Minutes of a meeting held on 11th
Present: Councillor N. Moore
(Chairman); Councillor S.C. Egan (Vice-Chairman); Councillors Ms.
B.E. Brooks, L. Burnett, R.F. Curtis, C.P.J. Elmore and G.
Also present: Councillors C.P. Franks,
K. Hatton and Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson.
RESOLVED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting
held on 30th May, 2012 be approved as a correct record
subject to an amendment to Cabinet Minute No. C1729 Appointment to
Outside Bodies / Joint Committees with Councillor Mrs. C.
Curtis being nominated as the Council’s representative on the Royal
National Eisteddfod of Wales: Council and not the Cabinet Member
(Environment and Visible Services) as indicated in the minute.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST -
No declarations were received.
CARDIFF BAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE -
The following minutes of a meeting held on
15th March, 2012 were submitted:
Mrs. C. Dimond (Vice-Chairman)
Mr. J. Harrison
Environment Agency Wales
Mrs. S. Newbold
British Marine Federation / CBYC /
Mr. S. Jones
Quay Marinas Ltd.
Mr. S. Howell
Mr. C. Rees
Environment Agency Wales
Mr. C. Hope
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Apologies for Absence -
These were received from Councillor P.
Church (Chairman), Dr. S. Howard (Countryside Council for
Wales), Mr. P. Barry (Cardiff Yacht Club) and Councillor N.
Howells (Cardiff City Council).
AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the
meeting held on 18th January, 2012 be accepted as a
Update - Cardiff Harbour Authority - Mr. Simon Howell
Mr. Howell, Operational Manager for the
Harbour Authority, apprised the Committee on the following
There had been no water quality issues
since the last meeting, with low rainfall and relatively small
accumulations of debris over this period. The barrage
fishpass and lock gates had returned to normal operation after the
planned maintenance programmes had been completed.
The dredging of the outer harbour would be
completed next week which was the final campaign under the current
three year contract. Tenders were currently being sought for
the next contract which may extend for up to five years.
The water bus landing at the BBC / Dr Who
site was currently under construction. This would be piled
next week and the former Cardiff Yacht Club beach area had also
been cleaned up as part of the works.
The Taff erosion repair contract
downstream of Wood Street water bus stop had recently been
completed and works on the access steps at Pont y Werin had
commenced on site. This scheme included some landscaping of
the embankment and a temporary extension of the footpath through
this area that was being funded by the Vale of Glamorgan
Several enquiries had been received from
commercial boat operators to develop new activities in Cardiff Bay
over the past few months. The operator of HMS 69 had acquired
a larger replacement vessel, the Dorset Belle, that could take up
to around 130 passengers and they intended to operate coastal
cruises as well as trips within Cardiff Bay this year.
PenarthMarina lock gates were due
to be closed for maintenance between 19th and
30th March and a notice had been issued to mariners
about this to assist Quay Marinas with the dissemination of this
Navigational Safety Issues -
South WalesFire and Rescue had
ordered their vessel and should receive this in the next
month. Following trials this should be operational and
berthed within Cardiff Bay from July. The RNLI were carrying
out trials and a decision on whether to site one of their vessels
in the Bay should be made shortly.
One of Cardiff Sea Safaris’ vessels caught
fire and sank in Cardiff Marina recently. Although this was
outside the controlled area it highlighted the type of incident
that could occur with vessels in the area and further information
on the likely cause was awaited.
There was a large abandoned vessel in
Cardiff Bay for which efforts were being made to remove as it was
in a relatively poor condition and had no confirmed owner.
The appropriate legal notices were being progressed and it was
hoped to remove the vessel within the next few weeks.
Verbal Update - Environment Agency Wales Fishery Interests
Development of Bay Fish Populations
Since Impoundment in 2000
The Bay was populated by downstream
drifting coarse fish fry in the first Spring after
impoundment. Drift is a natural phenomenon and,
interestingly, indicates the natural extent of drift to estuaries
and therefore lost coarse fish production that was occurring before
impoundment and still occurs in other rivers. It was a
Very high populations of chub fry were
evident in the first year and since then the balance of species has
shifted to roach.
