Minutes for Council meeting, Jun 27 2012, 7.00PM official page
Venue: Council Chamber, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA. View directions
Contact: Emma Perry and Robert WalkerItems Note No. Item
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
This is the time for Members to declare any personal or prejudicial interests, or dispensations they may have in any matter being considered at this meeting having regard to the guidance attached to the agenda.
‘We the residents of Colville Estate do not bring this deputation lightly, however, even after a meeting with the Deputy Mayor on 23 April 2012 those who attended the meeting and other residents and leaseholders are still in a high state of anxiety about what is happening to them and the state of the regeneration programme on Colville Estate.
We would like to know why residents assured tenancy rights and needs are being ignored, why leaseholders are being offered packages which would mean they would have to leave their home and support networks, as their homes in their current area are way beyond their means.
We want assurances from this Council that residents would be contacted and given the respect they are due, to make this transaction from Colville to their new homes as easy as possible’.
Deputation to be introduced by: Councillor Kelly.
Speaker: Andrew Boff and Jenny Hutchinson
Hackney Borough of Sanctuary
‘Hackney has for many years offered a welcome to people who are seeking sanctuary. Many have lost homes and families and dignity but have brought new skills, music, food and labour to make this Borough what it is today. In many ways, there is already a well established culture of hospitality and support here.
As a response, there is a move to try and have Hackney accredited as a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’ as part of the national grassroots movement ‘City of Sanctuary’. This is a movement supported by the Refugee Council which seeks to bring together everyone who feels it is important for the place in which they live and work to be safe, hospitable and welcoming, countering hostile attitudes that can be abound. Individuals, community groups, schools, businesses, faith groups and cultural organisations, as well as local government, are asked to commit to offering hospitality and support to refugees and other migrants and to evidence this by signing a pledge. Hackney Council have confirmed their support for the aims of the Borough of Sanctuary movement and whilst there has not been an agreement to sign the pledge we are keen to ensure an ongoing dialogue and increase awareness of the Campaign’.
Deputation to be introduced by: Councillor Rathbone
Speaker: Catherine Bird
Questions from Members of the Public
6.1 From Christopher Sills to the Mayor:
What steps are being taken to ensure that patients (particularly the elderly) discharged from hospital get adequate care on discharge and does this include temporary increase in their care packages, if appropriate?
Questions from Members of the Council
7.1 From Cllr Kelly to the Deputy Mayor:
‘Could the Deputy Mayor enlighten this Council with the details behind the houses in London Lane and Ellingforth Road Hackney, which the Courts gave over to the squatter in 2011, worth £4.4m.
Last year, in a case in Hackney, East London, squatters were handed two whole streets worth a potential £4.4million. Sixty illegal tenants had already lived rent-free in 22 rundown Victorian terrace houses in Ellingfort Street and London Lane, London Fields for many years’.
7.2 From Cllr Ebbutt to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games:
‘What preparations are the Council making for the arrival of the Olympic torch on 21 July?’
7.3 From Cllr Jacobson to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods:
‘The Council has had installed a vehicle-activated speed limit sign on Cassland Road for a number of months now, flashing up the speed limit whenever it detects a vehicle travelling too fast. Can the lead member inform me how many times this sign was activated during the most recent month for which data is available and how this compares to similar figures for the months since this sign was installed?’
7.4 From Cllr Rathbone to the Mayor:
‘Could the Mayor outline his role on the Olympic Legacy Board in terms of securing the best possible deal for Hackney after the Games?’
7.5 From Cllr Stops to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games:
‘Will you join with me in welcoming to Hackney its newest creative industry - craft brewing. There are now four breweries in Hackney, four more a stones throw from the border.
What can the council do to showcase and support this industry, particularly over the Olympic period?’
7.6 From Cllr Mitchell to the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services:
‘What progress has been made in making Young Hackney Stoke Newington an inclusive youth centre for the whole of the area, how many young people now use the youth centre, and what outcomes are being measured?’
7.7 From Cllr Williams to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods:
‘How many drivers within the Council’s own fleets are getting cycle awareness training to help make cycling safer on Hackney streets? Can these be broken down by type of vehicle?’
7.8 From Cllr Gregory to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods:
‘In current times where identify theft and fraud are becoming more frequent, what is the Council doing to reduce the risks to Hackney residents when disposing of documents in the recycling bins and in general waste removal? What support and advice does the Council give to residents when identify fraud occurs?’
7.9 From Cllr Rathbone to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games:
‘What is being done to minimise possible damage being done to the Marshes by the festivals and entertainment events planned in the run up and during the Games, and what the council’s role is in making sure that the ODA return Leyton Marsh as a green space?’ ... view the full agenda text for item 7.
- Corporate Parenting The Annual Report Appendix 1, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 8. PDF 521 KB
- Corporate Parenting Annual Report Appendix 1a -Demographic Data, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 8. PDF 539 KB
- Corporate Parenting Report Appendix 1b - CP Strategy Refresh II Sep11-Aug-13, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 8. PDF 66 KB
- Corporate Parenting Report Appendix 1c - The Hackney pledge to looked after children and young people, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 8. PDF 992 KB
- Corporate Parenting Report Appendix 1d - Commissioning Strategy Oct 11-Sep 12, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 8. PDF 256 KB
- There are a further 2 documents.View the full list of documents for item 8.
