to all members and the Monitoring Officer.

11.

Refinancing of Streetlighting PFI pdf icon PDF 177 KB

The attached report seeks delegation from the Mayor to the Corporate Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer to review the potential gain achieved by the refinancing work that has been conducted on the Council’s Streetlighting PFI contract.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.     Delegate to Corporate Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer in consultation with Monitoring Officer and Cabinet Member for Finance to accept or reject the final outcome of the refinancing offer subject to due diligence.

 

2.     Subject to outcome of Recommendation 1 Delegate to Corporate Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer in consultation with Monitoring Officer and Cabinet Member for Finance to consider taking an upfront gain through a cash receipt or a reduced Unitary Charge payment in future.

 

3.     Subject to outcome of Recommendation 1 Delegate to Corporate Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer in consultation with Monitoring Officer and Cabinet Member for Finance to consider receiving the gain for Department of Transport (DfT) in return for reduced PFI credits over time.

 

4.     Delegate to Corporate Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer in consultation with Monitoring Officer and Cabinet Member for Finance to vary the Project Agreement should the refinancing require commercial adjustment to be made to the agreements.

12.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

13.

Refinancing of Streetlighting PFI