Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 25 October 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
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East & Eskdale
James Dempster-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Iain W Dick-Stranraer & North Rhins
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Jane Maitland-Dee
Denis Male-Annandale East & Eskdale
John Martin-Nith
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer & North Rhins
Willie Scobie-Stranraer & North Rhins
David Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Andrew Wood-Mid & Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
John Alexander - Director of Social Work
Claire Thomson - Governance Policy Officer
Allan Monteforte - Senior Social Work Manager
Apologies:
Ian Blake - Abbey
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

15 Members present, 3 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 30 AUGUST 2012

Decision

 

AGREED

 

MEMBER - Andrew Wood entered the meeting - 16 Members present

4 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING FOR THE PERIOD ENDING SEPTEMBER 2012 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1 that initial projections based on expenditure to the end of September for Social Work Services indicated a potential overspend of £537k, which equated to 0.7% of the Social Work Services 2012/13 budget;

 

4.2 that the Social Work Senior Management Team was committed to bringing their service in on budget and had identified a range of measures which will reduce the risk of overspending and that the Risk Enablement and Management Group (REMG) had been established and was taking these measures forward;

 

AGREED

 

4.3 to request that an additional meeting of the Social Work Services Committee be convened prior to 13 December 2012 to discuss the control measures that have been put in place to manage the budget; and

 

4.4 that a report on the budget position and the delivery of any improvement actions and savings is brought for scrutiny to the next and every recurring Social Work Services Committee.
 

5 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES ACTIVITY BASED BUDGET - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

NOTED the details of the 2012/13 Activity Based Budget information for Social Work Services.

 

MEMBER - Willie Scobie left the meeting - 15 Members present

6 CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2012/13 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

6.1 NOTED the projected spend of £600k of the £1.004 Million balance of the original allocation of £2.533 Million;

 

AGREED

 

6.2 to retain the current year unallocated funding of £404k pending clarification of the need for development of facilities in Upper Nithsdale and any unexpected expenditure required for the completion of the other units; and

 

6.3 to receive a further report at the conclusion of the work programme.

7 ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 20 JUNE-21 JUNE 2012 "INNOVATION, INTEGRATION, TRASNFORMATION" - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Decision

 

NOTED the feedback about the ADSW Annual Conference 2012.

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

Decision

 

AGREED

 

8.1 to appoint Councillor Ferguson to the Older Peoples’ Consultative Group; and

 

8.2 to remit the decision to identify a Member to Relationship Scotland Dumfries and Galloway to Full Council.
 

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

9.1      DISCLOSURES

 

NOTED the recent media in terms of disclosure from victims of abuse and the Director advised that capacity would be made available for any such disclosures in Dumfries and Galloway.