- RegulatoryAnnualReportAppendix1 , item 9. PDF 222 KB
- RegulatoryWorkProgramme201213Appendix2 , item 9. PDF 42 KB
Hard copies of this annual report have been sent to Members of the Council with this agenda. It can be found on the council’s website at www.hackney.gov.uk/scrutiny
- Scrutiny Report Transparency and Open Data ReviewReport_osb, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 16. PDF 323 KB
- Executive Response to scrutiny review of transparency and open data, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 16. PDF 207 KB
- Scrutiny Review of Sports Participation - final, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 17. PDF 987 KB
- Appendix 1- Hackney Sports Profile, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 17. PDF 2 MB
- Appendix 2 - Sport England funding, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 17. PDF 55 KB
- Appendix 3 - JSNA Physical Activity excerpts, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 17. PDF 318 KB
- Executive response to Sports Participation Executive Response, 25/06/2012 Cabinet , item 17. PDF 166 KB
Peeling finish on Hackney Homes front doors manufactured and installed by Gerda
The Council notes:
1. Hackney Homes' front door replacement programme, circa 2006, on over 8,000 social housing properties with new doors manufactured by Gerda at a cost to-date of over £10 million.
2. That soon after installation, many tenants and leaseholders began to report defective exterior fascia’s on this model of door causing the finish to “peel”,
3. Hackney Homes gave an assurance in 2008 that they would repair or replace all affected doors.
4. That as of 2012 there are still a large number of Hackney Homes residents whose “Gerda” front doors are defective which have not been repaired or replaced.
The Council further notes that seemingly minor, but chronic cosmetic problems such as this have a negative effect on the appearance of individual properties and the wider neighbourhood and can accumulate to encourage crime and anti-social behaviour and to negatively impact on residents' quality of life and property values of adjoining private homes.
The Council calls on Hackney Homes to:
1. Pro-actively investigate which of their tenants and leaseholders have been affected by this problem and make good the work.
2. Review their procedures with regard to faults and “snagging” to ensure that any problems with future renovations of social housing in the borough are identified and dealt with promptly and efficiently.
3. Ensure that all costs associated with faulty doors are covered by the manufacturer.
Proposer: Cllr Abraham Jacobson
Seconder: Cllr Ian Sharer
Work Capability Assessment
This council questions how effective and efficient the Work Capability Assessment is at assessing peoples capacity for work and supporting them back to work when 40% of cases where people are deemed fit to work are being overturned at appeal.
The Government's strategy of assessing everyone in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance - even those with terminal illnesses or severe clinical medical conditions - at regular intervals on their ability to work; using computers not health care professionals to assess people capacity to work; and not consulting with GPs on their patients' health is unsophisticated and over simplified.
This council believes this clumsy, catch all approach is not fit for purpose and is not only wasting taxpayers money but is extremely harmful to people's health and well being.
We support the call by GPs for a more rigorous and safe system and will write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, asking the Government to rethink and reform the system for assessing people's capacity for work so that we can help people who genuinely can work into employment and not hound those that can't.
Proposer: Cllr Alex Russell
Seconder: Cllr Rick Muir
Appointment of Independent Person
Appointments to Committees
1) Scrutiny Commission
At the request of the Majority Group Whip, approve the revised membership (incorporating some changes to those agreed at the Council AGM), as set out below:-
Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission:
Cllr Oli de Botton
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble
Cllr Ed Brown
Cllr Gulay Icoz
Cllr Abraham Jacobson
Cllr Michael Jones
Cllr Chris Kennedy
Cllr Ned Mulready
Cllr Ian Rathbone
Cllr Saleem Siddiqui
Cllr Geoff Taylor
One Conservative vacancy
To fill the cooptee vacancy representing the Church of England Diocesan Board – Richard Brown
Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission:
Cllr Margaret Gordon
Cllr Sally Mulready
Cllr Angus Mulready Jones
Cllr Tom Price
Cllr Ian Sharer
Cllr Patrick Vernon
Cllr Carole Williams
Governance and Resources Scrutiny Commission:
Cllr Rob Chapman
Cllr Tom Ebbutt
Cllr Rick Muir
Cllr Deniz Oguzkanli
Cllr Emma Plouviez
Cllr Louisa Thomson
Cllr Simche Steinberger
Health in Hackney Scrutiny Commission:
Cllr Luke Akehurst
Cllr Katie Hanson
Cllr Ben Hayhurst
Cllr Daniel Kemp
Cllr Wendy Mitchell
Cllr Ann Munn
Cllr Benzion Papier
Cllr Alex Russell
Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission:
Cllr Bernard Aussenberg
Cllr Michelle Gregory
Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas
Cllr Clayeon McKenzie
Cllr Sharon Patrick
Cllr Daniel Stevens
Cllr Vincent Stops