Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Monday 26 February 2024 6.00 pm

Contact: Mark Agnew 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to consider the guidance which accompanies this agenda and make declarations of interest as appropriate.

3.

Urgent Unrestricted Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Unrestricted Business which will be considered under the agenda item where they appear.

4.

Notice of Intention to Conduct Business in Private, Any Representations Received and the Response to 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 the Exclusion of the Press and Public agenda item.  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.

 

5.

Questions/Deputations

At the  time of the agenda publication, no questions or deputations have been received and approved.

6.

Unrestricted Minutes of the Previous Meeting of Cabinet pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of Cabinet held on 22 January 2024 as a correct record.

7.

Unrestricted Minutes of the Cabinet Procurement and Insourcing Committee pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To note the minutes of the Cabinet Procurement and Insourcing Committee (CPIC) held on 8 January 2024.

8.

F S215 2023/24 Overall Financial Position Report - December 2023 pdf icon PDF 307 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  To note the overall financial position of the Council as at December 2023 as set out in this report.

 

2.  Approve the acceptance of the grant from the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund of £1,360,000 and agree to enter into a grant agreement with the applicable parties in respect of such funding.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

To facilitate financial management and control of the Council's finances and to approve the grant award.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

This budget monitoring report is primarily an update on the Council’s financial position. On the LEVI grant proposal, If the grant was rejected, dedicated electric vehicle charge point infrastructure for blue badge holders would not be delivered and there would be a risk to the Council’s reputation for not accepting external funding to deliver the project.

9.

F S214 Capital Update and Property Disposals and Acquisitions Report pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  That the scheme for Children and Education Directorate as set out in section 11 be given approval as follows:

 

Daubeney Children’s Centre and Family Hub: Resource and spend approval of £150k (£73k in 2023/24 and £77k in 2024/25) is requested to enable Council Officers to progress the building adaptations to part of the building at the Daubeney Children’s Centre to become a Children and Family Hub. Daubeney Children’s Centre has been operating as a multi-agency strategic centre, but has recently been redesignated as a Children and Family Hub.

 

2.  That the scheme for Finance and Corporate Resources Directorate as set out in section 11 be given approval as follows:

 

New Telephony System Implementation: Spend approval of £50k (£14k in 2023/24 and £36k in 2025/26) is requested to enable Council Officers to progress with the implementation of a new cloud based telephony and contact centre system.

 

Enhancing the Council Website: Spend approval of £441k (£37k in 2023/24, £220k in 2024/25 and £184k in 2025/26) is requested to enable Council Officers to deliver the transformative improvements to the Council’s website through redesigning and improving the website content, processes and underlying technology.

 

3.  That the s106 Capital funded scheme summarised below and set out in section 11 be approved:

 

S106

2023/24

£’000

2024/25

£'000

2025/26 £'000

Total

Capital

100

400

0

500

Total S106 Capital for Approval

0

400

(0)

500

 

4.  That the s106 Revenue funded scheme summarised below and set out in section 11 be approved:

 

S106

2023/24

£’000

Fr Capital 2024/25 £'000

To Revenue 2024/25 £'000

Total

Capital

0

(506)

0

(506)

Revenue

0

0

506

506

Total S106 Revenue for Approval

0

(506)

506

506

 

5.  That the S106 Capital funded scheme below and set out in section 12 be noted:

 

S106

2023/24

£’000

2024/25

£'000

2025/26 £'000

Total

Capital

42

134

84

260

Total S106 Capital for Approval

42

134

84

260

 

6.  That the schemes outlined in section 13 be noted.

 

7.  The purchase of an ex-right to buy property part funded by the Local Authority Housing Fund (LAHF) Round 2 and the submission of a funding application to the Brownfield Land Release Fund (Round 3) from the Department of Levelling Up, Homes and Communities (DLUHC) for a number of schemes across the Housing Supply and Estate Regeneration Programmes.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The decisions required are necessary in order that the schemes within the Council’s approved Capital programme can be delivered and to approve the property proposals as set out in this report.