The first year’s input of fry in 2000
would have matured in about 2003 and from then the Bay stock would
have added to the annual fry production.
The development of the Bay fish population
had been monitored with annual hydro acoustic surveys. These reveal
the distribution of fish in the Bay and their relative abundance
with some information on fish sizes. This had shown a stock
of fish developing towards carrying capacity for the Bay - but it
was not yet there.
Species present include those expected:
roach, chub, perch, bream, carp, tench, but also unusual species
for a large impoundment including grayling and barbel. There
was also increasing evidence of pike, the size of which indicate
possible unauthorised introduction. Also present are migratory fish
that have entered the bay from the sea: salmon, sea trout, eel and
sea lamprey, all of which migrate through the Bay into the rivers
Taff and Ely. Some estuarine fish also enter the Bay each
year: mullet and flounder.
Studies into Salmon and Sea Trout
Development of the Barrage threatened the
recovery of the Taff and Ely salmon and sea trout populations from
This was important as the whole future of
the environment of the Taff and Ely was at stake.
Consequently a programme of monitoring of impact and mitigation of
damage was agreed between the Development Corporation and the
National Rivers Authority (and transferred to their successor
bodies, Cardiff Harbour Authority and Environment Agency
Wales). This was implemented in 1990 and continued until 2007
- the timescale being determined by the timescale of construction
and early establishment of the freshwater Bay environment.
Monitoring consisted of: stocking of
tagged salmon smolts and quantification of their rate of return;
trapping of adult salmon and sea trout entering the Taff, acoustic
(marine environment) and radio (freshwater) tracking of tagged
adult salon to investigate the mechanism of impact of the Barrage
and Bay on migrations.
The conclusion of the study was that the
Barrage was reducing the proportion of salmon that were able to
enter the Taff. However a previously unknown phenomenon of failed
estuary passage, and probably mortality, of salmon was also
detected and has since been verified in studies elsewhere.
The conclusion was that although the Barrage was having an effect,
this was not at a scale that would prevent the ongoing recovery of
the salmon and sea trout populations of the river.
During this period , work was undertaken
with Cardiff Harbour Authority on a range of matters including
optimisation of the Barrage fish pass operations; fish counter
development (a specific requirement of the Cardiff Bay Barrage Act
1993); impact assessment of a range of bayside developments; water
quality management to manage potential impact on salmonids,
The outcome of the study was that a legal
mitigation commitment was triggered to correct for the damage to
the salmon and sea trout populations. Working closely with
Cardiff Harbour Authority, a cheaper mitigating solution was
devised that would deliver environmental improvements for all
species of fish in the Taff and Ely catchments. This included
a substantial programme of fish pass construction and river habitat
improvements that was currently ongoing, together with continued
stock assessment to demonstrate the outcomes of this.
The current position was that the run of
salmon and sea trout was now in the order of 300 and 300
respectively and the trend was one of increased numbers. The
work in the catchment meant that the fish can now reach their
traditional spawning areas, last used in the 19th or
18th centuries, where they were now spawning
successfully again. The recovery of the river and its
indigenous fish populations was therefore well underway.
New developments included:
Countryside Council for Wales were proposing a new hydropower
scheme with a much improved collaborately funded new fish pass at
improvements to fish migration at weirs at Merthyr Vale and
close working relationship with South East Wales Rivers Trust
on river habitat improvement schemes.
Update - Environment Agency Wales – Mr. J. Harrison -
Mr. Harrison advised of a change to
legislation which means the Welsh Government will now consider CHA
dredging applications in the harbour entrance in the
Drought Orders had been imposed elsewhere
in the country, but the reservoirs in Wales were quite full so no
Drought Orders were anticipated as yet.
