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494.

Apologies for Absence

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 Apologies were received from Councillor Weekes.

495.

Declarations of Substitute Members

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There were no declarations of substitute members.

496.

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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There were no declarations of interest.

497.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2021 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

498.

Chair's Report

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The Chair informed the meeting of the second informal working group meeting, which was held on recycling. The next meeting of the informal working group will be held on food waste in early 2022, members will be advised of the meeting date.

 

499.

Order of Business

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The order of business would be B1,B4,B2,B3 and B5.

500.

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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None.

501.

Annual Report of the Executive Member for Inclusive Economy and Jobs 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

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Councillor Asima Shaikh, Executive Member Inclusive Jobs and Economy was present, together with Caroline Wilson, Director of Inclusive Economic Development for discussion of this item and made a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved. Councillor Asima Shaikh highlighted the following points in relation to supporting businesses during the pandemic:

 

·         How local economy officers were re-deployed to every part of the borough with the task of contacting businesses to check on their status and find out what support they needed.

·         On sustained regular meetings of the Town Centre groups, moving them online, to ensure that independent business owners could stay connected to others in their locality and to explain what council support they needed during the emergency phase.

·         The Council devised a public-access emergency business directory, profiling businesses and services still open

·         A business bulletin was developed and linked to government websites to keep businesses informed about support available to them. The bulletin is now circulated to 5,000 businesses in the borough.

·         Members were made aware of a series of ‘Shop Local’ initiatives, including the distribution of 1000s of ‘Open Safely’ packs to local businesses and regular e-bulletins to over 5,000 businesses.

·         The ‘My Virtual Neighbourhood’ appwill provide a platform for Islington businesses to promote themselves to local people, anchor institutions and businesses online.

·         The Council distributed a Discretionary Grant of just over £3m to over 1,000 SMEs in Islington. Payments between £500 and £25,000, with 58% of grants awarded to businesses whose owners or directors who identified as BAME or female.

·         It was stated that employment support services across different organisations in Islington was fully co-ordinated through the Islington Working Partnership led by iWork.

·         Islington launched its own local jobs portal in February with immediate impact and the borough  became a Living Wage Place in July. The initial target of supporting 600 residents into jobs was surpassed by achieving nearly 1,000 residents into jobs over 12 months.

·         The innovative programmes brokered during the pandemic to address precarious employment included: Home Cooks programme, with 7 Islington chefs, to become self-employed and deliver food to local people;  and a new delivery co-operative, Wings, as an ethical alternative to other platform companies. Both pay the London Living Wage (LLW) and offer workers more secure terms and conditions.

 

On Building back better for an inclusive, fairer, greener, more creative local economy through promotion of series of business support initiatives, including:

  • Promotion of Black-owned businesses on the high street and online, to increase footfall and spend with local businesses
  • Continue Shop Local campaign – shop window displays and other promotional activities.

 

On Building back better for an inclusive, fairer, greener, more creative local economy through promotion of sectoral interventions:

  • Tech and Knowledge –  the council is a lead partner on LIFT (Leading Inclusive Futures through Technology), a £7.4m project to deliver jobs and training in tech and digital-related jobs.
  • Creative Production - building strong partnerships with creative production companies such as Film London and the N7 business cluster to plug local residents into new opportunities  ...  view the full minutes text for item 501.

502.

Net Zero Carbon Programme - Natural Environment pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Sally Oldfield, Nature Conservation Manager, and Andrew Bedford, Head of Greenspace and Leisure Services was present, together with Barry Emmerson Park and Open Spaces Manager for discussion of this item and made a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved

 

The scope, challenge, objective and deliverables of what the council wants to achieve across the natural environment in the next twelve months were reported. The following points were highlighted:

 

·         On Scope, the whole borough is in scope. The council needs to look at how we can create greening opportunities and developments across every part of the borough. This included parks, Highways, housing (private and council owned) and commercial land.

 

·         On Challenges, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , 9th August issued "code red for humanity" Without deep carbon pollution cuts now, the 1.5°C goal will fall quickly out of reach. Climate Vulnerability Mapping produced City Hall and Bloomberg Associates, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ pro-bono consultancy for cities, shows that six London boroughs are at particularly high risk from the effects of climate change. Islington is identified as one of those boroughs at high risk. Greening the borough will cool microclimates, absorb carbon and aid in flood risk mitigation as well as offering up many more benefits

 

·         On Objectives, the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was highlighted, along with the need to identify new opportunities to increase the amount of green infrastructure on all council public realm developments. And the increase tree canopy cover in Islington from 25% to 30%.

 

·         On Deliverables, the following achievements were noted:

·         Launched consultation of the new BAP in spring 2020, receiving 175 responses.
• Published final BAP September 2020.

