London Fire Brigade

Agenda and minutes

London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
Thursday, 30 March 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Peter Goss, Ground Floor, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 OLL; telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext 30084; e-mail:  peter.goss@london-fire.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

One minute silence

Members stood in silence for one minute in memory of those that lost their lives and were injured in the Westminster terror attack on 22 March 2017.

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jack Hopkins, David Kurten AM and Councillor Oonagh Moulton .

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Minutes of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority meeting held on 26 January 2017.

Minutes:

The motion was made by the Chair – that the minutes of the Authority meeting held on 26 January 2017 be signed as a correct record.

 

The motion was seconded by the vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

The minutes were thereupon signed by the Chair.

3.

Special Announcements by the Chair and reports by the Chair or the Clerk to the Authority of any Communications

Minutes:

The Chair reported that on 23 January 2017, the Brigade received multiple calls to a fire and explosion in premises in Hornchurch.  On arrival, crews wearing breathing apparatus searched a number of flats, but as they were preparing to leave the building they heard a woman in severe distress in the last flat along the corridor.  The crew used a sledge hammer to force entry into the flat and rescued a barely conscious woman from the kitchen.  Another crew pitched a ladder to a second floor window at the rear of the building and rescued a woman and child.  This incident later progressed to become a 10 pump fire.

 

The Chair announced that in February, an event was held at The Workshop, behind LFB’s former HQ in Lambeth, to thank staff, sponsors, Members, the 150th charities, stakeholders and volunteers from across the Brigade who responded to requests for help, participated in and supported the anniversary year.  A cheque for £78,490 was presented to The Children’s Burns Trust, Children of Fire, RAFT, Restore and The Firefighters Charity and a 150th mosaic was unveiled which was assembled out of thousands of photos taken during our anniversary year.

 

The Chair announced that, following the Brigade’s campaigning efforts, white goods giant Whirlpool had now told consumers to unplug dangerous, faulty tumble dryers.  Officers first wrote to Whirlpool in February 2016 asking them to stop telling owners to carry on using the faulty machines as long as they were not left unattended.  Following the 20 pump fire in Shepherd’s Court in August 2016, officers publicly called upon Whirlpool to change their advice and stepped up calls for owners of the machines to take the Brigade’s advice and unplug the dryers immediately.  Pressure over the last six months resulted in Whirlpool finally changing their advice in February, telling people to unplug the machines.

 

The Chair announced that Lambeth Borough Commander Rick Ogden received a British citizen award at the House of Lords for the work achieved in reducing knife and gang violence in Lambeth through Lambeth’s boxing project.

 

The Chair reported that, as Members would be aware, on Wednesday 22 March at 14:45 the Brigade received a call to a person trapped under a bus on Westminster Bridge.  It quickly became apparent that this was part of a much larger incident which the Met Police were treating as terror related, affecting Westminster Bridge and Parliament Square.  Three appliances were initially dispatched, with an additional two FRUs, the fire boat, a command unit and three national inter-agency liaison officers (NILOs) also attended the scene.When this incident was identified as a terrorist attack, a Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack (MTFA) response was also mobilised and they supported the safe egress of over 1,500 people who had taken refuge within Westminster Abbey. Crews provided immediate and professional life saving actions under extraordinarily challenging circumstances and responded with immediate assistance to those in need of help. A casualty clearing area had been established outside St Thomas’ Hospital and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Disclosures of Interests and Dispensations

Clerk to the Authority – known details of membership of the GLA, other functional bodies and London Boroughs are attached as an Appendix to this Agenda.  The Appendix does not remove the need for a Member to declare at the meeting an interest (whether or not listed in the Appendix) in any relevant item on the agenda paper and to state also the nature of that interest 

Minutes:

Resolved – That the details of membership of the GLA, other functional bodies and London Boroughs, as attached as an appendix to the agenda, be noted.  No further disclosures were made.

5.

London Safety Plan (2017) - FEP 2723 pdf icon PDF 404 KB

Commissioner – seeking approval to the final version of the London Safety Plan (2017) and authorisation  for the Commissioner to take such action as she considers necessary to publish and implement the Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by the Commissioner

 

The Commissioner introduced the report.

 

Greg Edwards (FBU) addressed the meeting.  He thanked the Commissioner for including the FBU in the discussions on the Plan which he felt was for the benefit of all parties.  He sought Authority agreement to join with the FBU in seeking to make attendance at flooding incidents a statutory duty in order to attract additional resources. He proposed that legislation was tightened so that sprinklers could be fitted retrospectively and added to schools as a priority.  He expressed support for the current shift arrangements which he felt best served London.  Mr Edwards also put forward what the FBU saw as the dangers if joint blue light arrangements were taken too far.  Finally, he expressed the FBU’s opposition to combined control centres.   

 

The Chair thanked Greg Edwards for his contribution and also thanked Susan Ellison-Bunce, Head of Strategy and Inclusion, and her staff for all their work on producing the new Plan.

 

It was noted that Andrew Dismore AM was to provide some  suggested further drafting suggestions, which officers would address, under the terms of the second part of the Authority’s decision (as recorded below) prior to publication of the final Plan.

 

The Chair moved the motion  – That the Authority:

 

(a)          Approves the final version of the London Safety Plan (2017), attached as Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

(b)          Authorises the Commissioner to take such action as she considers necessary to publish and implement the Plan.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

6.

2017/18 Budget - FEP 2708/2708A pdf icon PDF 877 KB

Director of Finance and Contractual Services – report seeking approval of  the Authority’s final draft revenue and capital budget for 2017/18, and supplementary report  setting out officers’ response to correspondence  received from UNISON on the 2017/18 Budget.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by Director of Finance and Contractual Services

 

The Director of Finance and Contractual Services introduced the report and pointed out that it included a supplementary report responding to a letter received from UNISON.

