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SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH)

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 11th April, 2016.

 

Present:  Councillor R.L. Traherne (Chairman); Councillors R.J. Bertin, Ms. R. Birch, E. Hacker, Dr. I.J. Johnson and J.W. Thomas.

 

Also present: Councillor S.C. Egan.

 

 

962     APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – 

 

These were received from Councillors Mrs. M.E.J. Birch, H.C. Hamilton, S.T. Wiliam and Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson

 

 

963     MINUTES – 

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 7th March, 2016 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

964     DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –

 

No declarations were received.

 

 

965     IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES AND WELL-BEING (WALES) ACT 2014 (REF) –

 

Cabinet, on 14th March, 2016, was provided with a report which gave an overview of the changes that would be introduced by the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (“the Act”). 

 

Attached as supplementary information was a briefing note for Social Services staff and Part 8 Code of Practice covering the role of the Director of Social Services.

 

The Cabinet report advised that the Act was very extensive, consolidating in one place much of the legislative framework for social services in Wales.  It repealed many previous laws and guidance relating to care and support which had been replaced within the Act.  Appendix 1 to the Cabinet report listed the consequential repeals and amendments to existing primary legislation.  The new law would build on the White Paper, Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action, which called for modernisation of the law for care and support in ways that reflected the strengths of structures, systems and policy in Wales.  It was intended to transform the way social services were delivered in Wales and covered adults, children and carers.  The Act would bring in new duties for Local Authorities, local health boards and other public bodies. 

 

The Act provided a new statutory framework for social services in Wales which would operate in its entirety from 6th April, 2016.  This consisted of three main elements – the Act itself, regulations made under the Act, and supporting codes of practice and statutory guidance.  Appendices 2 and 3 to the Cabinet report contained links to those which were approved by the Assembly in December 2015. 

 

The intention of the Act was around putting individuals and their well-being outcomes at the centre of their care.  This meant providing individuals with advice over the control of these well-being outcomes and how these would be achieved.  Local Authorities would be under a general duty (under Section 5) to promote the well-being of people who need care and support and carers who need support.  The key principles described in the Act were as follows: 

  • To support people who have care and support needs to achieve wellbeing
  • People are to be put at the heart of the new system by giving them an equal say in the support they receive
  • Partnership and co-operation must drive service delivery
  • Services will promote the prevention of escalating need and ensure that the right help is available at the right time. 

A great deal of preparatory work had been done by the Council in collaboration with regional partners, especially Cardiff Council.  This would continue right up to April and beyond.  The programme of change involved nine work streams which were set out in Appendix 4 to the report, these being: 

  • Information, advice and assistance
  • Planning and promoting preventative services
  • Eligibility / assessment of need
  • Safeguarding (adults and children)
  • Looked After and Accommodated Children
  • Advocacy
  • Performance management
  • Work force development
  • Co-operation and partnership. 

The Welsh Government had provided a Delivering Transformation Grant (DTG) since 2014/15, to support plans by Local Authorities for making the transition to the new arrangements.  As required by this Grant, regional governance arrangements were in place to monitor and oversee progress. 

 

New services were being developed.  These included moving towards providing an information, advice and assistance service as required by the Act.  This was being designed to ensure that people could get access to the right help at the right time to meet their individual situation.  Appendix 5 contained a draft and diagram which set out what the service would include across the region.  The development of the service was still a work in progress as the service got a better understanding of what was required and what currently existed.

 

As the implementation date approached, briefings on the Act would increase at a team level to support staff during this period of transition.  A staff briefing note was contained as supplementary information.  The delivery of services and business continuity would remain a top priority, but this would need to be balanced by the work to continue to deliver changes in services and policy over the next few months and beyond which were in line with the core principles outlined in the Act.  New statutory Code of Practice setting out the duties and responsibilities of the Director of Social Services had been laid before the National Assembly for Wales and this was also attached as supplementary information.

