Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 31 March 2016
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ted Thompson (Chairman)-Lochar
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Iain W Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Ivor Hyslop-Lochar
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Jane Maitland-Dee
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
David Stitt-Abbey
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Andrew Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Lillian Cringles - Chief Social Work Officer
Angela Paterson - Head of Resources
Graham Abrines - Head of Adult Services
Alex McCallum - Service Manager Criminal Justice
Sean Barrett - Devolved Finance Manager
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Jim H Dempster (Chairman) - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andy Ferguson - North West Dumfries
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Denis Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Graeme Tait - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

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

 

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

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

John Syme declared an interest in Item 9 by virtue that his relative receives a care package and determined that his interest was such that he did not require to leave the meeting for consideration of this item

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 15 DECEMBER 2015

Decision

 

AGREED

 

MEMBER - Andrew Wood entered the meeting - 15 Members present

4 COMMUNITY PAYBACK ORDER ANNUAL REPORT - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 
NOTED

 

4.1 the completion of our requirement to submit report to Scottish Ministers; and 

 

4.2 that the report demonstrated a broad range of activities across the 9 requirements of Community Payback Orders, in particular the Unpaid Work activities and projects with positive feedback from both service users and recipients of work. 

5 JOINT THEMATIC REVIEW OF THE MULTI-AGENCY PUBLIC PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS (MAPPA) IN SCOTLAND - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

AGREED to support the South West Scotland Strategic Oversight Group (SWSSOG) to develop an action plan to take forward the recommendations in the joint HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Care Inspectorate review of the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) in Scotland which was published in November 2015.

6 EXTERNAL SCRUTINY OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2015 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

6.1 NOTED the outcome of the scrutiny activity which took place during October and December 2015; 

 

6.2 CONSIDERED the progress being made in respect of the requirements and recommendations from inspection during the reporting period October and December 2015; and

 

6.3 FURTHER AGREED to include better narrative with an indication of where regulated services are at in respect of progress being made to reach a standard the department set itself within the 5 year plan.

 

MEMBER - Iain Dick left the meeting - 14 Members present

7 COMMENTS, COMPLAINTS AND COMPLIMENTS - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

7.1 the progress made in addressing the recommendations agreed by Corporate Management Team with regards to improving compliance with the Complaints Handling Procedure;

 

7.2 the performance of the Service in respect of the number of complaints handled April - December 2015;

 

7.3 the arrangements in place to enable the Service to learn from complaints;

 

7.4 the number of compliments received by the Service; and

 

7.5 AGREED to bring a report to this Committee on an annual basis.

 

MEMBER - Andrew Wood left the meeting - 13 Members present

8 INTEGRATED WORKFORCE PLAN - HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE - REPORT BY HEAD OF ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES AND ASSETS

Decision

 

NOTED

 

8.1 the Integrated Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care, for the period 2016 to 2019;

 

8.2 that the Workforce Plan would be reviewed on an ongoing basis and progress reported to the Integration Joint Board on an annual basis; and

 

8.3 that the partnership would develop operational workforce plans which complement the strategic aims of the Integrated Workforce Plan.

 

MEMBERS - Iain Dick and Andrew Wood re-entered to the meeting - 15 Members present

9 CARE AT HOME PAYMENT RATES 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

AGREED

 

9.1 that rates for care at home provision are increased to accommodate the rise in the National Minimum Wage rate from £6.70 to the new National Living Wage of £7.20 with effect from 1 April 2016, to provide sufficient funding for Care at Home providers to uplift hourly rates to their carers to address this, described at paragraph 3.3 of the report subject to confirmation of funding through the Social Care Fund through the Integration Joint Board (IJB) budget setting process;

 

9.2 that a request is made to the IJB to allocate £600,000 from the Social Care Fund to provide sufficient investment to address the impact of the increase in the minimum wage rate from £6.70 to £7.20 with effect from 1 April 2016;

 

9.3 NOTED the detailed work being undertaken to ensure that all care workers are paid the Living Wage with effect from 1 October 2016 at paragraphs 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6 of the report;

 

9.4 AGREED that a tender of all external Care at Home provision is likely to be required to enable the changes to the framework for care at home to provide for this and other developments and that this will have to be undertaken well in advance of a 1 October 2016 implementation date, at paragraph 3.7 of the report;

 

NOTED

 

9.5 the views expressed by Scottish Care on behalf of their members at paragraph 3.8 of the report; and

 

9.6 that a further report detailing the findings of the work with robust information and a full understanding of the service and financial risks will be undertaken and brought to Social Work Committee and the IJB.

10 NON RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY CARE CHARGING POLICY 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

10.1 that income thresholds are being aligned in 2016/17 to COSLA guidance; 

 

10.2 that the taper applied is being increased from 55% to 65% of assessed ability to pay thus reducing current income disregard; 

 

10.3 that Care Call is being removed from the financial assessment process and reduce weekly charge from £3.84 to £3.60 per week for all users; and

 

10.4 AGREED to receive a report on policy on deprivation of capital and NOTED that the department pursues cases where deprivation of capital is evident.

11 DUNMUIR PARK - PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

11.1 the progress made in addressing the outstanding issues that were previously highlighted in August and December 2015; 

 

11.2 the outcome of issues raised by the families in relation to complaints made to the Police and allegations made regarding the use of housing benefit; 

 

AGREED

 

11.3 that a condition of continued occupancy at Dunmuir Park, which has verbally been agreed with DGHP, will require occupants or their legal representative being a signatory to the new occupancy agreement; and 

 

11.4 that all outstanding historical issues will have been addressed once the occupancy agreement arrangements have been confirmed and that reporting would revert to normal external scrutiny arrangements.

 

MEMBER - Andrew Wood left the meeting - 14 Members present

12 SOCIAL WORK SERVICES COMPLAINTS PROCESS - ROLE OF COMMITTEE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED the advice on the role of Social Work Services Committee in dealing with recommendations from the Complaints Review Panel.

 

MEMBER - Willie Scobie left the meeting - 13 Members present

13 MINUTES OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY ADULT PROTECTION COMMITTEE - 8 SEPTEMBER 2015, 7 DECEMBER 2015

Decision

 

NOTED

14 MINUTES OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE - 7 SEPTEMBER 2015, 2 NOVEMBER 2015, 11 JANUARY 2016

Decision

 

NOTED

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

Decision

 

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

16 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) of and paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
17 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 17 AUGUST 2015

Decision

 

17.1 NOTED the recommendations and additional considerations given by the Complaints Review Panel; and

 

17.2 AGREED the actions proposed by Social Work Services in response to the recommendations of the Complaints Review Panel. 

18 RESPONSE TO A COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 28 OCTOBER 2015

Decision

 

18.1 NOTED the recommendations and additional considerations given by the Complaints Review Panel; and

 

18.2 AGREED the action proposed by Social Work Services in response to the recommendations of the Complaints Review Panel.

19 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 9 NOVEMBER 2015

Decision

 

19.1 NOTED the recommendations and additional considerations given by the Complaints Review Panel; and

 

19.2 AGREED the actions proposed by Social Work Services in response to the recommendations of the Complaints Review Panel.

20 RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS REVIEW PANEL HELD ON 12 FEBRUARY 2016

Decision

 
20.1 NOTED the recommendations and additional considerations given by the Complaints Review Panel; and

 

20.2 AGREED the actions proposed by Social Work Services in response to the recommendations of the Complaints Review Panel.