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No. Item

287.

WELCOME

Minutes:

Council welcomed Tom Whiting to his first meeting as Interim Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service) and Chris Spencer, Corporate Director People, to his last.

288.

COUNCIL MINUTES pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2017 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2017 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

289.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from all Members of the Council.

Minutes:

Item 8 – Final Revenue Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 – 2020/21

 

Councillor Sue Anderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that a family member received Disability Living Allowance and Adult Social Care.

 

Councillor Jeff Anderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that a family member received Disability Living Allowance and Adult Social Care.

 

Councillor Michael Borio declared an interest in that his father received Adult Social Care.

 

Councillor Susan Hall declared an interest in that she was a member of the Greater London Authority and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

 

Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane declared an interest in that he was an LGA Peer Reviewer and sat on the LGA Resources Board.

 

Councillor Paul Osborn declared an interest in that he was Chair of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which was a levying authority.

 

Councillor Lynda Seymour declared interests in that she received child benefit, her son was in receipt of Disability Living Allowance and her sister-in-law was in receipt of income support.

 

Councillor Krishna Suresh declared an interest in that his mother was in receipt of benefits.

 

Item 18 – Motions – Our children and young people should be getting the best – not just getting by Motion

 

Councillor Kareema Kairul Marikar declared an interest in that she worked in mental health.

 

Item 18 – Motions – Northwick Park: Save our Services Motion

 

Councillor Chris Mote declared an interest in his daughter worked at Northwick Park Hospital.

 

Councillor Janet Mote declared an interest in that her daughter worked at Northwick Park Hospital.

 

Councillor Mina Parmar declared a non-pecuniary interest in that her son was a doctor at Northwick Park Hospital.

 

Councillor Georgia Weston declared an interest in that her husband worked at Northwick Park Hospital.

 

Item 18 – Motions – RAF Northolt Motion

 

Councillor Chris Noyce declared an interest in that his home was under the flight path of RAF Northolt.

290.

PROCEDURAL MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To receive and consider any procedural motions by Members of the Council in relation to the conduct of this Meeting.  Notice of such procedural motions, received after the issuing of this Summons, will be tabled.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Mayor drew Council’s attention to two tabled Procedural Motions and tabled amendments to Motions 2, 3 and 5.

 

The procedural motion under Rule 26.1 was agreed so that, in line with previous years and for the purposes of the debate on the Final Revenue Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2020/21, the rules of debate be varied, as set out in the tabled documents, and that the procedure therein also be applied to the reports on the Corporate Plan, the Treasury Management Strategy Statement including Prudential Indicators, Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2018/19, the Final Capital Programme 2018/19 to 2020/21, the Housing Revenue Account Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2020/21, in so far as the recommendations be debated jointly.

 

The procedural motion in terms of varying the order of business to enable Agenda Item 18, Constitutional Amendment to Part 4D Executive Procedure Rules Motion, to follow Agenda Item 6, Leader and Portfolio Holders’ Announcements, was agreed.

 

Councillor Sachin Shah moved a Procedural Motion to vary the time for terminating the business of the meeting to 9.30 pm.  Upon being put to the vote this was carried.

 

RESOLVED:  That the partial suspension under Rule 26.1, regarding the moving of recommendations from Cabinet and the rules of debate (including extended time for opening speeches by the political groups), as set out in the tabled papers be approved for the purposes of the debate upon

 

Item 7

-        Corporate Plan – 2018 Update

 

Item 8

-        Final Revenue Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2020/21

 

Item 9

-        Treasury Management Strategy Statement including Prudential Indicators, Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2018/19

 

Item 10

-        Final Capital Programme 2018/19 to 2020/21

 

Item 11

-        Housing Revenue Account Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2020/21

 

291.

PETITIONS

To receive any petitions to be presented:

 

(i)                 by a representative of the petitioners;

(ii)               by a Councillor, on behalf of petitioners;

(iii)             by the Mayor, on behalf of petitioners.

Minutes:

In accordance with Rule 10, the following petitions were presented

 

(i)            Petition submitted by the residents of Kenton Park Avenue in relation to parking containing 70 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment].

 

(ii)          Petition submitted by Councillor Manji Kara, on behalf of residents, in relation to parking at the junction of Westfield Drive and Westfield Gardens containing 108 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment].

 

(iii)         Petition submitted by Councillor Primesh Patel, on behalf of residents, in relation to speeding traffic on The Heights containing 92 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment].

 

(iv)         Petition submitted by Councillor Simon Brown, on behalf of residents, in relation to security at Harrow Recreation Ground containing 1,285 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Equality and Community Safety.

