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Agenda Item No. 6

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 6 NOVEMBER 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:    21 OCTOBER 2013.

 

 

C2056        DISABLED FACILITIES GRANT PERFORMANCE 2013-14 QUARTER 1 (HBMCS) (SCRUTINY – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH, HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION, CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

Members were advised of the Council's performance delivering Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) in quarter 1 of 2013-14.

 

Cabinet agreed on 15 July, 2013 (Minute No. C1415 refers) an action plan for service improvement during 2013-14 and that a detailed report on Disabled Facilities Grants be brought to Cabinet on a quarterly basis. Appendix 1, as attached to the report, provided detailed information on the performance of the delivery of disabled facilities grants during quarter 1 of 2013-14.

 

The report outlined that overall the DFG performance was within target.  However, as seen in the second table in Appendix 1, the time taken between a client's 1st point of contact with the Council and the Occupational Therapist recommendation was behind target.  However, when comparing the performance on a quarterly basis there had been an improvement in this stage from the last quarter.  This failure was being addressed through additional staffing.  The Occupational Therapist employed by Public Protection would start in November 2013 and in the meantime an agency Occupational Therapist had been employed. Appendix 2, as attached to the report, provided an update on the implementation of the agreed action plan delivering further service improvement.

 

The adaptations detailed within this report were for private sector residents that either owned their properties or were renting from private landlords. Adaptations required by Council tenants were delivered by Housing Services, while adaptations for housing association tenants were delivered by their housing association supported by Property Adaptation Grants funded directly by Welsh Government.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the report on performance for delivering Disabled Facilities Grant in Quarter 1 of 2013-14 be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committees (Housing and Public Protection, Health and Social Care and Corporate Resources) for information.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To advise Cabinet of the Council's performance delivering Disabled Facilities Grant in quarter 1 of 2013-14.

 

(2)       To provide information on performance to relevant Scrutiny Committee.

 

 

 Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 21 OCTOBER 2013