Welfare Reform Sub Committee Minutes

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

Attendance Details

Members:
Colin Smyth (Chairman)-Nith
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Officials:
Lorna Campbell - Financial Wellbeing and Revenues Manager
Paula Doherty - Principal Benefits Officer
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

5 Members present, 1 apology and 1 Member not present at the start of the meeting.

 

PROCEDURE - In the absence of the Chairman the Sub Committee agreed that Ronnie Ogilvie be appointed Chairman.

 

PROCEDURE - Ronnie Ogilvie assumed the role of Chairman.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 18 AUGUST 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED

 

MEMBER - Colin Smyth entered the meeting - 6 Members present.

 

PROCEDURE - Colin Smyth assumed the role of Chairman.

4 SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND AND DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENT UPDATE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1     the current position regarding Scottish Welfare Fund spend and administration as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.4 of the report; 

 

4.2     the current position regarding Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) spend and administration as detailed in paragraph 3.5 of the report;

 

4.3     AGREED to continue the current DHP policy as presented to this sub committee in February 2016; and

 

4.4     FURTHER AGREED that the response received from the Scottish Minister to the Chairman regarding the Scottish Welfare Fund be circulated to all Members of the Sub Committee.
 

5 WELFARE REFORM UPDATE REPORT - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1     the proposed changes in Welfare Benefits being introduced in the 2017/18;

 

5.2     the potential impacts and financial implications for our customers and for Dumfries and Galloway Council as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 - 3.11 in the report; and

 

5.3    AGREED to hold a Members Seminar, open to all Members, on the impact of the benefit cap and the universal credit system which would include examples and case studies for both topics.
 

6 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.