Executive post

Deputy Leader

Description

Scope of Portfolio

 

In the absence of the Leader, those areas assigned to the Leader, except with regard to those areas/powers specifically reserved for decision to the Council itself.

 

Representing the Council's views on matters of corporate or strategic policy and any other matters which are within these terms of reference.

 

Ensuring the Council's compliance with all relevant UK and EU legislation.

 

Ensuring the effectiveness of the Authority’s procedures to secure public access to information and open government, including procedures relating to petitions, deputations and other representations.

 

Community Safety

 

The development, monitoring and implementation of the Council’s policies and powers in relation to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

 

The development, monitoring and implementation of the Authority’s element of the borough Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy in conjunction with Police and other Agencies.

 

Responsibility for ensuring the parks constabulary, Neighbourhood Wardens and other enforcement officers concerned with tackling anti-social behaviour perform well and work alongside the Metropolitan Police.

 

Responsibility for ensuring the effective running and establishment of Neighbourhood Watch Groups in the borough, working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police.

 

Policy and strategy for the Community Safety division.

 

Working with all agencies to ensure enforcement services are effective in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour including:

·         All forms of criminal behaviour;

·         Litter;

·         “Clean Sweep” - Tackling “Grot Spots”;

·         Dog fouling;

·         Graffiti;

·         Street drinking; and

·         Street scene enforcement.

 

Taking action to reduce fear of crime.

 

Member Development

 

Advising on Councillors’ training and development needs in relation to their representative roles, and liaison with the Strategic Director of Finance & Governance in respect of appropriate provision.

 

Informing Councillors of appropriate conferences and seminars, and making arrangements for them to attend such events.

 

Social Inclusion

 

The development and implementation of the Authority's Third Sector strategy, including the promotion of social enterprises that promote community development.

 

Developing and leading approaches to ensure that all residents have increasing access to opportunity across the social, cultural, political and economic life of the borough.

 

Delivering community and cultural events that promote social inclusion and community cohesion.

 

Developing strategic approaches to reduce inequalities around health, education and employment outcomes, access to services, participation in civic life and ensuring compliance with all legal equalities duties.

 

Developing strategic policies and actions to reduce poverty and social injustice

 

The development and implementation of strategies to address the threat of extremism, including the Prevent Strategy.

 

Act as the Lead Member for women and girls.

 

Improving Communications

 

Working across the council to develop effective strategies that improve all the council’s internal and external communications.

 

Ensuring customer satisfaction and clear communication is seen as central to everything everyone working at the council says and does, ensuring all staff and contractors are better equipped to listen to, understand and respond to the concerns of residents and that all written communication meets set standards.

 

Functions shared with the Cabinet Member for Children and Education

 

The implementation and monitoring of projects and services in relation to the borough’s Youth Offending Team and youth justice matters.

 

Youth services and its encouragement of other services to young people.

 

Sports activities for children and young people.

 

Determining applications for financial assistance from the Voluntary Sector and Community Organisations within the Borough that fall within the portfolio.

 

Functions shared with the Cabinet Member for the Economy

 

The promotion of employment, economic development, training, work experience, and other forms of support which the Authority can target to meet the needs of unemployed people within the Borough.

 

The development, monitoring and implementation of the Authority's responses to Government initiatives and programmes in respect of unemployed people in the Borough.

 

Promotion of an entrepreneurial culture in schools, colleges and promoting tomorrow’s entrepreneur.

 

Determining applications and the approval of grants and loans to firms, community and voluntary organisations, charities and trusts for the purposes of economic development (excluding children and education) within the borough.

 

Function shared with the Cabinet Member for Housing

 

To develop policies and programme to tackle homelessness and support vulnerable people to secure and maintain living in safe and suitable accommodation.

 

Responsibility for anti-social behaviour on Housing land.

 

Function shared with the Cabinet Member for Strategy

 

Representing the Council's views on matters of corporate or strategic policy and any other matters which are within these terms of reference.

 

Developing approaches to ensure that all residents have increasing access to opportunity across the social, cultural, political, and economic life of the borough.

 

Ensuring the council’s discussions with residents lead to policy development which reflects and is informed by genuine local concerns in line with the council’s commitment to doing things with residents rather than to them.

 

Ensuring that council staff and contractors consistently deliver any commitments they make to residents and local businesses in a timely manner.

 

In consultation with the relevant portfolio holder, the planning, implementation and review of public consultation and community engagement initiatives relating to strategic, borough-wide issues and the impact of the Council’s representation on external organisations.

 

To establish appropriate forums for liaising and co-operating with and supporting amenity groups operating within the borough.

 

Fostering and supporting community resilience, including the networks of residents, organisations and businesses that support this.

 

Function shared with the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

 

The development, monitoring and implementation of drug and alcohol policies.

 

Functions shared with the Cabinet Member for Public Services Reform

 

Ensuring resident and business satisfaction is measured and improved, including encouraging and rewarding staff ideas for improving resident satisfaction.

 

The development, implementation and monitoring of the Authority's Annual Local Performance/ Corporate Plan including the setting of corporate targets for achievement, together with the setting of targets for individual services provided by the Authority, and the monitoring of risk management registers.

 

Function shared with the Cabinet Member for the Environment and the Cabinet Member for Housing

 

To ensure that neighbourhood wardens tackle anti-social behaviour.

 

Note: The Deputy Leader is responsible for:

 

In conjunction with the Leader, the Cabinet Member for the Environment and the Cabinet Member for the Economy:

The Strategic Director of the Environment

 

In conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Commercial Services: The Strategic Director of Finance & Governance

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