Ad Hoc Sub Committee Welfare Reform Minutes

Date:
Monday 1 July 2013
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Brian Collins (Chairman)-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver (Substitute)-Lochar
Gail Macgregor (Substitute)-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
Justin Tracy - Director of Community and Customer Services
Lorna Campbell - Service Manager Revenues and Benefits
Claire Caution - Committee Clerk
John Lynch - Head of Strategic Housing, Commissioning and Environmental Standards
Apologies:
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

6 Members present, 3 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 11 JUNE 2013

Decision

 

APPROVED.

4 PRESENTATION ON MAPPING OF SERVICES TO MITIGATE WELFARE REFORM BY SERVICE MANAGER REVENUES AND BENEFITS

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1      the general summary of the presentation mapping provision of services to the areas likely to be most affected by the effects of Welfare Reform, APPRECIATING that a more detailed report taking account of Members' comments and feedback from the Welfare Reform Officer Group would be presented to a future meeting;

 

4.2      that partnership working arrangements would be maximised to ensure resources were best placed to meet demand in areas of most need while avoiding duplication; and

 

4.3     THANKED the Service Manager for her presentation.

5 WELFARE REFORM POLICY DECISIONS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

5.1      NOTED the update on implementation of the decisions of the Policy and Resources Committee on 26 February 2013, APPRECIATING that this required to be updated to reflect subsequent decisions by this Sub-Committee, and in particular, bringing forward further reports on development of Credit Unions/the Grand Central Savings option and engagement with representatives of the Registered Social Landlords; and FURTHER NOTING that representatives of 2 of the principal Registered Social Landlords would attend the September meeting of this Sub Committee which would provide the opportunity to look at the redesignation issue in more detail; and

 

5.2      AGREED to receive reports on progress on the Universal Credit pilot project and the funding of DAGCAS and enhanced advisory services.

6 WELFARE REFORM COMMUNICATIONS ACTION PLAN - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

6.1      NOTED the feedback from the joint event held on 24 April 2013 involving Council, NHS and voluntary sector representatives held to identify and consider key issues affecting all sectors; and

 

6.2      APPROVED the Welfare Reform Communications Plan, which would be promoted across all available media in association with partner organisations.

7 SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND AND DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENT MONITORING REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

7.1      the latest progress with the number of applications for Discretionary Housing Payments; and

 

7.2      the latest progress with the number of applications for Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

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.