A waste operation business on the Upper
Ely River had been served a Notice requiring it to reduce pollution
levels by improving its site drainage. The business was now
under new ownership and the owners had given an assurance that they
would comply with the Notice.
The Welsh Government’s Green Paper
“Sustaining a Living Wales” was currently subject to
consultation. Mr. Harrison offered to provide a presentation
to a future meeting of the Advisory Committee. The Green
Paper contained a whole host of new proposals and an emphasis on
the use of natural resources for Communities and how the
environment could be protected for future
Timetable of Meetings-
The report detailed suggested dates for
future meetings of the Committee as detailed below:
Wednesday, 19th September, 2012
at 5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 21st November, 2012
at 5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 16th January, 2013
at 5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 13th March, 2013 at
Wednesday, 5th June, 2013 at
5.15 p.m. (Annual Meeting)
AGREED – T H A T the Timetable of Meetings
as detailed above be approved.
Information Report – Cardiff Tourism Strategy Update (Cardiff
Destination Action Plan) -
The report had been presented to the
Executive of Cardiff Council on 8th March 2012 with
approval being sought for the Cardiff Destination Action Plan to be
an aid to the delivery of Cardiff’s objective of becoming a world
class visitor destination.
AGREED – T H A T the contents of the
report be noted.
(i) Date of
Next Meeting -
AGREED – T H A T the next meeting be held
on Wednesday, 6th June, 2012 at 5.00 p.m. in the Cardiff
Harbour Authority Offices.
RESOLVED – T H A T the minutes be noted.
Reason for decision
Having regard to the views expressed.
MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENCING (L) (SCRUTINY – CORPORATE RESOURCES)
The Council had previously bought Microsoft
products via a standard select agreement for the past 10 years or
so. The current corporate desktop standard was Windows XP as
the operating system and Microsoft Office 2003.
Microsoft had confirmed that both these
products would become unsupported within the next 12 months and the
various security policies that the Council subscribes to such as
the Government Connect Secure Xtranet (GCSx) did not permit the
installation of unsupported software as this would lead to a serous
breach of security. It was noted that no further security or
other patches or upgrades for this software would be made available
once it became unsupported.
The Council’s ICT Strategy promoted the new
corporate desktop standard as Windows 7 as the operating system and
Office 2010 and as the existing software would become unsupported
the Council had no choice but to move to the new standard.
Although the Council’s ICT strategy proposed a move towards Windows
7 and Office 2010 the next versions Windows 8 and Office 2015 were
already in testing by Microsoft and scheduled for release next
year. If the Council remained on its current select agreement
it would have to upgrade again to the latest version when the
current one became unsupported. It was noted that Microsoft
had moved to a policy of supporting only the current version and
the previous one.
Detailed within the appendix to the report
were five main options to procure Microsoft licences all of which
attracted different pricing and benefits. The tender had
asked suppliers to provide costs and to clearly outline the pros
and cons of each option and the Council had advertised a tender
through the Government Procurement Services Framework Agreement
which was for a three year period.
It was noted that Microsoft had recently
announced a price increase in the region of 25% that would come
into effect as of 1st July 2012 however this had largely
been negated by a re-negotiation of the Public Sector Licencing
Agreement, but this would still result in a 1% or 2% rise in
licence costs. As Microsoft’s financial year ended at
30th June it was the most opportune time to purchase
from them as they would be keen to win businesses within the
current financial year. Therefore, it was the intention to
complete the procurement exercise prior to the end of the June
2012. The tender included a quality assessment of any value
added services that the supplier could provide such as assistance
with implementation, training, after sales support, etc. The
cost / quality ratio had been set at 70 / 30.
This matter was for Executive decision.
(1) T H A
T delegated authority be granted to the Director of Finance, ICT
and Property in consultation with the Leader to award the tender to
the winning supplier for the supply of Microsoft Software.
(2) T H A
T a further report be presented to Cabinet on the outcome of the
award of the contract.