292.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 254 KB

A period of up to 15 minutes is allowed for members of the public to ask questions of members of the Executive, Portfolio Holders and Chairs of Committees, of which notice has been received no later than 3.00 pm two clear working days prior to the day of this Meeting.  Any such questions received will be tabled.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

To note that ten questions from members of the public had been received and responded to, and the recording of these questions and the answers given had been placed on the Council’s website

293.

LEADER AND PORTFOLIO HOLDERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive a presentation from the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holders on business since the last ordinary meeting, followed by a question and answer session.  The item is allotted 20 minutes.

Minutes:

(i)            The Leader of the Council, Councillor Sachin Shah, introduced the item highlighting the achievements, challenges and proposals since the last ordinary meeting.

 

(ii)          Other Members of the Council spoke and/or asked questions of the Leader of the Council which were duly responded to.

294.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PART 4D EXECUTIVE PROCEDURE RULES MOTION

Minutes:

Motion in the names of Councillor Paul Osborn and Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane.

 

“This Council recommends the following amendment to 5.3 in Part 4D Executive Procedure Rules in the Harrow Council Constitution.

 

5.            The Council’s Allocation of Responsibilities and Executive Functions Motion

 

5.3       The Leader shall appoint one Non-Executive Member of  Cabinet from the Voluntary Sector and appoint one member of the Harrow Youth Parliament in an advisory and consultative capacity.  These appointees may speak but not vote on items before Cabinet in private and public meetings and have commensurate access to documents as full Cabinet Members except for draft Cabinet reports which will be restricted to Portfolio Holders.”

 

Upon the meeting moving to a vote upon the tabled amendment to the Motion, ten Members rose and requested a Roll Call vote.  The amendment was carried.  The voting on the tabled amendment was as follows:

 

Roll Call Vote (In Favour of the Tabled Amendment):  Her Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Margaret Davine, Councillors Ali, Jeff Anderson, Sue Anderson, Borio, Brown, Dattani, Dooley, Ferry, Fitzpatrick, Hearnden, Graham Henson, Maxine Henson, Kendler, Marikar, Maru, Miles, O’Dell, Parekh, Varsha Parmar, Primesh Patel, Perry, Ramchandani, Robson, Aneka Shah-Levy, Mrs Rekha Shah, Sachin Shah, Krishna Suresh, Sasikala Suresh, Swersky, Weiss and Whitehead.

 

Against (the Tabled Amendment):  Councillors Almond, Amadi, Ashton, Mrs Bath, Baxter, Bednell, Bond, Chana, Chauhan, Greek, Hall, Hinkley, Hirani, Jogia, Kara, Lammiman, Macleod-Cullinane, Mithani, Moshenson, Chris Mote, Janet Mote, Noyce, Osborn, Mina Parmar, Pritesh Patel, Rabadia, Seymour, Stevenson, Thakker, Weston and Wright.

 

Upon a vote, the substantive Motion, as set out below, was agreed:-

 

5.3       The Leader may appoint up to two non-executive members of Cabinet in an advisory and consultative capacity.  These appointees may speak but not vote on items before Cabinet in private and public meetings and have commensurate access to documents as full Cabinet Members except for draft Cabinet reports which will be restricted to Portfolio Holders.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Motion, as amended, be adopted.

295.

CORPORATE PLAN - 2018 UPDATE pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(15 February 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Having agreed that the guillotine would not be extended the Mayor advised that the ‘guillotine’ procedure would come into operation for the determination of the remaining business on the Summons.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Corporate Plan (Harrow Ambition Plan) be adopted.

296.

FINAL REVENUE BUDGET 2018/19 AND MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY 2018/19-2020/21 pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(15 February 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(i)            Further to item 8 on the Summons, the Council received Recommendation I of the Cabinet meeting held on 15 February 2018 and a report of the Chief Finance Officer.

 

(ii)          The Mayor requested that Members, in making the decision on this item, have regard to the Cabinet report of 15 February 2018, the sections on equalities, the equality impact assessments and the results of the budget consultation.

 

(iii)         Upon the meeting moving to the vote upon the substantive Recommendation and the report of the Chief Finance Officer it was carried.  The voting was as follows:

 

In Favour of the Motion:  Her Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Margaret Davine, Councillors Ali, Jeff Anderson, Sue Anderson, Borio, Brown, Dattani, Dooley, Ferry, Fitzpatrick, Hearnden, Graham Henson, Maxine Henson, Kendler, Marikar, Maru, Miles, O’Dell, Parekh, Varsha Parmar, Primesh Patel, Perry, Ramchandani, Robson, Aneka Shah-Levy, Mrs Rekha Shah, Sachin Shah, Krishna Suresh, Sasikala Suresh, Swersky, Weiss and Whitehead.

