Agenda Item No. 6
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
LEARNING AND CULTURE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 23 JANUARY 2017
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 12 DECEMBER 2016
C3399 REVIEW OF TY DERI (RE) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LEARNING AND CULTURE) -
Cabinet was provided with an overview of the provision at Ty Deri, including the level of usage and the key factors impacting on that usage, and its approval was sought to develop a business case to ensure the long term sustainability and success of the Ty Deri facility.
Ty Deri was a valuable newly built well equipped Council facility which had the potential to provide residential and respite care for Children and Young People (CYP) from within the Vale of Glamorgan and other authorities.
This excellent, purpose built facility, was underutilised for the following reasons:
The costs of placements at Ty Deri were currently uncompetitive and therefore unattractive to service users/ commissioners.
The current model of service delivery did not meet the current requirements of service users who required provision availability for 7 nights a week, 52 weeks a year.
Children’s Services had commissioned provision from third sector providers to provide respite placements that met their level of need.
The large increases in the cost of placements in September 2015 were likely to further reduce demand for placements.
Measures had been taken to reduce the staffing at Ty Deri in order to align this with current usage and this had reduced the level of overspending and the provision was forecasting a surplus for the year. The strategy in the short term was to ensure the 2016/17 projected surplus was achieved by securing the level of utilisation forecast by the school.
In order to ensure the long term sustainability and success of Ty Deri it was proposed that whilst the short term actions described in the report were underway, work to develop a business case for Ty Deri should commence. It was proposed that due to the scale, complexity and immediacy of this work, an external resource should be commissioned for a time limited period to undertake this work and be funded from the Council's Reshaping Services reserve. This business case should explore a range of options, adopt a strategic council-wide approach and identify the future demand for services that could be operated from Ty Deri to meet the Council’s current and future needs.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the content of the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the development of a fully-costed business case for Ty Deri which explores a range of options, adopts a Council-wide approach and identifies the future demand of services that could be operated from Ty Deri to meet current and future needs, be approved.
(3) T H A T the commissioning of external capacity for a time limited period to work with Members and officers in developing the business case be approved.
(4) T H A T the Scrutiny Committee Learning and Culture be consulted on the options for Ty Deri as part of the development of the business case.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To provide an overview of the Ty Deri facility and the nature of its current and future use.
(2) To enable the development of a fully-costed business plan to ensure the long term sustainability and success of Ty Deri.
(3) To enable the development of a robust business case in a timely manner and make use of specialist external resources.
(4) To engage the Scrutiny Committee Learning and Culture in identifying any alternative delivery models for Ty Deri.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 12 DECEMBER 2016