 

In most cases, resources have already been allocated to the schemes as part of the budget setting exercise but spending approval is required in order for the scheme to proceed. Where, however, resources have not previously been allocated, resource approval is requested in this report.

 

To facilitate financial management and control of the Council's finances.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

None.

10.

F S242 2024/25 Budget and Council Tax Report pdf icon PDF 481 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Cabinet is recommended to consider the report and make the following recommendations to Council for approval:

 

2.  Council is recommended:

 

1.  To bring forward into 2024/25 the Council’s projected 2023/24 General Fund balance of £17.0m with the aim of increasing this to £20m over the medium-term period to 2026/27 noting the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) projected 2023/24 balance of £15m with the aim of increasing to £17.6m by the end of March 2024.

 

2.  To agree for approval the directorate estimates and estimates for the General Finance Account items set out in Table 2 in Section 14 of this report.

 

3.  To note that the budget is a financial exposition of the priorities set out within the Strategic Plan summarised at Section 6 below.

 

4.  To note that in line with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2003, the Interim Group Director of Finance, is of the view that:

 

The General Fund balances which currently stand at £17.0m and the level of other reserves are adequate to meet the Council’s financial needs for 2024/25 and that considering the economic uncertainty they should not fall below this level and that the aim is to increase these to £20m over the medium term period to 2026/27 from a review of current earmarked reserves.

 

This view takes account of the reserves included in the Council’s latest published 2022/23 Accounts and the movements of those reserves since that date – which have been tracked through the Overall Financial Position (OFP) Reports, and the latest OFP projections. Note also, that the projections in the HRA Budget to increase the balance to £17.6m by 31 March 2024 are also considered to be adequate at this point in time but will need to continue to be reviewed in the light of the challenges facing the HRA.

 

The General Fund estimates are sufficiently robust to set a balanced budget for 2024/25. This takes into account the adequacy of the level of balances and reserves outlined above and the assurance gained from the comparisons of the 2023/24 budget with the projected spend identified in the December 2023 OFP. The overall level of the corporate contingency has been set at £2m.

 

5.  To approve the proposed General Fund fees and charges as set out in Appendix 7 for implementation from 1st April 2024.

 

6.  To continue the policy requiring the Interim Group Director of Finance to seek to mitigate the impact of significant changes to either resources or expenditure requirements.

 

7.  To require the Mayor, Cabinet and the Corporate Leadership Team to develop robust plans to deliver against the revised Medium Term Financial Plan included at Appendix 5 taking into account the recommendation of the S151 Officer as set out in the Section 25 Statement (Appendix 11). This is needed to maintain the financial resilience of the Council and to avoid the requirement to make short-term decisions which will adversely impact on our residents.

 

8.  To note the summary of the HRA Budget and Rent  ...  view the full decision text for item 10.

11.

CE S288 Children and Families Service Full Year Update Report to Members 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

Cabinet and Council are recommended to note and endorse the content of the Children and Families Annual Report 2022/23 (Appendix 1).

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The report is for information and endorsement only.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

Not applicable.

12.

CHE S246 Stamford Hill Area Action Plan pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Recommend to Full Council to approve the proposed submission Stamford Hill Area Action Plan at appendix 1 for publication and subsequent submission to Government for an independent examination in public.

 

2.  Recommend to Full Council to delegate authority to the Group Director, Climate, Homes and Economy to approve administrative alterations, graphical, typographical amendments, to improve cross referencing (e.g. para numbering, page numbering) ahead of consultation or ahead of submission to Government for examination in public.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

Following consultation on a draft Stamford Hill AAP, the Council has now produced the proposed submission version of the Stamford Hill Area Action Plan (Stamford Hill Area Action Plan, 2024 Regulation 19 Publication Version).  The Council is to publish this for comment before submitting it to the Secretary of State for independent examination in public.  The AAP will manage existing development pressures and shape future growth in a sustainable manner.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

The alternative is not to produce an Area Action Plan for the Stamford Hill area and rely on the adopted borough-wide Local Plan policies. This has been rejected as the AAP is considered necessary to provide an essential framework for growth which responds to the specific needs of the Stamford Hill community and safeguards the area's unique character. 

