London Fire Brigade

Agenda and minutes

Strategy Committee
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11.30 am

Venue: Committee Room 4, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Contact: Anna Flatley, Ground Floor, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 OLL; Telephone: 0208 555 1200 ext. 30084; E-mail:  anna.flatley@london-fire.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Tom Copley AM.

2.

Disclosures of Interests and Dispensations

Clerk to 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.

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2015.

 

Minutes:

Resolved – That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2015 be approved.

4.

Strategy Committee - Summary List of Actions Arising - FEP 2535 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved – That the ongoing, outstanding and completed actions arising from previous meetings, as set out in the report (FEP 2535), be noted.

5.

Family Group Report: Unsuitable Living Accommodation - A Review of Strategies Adopted by Borough Commanders - FEP 2536 pdf icon PDF 271 KB

Director of Operations - summarising the discussions on good practice strategies adopted by boroughs to tackle the issue of buildings and areas used as unsuitable living accommodation.

 

Minutes:

Report by the Director of Operations.

 

The Assistant Commissioner Fire Safety introduced the report, which Members welcomed and indicated they were supportive of.

 

In response to a question by a Member, officers said that change of use from office to residential was not a problem when carried out legally as the Brigade was consulted on fire safety issues.  However there was real concern about squatters and illegal changes  to accommodation.

 

Following further discussion the Chair moved the motion:- That

 

1.      Noting the options discussed at paragraph 43 of the report (FEP 2536), the issue of joined up working to support Brigade approaches to tackling unsuitable living accommodation be raised by Authority Members with Local Authority Chief Executives and relevant cabinet members where appropriate;

 

2.      Action by officers, as set out in this report, to further develop the good practice identified in this report and investigate the potential for wider application across London, be supported; and

 

3.      Authority Members encourage their respective local authorities, where appropriate,  to provide a co-ordinated approach to enforcement action on unsuitable living accommodation across neighbouring boroughs.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Susan Hall, put and agreed.

 

Resolved: accordingly.

 

6.

Family Group Report: Information Sharing, A View from Borough Commanders - FEP 2537 pdf icon PDF 458 KB

Assistant Commissioner, Fire Safety - summarising the discussions on information sharing that exist between the Brigade and its partners

Minutes:

Report by the Assistant Commissioner, Fire Safety.

 

The Assistant Commissioner, Fire Safety introduced the report, which was welcomed.

 

In response to Member questions, officers responded that the key to success was ensuring agencies have the right level of awareness of what constitutes reasonable risk.  It was noted that there had been greater emphasis on referrals, the number of which had increased, which should assist in this aim, and training was being provided to staff.

 

The Chair then moved the motion:- That:

 

1.      The Director of Operations runs a campaign targeting all information governance lead officers in local borough councils with a view to promoting the Centre for Excellence for Information Sharing’s standard approach and template on information sharing; and requesting greater support to Borough Commanders in their requests to share information; and

 

2.      Authority Members raise the issue of information sharing in the various borough partnership meetings they attend as appropriate with a particular emphasis on influencing the health sector to increase information sharing with the Brigade to support vulnerable people.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Susan Hall, put and agreed.

 

Resolved: accordingly.

 

7.

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Regulatory Reform Order - FEP 2538 pdf icon PDF 342 KB

Assistant Commissioner, Fire Safety -reporting on the result of a study by BRE Global Ltd on behalf of the Authority into the effectiveness of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO).

Minutes:

Report by the Assistant  Commissioner, Fire Safety.

 

The Assistant Commissioner,  Fire Safety introduced the report, which was welcomed.

 

The Chair then moved the motion:- That  the Committee:

 

1.      Endorses the study and its recommendations;

2.      Notes that officers will carry out further analysis of responses from different groups of respondents to identify relevant key themes and issues .This analysis will form a key part of Recommendation 3 below;  and

3.      Notes that officers will develop a strategic approach to procure support from key stakeholders  to raise awareness and share the outcomes and key recommendations of the report. This will include informing, sharing and lobbying the key concerns and a further paper will be brought back to this committee detailing this piece of work. 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Susan Hall,  put and agreed.

 

Resolved: accordingly.

8.

Half Yearly Monitoring of Commitments in the London Safety Plan and Key Projects for 2015/16 - End September 2015 - FEP 2539 pdf icon PDF 628 KB

Head of Strategy and Inclusion - providing the half yearly monitoring position for commitments for 2015/16 in the London Safety Plan and key projects.

Minutes:

Report by Head of Strategy and Inclusion.

 

The Head of Strategy and Inclusion introduced the report.

 

Officers reported that the Brigade’s new mobilising system, Vision, went live earlier in the day.  A further report would be presented to the March 2016 meeting of the Committee, detailing progress and next steps. Members welcomed the benefits but stressed that this was a considerable change culturally and it was important to have a system of feedback for operational staff to say how it was bedding in and any problems they encountered.

 

It was confirmed that technical issues concerning the use of BA sets with the Liquid Tight Suits was currently preventing progress on the hazardous materials protection replacement project.

 

Following further questions , the Chair then moved the motion:- That the report be noted.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Susan Hall, put and agreed.

 

Resolved: accordingly.

9.

Strategy Committee Work Programme Update - FEP 2540 pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Head of Strategy and Inclusion - reporting on the proposed work programme for the Strategy Committee for the next three years from 2015/16.

 

Minutes:

Report by Head of Strategy and Inclusion.

 

The Head of Strategy and Inclusion introduced the report.

 

The Chair moved the motion:

 

That the Committee agrees the forward programme attached as Appendix 1 to the report (FEP 2540).

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Susan Hall, put and agreed.

 

Resolved: accordingly.

10.

Urgent Business

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.