5.1 MOTION by IVOR A HYSLOP seconded by IAN B CARRUTHERS that the minute of 22 December 2011 as presented be approved as a correct record of the meeting.
5.2 AMENDMENT by WILLIE SCOBIE seconded by RONNIE NICHOLSON that the minute of 22 December 2011 as presented be approved as a correct record of the meeting subject to an amendment at paragraph 8.5 to read "to note the previous decision of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board on the future provision of day centres and the work being undertaken on impact and other assessments."
PROCEDURES - Members were advised that only those Members who had been present at the meeting on 22 December 2011 during consideration of this particular item of business were entitled to vote.
5.3 On a vote being taken by roll call Members voted as follows:-
Motion - 17 votes being:-
Ivor A Hyslop, Graham J Bell, Richard J Brodie, Ian B Carruthers, John A Charteris, Brian Collins, Rob Davidson, Roger B Grant, Jack Groom, Thomas Jacques, Ian Lindsay, Sandra McDowall, Lorna J McGowan, Gail MacGregor, Jane Maitland, Doug Snell and Alastair Witts
Amendment - 12 votes being:-
Jim Dempster, Grahame Forster, Jeff Leaver, Thomas A McAughtrie, David J McKie, Sean W Marshall, John Martin, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth and John Syme
Abstentions - 4 being:-
Iain W Dick, Graham Nicol, George N Prentice and Andrew S Wood
QUESTIONS ON MINUTE OF MEETING OF 22 DECEMBER 2011 (PAGES 5475/6) ITEM 8 - NOTICE OF MOTION - DAY CENTRES DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Question: Jeff Leaver (1) Given the motion at the Full Council meeting on 22 December called for a "need to address training needs and resources required both now and in the future" and, as the Leader has received a letter from Mr John Scoular on behalf of the Dumfries and Galloway Day Centre Network, what assurances will the Leader of the Council give to the Dumfries and Galloway Day Centre Network on additional resources required?
Answer: The Leader - As the Convener has already intimated at the start of the meeting of the Council, I asked for a Frequently Asked Questions document from the Director of Social Work Services. This document has been circulated to all Members.
In February 2012, funding for training for voluntary Day Centre Boards/Management Committees will be made available to support the procurement process - local Change Fund monies will meet those costs, as agreed by the Social Work Services Committee previously.
Supplementary Question: Jeff Leaver intimated that, having received the Frequently Asked Questions document at this meeting, he would review this document and had no supplementary question to put at this point in time.
Question: Grahame Forster - (1) In moving to reaffirm the decision of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board of 17 June 2011, what was in this decision on the need for and timing of joint social work and medical needs assessment as well as a service impact assessment and will the Leader of the Council confirm if there has been or is to be an "immediate joint social work and medical needs assessment as well as a service impact assessment" as the Motion called for?
Answer: The Leader - During the period from March - August 2012, work will be done with existing members of Day Centres and Day Centre Boards/Management Committees and staff on these points, including:
input from operational social work teams re current issues/gaps in provision - this will include individual needs' assessments as appropriate;
analysis of current premises;
completion of impact assessments; and
development of a new service specification which will be outcomes-focussed
Supplementary Question: Grahame Forster - if no assessments have been carried out, will they be done shortly and will Members be kept informed?
Answer: The Leader - this is the case, in line with decision(s) taken by the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board in March and September 2011.
Question: David J McKie - (1) In moving to reaffirm the decision of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board of 17 June 2011, will the Leader of the Council confirm that was in this decision to "reaffirm the previous decision of the CHSCPB" and if this was carried out, an Impact Assessment, and will he provide Members with the evidence that supported his amendment?
Answer: The Leader - I have already covered the points in this question in my answer to Councillor Forster. As I have stated previously, these issues are fully addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Supplementary Question: David J McKie - it was unfortunate that the Frequently Asked Questions document had not been seen and read by Members earlier. When I attended the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board last Friday (20 January 2012), we were told that no risk or impact assessments had been carried out - on 22 December 2011, we were given to understand that they had been carried out, but unfortunately not.
Answer: The Leader - referred Members to the Frequently Asked Questions document, and intimated that Mr Scoular's letter was being answered. The decision of the Community Health and Social Care Partnership Board on 30 March 2011 took that into account.
Question: Willie Scobie - (1) Given the Motion called for a "need to address training needs and resources required both now and in the future", can the Leader of the Council confirm if any Day Centre has applied to the Council and/or NHS for additional resources and does the amendment "to re-affirm the previous decision of the CHSCPB on the future provision of day centres" refer to all 10 day centres currently funded and will the Leader of the Council confirm that his amendment will ensure that all 10 Day Centres will be able to at least maintain 2010/11 service levels?
Answer: The Leader - As I have indicated to Councillor Leaver earlier, funding for training will be made available in February 2012. No requests have been received for the additional funding from day centres to date. Any requests received would be a matter for consideration by the Social Work Committee, the funding base of all the Day Centres has been secured at current levels until 31 March 2013.
Supplementary Question: Willie Scobie - referring to the Frequently Asked Questions document, asked for an assurance/clarification on what it meant for Day Centres and if Day Centres would be looked at differently and sought clarification on the maintenance of services.
Answer: The Leader reiterated that the direction of travel had been set and reaffirmed the decision of the Council on 22 December 2011.