 

The AAP will ensure that development delivers real benefits to the community, particularly in terms of maximising the supply of larger family homes, improving open space and the public realm more broadly, and enabling the provision of new education and community facilities and improving local shopping centres in Stamford Hill. In producing the Stamford Hill AAP, the Council has engaged positively with the community and different groups and organisations within it to shape the vision for the future of Stamford Hill and inform the objectives and detailed planning policies.

13.

CHE S249 Stamford Hill Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Approve the draft Stamford Hill Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (Appendix 1) for consultation.

 

2.  Delegate authority to the Group Director, Climate, Homes and Economy to approve administrative alterations, graphical, typographical amendments, to improve cross referencing (e.g. para numbering, page numbering) ahead of consultation.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The Draft Stamford Hill Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (2024) will support the implementation of the emerging Stamford Hill Area Plan.

 

Consultation and engagement with stakeholders and the public is integral to producing planning documents. Consultation on the draft Stamford Hill Design Guide SPD is required in accordance with Regulation 12 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 and will help inform and influence the final version of the SPD.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

The alternative is not to produce a Design Guide for Stamford Hill and rely on the adopted borough-wide Local Plan policies, the Stamford Hill AAP and the boroughwide Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD. This has been rejected as the Stamford Hill Design Guide is considered an essential tool to support implementation of planning policies for the Stamford Hill area.

14.

CHE S290 Woodberry Down Phase 4 Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Approve the draft London Borough of Hackney Woodberry Down (Phase 4) Compulsory Purchase Order 2024 as attached at Appendix 1 ("the Order"), the map identifying the Order Land ("the Order Land") as attached at Appendix 2 and the Statement of Reasons made in support of that Order and attached at Appendix 3 ("the Statement of Reasons") and the Equality Impact Assessment Report attached at Appendix 4.

 

2.  Authorise the Group Director of Climate, Homes and Economy, after consultation with the Acting Director of Legal, Democratic and Electoral Services to make any minor changes considered necessary to the Order, the Order Land, or the Statement of Reasons, and to approve the schedules of land and interests to be attached to the Order.

 

3.  Authorise the making of the Order under Section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 ("the 1990 Act") and authorise the confirmation of the Order if the Council is given the power to do so by the Secretary of State under Section 14A of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981.

 

4.  Authorise the Group Director of Climate, Homes and Economy after consultation with the Acting Director of Legal, Democratic and Electoral Services, to issue notices and carry out actions under Section 172 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and, where necessary, to enter onto land and carry out surveys of any land which the Council proposes to acquire compulsorily.

 

5.  Authorise the Group Director of Climate Homes and Economy  after consultation with the Acting Director of Legal, Democratic and Electoral Services and following confirmation of the Order, to publish and serve notice of confirmation of the Order, together with notice of the Council’s intention to make a General Vesting Declaration (“GVD”), and to make one or more GVDs (and to serve all appropriate notices in connection therewith) or to serve notices to treat and notices of entry (as appropriate) in respect of the Order Land.

 

6.  Authorise the use of powers under the 1990 Act to secure the removal of any apparatus of statutory undertakers or communication code operators from the Order Land shown within the red line in the map in Appendix 2.

 

7.  Authorise the acquisition by agreement of all third party interests in and over the Order Land under Section 227 of the 1990 Act before or after confirmation of the Order and in respect of any new rights required for the development or use of the Order Land.

 

8.  Authorise the Group Director of Climate Homes and Economy after consultation with the Acting Director of Legal, Democratic and Electoral Services to take all necessary steps to override  all third party interests and rights over the Order Land under Section 203 of the Housing & Planning Act 2016, and to pay such compensation and costs as is agreed between the parties or determined by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  This authorisation includes the publication and advertisement of the Order, serving appropriate notices, seeking  ...  view the full decision text for item 14.

15.

F S296 Community Municipal Investment - Green Loan Issuance pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  To approve the launch of the Hackney Community Municipal Investment - Green Loan in May 2024 to finance green initiatives.