 

The Chairman queried progress in relation to the new performance management framework.  In reply, the Director of Social Services stated that this was very complicated.  Presently, most indicators required by Welsh Government for 2016/17 related to the amount and volume of services provided, such as the number of domiciliary care packages.  This meant that there would be a lot of information but very little comparable data, except for a limited number of National Strategic Indicators (NSIs) which have been retained.  There was also a Code Practice in relation to measuring the performance of social services.  It covered measuring well-being (at a national and individual level) and measuring performance against quality standards.  The performance indicators did include qualitative information (17 areas setting out what people report about the impact of care and support services upon them) and quantitative data (18 measurements such as the rate of delayed transfers of care.  The latter would be included in the Committee’s quarterly performance reports; for new indicators, the first year’s target would be to set a baseline.  The qualitative elements were much more challenging and represented a significant shift in practice.  The Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA) had been operating a pilot project to test out the feasibility of recording, reporting and aggregating personal outcomes.  The steering group for this project had published a report, recommending that a phased approach to adopting any new model, such as the ‘distance travelled’ method, be adopted.  The Director further added that some tools were being developed and that each local authority may be asked to choose one area of service provision to test out the approach.  This was still work in progress. 

 

In answer to a question regarding the impact of the Act experienced during the first week, the Head of Business Management and Innovation advised that the Directorate had been carrying out a lot of work around reassuring staff and around maintaining business continuity.  This was a key message provided to staff.  One area which the Service would need to develop related to undertaking reviews of care packages by the Contact Centre staff via telephone.  This practice would not be compliant with the Act and therefore would not be acceptable past the transition phase.  In terms of impact experienced during the first week, she explained that there had not been an avalanche of people demanding support services.  One other area of concern related to charging for services and work was still ongoing to ensure that no one was disadvantaged.  The Head of Children and Young People Services reiterated the previous points around providing reassurance to staff, particularly in relation to the new assessment form for Children’s Services which had been implemented in line with the requirements of the Act.  Welsh Government recognised that 6th April was the start of the journey on the road to compliance and the level of change required would take time to embed. 

 

In reply to a question regarding major implications and changes following the introduction of the new Act, the Director of Social Services stated that some of the most important developments related to extra entitlement to support for some carers around which new services were being developed.  To progress this, Welsh Government had allocated £1.1million to local health boards and so it was important to know the sort of services that carers wanted.  Another area of change related to the provision of advocacy services, around which there were two distinct strands.  The first related to advocacy services for children and the need to extend the ‘offer’ being made in line with a recommendation from the Children’s Commissioner.   The Director went on to advise that national standards were in place and it was likely that this would be progressed on a regional basis.  The second strand related to an independent professional advocacy service for adults with complex communication needs.  He advised that this was far less developed and there was a need to understand what this meant within the Act.  He stated that it was hoped that a national approach could be developed, which could be implemented on a regional basis as it was currently recognised that most providers did not have the necessary expertise in order to provide the required service.  He also added that it would take at least the next year in order to plan and develop a range of advocacy services.

 

The Committee, in querying the possibility of further integration of services, was advised by the Director that this related to the need to consult with service users and providers around what they wanted to happen.  He also referred to the importance within the new Social Services and Well-being Act around the development of new integrated services with health.  He added that money had been allocated to local health boards to manage this process on a regional basis.  Furthermore, the new regional partnership board had been established, with its first meeting being scheduled for 22nd April. 

 

A Committee Member stated that the main selling point of the new Act was around providing more say for service users and he queried whether this was true.  In reply, the Committee was advised that there were constraints around resources which would affect the level of services provided.  Members noted that this approach was already developed within Children’s Services and some Adult Services such as those for clients with a learning disability.  It would be more difficult to achieve in large volume areas such as older people’s services.  This was because clients would not always have a social worker assigned to them and it would be difficult to meet the wishes of service users given the current level of resources available. 

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the contents of the Cabinet report be noted.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

To ensure that Elected Members are kept informed about fundamental changes in the legislative and policy framework which underpins the work of Social Services.

 

 

966     NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE COMMISSIONING OF PLACEMENTS: INTEGRATED HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PROGRAMME (DSS) –

 

The Head of Business Management and Innovation presented the report, the purpose of which was to inform Members about ongoing development around the National Collaborative Commissioning Integrated Health and Social Care Programme.  The report described the Programme, which had been awarded Welsh Government Invest to Save funding, which had the following objectives: 

  • Improve health and wellbeing of patients / citizens within publicly funded, externally provided care settings
  • Improve quality and safety of the care provision within publicly funded, externally provided care settings
  • Demonstrate value for money / reduce the publicly funded costs of externally funded care. 