 

The Chair moved the motion – That the Authority:

 

(a)          Approves  a 2017/18 revenue budget of £382.4m, being made of net expenditure of £391.1m with £2.6m funding from the earmarked reserves, £12.2m funding from specific grants and a payment of £6.2m to the budget flexibility reserve;

 

(b)          Approves the revenue estimates, as set out in appendices 1, 3 and 4 of the report, showing proposed savings, growth and budget movements;

 

(c)          Approves the establishment changes associated with the revenue budget, as set out in Appendices 1, 3 and 4 of the report;

 

(d)          Approves the capital programme with gross expenditure in 2017/18 of £49.3m, as set out in Appendix 6 of the report; and

 

(e)          Notes the supplementary report.         

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

7.

Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2017/18 - FEP 2710 pdf icon PDF 637 KB

The Director of Finance and Contractual Services - seeking approval of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2017/18.

Minutes:

Report by Director of Finance and Contractual Services

 

The Chair moved the motion – That the Authority:

 

Approves the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2017/18, including the following Appendices to the report:

  • Treasury Management Policy Statement (Appendix1)
  • Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement (Appendix 2)
  • Prudential Code Indicators and Treasury Management Limits (Appendix 3)
  • Group Investment Syndicate (GIS) Investment Strategy (Appendix 4)
  • GLA Group Responsible Investment Statement (Appendix 5)
  • Treasury Management Practices: Main Principles (Appendix 6)

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

8.

Local Pay Policy - FEP 2712 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

Head of Human Resource Management - seeking approval of the Local Pay Policy set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by the Head of Human Resource Management

 

The Chair moved the motion – That the Authority:

 

Approves the Local Pay Policy set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

9.

Honours, Awards and Long Service - FEP 2724 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Head of Legal and Democratic Services – providing an update on honours and awards and long service in connection with former and serving employees of the Authority and letters of congratulations presented to other individuals.

 

Minutes:

Report by the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

 

The Chair moved the motion – That the Authority places on record its congratulations to:

 

(a)          the officers and members of the public mentioned in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the report who received Assistant Commissioner’s Certificates of Commendation and Borough Commander’s Letters of Congratulations; and

 

(b)          those officers who received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or Long Service Certificate, as referred to in paragraph 5 of the report.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

10.

Appointment of Independent Persons - FEP 2725 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Head of Legal and Democratic Services – seeking approval to extending  the appointment of the Authority’s two Independent Persons.

Minutes:

Report by the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

 

The Chair moved the motion – That the Authority:

 

Extend to 30 September 2017 the appointment of Suzanne McCarthy and Anthony Moss, as the Authority’s Independent Persons under Section 28(7) of the Localism Act 2011.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

11.

Authority - Summary List of Actions Arising - FEP 2726 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Clerk to the  Authority   setting out actions arising from previous meetings of the Authority.

Minutes:

Report by the Clerk to the Authority.

 

The Chair moved that the report be noted.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

12.

Questions from Members (in accordance with Standing Order 20) – 30 March 2017 – FEP 2727 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

Clerk to the Authority – presenting questions received from Members to be answered by the Chair of the Authority or the Commissioner. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Questions from Members for the meeting on 30 March 2017, published in the order received in accordance with standing Order 20, are set out below with supplementary questions and the Chair and Commissioner’s replies:

 

Questions received:

 

Question 475

From Gareth Bacon AM

Fire Vehicles

What was the outcome of your conversation with the Mayor regarding the possibility of granting an exemption for LFB vehicles that will not be ULEZ compliant as a result of bringing forward the planned ULEZ launch date to 2019

Chair’s written response

I have raised the issue with the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy and will be discussing it with the Mayor in due course.

Gareth Bacon AM: Thank you for your response Chair. What did the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy say when you asked her that question?

Chair: She said about the fact that there is going to be a further consultation later this year.

Gareth Bacon AM: To the Commissioner - The Mayor appeared on BBC London news two or three weeks ago and announced in an interview he gave that the emergency services would only use compliant vehicles inside the expanded ULEZ.  Now given that 82% of police vehicles will be non-compliant in 2019 and hundreds of LAS vehicles will also be non-compliant in 2019 that claim was clearly impossible. From a Fire perspective, is it possible to plan emergency provision based on which vehicles will be compliant and which will not?

Commissioner:  My direct answer to that would be – no, it would be very difficult.  For day to day routine low level incidents, we could plan to have the compliant vehicles in the centre of London; however for large scale incidents it would be virtually impossible bearing in  mind the number of the fleet to be able to make plans based on that due to the fact that we would not be able to choose which machines we would mobilise as we geographically mobilise and it is right and proper to mobilise the nearest fire engines to the scene of an incident.

Gareth Bacon AM: Thank you very much.

 

Question 476

From Andrew Dismore AM

Former Clerkenwell fire station

What progress is being made with bringing the empty houses at the rear of West Hampstead and the former Clerkenwell fire station building back into  use especially for key worker housing for firefighters?

Commissioner’s written response

As you know the marketing of these sites was suspended in the summer of last year so that we could do more detailed work with the GLA and TfL on how they might contribute to the Mayor’s Homes for Londoners agenda.

 

There have since been a series of meetings and site visits at officer level. The Chair then met with the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land on Friday 24th March . It was  agreed at this meeting that we would now look to develop West Hampstead Cottages as a combination of key worker housing and a community space. There are  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Urgent Business

Any other items the Chair considers urgent.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.