Reasons for decisions
allow the award of the contract and to have an appropriate contract
in place for cost effective supply of Microsoft Licencing.
apprise the Cabinet on the details of the award of the related
EVENT DEED OF GRANTS 2012 – 2015 (LPCSD) (SCRUTINY – CORPORATE
Approval was sought to use the devolved Events
Grants budget for the proposed Event Deed of Grants for the above
period to support the undermentioned events:
Cowbridge Food Festival
Tall Ship Youth Trust
Vale of Glamorgan Show
Rotary Barry Fireworks
Penarth Bonfire Night
Barry Transport Festival
In commenting on the report the Cabinet Member
for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development proposed that
the award of grant funding be deferred in respect of all the
organisations with the exception of the Vale of Glamorgan Show and
the Barry Transport Festival, with the grant being awarded for one
year i.e. 2012/13. He requested that a further report be
presented detailing financial information in respect of those
organisations referred to in the report, including a review of
funding streams that could be accessed by these organisations.
It was noted that the budget for devolved
Event Grants was only £31,000 per annum and the remainder of £8,500
per annum within the budget would be used to support new
events. No additional funding would be available for this
budget and it was anticipated that should new applications be
received that were deemed more beneficial than those presently
supported, it was possible that some existing events would have
their funding reduced.
This matter was for Executive decision.
(1) T H A
T the applications contained within the Event Deed of Grants
programme as set out in paragraph 6 of the report for the period
2012 – 2015 be deferred with the exception of the Vale of Glamorgan
Show and the Barry Transport Festival with the grant amount of
£2,500 and £1,500 respectively awarded for 2012/13 period only.
(2) T H A
T a further report detailing all relevant financial information on
those organisations detailed in the report, including a review of
funding streams available to the same, be presented to Cabinet.
Reasons for decisions
award the Event Deed of Grants for a further three years 2012 –
review grants awarded to organisations and to assess other
DRAFT SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE (SPG) ON UPPER HOLTON ROAD –
RESPONSE TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION (BIREDPT) (SCRUTINY – ECONOMY AND
The above draft SPG had been previously
approved by the former Cabinet for public consultation at its
meeting held on 16th November 2011 (Minute No. C1521
refers). Following this approval, a 10 week public
consultation exercise had been undertaken between 4th
January 2012 and 14th March 2012, in accordance with the
Council’s protocol for consultation on SPGs.
The SPG sought to establish specific design
guidelines for the future development of the Upper Holton Road
local centre as well as influencing the pattern of land uses within
the stated area. With regard to influencing land issues, the
draft SPG also responded to the recommendations of the Vale of
Glamorgan Town and District Retail Centre by identifying a core
retail area in which it was deemed prudent to consolidate retail
activity. The consultation exercise had resulted in 21
responses which came from a range of consultees including business
owners, the Town Council, a housing association and an
environmental organisation. The consultation produced a
mainly supportive response with some objections and a summary of
all responses was detailed in Appendix A to the report.
In regard to the objections received, these
related to issues involving the use of financial assistance to
improve the condition of commercial properties at the above
location and these had been passed on for consideration of the
relevant officer dealing with a separate but related consultation
exercise which had been running simultaneously. It has been
acknowledged that this had created some confusion in responding to
the appropriate consultation.
Having regard to the responses received, it
was recommended that the text of the document be changed to include
some background context of how the guidance should complement the
existing regeneration works already taking place within the
Castleland Ward. Additionally, it was further recommended
that the text of the document be changed to more explicitly
highlighting that as the area was being promoted for more
residential uses, the introduction of further A3 uses were likely
to be resisted. Meanwhile, the section of the SPG which
discussed the Local Development Plan should also be updated to
reflect the current position of the Local Development Plan
This matter was for Executive decision.