 

Against the Motion:  Councillors Almond, Ashton, Mrs Bath, Baxter, Bednell, Bond, Chana, Chauhan, Greek, Hall, Hinkley, Hirani, Jogia, Kara, Lammiman, Macleod-Cullinane, Mrs Mithani, Moshenson, Chris Mote, Janet Mote, Noyce, Osborn, Mina Parmar, Pritesh Patel, Rabadia, Seymour, Stevenson, Thakker, and Wright.

 

Abstain:  Councillors Amadi and Weston.

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          whilst being mindful of the results of the various consultations and equality impact assessments, the 2018/19 budget be approved to enable the Council Tax for 2018/19 to be set, Appendix 2 to the Cabinet report refers;

 

(2)          the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) at Appendix 2 to the Cabinet report be approved;

 

(3)          the structure of the funding formula 2018/19 through the introduction of the National Funding Formula at Appendix 6 to the Cabinet report be approved;

 

(4)          the 2018/19 Members’ Allowance Scheme at Appendix 12 to the Cabinet report be approved;

 

(5)          the 2018/19 Annual Pay Policy Statement at Appendix 13 to the Cabinet report be approved;

 

(6)          the Capital Receipts Flexibility Strategy at Appendix 15 to the Cabinet report be approved;

 

(7)          the Model Council Tax Resolution 2018/19, at Appendix 1 to the Council report, be approved and any minor amendments be delegated to the Chief Finance Officer;

 

(8)          in accordance with section 38(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the Chief Finance Officer be instructed to place a note of the amounts set out in (4) of Appendix 1 to the Council report  in the local press within a period of 21 days following the Council’s decision.

297.

TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY STATEMENT INCLUDING PRUDENTIAL INDICATORS, MINIMUM REVENUE PROVISION POLICY STATEMENT AND ANNUAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(15 February 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Treasury Management Strategy (TMS) Statement for 2018/19 be approved, including the:

 

·                     Prudential Indicators for 2018/19

·                     Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement for 2018/19

·                     Annual Investment Strategy for 2018/19

·                     Increase in investments held over 365 days, paragraph 83 of the Cabinet report refers.

298.

FINAL CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2018/19 TO 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(15 February 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Capital Programme, as detailed in appendix 1 to the Cabinet report, be approved.

299.

HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT BUDGET 2018-19 AND MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY 2018-19 TO 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(15 February 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget for 2018/19 be approved;

 

(2)          the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital Programme, as detailed in Appendix 7 to the Cabinet report be approved.

300.

NON-EXECUTIVE FEES AND CHARGES FOR 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Report of the Interim Head of Paid Service

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the fees and charges listed in appendix 1 to the report for the financial year 2018/19 be approved;

 

(2)          the Director of Finance and relevant Corporate Director be authorised, following consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holders, to have the ability to amend fees and charges in year with the introduction of a discount rate for fees that were discretionary if there were a business need to do so.

301.

APPOINTMENT OF CABINET ADVISORY PANELS, CONSULTATIVE FORUMS AND APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRS pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I: Cabinet

                                    (7 December 2017)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the quorum of the Employees’ Consultative Forum remain as set out in paragraph 5.6 (Allocation of Responsibilities – Terms of Reference of ECF) rather than paragraph 45.2 (Executive Procedure Rules) and the Constitution be amended accordingly.

302.

MINOR AND ADMINISTRATIVE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Report of the Monitoring Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minor administrative amendments that had been made by the Monitoring Officer to the Council’s Constitution be noted.

303.

REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL NON-VOTING BOARD MEMBER pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Health and Wellbeing Board

 

(11 January 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Chair of the Harrow Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) be appointed as a non-voting member of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

304.

INFORMATION REPORT - DECISIONS TAKEN UNDER THE URGENCY PROCEDURE - COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

305.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE pdf icon PDF 71 KB

A period of up to 15 minutes is allowed for asking written questions by Members of Council of a member of the Executive or the Chair of any Committee:-

 

(i)                 of which notice has been received at least two clear working days prior to the day of this Meeting; or

 

(ii)               which relate to urgent matters, and the consent of the Executive Member or Committee Chair to whom the question is to be put has been obtained and the content has been advised to the Director of Legal and Governance Services by 12 noon on the day of the Council Meeting.

 

Any such questions received will be tabled.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

To note that five questions from Councillors to the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holders had been received and that a written response would be provided and placed on the Council’s website.