 

2.  To approve the conditions of the first Hackney Community Municipal Investment launch as set out at paragraph 9.3.5 and to delegate authority to the Interim Group Director Finance, in consultation with the Acting Director, Legal, Democratic and Electoral Services, to enter into any agreements that may be necessary.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

Hackney CMI Green Loan will enable the Council to finance some of its green initiatives, thereby supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy and positively impacting the environment. The CMI benefits from Individual Savings Account status with its associated tax advantages to smaller investors.

 

The Abundance platform provides access to a community of ethical investors keen to support environmentally friendly projects.  By financing environmentally friendly initiatives with a CMI Green Loan, the Council can engage and involve residents in local projects which will contribute to achieving our net zero targets.  The interest rate on the CMI Green Loan will be lower than the borrowing rate for PWLB.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

The Council could choose an alternative source of borrowing to raise £1m to fund the projects in line with our Treasury Management Strategy, such as borrowing through the PWLB.  This would result in the projects being funded but the financial impact to the Council would potentially be a slightly higher cost of borrowing as the CMI should match or undercut the PWLB certainty rate.  In addition, this would test the opportunity to raise funding from a wider range of sources.  This CMI is the Council’s chance to engage in a new way of funding work to reduce carbon emissions and increase resident participation.

 

Council aims to test a range of approaches to increase funding available for wider climate-related projects.

16.

CHE S221 Consolidation Of Historic Smoke Control Orders And Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Approve the proposal to take the relevant steps in order to revoke all existing Smoke Control Orders across the London Borough of Hackney, which will then go to the Secretary of State for confirmation/approval;

 

2.  Approve the proposal to publish, and seek public comment on, a new draft Smoke Control Order which covers the entire borough and which extends the smoke control provisions to include moored vessels (hereafter, Order);

 

3.  Approve a cap of £2,300 per vessel to those who are eligible, for the purpose of upgrading appliances to meet compliance standards should the Order be approved.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The burning of solid fuel is a significant contributor to levels of particulate matter in the ambient air, especially the finer particles (PM2.5). According to the 2019 Clean Air Strategy, it is estimated that 38% of the UK’s primary PM2.5 emissions arise from wood / coal burning associated with residential heating. In London, this figure is estimated to be less but a recent study for the London Wood Burning Project has reported that domestic wood burning is the second biggest source of PM2.5 emissions in London.

 

Numerous scientific studies have provided evidence of the potential harm to health from exposure to emissions from solid fuel burning, especially the fine particulates which are capable of reaching further into the airways. Pollutants can be dispersed so concentrations will vary over distance. However, the highest concentrations are likely to occur close to the source so the health impacts arising from exposure will also be felt by those burning the solid fuel.

 

A total of 27 Smoke Control Orders are in place which relate to the London Borough of Hackney. The Smoke Control Orders are accompanied by Schedules which describe the area that is covered. These use features such as railways and canals, as well as roads, to describe the boundaries. As there have been changes since the date of their creation, both in terms of administrative boundaries and new developments changing road layouts, the descriptions are becoming less accurate over time.

 

The Smoke Control Orders cover almost the entire borough, but apply to fixed properties only. Among the Orders, one exemption has been found. This is a small geographical area that is believed to have been occupied at the time by commercial and industrial premises and which were exempted from the regulatory controls.

 

The Regulations are contained within the Clean Air Act 1993, which states that ‘a Smoke Control Order in England “applies” to a building, fireplace, fixed boiler or industrial plant’. These controls do not apply to boats. The Environment Act 2021 introduced new provisions which allow local authorities to include moored vessels within a Smoke Control Order. Amending a Smoke Control Order to include moored vessels is optional and the decision whether or not to do so rests with each local authority.

 

The number of complaints that the Council receives each year about solid fuel burning is relatively low compared to the numbers received about other environmental issues. However,  ...  view the full decision text for item 16.

17.

