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325.

Apologies for Absence

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Councillors Ibrahim, Nathan, Gill, Bell-Bradford and Gallagher

326.

Declaration of Substitute Members

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Councillor Valerie Bossman-Quarshie for Councillor Bashir Ibrahim

327.

Declarations of Interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a) Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation
  carried on for profit or gain.

(b)   Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c)   Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d)  Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e)  Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or  
 longer.

(f) Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

 

 

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328.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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RESOLVED:

That subject to the addition of the words ‘that in his opinion’ following word ‘stated’ in line 1 of paragraph 3 of Minute 324, Monitoring Report the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 September 2021 be confirmed and the Chair be authorised to sign them

329.

Chair's Report

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Noted

330.

Public Questions

For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.

 

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The Chair outlined the procedure for Public questions and that questions can be notified to the Chair or Clerk following the meeting for response

331.

Annual Crime and Disorder report - Borough Commander pdf icon PDF 864 KB

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Chief Superintendent, Andy Carter, was present, and accompanied by Darren Jones and Elaina Usher. Councillor Sue Lukes Executive Member Community Safety and Jonathan Gallagher, Interim Head of Community Safety were also present for discussion of this item

 

A presentation was made to the Committee, copy interleaved, and during consideration of the presentation the following main points were made –

 

·         Crime Performance summary – total crime 12.9% down, violent crime 1.9% down, knife crime 9.2% down, serious youth violence 15.8% down, robbery 20.5% down, drug offences 24.7% down, moped enable crime down 1.3%, and pedal cycle enabled crime 1.55 down, domestic abuse down however race hate crimes risen 7.4%

·         There were 23296 total notifiable offences in 2020/21

·         Policing in Islington – Introduction of EC1 multi agency panel, ward improvement Panel implemented to improve the geographical and demographic reach within each Ward to give communities a strong voice.

·         Introduction of violence suppression unit targeting robberies and knife crime, and revised hate crime plan introduced

·         Implementation of Mayor’s Action Plan with immersive experiences for new Police officers, role reversal on stop and search etc.

·         Delivering opportunities for the public to experience policing and increasing accountability by reintroducing the ride-along teams and a new initiative Community Observer programme

·         Violence against women and girls – VAWG service transformation started April 2020 and last year – number of initiatives taken place and new DA daily safeguarding meeting established. A strategy update will be circulated for comment with a launch scheduled for November. This was a priority area and work is taking place on safe havens and information sessions to inform boys of how to treat women and girls and safety and extra Police resources had been put in place at night across neighbourhoods to increase public confidence. 650 additional officers had been added across London to assist with this, and officers were also targeting hotspots

·         Youth crime update – sustained reduction in youth violence, reduction in all national indicators of youth crime, enhanced detached youth work offer, NCL bid to provide additional support to young people involved in serious youth violence submitted to NHS England

·         Key partnership initiatives – developed a successful summer violence reduction strategy, safer spaces campaign launched, reduction in rough sleeping, installation of knife surrender bins, consultation launch on 5 year violence reduction strategy, Tri borough action group with Haringey and Hackney to address crime and ASB in Finsbury Park area which has had positive results. Multi-agency ASB intervention panels developed weekly to address ASB at the earliest opportunity

·         Noted that there were two main types of street robbery and there is a challenge around robbery by e scooter

·         Noted the commitment to neighbourhood policing and that following the murder of Sarah Everard there is a need to rebuild trust with the community. Ward panels were often not representative of the community and community mapping was taking place

·         It was stated that there was a challenge in the Blackstock Road and Finsbury Park area, and it was noted that whilst additional ward officers  ...  view the full minutes text for item 331.

332.

Scrutiny Review Employment, Business and Councils Financial Position - witness evidence - verbal

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Polly Robbins, Director of Outlandish, an affordable workspace in Fonthill Road, and Stephen Biggs, Director of Community Wealth Building were present at the meeting. During consideration of her verbal presentation the following main points were made –

 

·         Noted that the workspace had been established in 2019 and entered into a formal partnership with LBI. Outlandish worked with large Trade Unions and other organisations

·         During the pandemic the workshop had to close, however outreach engagement had taken place, and two projects relevant to the Public had taken place with the Council. Training had taken place to upskill residents, and also as to how marketing could be improved. Businesses and residents had been badly affected by the pandemic. More work needs to take place to follow up on projects that had taken place during the pandemic to assess their effectiveness

·         Noted that there had been a lot of innovation in the technology sector during the pandemic, and more young people were looking to build a career in the sector. In addition remote working was beneficial to family life and reduced commuting. However remote working did mean that employers had a larger labour market to choose from and had the option of not recruiting from the local community

·         The Council had been satisfied with the partnership and the workspace was pleased with the support offered by the Council during the pandemic. In response to a question it was felt that the development of more affordable workspaces and small businesses, such as cafes would be beneficial to the Finsbury Park area. There is also a need to gather evidence to more effectively target needs in the area, and to build up relationships with those residents who did not work during the pandemic

·         In terms of the workforce of Outlandish, there were more men than women and 20% of the workforce were BAME, and it is hoped to improve on this

·         Work is taking  place with charities and during the pandemic work took place targeting BAME communities, and work had taken place with London Metropolitan University

·         In response to a question as to social value added it was noted that the methodology, and the figure achieved by the workspace to date of social value could be provided. It was noted that rising energy bills would be an issue. The workspace had a 10 year contract with the Council that the Council paid the rent on the workspace, and that this was approximately £60k per year. In return the workspace had to deliver £12m of social value to the Council over the 10 year period. A loan had also been received during the pandemic to support the workspace

·         It was noted that the workspace had to report quarterly to the Council

·         In response to a question it was stated that University is not the only route into computing

·         Noted that the workspace had 8 partners, and any surplus profits were reinvested. The workspace also worked with freelancers on larger projects

·         There were a range of forums  ...  view the full minutes text for item 332.

333.

Monitoring Report

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RESOLVED:

That the report be noted