Since October 2018 RBKC has been carrying out a governance review. The Panel overseeing the process included both Labour and Conservative Councillors and was chaired by the Leader of the Council, Elizabeth Campbell.
To date six meetings have been held inviting both written submissions and contribution from residents in attendance at each meeting. KCSC has been involved in contributing evidence to the Panel on ensuring the voluntary and community sector is part of local decision making processes. We have also worked with the Grenfell Network Group to look at which model could be presented for North Kensington that would result in a local democratic process for the residents of the area, which could also be replicated across the borough. You can read both submissions here:
Our position on the governance review has always been that, following the publication of the report by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) which recommended key changes to RBKC's involvement of local people in decision making, meaningful change would happen as a result.
The draft recommendations presented by the Council can be read here. Whilst we can see that it is a starting process for change, it does not go far enough to demonstrate handover of democratic power to residents. Our response to the recommendations can be read here.
What the Council faces in the coming years, I'm sure we all recognise, will be difficult and there is no easy fix or solution to the many challenges that will need to be addressed. It is because of this that we advocate for a stronger solution that reflects the 12 principles outlined within the CfPS report.
We hope that going forward the Council will respond to what was said at the last meeting in April to ensure that there is within appropriate devolvement of decision making, with resources to make it happen so that residents can actually see that this Council is a listening council.