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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 1 June, 2015

Report of the Leader

External Funding: Social Services Delivering Transformation Grant, Social Care Workforce Development Grant.

Purpose of the Report

1.    To inform Cabinet of two external funding grant applications being progressed, and to seek approval for the work being undertaken and acceptance of the grants and conditions.

Recommendations

1.    That Cabinet notes the use of the Managing Director's emergency powers to approve submission of the Delivering Transformation Grant application and the proposed use of the grant.

 

2.    That Cabinet notes the use of the Managing Director's emergency powers to approve submission of the Social Care Workforce Development Grant application and the proposed use of the grant.

 

3.    That Cabinet approves acceptance of the two grant allocations and the terms and conditions of the grants. 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.     Due to deadlines involved in submitting the Delivering Transformation Grant application, the use of emergency powers was required to approve the grant application outlining the proposed use of the funding.

 

2.     Due to deadlines involved in submitting the Social Care Workforce Development Grant application, use of the Managing Director's emergency powers was required to submit an application outlining the proposed use of the funding to support the Social Care Workforce Development Programme 2015-16.

 

3.      To ensure the Cardiff and Vale region is ready to implement the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and to enable the Social Care Workforce Development Programme to continue.

Background

2.    The Delivering Transformation Grant is an annual allocation from Welsh Government to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This is the third year the grant has been available.

 

3.    The grant is issued on a regional basis and the Vale of Glamorgan forms part of a regional collaborative with Cardiff Council for the purposes of this grant. The amount allocated to the region totals £414,648. The Vale acts as the lead organisation and a proposal outlining how the funding will be used was submitted to Welsh Government by the 30th April submission deadline.

 

4.    The Social Care Workforce Development Grant is an indicative allocation from Welsh Government which must be applied for annually. The grant has been received for a significant number of years and is used to fund the Social Care Workforce Development Programme (SCWDP). The grant must be used in relation to social care training.

 

5.    The aim of the SCWDP is to improve the quality and management of social services provision through a planned approach to learning and development. The deadline for submitting the grant application to Welsh Government was the 29th May 2015.

Relevant Issues and Options

Delivering Transformation Grant

6.    The Delivering Transformation Grant will be used to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. The funding will be used to support the project to review the new legal framework and develop workstreams to ensure that the Cardiff and Vale region is ready to implement the Act in April 2016.

 

7.    The project will require strong partnership working between a number of agencies and organisations and all partners involved have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. On the 14th April the Integrated Health and Social Care Governance Board agreed the proposed use of the grant outlined in the application to Welsh Government and delegated authority to the Strategic Implementation Group to manage implementation of the grant.

 

8.    The agreed priorities for the 2015/16 grant are:

  • To retain capacity and leadership of a named individual at Head of Service level, or equivalent, to lead a team on each public services footprint to; maintain and implement the Regional Implementation Plans for the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act, drive forward the programme of change to implement the Act across the footprint and across footprint partners particularly the NHS, third and private sectors, and  to maintain and support the established regional leadership and political and officer level leadership arrangements.
  • To work in partnership with Welsh Government on the Wales-wide priorities for    transformation set out in Sustainable Social Services Wales. 
  • To establish a programme to deliver the regional implementation plan agreed with NHS, third and private sector partners reflecting key priorities and key responsibilities for delivery.
  • To ensure that the regional Learning & Development Strategy is embedded in the implementation plan.
  • To review the self-assessment and update the regional plan and programme by the second half of the year.
  • To work towards shared regional ICT systems, together with common administrative processes to underpin delivery.
  • To capture and share learning from grant-funded projects within the region, including examples of best practice, that support implementation of the Act.
  • To continue to support the shift to new service models and additional discrete priorities or immediate readiness activities.  
9.    The application was considered and supported by the External Funding Steering Group on the 23rd April 2015, with the short timescales involved submitting the grant application noted.

Social Care Workforce Development Grant

10.    The aim of the Social Care Workforce Development Programme is to improve the quality and management of social services provision through a planned approach to learning and development and seek to increase the take-up of training across the social care sector. This includes the whole social care sector operating across the Vale of Glamorgan including staff within independent and third sector providers of social care services.

