Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday 26th June, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Westminster Council House, 97-113 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5PT

Contact: Reuben Segal, Acting Head of Committee and Governance Services  Email:  rsegal@westminster.gov.uk Tel: 020 7641 3160

Audio: recordingofmeeting

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Relief Chairman

To appoint a relief Chairman.

Minutes:

1.1       It was moved by the Lord Mayor and seconded by Councillor Paul Swaddle that Councillor Louise Hyams be elected as relief Chairman.

 

            Motion put, and on a show of hands, declared CARRIED.

 

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council meeting held on 15 May 2019.

Minutes:

2.1      RESOLVED: The minutes of the proceedings at the Council meetings on Wednesday 15 May 2019, with the assent of the Members present, signed by the Lord Mayor as a true record of the proceedings.

 

3.

Lord Mayor's Communications

1.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 16 May, she visited a welcome event for the Cricket World Cup in Paddington.

 

2.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 16 May, she attended an Unveiling Ceremony of a plaque for Michael and Enid Balint, hosted by the Royal College of GPs.

 

3.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 17 May, she attended a Service of Thanksgiving to Mark the Centenary of Police Women in the Met Police Force at Westminster Abbey.

 

4.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 17, she attended and spoke at the Norwegian Constitution Day Dinner hosted by Den Norske Klub.

 

5.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 18 May, she attended The Liberal Jewish Synagogue's Community Service and Reception.

 

6.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 21 May, she attended the Annual Chile Navy Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

 

7.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 21 May, she attended the 150th anniversary reception for Harrison Housing.

 

8.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 23 May, she attended Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital at Westminster Abbey.

 

9.               The Lord Mayor to report that, on 24 May, she attended the Seafarers UK Annual Meeting.

 

10.            The Lord Mayor to report that, on 26 May, she assisted in starting the Westminster Mile on the Mall.

 

11.            The Lord Mayor to report that, on 28 May, she attended the Young Westminster Foundation and 2-3 Degrees Business Breakfast.

 

12.            The Lord Mayor to report that, on 1 June, she hosted the LMA Induction Day in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour and City Hall.

 

13.            The Lord Mayor to report that, on 3 June, she attended the State Visit of The President of the United States of America at Westminster Abbey.

 

14.            The Lord Mayor to report that, on 4 May, she attended a reception at the Italian Embassy to celebrate Italian National Day

Minutes:

3.1       The Lord Mayor referred to these as set out on the agenda. She also commented that these represented only a small proportion of the events that she had attended.

 

4.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

4.1       Councillor Nafiska Butler-Thalassis declared in respect of Item 9 - Future Policy Plan and MyWestminster Programme upon which she would be speaking that she works for a health charity that could apply for MyWestminster Programme funding.

5.

Statement on Urgent Matters

With the approval of the Chairman of the meeting, the Leader of the Council may make a statement on an urgent matter and the Leader of the Opposition will have an equivalent right of reply.

Minutes:

 

5.1      There were no urgent matters.

 

6.

Petitions and Deputations, If any

Minutes:

6.1      There were no petitions or deputations received.

 

7.

Questions

The Lord Mayor will call Members who indicate that they wish to ask a question after the Leader of the Opposition has asked his questions.

Minutes:

7.1       With the permission of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Adams, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing, provided an amendment to an answer he provided to a question from Councillor Tim Roca at the Council Meeting on 1 May 2019.

 

7.2       The questions, supplementary questions and replies are included as an audio recording on the Council’s website

 

8.

Councillor Issues

(a)      Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson: Black Bins in Pimlico

 

(b)      Councillor Susie Burbridge: Improving the Lives of our Residents

 

Minutes:

(a)               Black Bins in Pimlico

 

               Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson spoke and Councillor Tim Mitchell replied

 

(b)        Improving the Lives of our Residents

 

               Councillor Susie Burbridge spoke and Councillor Tim Mitchell replied.

 

9.

Future Policy Plan pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To consider items for debate from the attached Future Policy Plan.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

9.1      The meeting accordingly debated the item chosen from the Future Policy Plan by the Majority Party:

 

9.2      The Majority Party had selected item number 75 on the Future Policy Plan: My Westminster Programme.  The debate will be referred to the relevant Executive Director for consideration when reporting on the subject.

 

10.