·         Provided opportunities for local residents to learn about and enjoy nature, through events, volunteering and education, e.g. 6,500 children benefitted from activities provided by The Garden Classroom during the past year.

·         Seek to maximise benefits for biodiversity through the emerging Greening the Borough Programme.

·         Engage with new audiences to ensure equal access to nature for all, e.g. through a new programme of activities aimed at improving mental health.

·         Work with Bright Lives to deliver environmental education activities for under fives plus a training programme to skill up the Bright Start team with accredited forest school training.

·         Planning applications are carefully scrutinised for their biodiversity impacts and developers are challenged to improve their contributions to the natural environment.

·         Proper consideration for tree protection and tree mitigation through the planning process, with a dedicated tree officer commenting on planning applications and strong tree protection policies in the Local plan.

·         The adoption of the new Local Plan will include clearer and more robust biodiversity requirements for developers.

·         New legislation on Biodiversity Net Gain comes into force in 2023 and the Council will provide guidance to developers on how to comply with this.

·         Set up a Greening the Borough Task Group to develop an action plan with the aim of accelerating the delivery of greening the borough.

·         Completed a review of Community Gardening and Food Growing in the borough which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 502.

503.

Future Parks Accelerator - Parks for Health Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Barry Emmerson, Park and Open Spaces Manager gave a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved. The following points were highlighted:

 

·         On the vision, Islington's public parks and green spaces are used, enjoyed and maintained as health assets for the whole community. The intention is for everyone to feel welcome in our parks. More people than ever before visit and stay for longer - enjoying nature and taking part in activities which make them healthy and happy. Our parks are at the heart of community life.

 

·         On transforming the parks, four points were highlighted:

1.    Establishing the distinctive role parks have in supporting people’s health and wellbeing

2.    Transforming the parks experience and maximising inclusion

3.    Embedding health and wellbeing in every aspects of our park service and ultimately all our parks

4.    Ensuring that the lessons of Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of urban green space translate into future investment in parks to the benefit of all.

 

·         On examples of changes already realised, intergenerational events at the Gillespie park local nature reserve and funding being secured from Public Health England for Prevention and Promotion for Better Mental Health, among others were noted.

                  

·         Members were made aware of the transformation of the workforce, to ensure the council has the right staff in the right roles to deliver the long term outcomes of the Parks for Health (PFH) strategy, including

·         Greenspace Communications Officer

·         Parks For Health Partnership Manager

·         Gardening  Volunteer Development and Training Supervisor

·         Fundraising and Grant Application Support Officer

·         Park based gardeners

 

The Chair thanked Barry Emmerson for the presentation and welcomed members to raise issues and ask questions.

 

On criminal activity around hedges in parks, officers responded that while hedges are an important part of biodiversity of the borough, efforts have gone into signposting, so the community is able to raise concerns around criminal activity in community spaces.

 

On using areas like Highbury Fields as educational spaces, members were informed about the current activity that happens in parks within the borough, highlighting the work of the One O’clock Club.

 

On littering and the appropriate use of community spaces, officers highlighted the Council’s communications campaign that was carried out on community love for parks. There is a long term strategy on how to ensure that well-used natural spaces are developed. This will require engagement with the local community.

 

On corporate volunteering in  green spaces, members were informed about the schemes the council currently offers and how community partners are worked with.

 

RESOLVED:

That the presentation be noted

 

504.

Employment and Skills Quarter 1 Performance Report 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 521 KB

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Councillor Asima Shaikh, Executive Member Inclusive Jobs and Economy and Caroline Wilson, Director of Inclusive Economy were present and outlined the report.

 

Councillor Asima Shaikh and Caroline Wilson highlighted the reducing levels of long-term unemployment and worklessness, bringing members’ attention to indicators including residents in paid work through Team Islington, Parents with children supported into paid word, and residents supported through apprenticeships. Members were made aware of the Affordable Workspace Programme - Social Value Performance Report 2021/2.

 

The Chair thanked Councillor Asima Shaikh and Caroline Wilson for the presentation and welcomed members to raise issues and ask questions.

 

On performance indicators, members were informed of the challenges that schools and adult community learning faced through the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown. However, the academic year reports differently to the financial and civic year, so there is a slight impact on how these figures are reported.

 

On the target of 1000 Islington residents into paid employment, officers commented that the different elements of what is considered “good work” will be checked against these jobs.

 

On apprenticeships for Islington residents within council suppliers, members asked for a report to come back to a future committee meeting on Council apprenticeships. Action: HR Officer to attend to present on apprenticeships, with a report.

 

RESOLVED:

That the report be noted

 

505.

Work Programme 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 31 KB

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RESOLVED:

That the work programme be noted