Venue: Mandela Committee Room
Contact: Caroline Breheny
Declarations of Interest
no declarations of interest received at this point in the meeting.
The minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 19 July 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.
The minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held
on 21 September 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.
The Chief Executive submitted a
report which identified the forthcoming issues to be considered by the
Executive, as outlined in Appendix A to the report.
The report provided the Overview and Scrutiny
Board with the opportunity to consider whether any item contained within the
Executive Forward Work Programme should be considered by the Board, or referred
to a Scrutiny Panel.
A Member of the Board queried whether
the items on the Forward Work Programme allocated to the department of Children’s
Services would progress as indicated given the forthcoming departure of the
Executive Director of Children’s Services and the Director of Children’s Care.
In response the Monitoring Officer advised that confirmation on this would sought
and written confirmation provided to the Board following the meeting.
Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health, Public Protection and
Digital Inclusion, Cllr David Coupe, was in attendance to update the Board on his
aims and aspirations, progress made to date and to highlight any emerging
issues relating to his portfolio.
Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration, the Director of Public
Health (South Tees) and the Director of Legal and Democratic Services were also
in attendance. The Executive Member opened by thanking the Board for the invite
and advised that he would highlight some of the key areas he had been working
on, as well as some of the emerging issues relating to his portfolio. During the
presentation the following key points were made:-
In terms of the
broader context it was advised that it was becoming an increasingly challenging
local environment for staff within these service areas, as they were dealing
with increasingly complex “chaotic” users of services, the impact of the
increasing cost of living and the on-going impact of COVID-19. They were
managing these challenges in the context of the current financial restrictions
for both the Council and for partner organisations. There was also uncertainty
around the impact and resourcing of central government’s reforms of Adult
Social Care (charging reforms and changes to the ways in which care providers
are funded – would they go ahead and how would they be funded?).
It was advised
that plans were in place for the commencement of CQC inspections of Adult
Social Care from 2023 and the Council was connecting into the emerging
Integrated Care Board (ICB) work programme in order to support the delivery of
shared aspirations to reduce health inequalities and improve population health.
In addition the delivery of the
national drugs strategy “From harm to hope: A 10-year drugs plan to cut crime
and save lives” was also high on the agenda.
Member highlighted the on-going work and key current issues in which he was
involved and all of the issues were detailed in his PowerPoint presentation,
which had been shared with Members and was available via the modern.gov
the presentation Members of the Board were afforded the opportunity to ask
questions and the following queries were raised:-
In response to a
query regarding the monies received by the Council during the pandemic for the
provision of workforce support in Care Homes it was advised that the Council
had developed a mechanism to disperse the funding, which had been monitored
through the contracting and commissioning teams. The Member was advised that if
the question could be submitted in writing a detailed response in respect of
the figures could be provided.
· In terms of the way in which the Council and its partners were responding to the cost of living crisis it was advised that a multi-agency response was in place and the cold weather plan would also soon come into effect. The Council was working with the NHS to identify those at particular risk of being unable to ... view the full minutes text for item 20/127
Scrutiny Chairs Update
Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel
Councillor J. Platt (Chair)
Children & Young People’s Learning Scrutiny Panel
Councillor D. McCabe (Chair)
Children & Young People’s Social Care and Scrutiny
Councillor D. Davison (Chair)
Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel
Councillor C. McIntyre (Chair)
Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure
Councillor J. McTigue (Chair)
Health Scrutiny Panel
Councillor D. Jones (Chair)
Scrutiny Chair provided an update on the work undertaken by their respective
panel’s as follows:-
Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel
last meeting of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel was held on 5
panel received an update from the Director of Adult Social Care and Health
Integration in respect of integration work that had taken place between health
and social care.
then heard from both the Director and the Head of Strategic Commissioning and
Procurement in relation to ‘The Impact of the Energy and Cost of Living Crises
on Caring for Vulnerable Adults’. Following receipt of this information,
the panel agreed that rather than continue with this topic as a short term
scrutiny review, because issues would be present for the foreseeable future,
updates would be provided periodically. The next update would be received
on 30 November 2022.
panel’s next meeting will take place on the 2 November 2022, when consideration
of the draft final report of ‘The Role of the VCS in Supporting Adult Social
Care (With a Focus on COVID-19 and Recovery)’ would be undertaken.
Children & Young
People’s Learning Scrutiny Panel
The Children & Young People’s Learning Scrutiny
Panel’s last meeting was held on 10 October 2022.
In respect of the scrutiny panel's 2021 review of
Behaviour, Discipline and Bullying in Schools, Caroline Cannon - the Council’s
Strategic Lead for Inclusion and Specialist Support Services and the Head of
Inclusion, Assessment and Review had attended to provide:
an update on the progress made with the
implementation of the agreed recommendations / actions; and
information and data demonstrating the impact
of the 0-25 Inclusion and Outreach Model.
The information received had demonstrated to the
panel that there was emerging data, case study and impact evidence to suggest
that the Inclusion and Outreach Model was having a positive impact for
children, families and schools.
At the meeting, the scrutiny panel also considered
and agreed the Terms of Reference for its review of Youth Offending and
Partnership Working with Schools.
Children & Young
People’s Social Care and Scrutiny Panel
The South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership Manger had attended the
meeting to present the STSCP’s Annual Report for 2021/22. The Panel had heard
details of the Partnership’s work over the previous year, including details of
the numbers of serious case reviews and training provided to strategic
The Scrutiny Panel’s next meeting was scheduled to be held on 14
Culture and Communities
The last meeting of the
Culture and Communities Scrutiny was held on 20 October 2022 and the panel
discussed the Council’s strategies for dealing with off road bikes.
The Council’s Operational
Community Safety Manager was in attendance to provide the update but
unfortunately the representative from Cleveland Police had been unable to
Scrutiny Panel’s next meeting was scheduled to be held on 14 November 2022.
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