As a background summary, the report advised that the South East Wales Improvement Collaborative (SEWIC) brokerage or placement finding service was established in 2012.  Its purpose was to match service users with providers of long term placements for people who had mental health problems, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.  Typically, these were high cost / low volume placements.  The service was run on behalf of the nine South East Wales Local Authorities and it reported to the SEWIC Programme Board of Directors of Social Services.

 

The Care Assurance and Performance System (CAPS) was developed by the NHS Wales Commissioning Collaborative for Mental health and Learning Disability Services to manage the external provision of secure hospital and rehabilitation services across Wales.  It had been running for a similar time as the SEWIC brokerage service.  It had been highlighted that issues faced by the NHS and by the social care brokerage service were similar and these included: 

  • Insufficient quality and safety of placements choices
  • Increasing demand and complexity of need in the part of people needing placements
  • Increasing costs within a largely independent sector, market-driven economy of care. 

The South East Wales Adults Brokerage Service had also found the following: 

  • Service users’ needs were becoming much more complex
  • Service providers are not adequately skilled or equipped to meet complex needs
  • There was an over-provision of “general” needs supported accommodation
  • Specialist services were not local enough and this was a key factor for individuals / family members when needing to access a placement
  • Business models used by service providers did not support recovery and progression
  • New ways of commissioning social care services were required
  • Social care services needed to be procured on the basis of their contribution to supporting independence and moving on. 

SEWIC had collaborated with NHS Wales on enhancing the existing Care Assurance Performance System, with the aim of integrating the commission and quality performance management of high cost / low volume placements.  Working with the NHS Wales Informatics Service, NHS Wales and SEWIC were awarded a grant from the Welsh Government Health Technology and Telehealth Fund in April 2014.  This funding had been used to enhance the CAPS system, moving it from a database of patient and provider information into a tool which supported the ongoing care, treatment and support of those within non NHS Wales or Local Authority care settings.  This was now called Commissioning Care Assurance and Performance System (CCAPS).  The CCAPS allowed direct access to the system by care managers, commissioners and providers across health and social care.  As such, this would act as a key enabler for further integrated work. 

 

A data collection exercise had been completed for participating organisations (12 Local Authorities and all health boards) with the aim of creating a national strategic commissioning position for Local Authority and Continuing Healthcare funded care packages.  These results would inform a national market analysis in respect of external providers and had helped to determine the scope for the first project in the next phase of the programme.  This would involve producing framework based agreements for adults (aged 18 – 65) with mental health and  / or learning disability needs in residential care, with / without nursing. 

 

All seven health boards, the South East Wales Local Authorities (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan), the Western Bay Local Authorities and Powys County Council had all confirmed that they would participate in the programme. 

 

All 22 Welsh local authorities had also confirmed their willingness to be named on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice with all 7 health boards in January 2016.  The notice was published on 'Sell2Wales' on 5th February 2016 with a return date for Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) responses by 26th February.

 

The Integrated Health and Social Care Commissioning Programme Board had been established in September 2015 and started a procurement process for a Collaborative National Framework for younger adults (18 – 64 years) in Mental Health and Learning Disability Care Homes and Care Homes with Nursing.  The planned programme of work identified that the framework would be in place by 1st October, 2016.  A highlight report for the period 4th January to 24th February was attached at Appendix 1 to the report. 

 

The Chairman queried the number of service users that this programme related to.  In reply, the Head of Business Management and Innovation advised, that during 2015, there were 3 individuals with a learning disability aged 18 to 64 and one client with a mental health problem that were found placements.  The Committee further noted that the funding for these clients would depend on their status such as Continuing Health Care and Section 117.

 

A Committee Member in referring to the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for providers, queried the number of responses received.  In reply, the Committee was advised that in total there were 116 providers with 322 Care Homes and 469 settings.  The numbers therefore were vast.  Members heard that around 50 providers had failed final checks but there was opportunity for these providers to still be granted the appropriate status.

 

In reply to a query around the Council’s willingness to be named on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice, the Head of Business Management and Innovation explained that the Council wanted to have as many options available as possible.  The Council could opt out of this at any stage, which could be a possibility if the Council found a more efficient way of procuring placements.

