The full recommendations to the Cabinet from Brent Scrutiny Committee after their meeting last night have now been published as a Supplementary report on the agenda of Monday's 10am Cabinet meeting. LINK
Paper – Cabinet: 11 October 2021
Agenda Item 9 (Proposals for ownership & refurbishment of Granville New Homes Blocks)
Scrutiny of implications for BHM (Brent Housing Management) and HRA (Housing Revenue Account) of proposals for ownership and refurbishment of Granville New Homes blocks undertaken by Community & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 7 October 21
Scrutiny Committee recommendations to Cabinet:
· That the officers give assurance that the council has undertaken due diligence reviews of its subsidiary bodies, including governance, fitness for purpose, financial soundness and reputational risk.
· That the officers ensure the Ridge report is made available to the scrutiny committee and audit committee.
· That the officers review arrangements for entering into contracts of this kind, in particular to ensure adequate arrangements are made to ensure appropriate design/build quality – and that the council has appropriate recourse where latent defects are later identified.
· That the officers ensure all potential contractors are made aware of the standards expected by the council – and to ensure these are met before buildings are formally accepted by the council.
· That the council provide written assurance that it has taken or will take independent legal and financial advice (including tax) regarding the proposals and next steps.
· That all contracts procured by the council and its subsidiaries include a review of past delivery of any potential contractors.
· That the council ensures where issues are evident in a particular project, all remaining projects by the same contractor are reviewed as a matter of urgency.
· That the officers review the steps that make-up the procurement, commissioning and contract monitoring system to identify any gaps especially in relation to risk and review aspects. Where these are identified that immediate action is taken.
· That the council put in place arrangements to ensure learning about this case – and any others raising issues of similar significance – is shared across the council as well as with existing and potential future partners/contractors.
· That the officers establish and publish a comprehensive plan for ongoing engagement with residents.