Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Spring Grove House, West Thames College

Contact: Kay Duffy on 020 8583 2067 or at Email: kay.duffy@hounslow.gov.uk 

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4.00-4.05pm Welcome

The Chair will open the meeting, invite introductions, welcome new attendees and take apologies for absence.


The Chair welcomed every to the meeting. 


Apologies had been received from David Allum, Bally Janagal, Nicola Burbidge, Dunja Relic, Councillor Amrit Mann, Sue Jeffers, Stephen Fry, Mary Harpley and Roger Shortt. 


Apologies for lateness had been received from Det. Ch. Supt. Carl Bussey and Kyle Kinsella and Ian Carter noted apologies for having to leave the meeting early.


4.05-4.10pm Previous minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Opportunity for attendees to raise any issues of accuracy before agreeing the minutes and to raise any matters arising not covered by the agenda.


The minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2014 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Matters Arising:


Minute 8: Update Report:

Stephen Hutchinson confirmed that the report by young people on their perceptions of the borough’s town centres was forwarded to the Clerk earlier today for circulation to members.  He reported that the young people would be carrying out a survey of 1000 of their peers in 2015.  The survey was intended to be Hounslow specific and would be circulated via the borough’s youth services team.  Stephen invited members to contribute questions to this survey.


Minute 10: Cohesion and Anchors:

Ian Duke confirmed that “Cohesion and Anchors” was now known as “resilience”.


4.10-4.20pm - Update Report pdf icon PDF 172 KB

The update report provides updates on areas of work initiated by the partnership or in which it has previously expressed an interest. It also includes updates on the other strategic partnerships and now includes a round-up of actions raised by the Board in previous meetings.


See update report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 3.


Feedback from the Children’s Commissioner’s visit to the borough in November had been very positive.  Jas Lall confirmed that she had also been able to speak to staff seconded to the Troubled Families project at JobCentre Plus, which had also resulted in positive feedback.  The Commissioner’s visit would contribute to her final report, which would act as a briefing for her successor following the general election in May 2015. 


The Chair provided an update on the Hounslow Economic Business Forum and noted that the presentation on sectoral research had been very well received by businesses.  There was a call for landlords on the Great West Road to be involved in the Forum, as the quality of properties along the route was an important factor. Sky had provided comments on transport links, noting that transport within Hounslow outweighed the benefits of the borough’s proximity to Heathrow Airport. Ian Rae, Head of Regeneration and Spatial Planning at Hounslow Council, was present at the meeting.  There was also a discussion on the quality of life and the fact that people move out of the borough when they begin earning more and the Forum acknowledged the need to encourage people to stay within Hounslow.


The Chair confirmed that HSTEP had met earlier this evening (3 December) and had received a very useful presentation on the job brokerage service.  She noted that there was still a need for more clarity on the process and mechanism to ensure that work was not duplicated by partners.  For the same reason, the Chair suggested that further clarity was also required on the Council’s specific role in the skills escalator project, particularly in terms of the sustainability of the project.


Referring to the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Partnership, Taz Nagra noted the need to look at the development of the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to Council funding cuts.  Alex Tambourides confirmed that he had attended the Health and Social Care Forum, which was well attended and included some good presentations.  This was an opportunity to all voluntary sector organisations to begin to think about how they could put together a combined offer.  A mapping exercise of the current service was required to assess the impact of the funding cuts on the available resources. Alex stated that, unless a health and social care consortium was set up in Hounslow it would remain fragmented.  Ian Duke reported that the new Assistant Director for Joint Commissioning at the Council, Martin Waddington, had indicated his intention to look at the service. 


Ian Duke confirmed that he would be meeting with JobCentre Plus in relation to Welfare Reform in the coming week to discuss the support package. Information was expected on the numbers involved in the first phase of the roll out.  Jas Lall confirmed that the first cohort would be small with the aim of gradually building over time to ensure that each phase could be managed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


4.20-4.40pm - Cranford Stronger Together Project update pdf icon PDF 394 KB

A verbal report on progress since the last meeting and additional findings emerging since the presentation received at the last meeting.


The presentation slides displayed at the meeting cover both Agenda Item 4 and 5 and are now attached with the electronic document pack for reference.


See presentation slides from the meeting, added to the electronic pack following the meeting for reference, Agenda Item 4.


Ian Duke provided a brief overview of the discussion at the October meeting.  He reported that the RSA had stopped the research because it had not met the required specification.


Alex Tambourides suggested it would be of interest to find out more about the McPin study in Hammersmith for the West London Integrated Health Systems pilot co-design, the model for which would now be used in Brentford for a cohort of 500+ people.  He suggested this as a possible information sharing opportunity.  Ian Duke indicated that the key was to design and link the right intervention with the particular identified typology to ensure a more targeted approach.


Kyle Kinsella joined the meeting at this point.


Looking in more detail at the results of the Cranford research, it had been found that people went to others on the estate as their first point of contact, which could be viewed as a positive.  Ethnicity was also very important, more so than whether individuals were related to each other.


Looking at the issue of resilience and where people met, the Board considered what would happen to those individuals if one of those meeting places had to close.


Ian Carter left the meeting at this point.


Ian Duke indicated that the workshop could be scheduled for the end of January, on the assumption that progress continued.  Jas Lall confirmed that she would be on the working group with Bally Janagal. 


4.40-5.20pm - Community Resilience Project Scoping pdf icon PDF 266 KB

This paper provides an overview of a proposed project that would result in the Board beting better able to nderstand where our communities’ ability to be resilient and support individuals is likely to be weakest.  A fuller description of the approach will be provided at the meeting.  The paper responds to the Board’s interest in population migration and the impact this may have on plans for more community based working.


See update report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with presentation slides discussed at the meeting and later attached to the electronic agenda pack for reference, Agenda Item 5.


Jo Sage, Head of Intelligence Hub, took the Board through the presentation and invited questions.  She confirmed that, as there were no local level surveys, the analysis had to be based on national level surveys.  One disadvantage of this was that the national survey did not focus on all the areas of interest to this borough, specifically migration.  The risk was that the current model may not do what the Board wanted it to do and what the implications of customising the model for Hounslow were.


Members considered that such a model could be used for the Stronger Together project, to assess what interventions helped particular types of individuals.  Where successful this might be replicated, helping to identify where to allocate budgets in future.


The Board supported the completion of an initial scoping exercise with cost analysis to assess what could be done and where the resources could be drawn from.  It was agreed that the item should be taken back to the next meeting of the Board where members would decide how in-depth the analysis should be, taking into account the resource and cost implications.


5.20-5.50pm - Review of 2014 and Planning for 2015 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

This is the final meeting of the 2014 cycle.  As such this session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the past year, and in preparation for 2015 to consider role, terms of reference, future programme and membership (including agreeing the Chair for the coming year).


See update report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 6.


Ian Duke suggested that this item be revisited at the February meeting of the Board.  The Chair indicated that she would be happy to chair that meeting, with the support of the membership, pending a formal member vote on the position at the February meeting.


5.50-5.55pm Items for the next meeting on 26 February 2015


The date of the forthcoming meeting was noted.


5.55-6.00pm AOB and Close


No urgent business was raised.