T H A T subject to consultation with the
Council’s Planning Committee and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and
findings of the public consultation exercise be noted and the
consultation responses framed within Appendix A to the report be
Upper Holton Road SPG as set out in Appendix B to the report be
amended and approved for development control purposes.
Reasons for decisions
inform Members about the consultation responses and to ensure
respondents were made aware of the Council’s response to their
allow the SPG to be considered in the determination of any future
SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PROGRAMME (L AND SCH(A)LLL AND SCH(C)S)
(SCRUTINY – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) -
The report sought to apprise the Cabinet of
related matters which encompassed historical factors which included
legislative changes, demand led growth and the Directorate’s
efficiency savings targets.
In an effort to balance the above competing
priorities, managing service demands, improving service quality,
meeting higher expectations and reducing expenditure had been
problematic in situations were safeguarding people from harm had to
be a key factor in decision making.
At the time of the 2012/13 budget being
drafted it was estimated that there was an underlying overspend of
£3,220,000 to be recovered in future years. This included an
assumption that the Welsh Government would fund all the costs
relating to the First Steps Implementation Package currently
estimated at £1,776,000 (of which only £373,000 had been funded by
Welsh Government to date).
Having regard to the challenges outlined
above, it was essential to have in place a coherent strategy for
securing financial stability and resources available and
consequently on 16th November 2012 the Council’s
previous Cabinet had approved a report of the Leader and the
Cabinet Member for Social and Care Services outlining the serious
overspend and pressures on the Social Services budget. That
report at the time contained details of the urgent actions being
taken to tackle the factors which produced the overspend in the
form of a Budget Recovery Plan and identified the need for
effective project management arrangements to be established.
Proposals from the November 2011 report had been reviewed and where
they would realise quantifiable savings they had been included in
the Budget Programme Plan as detailed in Appendix A to the
Since that time, the following actions had
been undertaken under the following headings:
initiated a programme to manage and monitor the Directorate’s
overspend and corporate savings targets
establish the up to date financial position of the Directorate and
set clear targets for savings for the four years 2012/13 to
review all initial proposals for 2012/13 from the November 2011
Cabinet report to ensure savings were quantifiable, realistic,
achievable and time bound
develop and implement key financial and non-financial management
initiate projects to reduce the most significant cost pressures
(placements for Looked After Children and Adult Services care
packages (notably domiciliary))
communicate the status of the Directorate’s budget with key
Taking account of the above matters a
shortfall of £4,502,000 remained for the programme overall.
In order to finalise the Plan a review of projects in the November
2011 Cabinet report for 2013/14 to 2015/16 would be undertaken to
ensure each was quantifiable, realistic, achievable and time
bound. It was also vital that projects were initiated in time
to realise savings when they were due to do so. The nature of
projects to address savings targets in 2013/14 (such as the
continuation of the review of residential services and learning
disability day and respite services) was more complex and required
longer lead in times. These projects would need cross-council
project teams and commitment to deliver.
Proposals to meet the savings targets for
2013/14 would need to be reviewed and agreed by the Programme Board
by September 2012 with the proposals to meet 2014/15 and 2015/16
targets agreed no later than January 2013.
The use of management information being
provided to team managers would be a key monitoring tool to
ascertain that savings were being achieved and to ensure robust
financial management. Processes for reporting and escalating
risks and issues would be further developed as the Programme
As the Programme continued, the Programme
continue to identify projects and opportunities for further
reset the savings targets, based on future cost pressures and
corporate savings targets from the next Medium Term Financial Plan
continue to monitor progress against the Programme Plan
in the 2012/13 Audit Plan, allocate in excess of one FTE of audit
time to the Directorate, a proportion of which would be used to
measure objectively the performance of the Programme.
In referring to the matter the Leader and
Deputy Leader acknowledged that the actions contained within the
body of the report were the legacy of the previous administration
and both had lingering concerns regarding the potential impact on
service provision. Accordingly, both proposed that the report
be deferred to allow the Cabinet to be apprised of all relevant
information before any further consideration on the subject matter
could proceed. The Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health
(Children) and Schools echoed their comments.