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the work around the National Collaborative Commissioning of Placements be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T an update report be presented in 12 months’ time.

 

Reason for recommendations

 

(1&2)  To ensure that Members continue to exercise effective oversight of important collaborative programmes with which the Social Services sector are involved.

 

 

967     IMPROVEMENT PLAN PART 1 (IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES 2016/17) (DSS) –

 

The Committee’s views were sought in relation to the proposed improvement objectives for 2016/17. 

 

The Corporate Plan was a key means of the Council complying with the Local Government Measure 2009, which required the Council to set improvement objectives annually and to demonstrate continuous improvement. 

 

The Corporate Plan 2016-2020 was approved by Cabinet on 22nd February, 2016 and by Council on 2nd March, 2016 following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and partners.  The Plan set out the Council’s priorities for the next four years as well as its vision, values and wellbeing objectives.  Work had been undertaken to ensure that these plans were aligned and reflected the priorities for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.  These outcomes would also be reflected in service plans for 2016/17. 

 

The proposed improvement objectives and associated actions 2016/17 reflected the four wellbeing outcomes in the Corporate Plan, ensuring that the Council was focusing on the areas in need of the most improvement. 

 

Five improvement objectives had been proposed for 2016/17, which were as follows: 

  • Objective 1 (reducing poverty and social exclusion)
  • Objective 2 (promoting regeneration, economic growth and employment)
  • Objective 3 (raising overall standards of achievement)
  • Objective 4 (encouraging and promoting active and healthy lifestyles)
  • Objective 5 (deliver the Council’s transformational programme, “Reshaping Services”, to meet the future needs of citizens of the Vale of Glamorgan, within the context of unprecedented financial challenges). 

The five objectives comprised the following: 

  • Proposals for two new objectives which related to Objective 1 (reducing poverty and social exclusion) and Objective 4 (encouraging and promoting active and healthy lifestyles).
  • Two amendments to existing objectives were proposed which related to Objective 2 (promoting regeneration, economic growth and employment) and Objective 3 (raising overall standards of achievement).  Extending the area of focus for the Council in 2016/17 would bring these in line with the broader objectives as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2016-20.
  • It was also proposed that one current objective be carried forward into 2016/17 to reflect the continued focus on Reshaping Services to meet future needs of all Vale citizens (Objective 5). 

Objective 4 applied specifically to this Committee, however, the work of the Committee would also contribute towards Objectives 1, 3 and 5.  Appendix 1 to the report outlined proposed objectives for 2016/17 and provided a rationale for each objective.  The measures to be undertaken to make a difference were identified, including a sponsoring Director with responsibility for ensuring the achievement of key outcomes.

 

A Committee Member commented that this represented a new way of working for the Committee, particularly in relation to public health issues.  With regard to the new suite of performance indicators that had been identified for the purpose of monitoring, the Member alluded to the amount of work previously undertaken by the Committee to ensure that measures were relevant.  He went on to state that it would be his preference if performance was compared on the basis of the top quartile in Wales as opposed to the Welsh Average.  He mentioned that some of the data provided was not current and so he considered that to date there was a lack of information which would make it difficult to set performance targets.  He also had some reservations because some of the indicators were not fully outcome based.

 

The Chairman agreed with the comments made by the Member and he highlighted that even Welsh Average figures were currently not available.

 

In response to these comments, the Director of Social Services stated that there were some inevitable tensions between the need to make quick progress with the new approach in readiness for the new performance year and the fact that the Council was trying to adopt a new objective where work was needed to define how this would be measured. Even where measures had been proposed, there were data gaps.  In his opinion, it would be helpful to have further dialogue with local Public Health officials.  With their help, the Directorate may be able to design some very relevant indicators to which the Council was able to contribute.  This would be in keeping with the Population Needs Assessment which was being undertaken by the new Regional Partnership Board in the new financial year as part of its responsibilities under the Social Services and Wellbeing Act and which Public Health had been asked to take a key role.  Given the process for approving the Improvement Objectives, there was still an opportunity to refine how the Council would monitor progress. 