F S252 Chalkhill Partners - Temporary Accommodation Acquisition and Lease Project pdf icon PDF 800 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Note the strategic context set out in this report, including the increasingly challenging shortages of temporary accommodation, growing demand, rising costs, and the need to secure longer term and more sustainable supply of temporary accommodation properties in order to meet the Council’s statutory obligation. 

 

2.  Note the principles and structure of the proposed contractual arrangement for the acquisition and letting of properties, together with the reasoning supporting its implementation, both as described in this report;

 

3.  Give delegated authority to the Director of Strategic Property Services, in consultation with the Interim Group Director, Finance, to:

·  negotiate the detailed terms of an Agreement for Lease (or a broadly equivalent contractual instrument with the same commercial effect) with the REIT (and any necessary ancillary agreements)

·  agree that the Council enters into the Agreement for Lease (or a broadly equivalent contractual instrument with the same commercial effect) with the REIT.

·  negotiate the detailed terms of the individual leases on each property.

 

4.  Give delegated authority to the Director of Strategic Property Services, in consultation with the Interim Group Director, Finance, the authority to negotiate the detailed terms of, and the authority to agree that the Council enters into, a management agreement with the appointed managing agents.

 

5.  Authorise the Acting Director of Legal, Democratic & Electoral Services to prepare, agree, settle and sign the necessary legal documentation to effect the proposals contained in this report and to enter into any other ancillary legal documentation as required.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

As outlined within the report, there is a significant need to expand the stock of longer term temporary accommodation available to the Council. As set out within Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the Council has a statutory duty to provide interim temporary accommodation to homeless households to whom it has a duty to provide permanent housing.

 

As set out in the report, the Council has an acute and growing pressure on supply of the temporary accommodation needed to fulfil our statutory duties. Entering into the proposed agreement for lease of 300 properties will make a significant contribution to the number of Temporary Accommodation units in the Council’s long term control and at more affordable levels than comparative short term accommodation options.

 

Whilst the 300 properties covered by the proposed agreement will only represent an additional 30% to the Council’s owned and leased portfolio, the number of properties that become available through other sources is continuing to decline, with particular shortages for family sized accommodation - resulting in homeless residents needing to relocate outside of the borough and often well beyond London.

 

The proposed leasing scheme will include criteria to ensure that properties are within 75 minutes journey time by foot and public transport to Hackney Central, helping to enable residents to retain local connections.

 

Discussions with other potential partners as well as Chalkhill have taken place over a number of years however they have been around longer lease commitments typically of 40 + years. Only  ...  view the full decision text for item 17.

18.

AHI S299 Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2024- 2029 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  To agree to adopt the 2024-2029 City and Hackney Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.

 

2.  To request an annual update on progress in implementing the strategy

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The Strategy will help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and ensure services are better coordinated to enable improved outcomes and user experience.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

To continue to commission and provide for services without an overarching strategy. This would perpetuate current inequalities and poor sexual and reproductive health.

 

Not to have a local strategy but adopt the North East London Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy. The NEL strategy is still in development and will not have the same level of detail or local control that adopting a specific local City and Hackney strategy will bring.

19.

CHE S303 Public Spaces Protection Order Dog Control pdf icon PDF 483 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  Approves a revised Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) in relation to the renewing and varying of the existing Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control), which would place controls on dog fouling, dog exclusion, dogs on leads, dogs on leads where requested and on the maximum number of dogs that can be walked by one person. A copy of the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) is attached to this report as Appendix 1.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

A PSPO is a tool to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safe from activities which have a detrimental effect on the quality of their life in that area. The proposed PSPO (Dog Control) should ensure that Hackney has an effective response to ASB in the areas covered by the PSPO.

 

PSPOs are intended to be used to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by putting in place conditions on the use of that area that apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure people can use and enjoy public spaces safe from activities which have the requisite detrimental impact.

 

Councils can make a PSPO after consultation with the Police and other relevant bodies and communities. The legislation sets out a two-pronged test of which a Local Authority has to be satisfied on reasonable grounds before a PSPO can be made. These conditions are as follows:

 

2.  That the activities carried out in a public place have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality; or that it is likely that they will have such an effect.

 

3.  That the effect or the likely effect of the activities:

 

·  Is (or is likely to be) persistent or continuous.

