Agenda and minutes

Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 12th February, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Newton room, Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter's Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ

Items
No. Item

27.

Membership

28.

Apologies

29.

Disclosure of Interests

30.

Action Notes from the meeting held on 9 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

31.

Updates from previous meetings

    Minutes:

    The Chairman informed the Committee that the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy had been approved by Cabinet at their meeting on 1 November 2019 together with the recommendations made in connection with the Ward Member Grant Scheme.

     

    The Chairman also informed the Committee that he had sent a letter off to Matt Hancock MP in relation to the continued closure of Grantham Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department which had been closed overnight since August 2016, he had yet to receive a reply.

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Community Safety

    A presentation by Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Davison.

    Minutes:

    The Chairman welcomed Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) Chris Davison to the Committee to give presentations in relation to Community Safety and also Operation Pottery.

     

    The first presentation was in relation to the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership. The Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Section 17 introduced Community Safety Partnerships with a requirement that all local authorities have a Community Safety Partnership.  For two-tier areas a County Strategy Group was required.  In Lincolnshire the requirements had been brought together under the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership (SLP).  Statutory requirements included the preparation and implementation of a partnership plan that set out a strategy for the reduction of crime and disorder and also addressed the priorities identified in the strategic assessment.  Protocols and systems were required to be set up to enable information sharing on community safety issues together with regular consultation and engagement with the public.  One or more public meetings were required to be held each year together with the need to commission Domestic Homicide Reviews following notification from the Police of a domestic homicide.  These reviews were carried out by an independent chairperson and looked at lessons learnt and how these could influence future work. 

     

    The aim of the SLP was to reduce crime and disorder and increase the safety of individuals and communities in Lincolnshire.  Lincolnshire, compared to some districts was relatively safe, however, following the Police Crime Commissioners survey, the results were “off kilter” as there appeared to be a dis-connect between people’s perception and the facts, it was how this gap could be bridged.  Traditionally law and order fell to the Police, however in today’s society improved communication, coordination and collaboration between agencies was required.

     

    DCS Davison then spoke about the SLP’s structure.  Each District Council was represented by an elected Member on the Overview and Scrutiny Board (OSB). This Board represented the views of the public within the SLP and oversaw and scrutinized partnership activity and decisions.  As part of its statutory functions it regularly engaged and consulted with the public about their community safety priorities and issues. The Strategy Board was made up of multi-agency partners and was responsible for devising and implementing a strategic plan to address SLP priorities.    Priority setting and strategic assessment was carried out by Police analysts who identified 10 issues as high risk. These issues were then looked at by Safer Communities Service analysts to develop a partnership strategic assessment. Previously too many priorities had been identified so the list was reduced.  Core priorities were; Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic Abuse, Reducing Offending and Serious Organised Crime with the focus being put on Fraud and Modern Day Slavery.  Cross cutting and emerging issues were in relation to mental health and substance misuse where there was often a link.

     

    A key driver going forward was the need for information sharing between agencies and organisations.   CDS Davison then gave a brief outline of each priority which would have a delivery plan with seven or eight main objectives behind it.

     

    Members then discussed what had been presented and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

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Modern Slavery pdf icon PDF 3 MB

    Members to receive a presentation following the motion put to Council on 27 September 2018 by Councillor Dilks and the Council’s decision reproduced below:

     

    In the spirit of working to do everything within its power to eradicate this and recognising recent changes in the way projects and services may be delivered, the Council resolves to work with contractors, Police and H M Revenue and Customs to deal with instances of modern slavery and to build on its existing Public Statement. The Council further undertakes to request the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee review the Council’s existing commitments, including those set out in the Equality and Diversity Annual Position Statement 2017 and propose any further recommendations as appropriate.

     

    Minutes:

    At the Council meeting in September 2018 Councillor Dilks had presented a motion in relation to Modern Slavery.  The decision of the Council asked that the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee reviewed the Councils existing commitments including those set out in the Equality and Diversity Annual Position Statement 2017 and to propose any further recommendations as appropriate.  Councillor Dilks had been invited to the meeting and he thanked the Committee for the invitation.  His motion had referred to a 10 point action plan to strengthen and increase awareness of modern slavery in society today,although the Councils decision had not adopted the action plan it had agreed todo everything within its power to eradicate modern slavery and recognised recent changes in the way projects and services may be delivered.  The Council resolved to work with contractors, Police and H M Revenue and Customs to deal with instances of modern slavery and to build on its existing Public Statement. Councillor Dilks then made reference to a quote from the judge relating to the Police operation about not resting until potential other victims in our Country had been identified.

     

    The Community Engagement and Policy Development Officer then gave a presentation to the Committee on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking with input from Detective Chief Superintendent Davison on Operation Pottery which was the largest modern slavery operation to have taken place in Lincolnshire.  Ms Drury outlined that Modern Slavery was the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. 

     

    Members had already seen from the previous presentation that there were links with County Lines to Modern Slavery.    Crime was of course the major factor of modern slavery but the Committee was reminded that consideration needed to be given to those people that were forced or coerced into slavery and were then made to carry out criminal activity.    Safeguarding was also an arena where modern slavery could be identified and careful consideration of the potential for modern slavery needed to be considered win relation to the potential for modern slavery needed to be considered in relation to supply chains.   The clothing industry was well known for modern slavery exploitation although perhaps not so much in this country but there had been media cases in relation to some high street shops.   The Council needed to ensure that there was no modern slavery within its own supply chains. 

     

    Modern Slavery was hidden in plain sight and reference was made to nail bars, hand car washes, agriculture and gardening services and the building trade.  All of these were areas where modern slavery could be hidden in plain sight and examples of what to look for were given such as failure to interact, not wearing the correct protective gear or high visibility clothing;  people looking unwell, malnourished. Reference was made to a new app which could be downloaded which allowed people to check if  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

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Close of Meeting