Agenda and minutes

Virtual Meeting, Cabinet - Thursday 21 May 2020 6.00 pm

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (if any).


None received.


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.


RESOLVED:  To note that there were no declarations of interests made by Members.



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


The following petition had been received:


Councillor Marilyn Ashton presented a petition from the residents of Little Common, HA7 3BX  containing 57 signatures requesting that the speed limit be reduced to 10mph.


RESOLVED:  That the petition be received and referred to the relevant Corporate Director for a response.



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, 18 May 2020.  Questions should be sent to  

No person may submit more than one question].


RESOLVED:  To note that no public questions were received.


Councillor Questions pdf icon PDF 115 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, 18 May 2020].


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





The Council's Response to COVID 19 pdf icon PDF 263 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:


The Chair drew Members’ attention to the updates set out in the supplemental agenda and having agreed to the deletion of recommendation 5 in the officer report, it was




(1)          the actions and decisions taken by officers, as set out in the report, to deal with the implications and impact of COVID 19 (Coronavirus) be agreed and ratified;


(2)          the scale and potential financial impact on the Councils Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) be noted;


(3)          the initial plans for Harrow’s restart and recovery be noted;


(4)          the Corporate Director of People Services, following consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Adult Social Care and Finance and Resources and the Director of Finance, be authorised to agree temporary additional funding to care providers for COVID 19 related costs for phase 2 (July to September) and phase 3 (October to December) if deemed necessary and that the combined costs of phases 2 and 3 must not exceed £1m;


(5)          we take this opportunity to acknowledge the sterling effort and work of all staff to date through the COVID 19 crisis, which will be formally recognised at a future date;


(6)          we request the Chief Executive to convey our sincere thanks to staff for the speed and flexibility in rising to the many challenges of dealing with the COVID 19 crisis, going above and beyond to deliver services that were so desperately needed and welcomed by so many within our communities, coming together to achieve what many thought would be impossible, maintaining the essential services that our residents rely on, all of which has shown the true value of Local Government and why Harrow was a great place to be; 


(7)          we take this opportunity to acknowledge that in delivering the Council response, much of this activity had been in partnership with other organisations including the NHS, Care providers, Local business, Faith Groups and the voluntary and community sector, which would be formally recognised at a future date;


(8)          officers be instructed to submit further reports to update Cabinet, as appropriate.


Reasons for Decision:  Due to the COVID 19 crisis and instructions and directions of the Government, it had not been possible for Members to meet and take decisions due to the ‘lockdown’ and the requirement to maintain social distancing.  Officers have taken a number of operational decisions that Members were now asked to ratify.


In terms of temporary additional funding for care providers, as the costs of phase 2 and 3 were currently estimated, the proposed delegation would allow an extension up to £1m to ensure there was no delay in making any future payments to care providers.


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.