 

11.    The objectives of the SCWDP for 2015-16 and 2016-17 are:

  • To ensure that staff across all partner organisations engaged in duties delivered under the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act have the knowledge, skills and competencies to operate under the new legal framework and that the necessary cultural changes are driven forward.
  • To ensure that all core learning and development, including induction and qualification training, is reframed to reflect the new legal framework.
  • To continue the current support for Social Work training in Wales.
  • To support improving skills for frontline social care workers.
  • To support the infrastructure for learning and development.
12.    The application was considered and supported by the External Funding Steering Group on the 23rd April 2015, with the short timescales involved submitting the grant application noted.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.    The requirements on the Council with regard to preparation for the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act are considerable and cannot be met within current resources. This is acknowledged by Welsh Government which has made the Delivering Transformation Grant available to support implementation.

 

14.    A total of £3 million has been allocated by Welsh Government across the regional consortia for 2015/16. Subject to budgetary decisions, a further £3 million in grant funding will be made available in 2016-17 to support the embedding process.

 

15.    The Delivering Transformation Grant will be used to fund 3 new members of full time staff on an initial one year basis and 2 full time existing members of staff. Should funding continue and staff become eligible for redundancy payments, the grant does not make provision to cover these costs. This will be allocated for within the budget and verbal agreements with Cardiff Council have been made regarding apportioning any potential redundancy payments.

 

16.    The Social Care and Wellbeing (Wales) Act will have training implications for staff across the care sector, although the full impact of this will not be clear until all of the details in the regulations are known. It is anticipated that the Welsh Government will require a move towards a regional and national approach to training and development.

 

17.    The SCWDP has previously been 100% funded from Welsh Government. For 2015/16 70% of the fund is provided by Welsh Government with 30% match funding from the Council required. This equates to a total fund of £389,779, with £272,845 revenue grant available from Welsh Government and £116,934 revenue match funding required.

 

18.    The grant has been received annually for a significant number of years and is used to fund 3 permanent and 1 temporary existing members of staff. Welsh Government has informed local authorities that the grant will come to an end in March 2017. Local authorities have also been advised that as learning and development is a key objective under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, alternative funding may be available to fund the SCWDP. However the implications for local authorities are unknown at present and should funding not be available there may be significant redundancy costs arising.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

19.    The Social Services Delivering Transport Grant assists service users in realising independence and thereby impacts positively on community cohesion.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

20.    Delivering Transformation Grant funding will ensure the Cardiff and Vale region is ready to implement the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act in April 2016 and the Council is able to meet the considerable requirements with regard to preparation for implementation.

 

21.    It will be necessary to ensure that all terms and conditions attached to the external funding grants are complied with and that the Council’s Procedure Note on Grant Funding is followed.

Crime and Disorder Implications

22.    There are no crime and disorder implications arising directly from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

23.    Through the Delivering Transformation Grant engagement with all service users will be improved and the use of co-production with effective partnership working will increase choice and control for all people who use services and their carers.

Corporate/Service Objectives

24.    The Delivering Transformation Grant supports a number of priorities within the Corporate Plan and Community Strategy through enabling greater integration of health and social care services to better meet the needs of service users, enabling citizen's to retain independence as long as possible.

 

25.    The delivering transformation project will contribute to the Council's reshaping services agenda by identifying and delivering new models of working which focus on the management of demand.

 

26.    The Social Care Workforce Development Grant affords opportunities for the delivery of training, learning and development for staff in the statutory, independent and third sector, supporting a number of strategic plans and priorities. The proposed use of the grant will support a number of priorities within the Corporate Plan within Children and Young People and Health and Social Care, and supports priority outcome 2 of the Community Strategy to provide high quality, citizen focused services.

Policy Framework and Budget

27.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

28.    On the 14th April 2015 the Integrated Health and Social Care Governance Board agreed the Delivering Transformation Grant application and delegated authority to the Strategic Implementation Group to manage the implementation of the grant. The Cabinet Member for Adult Services and the Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools are included on the Governance Board.

 

29.    A copy of the Social Care Workforce Development Grant application is made available to the social care provider partnership.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

30.    Corporate Resources.

Background Papers

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

Officers Consulted

External Funding Steering Group Corporate Management Team Carys Lord, Head of Business Management and Innovation

Responsible Officer:

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development
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