306.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 157 KB

The following Motions have been notified in accordance with the requirements of Council Procedure Rule 15, to be moved and seconded by the Members indicated:

 

(1)          Our children and young people should be getting the best - not just getting by Motion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Christine Robson and seconded by Councillor Kiran Ramchandani:

  

 

“This Council believes:

 

·         Good mental health is just as important as physical health, as it provides you with the resilience to cope with set backs and difficult emotions.  The consequences of not tackling problems early can be lifelong;

 

·         Today, we know that at least one in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems.  Historically the funding CAMH services have been chronically underfunded.  Despite this, lack of funding is leaving service thresholds so high that around 75 per cent of young people experiencing a mental health problem are unable to access any treatment;

 

This Council supports:

 

·         Children and adolescents should be getting the best care, with mental health and wellbeing being prioritised and appropriately funded;

 

·         Early intervention is the key to better mental health outcomes, but drastic cuts in Government funding is crippling LA early interventions both in social care where support can prevent mental health deteriorating for children and young people and also as informed commissioners of more specialist CAMHS early intervention services;

 

·         The lack of funds in the health service resulted in Commissioners setting the entrance threshold for CAMH services too high, limiting access for many children and young people and making early intervention difficult to achieve;

 

·         Partner agencies should be able to work together to commission such services . Locally the Council’s Children’s Services have worked with the CCG to commission an early intervention service in schools in Harrow.  However, the Government’s funding for local authorities has been drastically reduced and will continue to be reduced over the coming years;

 

This Council resolves:

 

1.    To instruct the Interim Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council to write  to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, and to Rt Hon Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, to request the release of the £1.7 billion to ensure adequate and sustainable funding for CAMHS and to address the chronic imbalance in the funding for Mental Health Services for Children and Young People and Adults.

 

2.    The improvement of standards and make sure funding is spent wisely.  It is critical that Government ensure care pathways and services are quickly accessible and appropriate for all, including those with complex needs.  They must also strengthen governance over how funding is spent, recognising that health and wellbeing boards are best placed to ensure that funding reaches the right services;

 

3.    The prioritisation of prevention and early intervention, providing funding for independent counselling in every secondary school.  Children and young people’s chances of thriving dramatically increase the earlier we provide help as well as saving money in the longer term.  Cuts to the Early Intervention Grant must be reversed, counselling introduced in  ...  view the full agenda text for item 306.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Motion in the names of Councillor Christine Robson and Councillor Kiran Ramchandani.

 

(i)            “Our children and young people should be getting the best - not just getting by” Motion

 

 

“This Council believes:

 

·         Good mental health is just as important as physical health, as it provides you with the resilience to cope with set backs and difficult emotions.  The consequences of not tackling problems early can be lifelong;

 

·         Today, we know that at least one in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems.  Historically the funding CAMH services have been chronically underfunded.  Despite this, lack of funding is leaving service thresholds so high that around 75 per cent of young people experiencing a mental health problem are unable to access any treatment;

 

This Council supports:

 

·         Children and adolescents should be getting the best care, with mental health and wellbeing being prioritised and appropriately funded;

 

·         Early intervention is the key to better mental health outcomes, but drastic cuts in Government funding is crippling LA early interventions both in social care where support can prevent mental health deteriorating for children and young people and also as informed commissioners of more specialist CAMHS early intervention services;

 

·         The lack of funds in the health service resulted in Commissioners setting the entrance threshold for CAMH services too high, limiting access for many children and young people and making early intervention difficult to achieve;

 

·         Partner agencies should be able to work together to commission such services . Locally the Council’s Children’s Services have worked with the CCG to commission an early intervention service in schools in Harrow.  However, the Government’s funding for local authorities has been drastically reduced and will continue to be reduced over the coming years;

 

This Council resolves:

 

1.    To instruct the Interim Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council to write  to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, and to Rt Hon Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, to request the release of the £1.7 billion to ensure adequate and sustainable funding for CAMHS and to address the chronic imbalance in the funding for Mental Health Services for Children and Young People and Adults.

 

2.    The improvement of standards and make sure funding is spent wisely.  It is critical that Government ensure care pathways and services are quickly accessible and appropriate for all, including those with complex needs.  They must also strengthen governance over how funding is spent, recognising that health and wellbeing boards are best placed to ensure that funding reaches the right services;

 

3.    The prioritisation of prevention and early intervention, providing funding for independent counselling in every secondary school.  Children and young people’s chances of thriving dramatically increase the earlier we provide help as well as saving money in the longer term.  Cuts to the Early Intervention Grant must be reversed, counselling introduced in all secondary schools and funding spread across all services.”

 

Upon a vote, the Motion was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Motion set out at (i)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 306.

307.

PROCEDURE FOR THE TERMINATION OF MEETING

Minutes:

At 9.29 pm, prior to the debate on items 7-11 it was proposed that the guillotine be extended.  This was not agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the provisions of Rules 9.2 and 9.3 be applied as set out above.