Agenda Item No. 6












Approval was sought for the Services Commissioning Strategy 2014 to 2017 in respect of Adults with Learning Disabilities.


The Services Commissioning Strategy for Adults with Learning Disability had been developed by Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Learning Disabilities Service in partnership with service users, carers and the third and independent Sectors. This document, attached at Appendix 1 to the report, provided the Council with strategic commissioning priorities that would enable it to improve, plan and develop services for adults with a Learning Disability in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The Strategy took into account the Welsh Government's 'Learning Disability Strategy - Section 7 Guidance', which set out the service principles and responses that local authorities should adopt across a range of issues affecting adults and older people with learning disabilities. In 2007, in the "Statement on Policy and Practice for Adults with a Learning Disability", it confirmed  a vision for the future of Learning Disabilities services based on a recognition that all people with a learning disability were full citizens, equal in status and value to other citizens of the same age .


It was estimated that, for the period 2013 - 2026, there would be a sustained growth in the need for social care for adults with Learning Disabilities, ranging from 1.0% to 7.9% per year and with an overall average rate of 4.2%.


The proposed Services Commissioning Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities 2014 to 2017 identified how the Council would respond to rising demand and changing expectations on the part of adults with learning disabilities and their families within the resources available to the Council.  Production of the strategy had been used as an opportunity to further the Council’s overall programme for improving and modernising the social care services it provided.


The strategy contained an analysis of demand, supply and service gaps together with a commissioning plan which set out the operational tasks needed to ensure that commissioning priorities were achieved.  The strategy would assist the Council in working in partnership with Cardiff Council and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to commission jointly services that delivered high quality care and support and that were based on people’s needs and preferences. There was a commitment to explore opportunities for working even more collaboratively in the future, with the intention of producing a joint strategy for the period beyond 2017. The Council would also work in partnership with relevant Health Boards to deliver the recommendations of 'Transforming Care in Wales for People with Learning Disability and Challenging Behaviour' (2012).


The strategy set out five priorities for the Vale of Glamorgan Council when commissioning services –


1.          People with a Learning Disability were supported to maximise their independence.

2.          People with Learning Disabilities were supported to play an active role in society and engage in meaningful day time activities and employment or volunteering.

3.          People with a Learning Disability were valued and included within their own communities.

4.          People with Learning Disabilities were enabled to stay healthy and feel safe.

5.          People with Learning Disability were supported to become lifelong learners.


This was a matter for Executive decision.




(1)             T H A T the contents of the report be noted.


(2)          T H A T the Services Commissioning Strategy 2014 to 2017 for Adults with Learning Disabilities, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.


(3)          T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committees (Corporate Resources and Social Care and Health) for information.


Reasons for decisions


(1)          To provide Cabinet with an opportunity to consider the way in which the Social Services Directorate is responding to changes in the pattern of demand for services and in the expectations of service users.


(2)          To ensure that service commissioning arrangements for people with learning disabilities are grounded in an agreed social care service model and enable the Council to provide effective care and support within the resources available.


(3)          To ensure that the Scrutiny Committees are able to exercise effective oversight of this key area of activity.



Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet 30 JUNE 2014