Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 30 August 2012
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Andy Ferguson (Chairman) - North West Dumfries
Roberta Tuckfield (Vice-Chairman) - Wigtown West
Ian Blake - Abbey
Richard Brodie - Annandale South
Karen Carruthers - Annandale East and Eskdale
James H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick - Stranraer and North Rhins
Yen Hongmei Jin - Lochar
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Jane S Maitland - Dee
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
John Martin - Nith
David J McKie - North West Dumfries
William Scobie - Stranraer and North Rhins
John Syme - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andrew S Wood - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
John Alexander - Director of Social Work
Alex Hasawell - Director Chief Executive Services
Claire Thomson - Governance Policy Officer
Heather Collington - Operations Manager
Paul Garrett - Head of Finance
Apologies:
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
David Stitt - Abbey
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

17 Members present, 2 apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Blake declared an interest in item 7 due to being a member of the Dalbeattie Day Centre Committee.

 
3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 26 JUNE 2012

Decision

 

NOTED

 
4 ALIGNMENT OF THE SOCIAL WORK BUDGET FOR 2012/13 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

VOTE

 

4.1   MOTION by IAIN W DICK seconded by GAIL MacGREGOR to (1) note the details of the realigned 2012/13 Social Work budget and the virements contained in Table 1; (2) agree to recommend to the Policy and Resource Committee that funds were allocated from the corporate budget pressures funding to address the shortfall in budget of £617k; and (3) agree to receive regular performance against monitoring reports on the realigned budget.

 

4.2   AMENDMENT by JANE MAITLAND seconded by RICHARD BRODIE to (1) note the details of the work done thus far to realign the 2012/13 social work budget and the virements contained in Table 1; (2) agree to receive a report on the officer working group, which undertook the alignment process, findings to the October Social Work Services Committee and decide thereafter on the actions with respect to the requests for additional resources from Policy and Resources Committee; and (3) agree to receive regular performance against monitoring reports on the realigned budget.

 

4.3   On a vote taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:-

 

Motion - 14 votes being:-

 

Andy Ferguson, Roberta Tuckfield, Ivor A Hyslop, Ian Blake, Karen Carruthers, James H Dempster, Iain W Dick, Yen Hongmei Jin, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Denis R Male, John Martin, John Syme and Andrew S Wood

 

Amendment - 2 votes being:-

 

Richard J Brodie and Jane S Maitland

 

Abstention - 1 being:-

 

William Scobie
 

Decision

 

4.4   NOTED the details of the realigned 2012/13 Social Work budget and the virements contained in Table 1;

 

AGREED


4.5   to recommend to the Policy and Resource Committee that funds were allocated from the corporate budget pressures funding to address the shortfall in budget of £617k; and

 

4.6   to receive regular performance against monitoring reports on the realigned budget.

 

MEMBER - William Scobie requested that his dissent be recorded from the above decision.

Director Social Work Services, Finance Officer

5 NON-RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY CARE SERVICES CHARGING POLICY - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

VOTE

 

5.1   MOTION by IAIN W DICK seconded by GAIL MacGREGOR to agree (1) to continue with the current moratorium on Activity and Resource Centre charges and that the Social Work Committee instructs the Chief Executive to amend the remit of the ongoing review requested by Audit and Risk Committee and by this Committee, to include a full review of the Member and Officer decision making process which led to the budget decisions in 2011 and the subsequent implementation of the policy; and (2) that the review, in its entirety, should be reported to Full Council as soon as is practically possible.

 

5.2   AMENDMENT by DAVID J McKIE seconded by JOHN MARTIN to (1) agree the proposed change to the policy to reintroduce a maximum charge and the level of that charge as a temporary level on the basis that a full report will be brought to the next Social Work Committee meeting detailing the reasons for setting the cap at this level, how many people will have to pay the maximum, and the consequence of setting the cap at a lower level; (2) note the initial advice in respect of charging for Activity and Resource Centre (ARC) attendance from The Equality and Human Rights Commission and Counsel; (3) agree that the March 2011 Social Work Services Committee report did not give authorisation for a charge to be levied on ARC users; (4) note with concern that the Council have continued to insist that ARC charges were agreed at the March 2011 Social Work Services Committee, despite the fact that the Chair and Vice Chair of that Committee had no knowledge of those charges as recently as April this year; (5) note the Committee’s concerns that the March 2011 report contained an error that remained uncorrected for over a year and that this error fundamentally changed the report and note the continued concern that factually incorrect information has been released by the Council with regards to ARC charges; (6) note that the Impact Assessment screening shows a negative impact in four areas and the concern of disability groups about the effect the charges will have on users; (7) agree to continue the suspension of ARC charges and to establish an independent inquiry to consider the processes followed during the introduction of ARC charges and the conduct of Officers and senior Councillors, with the remit to be initially devised by the Chief Executive and then agreed by Group Leaders.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 12.10pm to allow Members an opportunity to discuss the motion and amendment, and reconvened at 12.30pm with 17 Members present, being:-

 

Andy Ferguson, Roberta Tuckfield, Ivor Hyslop, Ian Blake, Richard J Brodie, Karen Carruthers, James Dempster, Iain W Dick, Yen Hongmei Jin, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Jane S Maitland, Denis Male, John Martin, William Scobie, John Syme and Andrew Wood.

