Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 9 October 2014
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ted Thompson (Chairman)-Lochar
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Iain Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Ivor Hyslop-Lochar
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
David Stitt-Abbey
Graeme Tait-Annandale South
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Chief Social Work Officer
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Graham Abrines - Head of Adult Services
Heather Collington - Operations Manager
Colin Pentland - Finance Officer
Apologies:
Jim Dempster (Chairman) - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Richard Brodie - Annandale South
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
John Syme - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

PROCEDURE - the Vice Chairman assumed the role of Chairman for the meeting

 

14 Members present, 6 apologies and 1 Member not present at start of meeting

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

 

MEMBER - Iain Dick entered the meeting - 15 Members present

 
3 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING REPORT 2014/15 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 AUGUST 2014 - REPORT BY CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

3.1 that based on the position as at the end of August 2014, Social Work Services were forecasting an overspend of £373K which equated to 0.47% of the 2014/15 budget; 

 

3.2 that the Social Work Services Senior Management team were committed to returning a balanced budget and were actively progressing measures to control expenditure;

 

3.3 the progress against the delivery of the agreed savings applied to the Social Work Services budget; 

 

3.4 the update in respect of the Policy Development budgets which were provided to Social Work Services; and

 

3.5 AGREED that a full review in relation to Kinship Care, which will include all aspects of kinship care, be undertaken by Social Work Services and reported back to Social Work Committee in December 2014.

 

MEMBER - Gail Macgregor left the meeting - 14 Members present

 
4 EXTERNAL SCRUTINY OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - REPORT BY CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1 the positive outcome of scrutiny activity in respect of the overall performance of the Service;

 

4.2 the progress that has been made in respect of the recommendations from the inspection; and

 

4.3 AGREED to recommend to the Wigtown Area Committee that staff involved in the areas of inspection be commended.

 

MEMBER - Gail Macgregor re-entered the meeting - 15 Members present

 
5 APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - REPORT BY CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER/HEAD OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES & CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

5.1 to appoint Jim Dempster to Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland, subject to his agreement; and

 

5.2 to appoint David McKie to Volunteer Action Dumfries and Galloway.

Committee Administrator - Social Work Services

6 MINUTE OF THE SOCIAL WORK SERVICES SUB COMMITTEE MEETING OF 28 AUGUST 2014

Decision

 

AGREED

 
7 MINUTES OF OLDER PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE GROUP MEETINGS OF 26 MARCH 2014 AND 10 JUNE 2014

Decision

 

NOTED

 

MEMBER - Ian Carruthers left the meeting - 14 Members present

 
8 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
5 Action by Committee Administrator - Social Work Services - Report prepared for presentatin to Social Work Committee on 5 December 2014.