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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillors Graham, Hamitouche and Ozdemir.
Declarations of Substitute Members
There were no declarations of substitute members.
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 9th and 16th March 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
Cllr Poyser expressed
the Committee’s thanks to council officers for all their
efforts in ensuring that work was
carried out during the lockdown period, and for updating
The Chair had also written a description of the Environment Committee’s meeting in public about the 2030 carbon neutral target in Hazards Magazine
informed the meeting that Ben Griffiths of Extinction Rebellion had submitted written questions relating to the development of the new incinerator in Edmonton. The questions had been circulated to members and officers of both North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and Islington Council were in attendance to respond.
Order of Business
The order of business would be as per the agenda.
The Chair invited Ben Griffith of Extinction Rebellion (XR)to address the Committee. Mr Ben acknowledged that written questions had been submitted and he added the following comments.
questioned the rationale of building an infrastructure with a
capacity to handle 700k tons of waste a year an increase of 30% to
its current arrangement, that will be in place for 30-40 years. The
incinerator will result an increase of fine particles into the
environment and only result into concerns about global warming and
not in sync with the council’s commitment to reduce carbon
emission and that the data to which the proposal is based was
Councillor Shaikh, Executive
Member for Economic Development presented the Quarter 3 & 4
Performance Indicator Reports 2019/2020.
In the discussion, the following
points were made:
The meeting was informed that prior
to the Covid-19 lockdown, the Service was well ahead in meeting its
Q3 targets among its priority groups such as residents with long
term conditions, parents of young people in the 18-24 age group and
hard to reach groups such as BAME. Measures are in place to
continue encouraging parents to seek employment support.
Members were advised that since the
Covid-19 pandemic, it was noticeable within the Quarter 4 figures
that in the last 3 months there had been an increase in the number
of unemployment claimants in Islington, so the Service has had to
expand the support among its priority groups.
Executive Members informed the
meeting that since the pandemic, the Council’s iWork, ACL and
Library Services had to quickly adapt on how they delivered their
day to day tasks contacting their residents online or over the
phone, which is to be commended. The Service recognises that some
residents are digitally excluded but have taken a blended approach
by getting people to phone the library service staff on their
With regard to employment support,
the Service has been supported by colleagues in social services to
recruit staff for those affected in retail and the hospitality
sector. The Service in the initial 6-7 weeks period was inundated
with requests for support from its residents, however this has now
Services have continued online,
adult residents have been encouraged to sign up to ACL courses
online and an increase in new learners interested in improving
their personal circumstances by retraining and re skilling
themselves to prepare for other types of employment or careers post
pandemic has been noticed.
With regards to young people, the
Service has kept in contact with those identified by schools as
being at risk of being NEET by continually engaging with the young
people and their parents either by phone or Skype.
The meeting was informed that
within a short period of the commencement of lockdown, the online
library service has been expanded, and that residents are now
reading books and literature online. The switch to online library
service has demonstrated that going forward the future prospects
for libraries is promising.
The pandemic has resulted in an
increase in Universal Credit claimants, and with the furlough
scheme coming to an end soon, the meeting was advised of an
expectation of an increase in unemployment. The Council
is having conversations within its
Employment board on what type of support available in conjunction
with the other 17 Employment Support Partners (Team
· In addition to the above the Service continues to work with its skills partners such as Camden and Islington college, London Met university and City university, especially as the Service recognises that support will be required for young people when schools resume in September 2020. The Director, Employment and Skills, advised that a report will be ... view the full minutes text for item 369.
It was noted that as
meetings are now being held remotely, it is important that items be
managed well to allow members sufficient time for full
consideration of the agenda.
That the People Friendly Streets be considered at the September meeting