Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Banks Room, 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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Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 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 7 October 2015 were confirmed.


Matters arising


Minute 33 - Community Infrastructure Planning


Lucy Hadley undertook to send round another reminder for organisations to nominate representatives to the Virtual Network of Infrastructure Providers. It was also felt that it would be helpful to invite Alan Hesketh, Head of Planning Policy, to provide a briefing on the various Development Plan processes and how the Network would link in to these.


Update Report pdf icon PDF 173 KB

This item will present the standard update report, including information on the work of other strategic partnerships in the borough, areas of work initiated by the partnership and other matters of interest.  There will be specific updates on:

·       Cranford Stronger Together Project

An update on the progress made to launch the next stage of the project.

·       Welfare Reform

A verbal update on the policy research,  which has been commissioned to provide a detailed analysis of the impact of welfare reform in Hounslow, will be provided.


·       Hounslow Voluntary Sector Compact

The Compact outlines a code of practice for partnership working between public bodies and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). An update will be provided on the work to review the compact in the forthcoming year.


See the update report attached at agenda item 3.


In addition to the information set out in the report the following information was provided at the meeting.


The Hounslow Voluntary Sector Compact was being integrated into the Council’s strategies. The Board was invited to be involved in the review of the Compact. Voluntary and community sector representatives were being involved in the process and it could be broadened out to other partners through the Board. There was a discussion and debate about the role of the 3rd sector in the context of the current financial climate.


The Cranford Stronger Together Project was considering working with Brunel as opposed to UCL as the more practical option to support the evaluation of the proof of concept stage of the project. The services through Brunel were much better value for money.


A paper on the autumn statement impact would come to the next meeting. The number of claimants who were affected would be significantly higher and the extent to which they were impacted would also be higher. Work was being undertaken on how to target support. The digital roll-out of Universal Credit would be taking place from the end of January 2016.


Community Resilience Measure pdf icon PDF 58 KB

At the last Board meeting, members were presented with a brief update on the development of a community resilience model for the Borough. This item delivers on the Board’s request for an in-depth discussion on the first part of model – the quantitative measure of resilience. This item will be delivered by Hounslow’s Intelligence Hub.

Additional documents:


See the briefing papers attached to the agenda at item 4.


Ian Duke introduced the item and Jo Sage gave a PowerPoint presentation.  She explained the process for identifying and scoring hard data and how national data on resilience was used to build local clusters and a geographical classification. She displayed illustrative maps which measured wellbeing/resilience against deprivation.  It was possible to have high social solidarity despite low competence and high stress.  Large families created solidarity, support and a higher collective income per household. Overlaying mapping of resilience with other factors did show correlations.  For instance there was a correlation between fire risk and social isolation.


There was a need to be cautious as soft data was drawn from subjective self-reporting. More testing of the data in sample areas which illustrated different relationships between hard and predictive data was required in order to ensure the reliability of the predictions which were being made.


Intelligence mapping would be made available through the Hounslow Insight website. Access to non-published data should be carefully controlled as it could potentially have an adverse impact on some localities depending on the way that it was used.


It was intended to develop a framework of how to use the data as a tool for service planning in the context of intelligence mapping.


The following areas were suggested for mapping against resilience data:


Settled communities

Primary School outcomes

Children’s centres

Faith groups

Council tax bandings

Regeneration areas

Disease prevalence

Physical and mental health

GP practice performance data

Crime statistics


Intelligence mapping of data should also be linked to the narrative or “stories” of what were the perceived issues in localities.


Review of 2015 and Planning for 2016 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

An opportunity to discuss the Board’s role and work programme over the past year, and plans for future direction and activity. This item will also facilitate the Board’s election of the next Chair and propose revisions to the Terms of Reference following decisions made during 2015 on membership and meeting schedule.

Additional documents:


See the review report attached to the agenda at item 5.


It was agreed that Councillor Amritpal Mann be appointed Chair


The proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference were agreed. Additionally reference should also be included, in the objectives, to information governance. It was also agreed that there be further discussion at the next meeting to consider how the Partnership should link in to strategic decision-making.


Agenda for next meeting

Next scheduled meeting 16 March 2016 from 4pm.


It was agreed that items for the next meeting include:


Community Resilience project

Terms of Reference - engagement with policy making

Third Sector