           

RECOMMENDED – T H A T Cabinet be informed that the Scrutiny Committee, at this stage, does not endorse the proposed Improvement Objective 4 for 2016/17.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

Due to concerns about the proposed performance indicators for use in measuring how progress to achieve Objective 4 will be monitored.

 

968     4TH QUARTER SCRUTINY DECISION TRACKING OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND WORK PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 2015/16 (MD) –

 

The purpose of the report was to advise Members of progress in relation to the Scrutiny Committee’s recommendations and to confirm the updated / amended work programme schedule for 2016/17.  Appendix A to the report detailed progress to date for the municipal year 2014-15, Appendix B detailed progress in relation to the 3rd Quarter October – December 2015, Appendix C showed progress for the 4th Quarter January – March 2016 and Appendix D outlined the work programme schedule for the work of the Committee for the forthcoming months.

 

In relation to decision tracking, and the Committee’s recommendation for the Directorate to investigate the possibility of introducing a Young Carer’s Card, the Committee was advised that a report on whether to proceed with this would be presented to a future meeting.   The Committee also noted that a further report to Cabinet on the need to develop mechanisms to help identify young carers (meetings on 1st February, 2016, Minute No. 796, Recommendation(3)) would also be presented to this Scrutiny Committee. 

 

With regard to Minute No. 613, relating to the Committee meeting on 30th November, 2015, Members were advised that an update regarding representations made by the Leader to Welsh Government would be sent via e-mail. 

 

With regard to the Committee’s forward work programme, the Committee was advised that it had been confirmed that a representative from Public Health Wales would provide a presentation on child obesity at the meeting scheduled for 16th May, 2016. 

 

In addition, the Chairman had requested for the Committee to receive a report on 13th June, 2016 regarding Delayed Transfers of Care in order to provide Members with a better understanding of the current situation.  The Committee also agreed that a report on the Vale of Glamorgan Fostering Service, that had been scheduled for 10th October, 2016, would be brought forward to the June meeting. 

 

In relation to the Committee’s understanding the implications following the introduction of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, it was agreed for the Committee to receive an update at its meeting on 12th September, 2016.  The Committee therefore also agreed that the report set for 5th December, 2016 regarding the Regional Partnership Board could be removed from the work programme.

 

Finally, the Committee noted that an invitation had been sent to a representative from the Local Health Board in order to discuss changes to the dental service at Barry Hospital and a visit by the Committee to the New Horizons Day Service would be arranged for an appropriate date.

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the following recommendations be deemed completed:

 

30 November 2015

Min. No. 612 – Report On   The Chief Inspector’s Annual Performance Evaluation Of The Vale Of   Glamorgan’s Social Services Department 2014-2015 (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That Cabinet be advised of the outcomes of   the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales’ Annual Performance   Evaluation and the areas of progress and improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet,   on 11th January, 2016, resolved

[1]   That the report and key messages to emerge   from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales’ Annual Performance   Evaluation that highlighted areas of progress and also identified areas that   required improvement, be noted.

[2]   That officers and staff from within the   Directorate be commended on the work they were doing, despite the decrease in   resources and the extra pressures being placed upon them by the new   legislation and demographic changes.

(Min   No C3031 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 613 – Initial   Revenue Budget Proposals 2016/17 (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate   Resources) agree the Committee’s request that all the cost pressures as   detailed in Appendix 3 of the report are fully funded.

(3)   That the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate   Resources) notes that the cost pressures as detailed in Appendix 3 of the   report could increase in view of the requirement  to carry out further work on the  impact of the National Living Wage and the   new costs associated with the payment of    ‘travel time’ by independent care providers. In addition it was clear   that there may be other additional costs, above those already identified in   the cost pressures, as a result of the introduction of the Social Services   and Well Being Act.

(4)   That the Cabinet be requested to make   three separate written representations to Welsh Government on the following:

  1.           i.   The additional costs incurred   by the Council as a result of the UK Government’s introduction of the   National Living Wage and the requirement for domiciliary care providers to   pay travel time.
  2.          ii.  The fact that the Social   Services and Well Being Act was not cost neutral and that the Council has   incurred substantial additional costs as a result of the introduction of this   Welsh Government legislation.
  3.        iii.  The fact that the Council now   has to fund much of the integration agenda in view of the cessation of RCF   and the transfer of the ICF to health boards, and that the Council is also   having to fund elements of the Supporting People Programme.