 

5.3   On a vote taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:-

 

Motion - 12 votes being:-

 

Andy Ferguson, Roberta Tuckfield, Ivor A Hyslop, Ian Blake, Richard J Brodie, Karen Carruthers, Iain W Dick, Yen Hongmei Jin, Gail Macgregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male and Andrew S Wood.

 

Amendment - 5 votes being:-

 

James H Dempster, David J McKie, John Martin, William Scobie and John Syme

 

Decision

 

AGREED

 

5.4   to continue with the current moratorium on Activity and Resource Centre charges;

 

5.5   to instruct the Chief Executive to amend the remit of the ongoing review requested by Audit and Risk Committee and by this Committee, to include a full review of the Member and Officer decision making process which led to the budget decisions in 2011 and the subsequent implementation of the policy; and

 

5.6   that the review, in its entirety, would be reported to Full Council as soon as practicably possible.

Chief Executive

6 BUSINESS PLAN FOR 2012-15 - SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

6.1   SCRUTINISED the Social Work Services Performance for 2011/12 as set out at Appendix 2 and noted the action being taken for any areas not on target as detailed in the exception reports;

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 1.15pm for lunch and reconvened at 1.40pm with 17 Members present, being:-

 

Andy Ferguson, Roberta Tuckfield, Ivor Hyslop, Ian Blake, Richard J Brodie, Karen Carruthers, James Dempster, Iain W Dick, Yen Hongmei Jin, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Jane S Maitland, Denis Male, John Martin, William Scobie, John Syme and Andrew Wood.

 

6.2   AGREED the interim Social Work Services Business Plan as set out in Appendix 1; and

 

6.3   WELCOMED the annual report on lobbying priorities coming forward to the Policy and Resources Committee and that this include lobbying on additional funding for kinship carers

 

MEMBER - Richard Brodie left the meeting during the discussion of the above item - 16 Members present

 

MEMBER - Ian Blake declared an interest and left the meeting - 15 Members present

 
7 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES CAPITAL PROGRAMME - REPORT BY DIRECTOR SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

7.1   NOTED the end of year position on both the Social Work Services Development Block and Maintenance Block for 2011/12;

 

AGREED

 

7.2   the current position of the Social Work Services Capital programme for 2012/13, as detailed in Appendix 1; and

 

7.3   to the inclusion of the projects in Table 2 within the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Capital Maintenance Programme.

 

MEMBER - Ian Blake returned to the meeting - 16 Members present

 
8 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

AGREED 

 

8.1   to appoint Jane S Maitland to the Aberlour Crannog Policy Advisory Group;

 

8.2   to appoint Andy Ferguson and Roberta Tuckfield to the Adult Support and Protection Committee;

 

8.3   to appoint Richard J Brodie to Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland;

 

8.4   to appoint Iain Dick to the Dumfries and Galloway Care Trust;

 

8.5   to appoint Ian Blake to the Dumfries and Galloway Community Safety Partnership; 

 

8.6   to appoint Karen Carruthers to the Permanency Panel;

 

8.7   to appoint William Scobie to the Temporary Fostering Panel; 

 

8.8   to appoint Yen Hongmei Jin to Volunteer Action Dumfries and Galloway; and

 

8.9   NOTED that reports on further appointment to Outside Bodies (including substitute Members for 8.3, 8.4, 8.6 and 8.7 above) would be submitted to a future Social Work Committee for consideration.

 
9 MINUTE OF MEETING OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES SUB-COMMITTEE - 6 JULY 2012

Decision

 

NOTED

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

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

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
4 Action by Director Social Work Services - Report being presented to Policy and Resources Committee on 9 October 2012

Budget monitoring reports will be presented to each meeting of the Social Work Services Committee, commencing on 25 October 2012

Actions by Director of Social Work - Completed

Budget monitoring reports will be presented to each meeting of the Social Work Services Committee, commencing on 25 October 2012

Actions by Director of Social Work - Completed

Budget monitoring reports will be presented to each meeting of the Social Work Services Committee, commencing on 25 October 2012

Budget monitoring reports will be presented to each meeting of the Social Work Services Committee, commencing on 25 October 2012

Budget monitoring reports will be presented to each meeting of the Social Work Services Committee, commencing on 25 October 2012

Action by Finance Officer - Complete
5 Action by Chief Executive - Implemented