Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council

All of the seats in Kensington and Chelsea were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 36 Total councillors 36 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 13 Total councillors 13 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 ChangeNo results
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RBKC contractors 'must pay London Living Wage'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Contractors who sign deals with Kensington and Chelsea council will have to pay their staff the London Living Wage.

Politicians said the council should make sure that all new contracts and re-tendering will ensure that employees get the London Living Wage as a minimum in their pay packet.

The voluntary LLW is £10.20 an hour and was introduced in 2016. Outside the capital the UK living wage is £8.75 an hour.

The Conservative motion follows a three-day strike in August by cleaning contractors who work at the town hall in Hornton Street.

The cleaners described how some of them were unable to afford the bus fare to get to work and how some of them travelled long hours to get to the town hall.

Renters could be asked to downsize from larger homes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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Kensington & Chelsea Council is looking at floating a policy idea to ask people living in larger homes to downsize to make way for social rent tenants.

The royal borough is currently in the midst of a housing crisis, and the council is still under pressure to rehouse people displaced by the Grenfell tragedy too.

The council faced controversy in recent months for imposing a deadline on people who had left their homes to decide whether to return or relinquish their tenancies, after spending millions on temporary accommodation.

July’s scrutiny committee heard the residents of the estates were suffering anxiety in response to the tragedy, and some who did not wish to return felt insecure about what replacement tenancies they could be offered elsewhere.

During the Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee meeting on Monday, one local asked if the larger homes in the Grenfell Walkways that tenants had not returned to would be given to people on social housing waiting lists who needed 4-bedroom or larger homes.

“If they stay empty forever that’s criminal,” she said.

Council staff told locals only six to seven four-bedroom homes became available a year in the borough, and there was work under way on a policy to “incentivise” people to downsize properties to make way for bigger families.

As of June, the borough had a social housing waiting list of 3,280, with 130 households already in social housing listed as asking for a move due to overcrowding.

Housing cabinet leader Kim Taylor-Smith, who was answering questions about the rehousing process at Monday’s meeting, recently wrote a letter to the Housing Minister Kit Malthouse bidding for more powers for councils to seize “ghost homes” for tenants in need.

He wrote that the borough, London’s smallest but also one of its wealthiest, had too many “buy-to-leave” landlords who kept homes empty, saying Kensington & Chelsea wanted the law to back them to get access to the properties for social housing tenants.

Fire door contract worth £4m canned after Grenfell

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Kensington & Chelsea Council is scrambling to replace its nearly £4m fire door contract, as it emerges its supplier was among the brands that withdrew their products from the market.

It could bring untold extra costs to the council, which is carrying out fire safety works amid scrutiny into its role in the Grenfell disaster, as the official inquiry into the fire continues.

The council is being warned this week it should prepare to spend even more on their doors.

It says it is among local authorities facing a “lack of clear direction nationally” amid uncertainty about fire door industry standards.

The fire door shortage is affecting local authorities and housing associations nationally – with many launching into multi-million pound fire safety works to high-rise blocks all at once in the Grenfell aftermath, creating sudden demand.

Kensington & Chelsea awarded a £3.6m contract to Specialist Building Products trading as Permadoor for 4,000 doors in June, on the condition that the product it was supplying passed a subsequent furnace test ordered by the council.

But the fire door manufacturer was among several to pull their products the following month.

The council is also carrying out the independent furnace tests of door types that it used for past installations, with results expected by November.

If those do not pass the council would have to factor in their replacement too, which would blow out spending to an as-yet-unknown amount, the council's report said.

“This is a matter that most local authority landlords face as on the whole the majority of suppliers have not tested their doors to the standards required by building regulations," a Kensington & Chelsea Council spokesman said.

It emerged last week Hackney Council is preparing to spend millions on new and replacement doors for about 17,000 homes while the City of London Corporation has recently begun a pilot scheme of replacing doors with products of up to 60-minute fire resistance.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has been contacted for comment.

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Grenfell Tower
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It is costing £1m a month to maintain Grenfell Tower, figures have shown.

Kensington and Chelsea Council is predicting a £15.9m overspend in its corporate costs including maintaining the site of the 24-storey tower block in west London.

The council said a £5.4m capital budget could be used to pay for some of these costs, the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) said - a separate budget from the support service including housing needs and assistance centres for people affected by last June's fire.

The council is also forecasting a £4.3m overspend in housing for people who lived in Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Walk and the Walkways nearby.

The council said the overspend is “mainly as a result of longer than expected time in hotel accommodation and use of more expensive accommodation, such as service apartments".

Last year the Ministry of Communities Housing and Local Government covered much of the costs incurred when storing or recovering people's possessions, but the council has been told it is not clear if this will happen again.

The council’s director of resources and assets Michael Curtis said: “There are a lot of pressures coming through the system. We need to manage that.”

Councillors to do 'dementia awareness training'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Health experts and councillors are undertaking training in dementia awareness in a bid to encourage businesses in Kensington and Chelsea to be more aware of the condition.

Members of the health and well-being board were challenged to complete the training by the council’s social care director Bernie Flaherty.

About 300 people in the borough are diagnosed with dementia each year, with the numbers set to rise as people live longer.

Ms Flaherty said: “There are a large number of people, even if you don’t know it, who have dementia. We want to make sure people are dementia friendly and are willing to help.”

She said if the board did the training it could encourage the community to become more dementia-aware.

Board members Spencer Sutcliffe, London Fire Brigade’s borough commander, West London Clinical Commissioning Group’s chairman Dr Andrew Steeden and Sarah Addenbrooke, the councillor in charge of adult social care, are among those who accepted the challenge.

The CCG has commissioned specialist memory assessment service from Central and North West London NHS Trust.

Council cleaners promised London Living Wage after strike

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Strike on 9 August
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Cleaners working at Kensington and Chelsea town hall have been told they will get a pay rise so that they are paid the London Living Wage.

The pay increase was agreed after union reps for the United Voices of the World union met council leader Elizabeth Campbell and chief executive Barry Quirk.

The meeting on Monday followed a three-day strike at the town hall by 16 shift workers from the service company Amey who called for an increase from their £7.83 an hour wage to the London Living Wage of £10.20.

Union rep Petros Elia also interrupted a planning meeting to argue for a rise to £10.20 an hour, which is the voluntary London Living Wage.

The council said details have to be worked out.

A spokesman said the talks had been "positive".

"The aim is to ensure that everyone gets the London Living Wage who works at the council.”

The spokesman added that all council employees earn the London Living Wage or above and the council would look at ways to fund the increase.

The council plans to make a further announcement in November.

The United Voices of the World union said it had “secured a full commitment to pay all the cleaners the London Living Wage and improved working conditions from January 2019.”

It added that the council leader said she would try to get a retrospective payment of the difference in wages from October until the cleaners are paid the London Living Wage.