 

 

(2),   (3) and (4)

The   Committee’s comments were tabled at the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate   Resources) meeting on 8th December 2015, being the Lead Scrutiny Committee. 

Scrutiny Committee   (Corporate Resources) recommended

(1)   That    no action be taken with regard to the recommendations from the   Scrutiny Committees (Social Care and Health) and (Lifelong Learning) in view   of the cost pressures facing the Council overall and as the details of the   financial settlement from WG had not yet been received.

(3)   That the views of the Scrutiny Committee   be referred to Cabinet.

(Min   No 660 refers – referred to Cabinet meeting on 11th January, 2016)

Cabinet,   on 11th January 2016, resolved that the Leader would raise the   three separate representations with Welsh Government.

(Min.   No. C3033 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 615 –   Implementation of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 (DSS) – Recommended

(3)   That Cabinet be advised of the latest   progress around the approach being taken to implement the Social Services and   Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet,   on 11th January, 2016, resolved that the contents of the report be   noted and Cabinet continue to receive regular updates from the Scrutiny   Committee (Social Care and Health) with regards to the implementation of the   Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

(Min.   No. C3032 refers)

Completed

04 January 2016

Min. No. 716 –   Commissioning Domiciliary Care Services from the Independent Sector: Follow   Up Report (DSS) – Recommended

(3)   That Scrutiny Committee receives an update   in six months on the quality assurance processes in place to support the   commissioning of high quality domiciliary care services and how the   Directorate is responding to issues within the sector.

 

 

 

 

Added   to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 717 – Draft   Corporate Plan 2016-20 (REF) and Performance Management Framework (REF) – Recommended

Corporate Plan

(2)   That the views of the Committee as   outlined in the minutes be forward to Cabinet, with special regard to the   Committee’s suggestions as outlined above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Referred   to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) on 9th February 2016   and then referred to Cabinet on 22nd February 2016 and Council on   2nd March 2016.

On   9th February, 2016 Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) noted   the changes to the Plan.

(Min.   No. 832 refers)

Cabinet, on 22nd   February 2016 Resolved - that the changes to the Corporate Plan 2016-20 be   noted and, following any further required amendments, the Plan be submitted   to Council for consideration on 2nd March, 2016.

(Min.   No. C3084 refers)

Council, on 2nd March   2016, Resolved – that the proposals of the Cabinet, as set out in Cabinet   Minute No. C3084, 22nd February, 2016, be approved and the   Corporate Plan 2016-20 approved accordingly.

(Min.   No. 886 refers)

Completed

Performance Management   Framework

(2)   That the views of the Committee as   outlined in the minutes be forward Cabinet.

 

Referred   to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) on 9th February 2016   and then referred to Cabinet on 22nd February 2016 and Council on   2nd March 2016.

On   9th February, 2016 Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) noted   the changes to the Plan.

(Min.   No. 832 refers)

Cabinet, on 22nd   February, 2016 Resolved

(1)   That the   proposals for changes to the Council’s Performance Management Framework as   described in the report be approved.

(2)   That the   proposed review of the Council's Scrutiny Committees' names and terms of   reference be agreed and the matter be referred for further consideration by   the proposed working group as set out in resolution 5 below.

(3)   That the report   be referred to the Democratic Services Committee for consideration.

(4)   That subject to resolutions 1-3 above, the   proposal to establish a working group of Elected Members and Officers to   develop further the arrangements that would support the revised Performance   Management Framework, including consideration of the review of the Council's   Scrutiny Committees, be approved.

(5)   That a further report be brought to   Cabinet following conclusion of the review by the working group on matters   relating to the naming and terms of reference of the Council's Scrutiny   Committees.

(Min.   No. C3085 refers)

Council, on 2nd March   2016, Resolved – that the proposals of the Cabinet, as set out in Cabinet   Minute No. C3084, 22nd February, 2016, be approved and the   Corporate Plan 2016-20 approved accordingly.

(Min.   No. 886 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 718 – Revenue   and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April to 30th   November 2015 (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That the progress made in delivering the   Social Services Budget Programme be noted and referred to Cabinet for   information.