Standards Committee Report: 6 December 2018: Guidance on use of Social Media by Members pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Report of the Standards Committee.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

10.1    The meeting then debated the second item selected for debate by the Majority Party which related to the report of the Standards Committee on Guidance on the use of Social Members by Members.

 

10.2    The Council noted the Guidance on the use of social media by Members attached to the report. In response to comments on the guidance raised during the debate, Councillor Judith Warner, chairman of the Standards Committee, advised that member consultation on the guidance would be undertaken following the meeting which would be considered by the Committee at its next meeting on 11 July.

 

11.

Notice of Motion

To be moved by Councillor Adam Hug and seconded by Councillor David Boothroyd:

              “The council notes the steps forward made in recent years encouraging contractors and suppliers to provide a wider benefit to society in Westminster including the Council’s current Responsible Procurement Delivery Plan.

           It also notes the innovation being led by local councils across the country and that the government has introduced the Social Value Act 2016 and Civil Society Strategy recognising the importance of ethical and community focused procurement.

           The council believes that there is greater scope to align the council’s approach to procurement and contracting with its policy objectives, currently City for All, and the needs of local people

           It also believes that the council and other public sector partners can help act as the catalyst for local wealth building, particularly in the most deprived parts of our city, including increasing the amount of contracts delivered with local SMEs, social enterprises and the voluntary sector.

           The council resolvesto ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to raise the weighting given to social value in procurement from 5% to 20% in line with the most innovative local authorities in the sector.

           It resolves toask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to do more through Westminster Council’s procurement and contracting to address issues such as providing local employment, investment by Westminster communities and SMEs, improving the accountability of the supply chain and tackling the challenges of air quality, waste and climate change

           It also resolvesto ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to expand and enhance the current Responsible Procurement Delivery Plan into a Social Value Toolkit to guide commissioners across the council and can also be used by others in the local public sector.

           The council further resolves to ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to develop a phased action plan for implementing the London Living Wage for staff working for Council contractors, such as that passed by Kensington and Chelsea Council and to apply for Living Wage Employer accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

 

Minutes:

11.1    The Minority Party had selected for debate the notice of motion as set out on the agenda.  The notice of motion was moved by Councillor Adam Hug and seconded by Councillor David Boothroyd.

 

11.2    The Majority Party had submitted an amendment to the notice of motion as set out on the order paper. 

 

11.3    Councillor Rachael Robathan moved and it was seconded by Councillor Robert Rigby that the notice of motion be amended, as follows:

 

            Amended Motion

 

1.            The council notes the steps forward made in recent years encouraging contractors and suppliers to provide a wider benefit to society in Westminster including the Council’s current Responsible Procurement Delivery Plan.

 

2.            It also notes the innovation being led by local councils across the country and that the government has introduced the Social Value Act 2016 and Civil Society Strategy recognising the importance of ethical and community focused procurement.

 

3.            The council believes that there is greater scope to align the council’s approach to procurement and contracting with its policy objectives, currently City for All, and the needs of local people

 

3.            The Council notes and supports the continuing work to align even further the Council’s approach to procurement and contracting with its policy of a City for All and the needs of local people.

 

4.            It also believes that the Council and other public sector partners can help act as the catalyst for local wealth building, particularly in the most deprived parts of our city, including increasing the amount of contracts delivered with local SMEs, social enterprises and the voluntary sector.

 

5.            The council resolves to ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to raise the weighting given to social value in procurement from 5% to 20% in line with the most innovative local authorities in the sector.

 

5.            The council notes and supports the policy of giving a weighting of a minimum of 5% of the quality score to social value in all service procurements and up to 20% as appropriate.

 

6.            It resolves to ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to do more through Westminster Council’s procurement and contracting to address issues such as providing local employment, investment by Westminster communities and SMEs, improving the accountability of the supply chain and tackling the challenges of air quality, waste and climate change

 

7.            It also resolves to ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to expand and enhance the current Responsible Procurement Delivery Plan into a Social Value Toolkit to guide commissioners across the council and can also be used by others in the local public sector.

 

7.            The Council recognises and supports the work being done to raise awareness of social value across the organisation and in the supply chain and notes that further guidance will be issued later in the year.

 

8.            The council further resolves to ask Cabinet/the relevant Cabinet Member to develop a phased action plan for implementing the London Living Wage for staff working for Council contractors, such as that passed by Kensington and Chelsea Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.