SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES
10 Members present, 8 apologies and 1 Member not present at start of meeting
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Syme declared an interest in Item 9 by virtue of familial association and determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting for consideration of that item.
MINUTE OF MEETING OF 31 JANUARY 2014 (FOR APPROVAL)
SELF DIRECTED SUPPORT - PRESENTATION BY THE PERSONALISATION TEAM
NOTED and thanked Julie Sheehan (Lead Officer), for the informative presentation on Self Directed Support.
MEMBER - Richard Brodie entered the meeting - 11 Members present
PERSONALISED APPROACH - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
5.1 the creation of the Self-Directed Support Project Board and the supporting work streams to coordinate and drive forward the changes required;
5.2 the progress in creating the practice process map and associated business process to support deliver of the 4 options contained in the Act;
5.3 the proposals for further developments to support implementation of the Act;
5.4 in principle that Social Work Services would develop a detailed proposal for use of the Social Work Support Fund to support the change in practice and that this be presented to the Policy and Resources Committee on 18 March 2014;
5.5 that a report would be presented to Social Work Services Committee in the autumn of 2014 detailing the next phase of the implementation plan to deliver the requirement of both the Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and the Council's commitment to Personalised Approaches and effecticve early interventions.
MEMBER - Willie Scobie left the meeting - 10 Members present
Senior Social Work Manager - Alan
SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - BUDGET MONITORING REPORT 2013/14 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2013 - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
6.1 that Social Work Services were forecasting an overspend of £359k as at end of December 2013, mainly in relation ot the Children and Families Service; and
6.2 that the Social Work Services Management team were committeed to returning a balanced budget and are actively looking at measures to control expenditure, however, it should be recognised that there is limited time remaining in the current financial year to address spending levels.
CARE AT HOME - REVIEW UPDATE - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
7.1 the Service Profile set out in the report;
7.2 the current levels of performance in the provision of Care at Home Services;
7.3 the issues regarding the current provision;
7.4 the contextual issues and challenges identified to date at sections;
7.5 the areas to be covered in the Next Steps of Care at Home review as outlined in the agreed Policy Development Funding for Sustaining Care at Home; and
AGREED to a detailed report being provided to Social Work Services Committee no later than October 2014, outlining recommendations for future commissioning of the Care at Home Service. Senior Social Work Manager - Alan
CARE AT HOME - BUDGET - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
NOTED the financial scrutiny and risk management arrangements in place within Social Work Services Service as they apply to Care at Home as set out in section 3.7 in the report;
AGREED to the reporting schedule to Social Work Services Committee in relation to the effective and cost efficient use of the demographic allowance for Care at Home Services agreed by the Council on 6 February 2014 at section 3.8 in the report;
NOTED the options for the implementation of the Policy Development Funding for Care at Home services agreed by the Council on 6 February 2014, as detailed at section 3.12 - 3.14 in the report;
8.4 to take forward Option 1, 2% uplift in budgets to all providers with 0.5% retained to progress development areas that will be reflected in the longer term work referred to at sections 3.13 and 3.17 in the report;
8.5 to remit to Legal and Regulatory Services, in conjunction with Joint Commissioning and Finance to undertake whatever tender processes or negotiations with providers as are required to secure contractual arrangements for Care at Home services for a minimum of 18 months (from the end of the current framework agreement on 30 June 2014); and
8.6 to a detailed report being provided to Social Work Services Committee no later than October of 2014, outlining recommendations for development and implementation of the longer term commissioning of the Care at Home service, to include a commitment to working towards the living wage as detailed in section 3.17 in the report.
MEMBER - John Syme declared an interest in the following item of business and left the meeting - 9 Members present
Senior Social Work Manager - Alan
NON RESIDENTIAL CHARGING POLICY UPLIFT 2014/15 AND PROGRESS ON REVIEW - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
9.1 an uplift of 1% for 2014/15 with effect from 7 April 2014;
9.2 the further development of the potential elements to include within a revised framework of contributions as detailed at 5.1 in the report;
9.3 to change the terminology from charging to contribution;
9.4 approved the deduction of an individuals contribution from any allocation of resource instead of a separate bill to recover as income;
9.5 to a detailed analysis of the impact of realigning the component rates to those recommended by COSLA; and
9.6 to further exploration of those elements to be included within the financial assessment framework.
MEMBER - John Syme returned to the meeting - 10 Members present
Senior Social Work Manager - Geoff
COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
NOTED the progress to date in completing the capital works programme;
AGREED to the recommendation that the final phase of the project be completed by the construction of a unit in Upper Nithsdale noting that the funding for the final phase will be part of the development of the Capital Investment Strategy; and
FURTHER AGREED to receive a report back on the final location of the unit and an overview of outcomes from the overall programme including lessons learned.
MEMBER - Denis Male left the meeting - 9 Members present
Senior Social Work Manager - Alan
ANY OTHER BUSINESS WHICH THE CHAIRMAN MAY DECIDE IS URGENT DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION
NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973
AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) of and paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 23 SEPTEMBER 2013 - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER
ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 12.15pm to allow Members an opportunity to consider the tabled report and reconvened at 12.40pm with 8 Members present, being:-
Andy Ferguson, Richard J Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Iain W Dick, Gail Macgregor, John Martin, David J McKie and John Syme.
NOTED the recommendations made by the Complaints Review Panel and the Officers response; and
AGREED the recommendations in the report to resolve this issue.
Senior Manager Legal and Regulatory