 

 

 

 

Cabinet,   on 25th January 2016, noted the contents of the report.

(Min   No C3054 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 719 – Update on   Implementation of The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That the Committee continue to receive   regular updates about implementation of the Act.

(3)   That the report be referred to Cabinet in   order to provide an update around the approach being taken to implement the   Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

 

 

 

 

(2)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

(3)   Cabinet, on 25th January 2016,   resolved that the contents of the report be noted and Cabinet continue to   receive regular updates from the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health)   with regards to the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being   (Wales) Act 2014.

(Min.   No. C3053 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 720 – Community   Mental Health Services (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That a report detailing developments in   adult mental health services be received on an annual basis.

 

 

Added   to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 721 – 3rd   Quarter Scrutiny Decision Tracking of Recommendations and Work Programme   Schedule 2015/16 (MD) – Recommended

(2)   That the Work Programme Schedule attached   at Appendix D to the report be amended as detailed above and uploaded onto   the Council’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

Work   programme schedule updated and uploaded onto the Council’s website.

Completed

01 February 2016

Min. No. 796 – Revenue   and Capital Monitoring Report for the Period 1st April to 31st   December 2015 (DSS) – Recommended

(3)   That the report be referred to Cabinet for   its consideration and to highlight the progress in delivering the Social   Services Budget Programme.

 

 

 

 

Cabinet,   on 22nd February, 2016, noted the report.

(Min   No C3074 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 797 – Young   Carer Services: Update Report (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That the report be referred to the   Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for its consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)   That the report be referred to Cabinet to   highlight the need to develop further mechanisms to help identify young   carers.

 

 

 

 

 

(4)   That update reports be received by the   Committee on an annual basis.

 

 

(2)   Referred to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong   Learning) meeting on 14th March, 2016.

The   Committee thanked the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) for the   update and requested that future reports be forwarded on an annual basis.

(Min   No 940 refers)

Completed

(3)   Cabinet, on 22nd February,   2016, noted the contents of the report and resolved that a further report be   brought back to Cabinet looking at further mechanisms to help identify young   carers by using the “all contacts count” approach.

(Min   No C3076 refers)

Completed

(4)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 798 – The Meals   on Wheels Service (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That the report be referred to Cabinet to   advise on how the Meals on Wheels service was being delivered and to   highlight the rationale for considering alternative ways of meeting the   nutritional needs of those eligible for support from social services.

 

 

 

 

 

(3)   That the progress to date be noted and   that further reports on potential alternative service models be received.

 

 

(2)   Cabinet, on 22nd February,   2016, noted the contents of the report and resolved that thanks be given to   officers for a review of the Meals on Wheels Service that highlighted the   rationale to consider alternative service delivery and that Cabinet looked   forward to receiving further analysis and comments on this matter from the   Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) in the future.

(Min   No C3077 refers)

Completed

(3)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 799 – Update on   Implementation of The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 (DSS) – Recommended

(2)   That the Committee continue to receive   regular updates about the implementation of the Act.

(3)   That the report be referred to Cabinet in   order to provide an update around the approach being taken to implement the   Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

 

 

 

 

(2)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

(3)   Cabinet, on 22nd February,   2016, noted the contents of the report and resolved that Cabinet continue to   receive regular updates from the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health)   with regards to the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being   (Wales) Act 2014.

(Min   No C3075 refers)

Completed

07 March 2016

Min. No. 908 – Assistive   Technology and Dementia Care Task and Finish Group Of The Scrutiny Committee   (Social Care And Health) Update Report (DSS) – Recommended

(3)   That a further update report be received   in six months to indicate those actions which have been completed, to detail   the future worked required and to highlight any issues around service   resilience.

 

 

 

 

 

Added   to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 909 – Update on   the Implementation of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014   (DSS) –   Recommended

(2)   That the Committee continue to receive   regular updates about the implementation of the Act.

 

 

 

 

Added   to work programme schedule.

Completed

 

(2)       T H A T the work programme schedule attached at Appendix D to the report be amended as detailed above and uploaded onto the Council’s website.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       To maintain effective tracking of the Committee’s recommendations.

 

(2)       For information.

 

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