Croydon Cabinet considers Budget, Fairness Commission, People’s Gateway & Contract Awards

The Cabinet meeting being held on Monday 22 February will be considering the 2016-17 budget, the Fairness Commission Final Report, the People’s Gateway project, the November Croydon Congress session on Croydon Congress Child Sexual Exploitation, and Investing in Croydon.

Access to papers is via https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl

Budget

See next posting: The Mystery of Croydon’s Budget.

Fairness Commission Final Report

The Cabinet is being asked to consider and agree the recommendations of the Opportunity & Fairness Commission’s final report.

The officers’ assessment report includes:

  • details of current activities that are being delivered or are included/to be included in the Council’s forward plan that will to help reduce inequality and promote fairness in the borough;
  • Key policy developments that will embed the themes of the OFC further over the next 12 months

It is being suggested that the Council take an enabling role to encourage the development interventions with partners to address inequality in the borough. ‘Co-production will help us make sure that that the way services are delivered is aligned as closely as possible to the root causes of demand, while making sure that residents and their communities are at the heart of the organisational change as the Council focuses on transforming its services over the next few years.’

People’s Gateway Project

Phase 1 of the Gateway Programme was set up to assist the 16,000 people affected by the Government’s benefit cap and changes to council tax credit, which affected over 16,000 local people. It has helped over 1,100 of Croydon’s most severely affected families avoid homelessness, 5,400 people to become more financially independent and supported 587 residents into employment. The report is about Phase 2.

Investing in Croydon

This is the regular report to Cabinet on the award of contracts and sales of assets.

  • Contract Awards £0.5-£5m

Under present Council rules the Cabinet member for Finance & Treasury has delegated power to award contracts of between £0.5 and £5m.

The most recent ones to be approved are:

  • One Oracle Hosting & Support. 2 year contract extension. Total contract term £924,000. Annual value £419,000 in year 1 and £505,000 in year 2.
  • Demand Management & Financial Sustainability Phase 2 Professional Advice Services. Total contract term estimated £1.2m.
  • Contract variation to extend the supply of car club vehicles for hire (i.e. pool cars) contract. 1 year. Contract extension value £225,000.
  • Renting In Bernard Weatherilll House

The Director of Strategy can awarded contracts between £100,000 and £0.5m. He has ordered the purchase of office furniture costing £275,000 to enable the Council to let the 1tth and 12th floors of Bernard Weatherill House generating rental income of £4.4m to an un-named multi-national compnay. It will also have an option to rent the 10th Floor.

  • Jeanette Wallace House and SLaM

Jeanette Wallace House is being sold for £4m to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as part of a complex land deal. Council staff will be re-located into Bernard Wetherill House. The deal includes the sale of Morland Clinic by SLaM to the Education Funding Agency to enable a proposed free school to be located on the larger Council owned site of Rees and Moreland House in Morland Road. The Council building in Tamworth Rd used by SLaM rent free will be converted into residential units.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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