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713.

Leader's Announcements

Minutes:

Councillor Watts welcomed attendees to the meeting and held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Covid 19 pandemic.

714.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

None.

715.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

716.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Decision:

Noted.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting on 19 March 2020 be agreed as a correct record of the meeting and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

717.

Contract award for communal heating servicing and repairs pdf icon PDF 185 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other optons considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

2.1     That the procurement strategy for planned preventative maintenance
          for communal boilers, as outlined in the report, be agreed.

2.2     That authority be delegated to the Corporate Director of Housing to
          award the contract, in consultation with the Executive Member for
          Housing and Development.

Reason for decision – to ensure service continuity for planned preventative maintenance, ongoing repairs and emergency call outs to the Council’s communal boiler plants and communal ventilation systems.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.



718.

London Business Rates Strategic Investment Pot (LBRSIP) - Inclusive Knowledge Economy pdf icon PDF 195 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

2.1     That the council will act as the lead authority in delivering the four-borough Inclusive Knowledge Economy (IKE) project be agreed.

2.2     That the sum of £7.4024M will be available for delivery of the IKE project comprising £3.500M grant from the LBRSIP, £3.538M private sector match funding and £0.3644M in total from the four participating authorities be noted.

2.3     That Islington’s contribution is £26,100 from CIL/section 106
          contributions and £30,000 from its Apprenticeship Levy Fund be noted.

2.4     That authority be delegated to the Corporate Director of Environment
          and Regeneration, in consultation with the Executive Member for            Inclusive Economy and Jobs and following advice from Director of Law
          and Governance and Chief Finance Officer to agree:
          1. The final implementation programme for submission to the funders,
          2. The terms of the grant agreement with the City of London
          Corporation;
          and
          3. The terms of the partnership agreement with the other participating
          local authorities and delivery partner, be agreed.

 

Reason for decision – to provide affordable workspace and facilitate skills, employment and business startup opportunities for local residents in the Knowledge and Tech industries.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

 

719.

Early Help Review: Proposed changes and outcome of consultation pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the proposed new approach and service structure for targeted early help for

families with children over 5, to create a more seamless targeted early help offer from pregnancy into adulthood be agreed.

 

Reason for decision – to provide a more seamless offer for families and their children.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

720.

Community Festivals Small Grants Programme 2020 - 2023 pdf icon PDF 442 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

2.1     That the award grants of £2,500 from the £10,000 Community Festival Small
          Grants programme for three consecutive years between 2020-2023 to each of
          the four applicants for the community festivals be agreed as follows:

All Change (on behalf of Word Festival) – WORD2020, WORD2021,
          WORD2022
.
          -
Two weeks from mid to end June; and
         
- Two weeks from early to mid-October (each year; for three years)

Canal & River Trust (on behalf of Angel Canal Festival) - Angel Canal
           
Festival.
         
- 2020/21 event dates: Sunday 6 September 2020
         
- 2021/22 event dates: Sunday 5 September 2021
         
- 2022/23 event dates: Sunday 4 September 2022

City YMCA (on behalf of Whitecross Street Party) - WhitecrossStreet Party.
          - 2020/21 event dates: 11 & 12 July 2020
          - 2021/22 event dates: 10 & 11 July 2021
          - 2022/23 event dates: 15 & 16 July 2022

Islington Play Association (on behalf of Cally Fest) - The Cally Festival.
            -
2020/21 event dates: 28 June 2020
          - 2021/22 event dates: 27 June 2021
          - 2022/23 event dates: 26 June 2022

2.2     That the above dates are only indicative and may be subject to change
          depending on external circumstances be noted.

2.3     That on 16 March 2020, Central Government stated that social distancing is
          advised to stop the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 and to protect older and
          vulnerable residents and that this social distancing requirement will affect all
          of the festivals recommended for funding and festival organisers will need to
          temporarily suspend, change, postpone, or scale back their events, be noted.

2.4     That the Grant Agreement Letter (Appendix C) states that all funding should
          be spent annually from 2020-2021 for a period of three consecutive years be
          noted.

2.5     That is be agreed that the recommended that the timescale for spending
          festivals funding be extended beyond 12 months in the first year to allow for
          events to be postponed be agreed. That this is intended to be a short term
          temporary measure, and the extension will be determined on a case by
          case basis after the social distancing restrictions have been lifted be agreed.