This matter was for Executive decision.
RESOLVED – T H A T consideration of the matter
be deferred pending the submission of a further detailed report
(including financial information) being submitted to Cabinet
setting out the rationale supporting the proposals contained within
the previous administration’s Social Services Budget Programme.
Reason for decision
To allow further and appropriate consideration
of the details supporting the above Budget Programme.
IMPACT OF THE SOCIAL CARE CHARGES (WALES) MEASURE 2010 AND THE
FIRST STEPS TO IMPROVEMENT REQUIREMENTS (L AND SCH(A)LLL) (SCRUTINY
- SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) -
The Cabinet was apprised of the financial
impact of implementing the above policy in respect of charging for
non-residential social care services in the period
The above Measure gave Local Authorities in
Wales a discretionary power to impose a reasonable charge upon
adult recipients of non-residential care services. The WG was
provided with authority to determine the maximum charge any service
user could be asked to pay and were introduced to address concerns
expressed by some stakeholders that, because of significant
differences in Local Authority policies, charges for services
varied considerably across Wales according to where an individual
was living. There followed a period of dialogue between the
WG and Local Authorities to examine the likely consequences of
introducing a charging cap, especially regarding reimbursement for
lost income. In January 2011, before implementation of a
proposed £50 cap, Local Authorities were asked to provide
information regarding the number of people in receipt of
non-residential social care for a particular week of their
choice. The Council chose a week in August 2010, where there
were 930 service users, 497 were paying charges, of whom 148 were
identified as being charged more than £50 per week.
Calculations were made on the basis of 2009 charging policies and
it identified that the potential income foregone was
£208,000. The WG was aware that this exercise did not include
any provision for the possible impact of any cap upon numbers of
services users and their take up of services; these factors
were not built into the model used. The total for all Local
Authorities was £10.1m. and the WG decided to allocate this via the
Revenue Support Grant (RSG), with the expectation that the actual
impact for each Local Authority would be monitored closely.
The First Steps to Improvement requirements
imposed the £50 cap in advance of the pending National Assembly
elections taking effect on 11th April 2011 and the
relevant Regulations were only published after the event. The
allocation of funding was based on the Relative Needs Formula and,
to meet the income foregone or additional cost incurred as a result
of implementing the new policy, the Vale of Glamorgan received
£373,000 in its RSG for the financial year 2011/12.
It was the opinion of officers that using the
Relative Needs Formula to distribute the First Steps to Improvement
Grant within the RSG was flawed. It contained indicators of
need under three main categories namely: Main Client Group,
Population Dispersion and Deprivation. However, it was
unlikely that the Deprivation factor would have a bearing on
the impact of the £50 cap, given that the highest impact on Local
Authorities was likely to result from the emergence of more
affluent service users who previously would have funded care
themselves. Any decision by the WG to continue using the
formula on the existing basis for distributing First Steps to
Improvement grants would be to the detriment of some Local
Authorities, including the Vale of Glamorgan.
Since the implementation of the above grant
regime the WG had been monitoring the impact of the new legislation
and current Regulations. An initial half year monitoring
report, involving a very detailed analysis, was submitted by all
Local Authorities in November 2011. This estimated that the
additional annual cost to this Council was £1.396m. Having
regard to this information the WG asked officers of the Council to
undertake further work with the assistance of Internal Audit to
verify the figures. This resulted in a small number of
alterations to the claim form and a revised figure to meet the cost
of implementation that was approximately £650,000 more than the
Information obtained by Council officers in
November 2011 through surveying other Local Authorities identified
some had experienced a decrease in their original estimate of
the majority were estimating a slight increase of between £10,000
a small number identified an increase between £300,000 and £400,000
similar to this Council but these Authorities did not have a
maximum charge previously.
