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Agenda Item No. 10

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 1st September, 2014

 

Report of the Director of Social Services

 

Extra Care Housing

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To update Scrutiny Committee on the progress made in developing Extra Care Housing in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Recommendation

That Scrutiny Committee notes the current position with regard to Extra Care in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Reason for the Recommendation

To ensure effective scrutiny of a key function undertaken by the Council.

Background

2.         Extra Care Housing is the term used to describe purpose-built housing which includes access to flexible support and personal care, including waking night support.  This form of accommodation is a popular choice among people living in such schemes for a range of reasons including:

·         the increased capacity for maintaining independence within a home which is their own;

·         the availability of comprehensive on-site support;

·         greater opportunities for social interaction; and

·         a physical environment which is specifically designed to meet the needs of older people.

3.         The first Extra Care facility in Barry is being built in the centre of the town and work started in May 2012.  Hafod Housing is responsible for the scheme and the Council's contribution to project is being managed corporately by a cross-Directorate group.

4.         The scheme will provide supported accommodation in forty-two affordable homes for rent by people over the age of 55 living in the Vale of Glamorgan and needing care and support.  It will include a restaurant, laundry, hairdresser and a multi-use activity/atrium space.  The front staircase incorporates a feature glass façade designed by an architectural glass artist.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         Committee has been informed previously that the original contract has been delayed because of changes in the ownership of the building contractor.  The revised completion date for building works was June 2014.  Regular meetings have taken place with Hendre, the development arm of Hafod, to monitor the situation. 

6.         Significant progress has been made in recent months but the contractor has informed the Council that there will be a further delay.  Flooding on the site has damaged parts of the building.  As a result, the contractor has requested an extension to the contract to allow for the damage to be repaired and for the final works to be completed to the required standards.

7.         Following a recent meeting with Hafod Housing and Hendre, it is now anticipated that the first tenants will move into their new accommodation in September 2014.

8.         The Council has recently let two contracts to provide care and support to tenants using this new scheme.  Hafod Housing has been awarded the Supporting People contract, which will provide support and advice for tenants prior to their move and once they are in the property.

9.         The domiciliary care contract has been awarded to Reach, which is an organisation based in South Wales.  This contract will deliver support hours to the tenants in the property which is flexible and can change to meet fluctuating needs.

10.      The new scheme has generated a great deal of interest, both locally and further afield.  To date, tenancy offers have been sent to 34 individuals.  The criteria are that an individual has to be 55 years or older, a current resident of the Vale and in receipt of social care services.

11.      The working group continues to manage the risks associated with such a major enterprise.  The key risk currently concerns completion of the building work.

12.      A visit to the development has been arranged for all members of the Scrutiny Committee on 1st September.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.      Social Housing Grant from the Welsh Government is providing 58% of the capital funding required and the remaining 42% is funded by Hafod Care Association through its existing borrowing arrangements.

14.      The development will provide 42 units for rent.  The accommodation charges will be funded from rental and service charge income.  Care services will be provided and coordinated through the Council's community care budgets.  It is anticipated that the cost of these packages will be less than the alternative support offered currently through residential care packages.

15.      The Budget Programme for Social Services includes a saving to be made against this Scheme during 2014/2015 of £75,000.  The delays in the opening of this scheme may impact on the Directorate's ability to make this full level of saving in the remainder of this financial year.

16.      Discussions are taking place with Hafod Housing regarding the Supported People contract as these services are not now required as early as previously anticipated.  The start of the care contract will also be delayed due to the issues outlined in the report regarding the completion dates for the scheme.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

17.      The building has been designed to be energy efficient and sustainable materials are being used as appropriate.  This is a no-parking scheme, encouraging the use of the public transport.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

18.      There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

19.      There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

20.      The scheme will provide purpose-built accommodation for individuals aged 55 and over in the Vale.

Corporate/Service Objectives

21.      Extra Care supports the following Corporate Objectives:

·         Service Outcome 2:  People eligible for Social Services in the Vale of Glamorgan are able to choose from a range of high quality services, helping them to maximise their independence whilst keeping them safe.

·         Objective 3:  To provide services which meet assessed individual needs.

·         Service Outcome 3:  The Vale of Glamorgan Council achieves good outcomes for service users and carers through its arrangements to protect vulnerable people and success in promoting independence and social inclusion.

·         Objective 5:  To ensure that people are helped to achieve the best possible outcome for them, maximising their independence, developing their abilities and overcoming barriers to social inclusion.

Policy Framework and Budget

22.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

23.      The Vale 50+ Forum has been consulted at various stages of this development.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

24.      Social Care and Health.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Cays Lord, Head of Service

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer

Philip Evans, Director of Social Services