2.6     That there is a dedicated webpage for the voluntary sector containing
guidance on
Covid-19 available, be noted:

Reason for decision – to provide support for local voluntary sector organisations.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

 

721.

Islington Council Venues Free Community Use Scheme Round 2: Summer 2020 pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

2.1     That one free hire of the Islington Assembly Hall (Round 2 of the scheme), be
          allocated to each of the following organisations be agreed:
          - Islington Faith Forum
          - Yaram Arts CIC

2.2     That the following applicant be held in reserve, in case of inability of the
          above applicants to negotiate appropriate dates and timing, be agreed:
          - Octopus Community Network

2.3     That the timescale for successful organisations for this round be changed to
June to mid-September 2021, as detailed in section 4.4, 4.5 and 4.6 of the report, be agreed.

 

Reason for decision – to provide support for local voluntary sector organisations.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

722.

Local Initiatives Fund awards pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

2.1     That the new proposals and changes to previous proposals submitted by
          Ward Councillors, as set out in Appendix 1 of this report, be agreed in
          principle, subject to the Corporate Director of Housing being satisfied that the
          necessary checks have been made and any other issues resolved.

2.2     That, in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, contact will be made with those
organisations that are agreed for funding, as per the temporary revised
procedure referred to in recommendation 2.5 to review potential project changes.

2.3     That the declarations of interest made by Councillors who have a connection
with the organisations that they are recommending funding for, detailed at
paragraph 3.12 of the report, be noted.

2.4     That the amendments to ward budgets resulting from project funding being
returned and the amendments to the use of previous grant funding awarded, detailed at paragraph 3.13 of the report and are included in the budget
summary on the last page of Appendix 1 of the report, be noted.

2.5     That any underspend on ward budgets will be carried forward into the next
          financial year (2021/22) due to the COVID 19 outbreak, be agreed.

 

2.6     That a temporary revised procedure for previously awarded applications
          (including those in Appendix 1 of the report) where the project or the use of
          funding has changed due to the Covid 19 outbreak, in line with the proposed
          framework (paragraph 4.6 to 4.7 of the report), be agreed.

 

2.7     That a temporary revised procedure for new applications, due to the Covid 19
outbreak, in line with the proposed framework (paragraph 4.8 of the report), be agreed.

 

2.8     Temporary cessation of monitoring organisations ahead of funding being
awarded, where the organisation is known to the Council and has received
funding previously, be agreed. Where an organisation is unknown, further
information may be requested for any changes to a project, or ahead of
funding being awarded (paragraph 4.10 of the report), be agreed.

 

2.9     That temporary changes the process for supporting documents, so that these
          do not have to be provided ahead of funding being awarded, be agreed.
 That
          an organisation will need to confirm that they have appropriate, up to date
          governance documents and the VCS Development team will carry out routine
          spot checks during this period (paragraph 4.10 of the report), be agreed.

 

2.10   That the council does not fund mutual aid groups with LIF budgets, and that
          these groups are encouraged to align with existing VCS organisations working
          in the borough, be agreed.

 

2.11   That authority be delegated to the Corporate Director of Housing, in
consultation with the Executive Member for Community Development, for final
awards be agreed, and that revised procedures will be brought to VCS Committee in July 2020 for review (paragraph 4.8 of the report) be agreed.

 

Reason for decision – to provide support for local voluntary sector organisations.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

723.

Discretionary rate relief awards pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

2.1     That Discretionary Rate Relief be granted to Holloway Neighbourhood Group to 31 March 2023 be agreed.

 

2.2     That Discretionary Rate Relief be granted to Islington MIND for two premises
            to 31 March 2023 be agreed.

 

Reason for decision – to provide support for local voluntary sector organisations.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

 

724.

Extension of the current VCS Grants Programme pdf icon PDF 199 KB

Decision:

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

Reason for decision – as specified in the report.

Other options considered - none.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.

Link to the report

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That an extension to the current VCS Partnerships Grant Programme in line with

the timetable detailed in Appendix 1 of the report be agreed.  That letters will be sent to all current grant recipients notifying them of the extension be agreed.

Reason for decision – to allow an extended period for application to the VCS Partnership Grant Programme during the COVID 19 outbreak.

Other options considered – none other than as specified in the report.

Conflicts of interest/dispensations granted – none.


725.

London Business Rates Strategic Investment Pot (LBRSIP) - Inclusive Knowledge Economy - exempt appendices

Decision:

Noted.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the information in the exempt appendix to agenda item C5 be noted (see Minute 718 for details).