In view of the considerable overspend produced
as a consequence of implementing the above changing Regulations and
policy, the former Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health raised
the matter with the Deputy Minister for Children and Social
Services on a number of occasions. In meetings with the
Director of Social Services, Welsh Government officials reported
that they were unable to act without end year figures for all Local
The deadline for submitting final returns for
the financial year 2011/12 was 16th May 2012. The
Social Services Directorate had worked closely with officers from
the Council’s Finance and Internal Audit Divisions in producing
figures for the Council. The impact in the Vale of Glamorgan
had increased still further with a total foregone income now
estimated at £1.776m. for a full year, based on actual figures of a
week in February 2012. This meant an additional cost to the
Council of £1.4m. once WG funding had been deducted. As
required by WG, Internal Audit had again undertaken a verification
exercise to enable the Council’s Section 151 Officer to validate
the estimate of income foregone and this report had also been
submitted with the return.
It now appeared likely that this Council would
continue to experience disproportionate losses in income when
compared to other Welsh Local Authorities and there were a number
of factors that may explain this diversion, namely:
Before April 2011, like a small number of other local authorities,
the Vale of Glamorgan did not have a cap on how much an individual
could be asked to contribute towards the cost of their care in
cases where they either failed to disclose their finances or where
a financial assessment revealed their savings/investments exceeded
the limit of £22,000. Consequently, at that time some service
users were paying considerably more over the £50 cap now in
There were a high number of individuals funding their care, either
because they were financially assessed as being able to do so or
because they chose not to declare their income to the Council.
As a result, the Vale of Glamorgan had seen a marked increase
in the number of people who have requested support from Social
Services because their contribution is capped at £50 per week.
Analysis shows that the number of services users has
increased from 141 in August 2010 to 335 in February 2012. Of
these 335 individuals, 184 were new clients and it is estimated
that 158 (86%) of them would have been self funding or not willing
to disclose their income under the previous policy. There was some
evidence that independent providers of social care in the Vale of
Glamorgan have been especially active in encouraging self-funders
to seek services from the Council in the light of a set maximum
The Council had a duty under legislation to notify any person who
receives a chargeable service or who may receive a service inviting
them to undergo a financial assessment to qualify for the maximum
contribution of £50. The Social Services Directorate had
acted very promptly to re-assess existing cases where people were
making contributions of over and above £50 towards their care were
and, therefore, the difference was also a loss of income to the
Because a high proportion of service users had previously sought
social care services privately, the Vale of Glamorgan had
relatively low numbers of older people for whom it organised
services. Hence, there was an element of "catch up"
To date, the WG had not agreed to address the
shortfall in funding. Officials had said that they would
consider the end year monitoring returns from Local Authorities and
Ministers could then consider what, if any, changes were required
to the arrangements already put in place. However, it
appeared likely that:
some Local Authorities may be asked to do some further work (to
help WG understand why levels of lost income from service users
differ between Local Authorities); and
subject to Ministers’ intentions, they may be consulted about any
plans for reform.
It was noted that the Director for Social
Services had met with the Chief Executive of the WLGA, who had:
asked all Welsh Local Authorities to provide details of the end
year submissions made to the WG, for comparative purposes;
written to the WG requesting an urgent meeting with the Deputy
Minister and officials, to involve the Leader of the Vale of
Glamorgan Council, the Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health
(Adults) and relevant officers to discuss the serious consequences
for the Council.
The Deputy Leader expressed concern at the
disproportionate impact the above proposals were having on the
Council and he indicated his intention to press the WG to ensure
that the costs of Council were resolved. The Director of
Social Services confirmed that a response from the Deputy Minister
was awaited in relation to the WG National Study results.
This matter was for Executive decision.
Having regard to the above matters, it was
RESOLVED – T H A T the position be noted and
that a further report be presented to Cabinet once the outcome of
the National Study was known and a meeting with the Deputy Minister
on the subject had taken place.
Reason for decision
To further apprise the Cabinet on progress
relating to WG addressing the shortfall in funding.