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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting : 8th April, 2013

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Adult Services

 

The closure of Bryneithin Residential Care Home

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform Cabinet that Bryneithin Residential Care Home has closed.

2.             To ask Cabinet to approve the arrangements being put in place to consider the future use of the site.

Recommendations

That Cabinet:

 

1.             Notes the closure of the Residential Care Home.

2.             Approves the arrangements being put in place to generate possible options for the Bryneithin site to assist in meeting older people's need for care and support, once it has been vacated.

3.             Requires the Director of Social Services to produce regular reports for Cabinet outlining the progress made with this work.

4.             Receives an options appraisal in due course to enable informed decisions about the Bryneithin site.

5.             Authorises the Director of Social Services to make arrangements for securing the site, including demolition of the buildings if necessary, in consultation with the Leader, the Cabinet member for Adult Services and the Managing Director.

6.             Refers the report to the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee for information.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure that Cabinet is aware the decision to close the Home has been implemented.

2, 3 & 4  To seek Cabinet approval for the arrangements being put in place to consider

              future use of the Bryneithin site.

 

5.         To secure the site cost effectively.

6.         To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee is able to exercise appropriate oversight.

Background

3.             Bryneithin has not admitted any new residents since the decision to close was made by Cabinet in December 2009.  Since this time, the staffing resource at the home has been constantly reviewed and tailored to meet the care needs of reducing numbers of residents.

4.             On 5th November 2012, Cabinet resolved that “the Council's current position on Bryneithin is that it continues to operate as a registered care home.  This commitment will continue for as long as necessary.  Consideration to further options for the future use of the site would be given as and when appropriate.”

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The last resident of Bryneithin has left the Home and it is now closed.  This matter can now be made public, without jeopardising the rights of any service user to privacy and confidentiality.  The site continues to provide temporary catering facilities for two other residential care homes, while essential refurbishment is carried out to their kitchens.  

6.             It is essential that the Bryneithin site is kept secure throughout any period of transition.  Extensive security arrangements are already in place and these will be reviewed when the remaining services withdraw from the site.

7.             A corporate project group is being set up to consider future use of the site, led by the Head of Adult Services and with assistance from the Council's Major Projects Unit.  From the outset, the project group will consider options for the site that will assist the Council in meeting the social care need of older people.  It should be noted that this exercise will be conducted in the context of there being no funds available from the Council's capital programme.  The project group will seek to engage with relevant stakeholders, including the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

8.             The closure of the Home will assist Adult Services to deliver its planned savings under the Social Services Budget Programme.  Running the home with one resident only was likely to incur a full-year cost of £200k.  There will be costs associated with keeping the premises secure.  These will have to be met from the Directorate's current budget but it is not possible to quantify them as yet.  However, depending on circumstances, it may be necessary to demolish the buildings, if this is a safer and more cost effective option.  For this purpose, funding would be from the Council's Building Fund. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

9.             There are no sustainability and climate change implications as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.        There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report and its recommendations.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11.        Empty premises bring increased risk of vandalism and theft.  It is necessary to provide appropriate security measures and to find alternative uses as soon as possible.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.        There are no equal opportunities issues arising directly from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13.        This report contributes to the following corporate objective:

·               "working with partners to meet the diverse needs of our residents in ways that will safeguard and support those who are most vulnerable and in greatest need; help people to keep fit and healthy; and increase social cohesion and equality of opportunity for all."

Policy Framework and Budget

14.        This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.        The relevant ward Members have been asked to provide observations for inclusion in the report.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16.        Corporate Resources is the lead Scrutiny Committee.  However, they may wish to consult with the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee before forming their own views.

Background Papers

Cabinet Report, 16.11.11: Social Services Commissioning Strategy for Older People’s Services

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health), 8.18.12: Update report on Bryneithin and Ty Dyfan

Cabinet Minute C1876, 5.11.12: Update report on Bryneithin and Ty Dyfan (Ref).

 

Contact Officer

Lance Carver, Head of Adult Services

 

Officers Consulted

Social Services Budget Programme Board

 

Responsible Officer:

Phil Evans, Director of Social Services

 

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