·  Is (or is likely to be) unreasonable.

·  Justifies the restriction imposed by the notice.

 

A PSPO must identify the public place in question and can:

 

a)  prohibit specified things being done in that public place;

b)  require specified things to be done by persons carrying on specified activities in that place; or

c)  do both of those things.

 

The only prohibitions or requirements that may be imposed are ones that are reasonable to impose in order to prevent or reduce the risk of the detrimental effect continuing, occurring or recurring.

 

Prohibitions may apply to all persons, or only to persons in specified categories, or to all persons except those in specified categories.

 

The PSPO may specify the times at which it applies and the circumstances in which it applies or does not apply.

 

Unless extended, the PSPO may not have effect for more than 3 years.

 

The breach of a PSPO without reasonable excuse is a criminal offence. The Police or a person authorised by the Council can issue fixed penalty notices, the amount of which may not be more than £100. A person can also be prosecuted for breach of a PSPO and, on conviction, the Magistrates’ Court  ...  view the full decision text for item 19.

20.

CED S272 Equality Plan - Final Draft pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.  To recommend to Full Council that the Equality Plan be adopted, along with the anti-racism framework and LGBTQIA framework:

·  Appendix 1: Equality Plan

·  Appendix 2: the anti-racism framework

·  Appendix 3: the LGBTQIA framework

 

2.  To agree that a full action plan for the Equality Plan will be brought to Cabinet later this year

 

3.  To agree that the Equality and Cohesion Policy is also brought to Cabinet later this year, so it can reflect the new objectives

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

In November 2022 Hackney adopted a new Strategic Plan at Cabinet and Council. An equality plan is needed to support the ambitions of the strategic plan and political priorities and consider these ambitions through an equality prism.  The new Equality Plan will replace the existing Single Equality Scheme 2018-2022 and so we are at a key point of change in policy which requires consultation and engagement.  It is a statutory duty to publish equality objectives, and consult on them.  In the interests of transparency, we published and consulted on a summary plan, rather than just the objectives. Consultation and engagement on the Draft Equality Plan took place between 20th November 2023 and 21st January 2024 This has informed the final draft of the equality plan.

 

The last Equality Scheme included a commitment to developing a refreshed LGBTQIA plan. In July 2020, a motion was passed to work towards being an anti-racist organisation. This helped strengthen the focus on what we need to change within institutions.  Both the LGBTQIA Strategic Framework and Anti-Racism Framework are presented in these papers, along with the Equality Plan. They are discrete documents within the wider Equality Plan.  In appending these frameworks, we are not diluting these documents but situating these plans in a wider frame and justification.

 

DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED

 

We could have done what is statutorily required and only published draft objectives, without developing the more detailed plans that flow from these objectives. In the early consideration of the Equality Plan this option was rejected by corporate leadership so that sufficient attention could be given to the positive actions needed to tackle inequality of outcomes, build opportunity and celebrate diversity and to address the challenges for us as an institution, and for statutory partners.

 

We could have incorporated objectives into the wider Strategic Plan.  An equality plan was considered to be needed in order to consider the Strategic Plan ambitions for fairer outcomes through an equality prism.

21.

Nominations to Outside Bodies and Updated Executive Committee Membership pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

Cabinet to;

 

1.  approve the nominations of Councillors to Outside Bodies, on behalf of the Council, as set out in Appendix 1

 

2.  note the change in Cabinet Procurement Insourcing Committee membership, as set out in Appendix 1;

22.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Note from the Governance Team Leader:

 

Items 23 - 26 allow for the consideration of exempt information.

 

Proposed resolution:

 

That the press and public be excluded during discussion of the remaining items on the agenda, on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

23.

CHE S290 Woodberry Down Phase 4 Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) - Exempt Appendix

24.

F S296 Community Municipal Investment - Green Loan Issuance - Exempt Appendix

25.

F S252 Chalkhill Partners - Temporary Accommodation Acquisition and Lease Project - Exempt Appendix

26.

Urgent Exempt Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Exempt Business