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Items
No. Item

250.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (if any).

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Antonio Weiss.

251.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:

 

(a)               all Members of the Committee, Sub-Committee or Panel;

(b)               all other Members present in any part of the room or chamber.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no interests were declared.

 

252.

Petitions

To receive any petitions submitted by members of the public or Councillors.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no petitions had been received.

253.

Public Questions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with paragraph 16 of the Executive Procedure Rules.

 

Questions will be asked in the order in which they were received.  There will be a time limit of 15 minutes for the asking and answering of public questions.

 

[The deadline for receipt of public questions is 3.00 pm, Monday 11 November 2019. Questions should be sent to publicquestions@harrow.gov.uk  

No person may submit more than one question].

Minutes:

To note that no public questions had been received.

 

254.

Councillor Questions pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To receive any Councillor questions received in accordance with paragraph 17 of the Executive Procedure Rules.

 

Questions will be asked in the order agreed with the relevant Group Leader by the deadline for submission and there be a time limit of 15 minutes.

 

[The deadline for receipt of Councillor questions is 3.00 pm, Monday 11 November 2019].

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Councillor Questions were responded to and the audio recording placed on the Council’s website.

255.

Key Decision Schedule November 2019 - January 2020 pdf icon PDF 237 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the contents of the Key Decision Schedule for the period November 2019 to January 2020 and the postponement of the  meeting of Cabinet on 5 December 2019 to 9 January 2020.

256.

Progress on Scrutiny Projects pdf icon PDF 134 KB

For consideration

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To receive and note the current progress of the scrutiny reports.

RECOMMENDED ITEMS

257.

Corporate Parenting Strategy pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Report of the Corporate Director, People

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved to RECOMMEND:  (to Council)

 

That the Corporate Parenting Strategy be approved.

 

Reason for Recommendation:  All Councillors were Corporate Parents and needed to understand and confirm how these responsibilities were being carried out to adhere to the requirements of the terms of reference of the Corporate Parenting Panel.

 

[Call-in does not apply to the decision above as it was reserved to full Council.]

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

RESOLVED ITEMS

258.

Review of Housing and Homelessness Strategies pdf icon PDF 275 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the Housing Strategy 2019 be approved; and

 

(2)          the Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019 be approved.

 

Reason for Decision:  The Housing Strategy was a key strategic document. Approval of this document enabled the Council’s housing priorities to be set out and communicated to stakeholders.

 

The Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy was both a key strategic document and a statutory requirement.  Approval of these documents enabled the Council to set out its’ homelessness priorities, meet its statutory responsibilities and reduced the risk of legal challenge.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

259.

Response to recommendations from the Universal Credit Commission pdf icon PDF 397 KB

Report of the Corporate Director of Resources

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the Universal Credit Commission Final Report, Annex 1 to the officer report, be noted; and

 

(2)          the draft action plan, which had been developed across the Council and wider partnership (Annex 2), be endorsed.

 

Reason for Decision:  The Member led commission was set up outside of the current Non-Executive arrangements of the Council so had no constitutional basis. This report allowed a reporting route through to Cabinet in order to endorse the recommendations from the review and to sign up to the draft action plan.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.