Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Commission
Monday, 19th March, 2018 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Mrs KM Howard  01744 67(6106)

Items
No. Item

47.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillor McQuade, C Preston and Pritchard.

48.

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Minutes:

*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2018, be approved and signed subject to an amendment to attendance to read: ‘Liverpool City Region’

 

It was proposed that Support in Place for Young Carers be considered as part of the Work Programme 2018/19.

 

49.

Declaration of Interest from Members

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.

50.

Public Notice of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was submitted which updated the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on Key Decisions that the Cabinet expected to make. Members were informed that there were a number of Key Decisions expected to be made within areas which would be subject to each Scrutiny Panel’s key policies and strategy reviews.

 

A brief description of each Key Decision had been included in the report for Members to consider and identify any issues of particular relevance to be taken into account in the key policy/strategy reviews.

 

A Public Notice of Key Decisions published on 27 February 2018 was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

*           Resolved that the report be noted.

 

Councillor Pearl left the meeting during discussion on the following item.

51.

St Helens Cares pdf icon PDF 558 KB

·         Mike Wyatt, Strategic Director, People’s Services and  Professor Sarah O’Brien, Clinical Accountable Officer CCG have been invited to attend the meeting.

Minutes:

The Strategic Director, People’s Services and the Clinical Accountable Officer, CCG had been invited to update Members on St Helens Cares.

 

The presentation ‘Continuing to Develop St Helens Cares’ detailed the following:

 

·         A Local Care System;

·         Content;

·         Vision Statement;

·         Strategic Vision, Objectives and Outcomes;

·         St Helens Circle;

·         Explaining the Rings of the St Helens Circle;

·         St Helens Care Workstreams;

·         Commissioner Integration;

·         Agreed Shared Principles;

·         Provider Integration;

·         Provider and Commissioner Integration;

·         What we think this means in practice for all organisations; and

·         Some Key Challenges


Members asked questions in relation to the role of Scrutiny within the St Helens Cares Model, acknowledging that some Partners may be unfamiliar with the Scrutiny process, and how impact of St Helens Cares will be measured.

 

The Commission questioned the financial arrangements between the Council and CCG, how far the St Helens Cares Model would go to addressing the Council’s and NHS funding gap and the robustness of the Model if a Partner hit financial difficulties.

Questions were also raised regarding the implementation of the Shared Care Record and operational timelines, if communications were being considered, both within the system and for users, to ensure best outcomes and ease of understanding and use of the processes. It was proposed that consideration be given to producing simplified documents explaining the St Helens Cares Model and processes.

 

The Commission discussed the importance of prevention in successful health care outcomes and questioned if work had been undertaken to ensure the inclusion of schools and non-Christian faith sectors within the model and if progress had been made regarding engagement of the local general practices within the Model. 

 

All of the above questions were answered at the meeting.

 

The Commission expressed their special thanks to the Strategic Director, People’s Services, Mike Wyatt and his significant contribution to improving the standard of Health Care in the Borough.

 

*           Resolved that:

(1)        the presentation be noted;

 

(2)        a list of acronyms be provided to the Panel;

 

(3)        implementation and progress on St Helens Cares be added as a regular item on the Overview and Scrutiny Commission Work Programme;

 

(4)        the St Helens Cares Management structure be circulated to the Overview and Commission once agreed and in place; and

(5)        the Strategic Director, People’s Services and Clinical Accountable Officer, CCG be thanked for their attendance at the meeting.

 

52.

Budget Scrutiny 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Fletcher, Chair of the Audit and Financial Monitoring Overview and Scrutiny Panel and Budget Task Group presented the report on Budget Scrutiny 2017/18.

 

At its meeting held in July 2017, September 2017 and January 2018, the Overview and Scrutiny Commission considered the Budget Strategy update and the Provisional Portfolio Spending Plan for 2017/20 and the Budget Report.

 

The Commission agreed that in order to undertake scrutiny of the budget within the necessary timescales, the Chairman of each Panel would take the lead in reviewing the budget reports in relation to their portfolio areas.

 

The Commission and Scrutiny Chairmen welcomed the opportunity to discuss these spending plans throughout the year with Cabinet Members and Chief Officers and to understand the implications for departments and for service delivery.

It was reported that the Overview and Scrutiny Commission Members had undertaken a review of Portfolio Spending Plans as part of its scrutiny of the 2017/20 budget setting process.

 

It was noted that the comments from this report had been considered by Cabinet at its meeting held on 21 February 2018 and Council at its meeting held on 28 February 2018.

 

Concerns were raised regarding the wording of paragraph 2.5 in relation to ‘welcoming’ Central Governments introduction of fairer funding plans with no acknowledgment of the impact this change would have on the Council’s funding and disadvantage these disproportionate cuts presented in not accounting for a places need.

*           Resolved that the report be noted.

 

53.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)

·         Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement has been invited to attend the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement had been invited to update Members on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

 

The update included information on the following:

 

·         £1.5 billion pounds attracted to the City Region following election of the City Region Mayor and how St Helens was benefiting from the funding this included; spending on Skills and apprenticeships, Transport Connectivity and funding to help address homelessness;

·         Schemes underway in St Helens including; Windle Island, A50 link road, Mere Grange Enterprise Accommodation, Newton Transport Hub, Parkside Link Road and Worlsey Brownfield; and on

·         City Region Schemes including; Mersey Tidal Energy Scheme, Transport Plans and region upgrading to Super-fast Broadband.

 

Questions were raised at the meeting regarding progress made on Post 16 schemes and Apprenticeships across the City Region, the Apprenticeship Levy and if Job Centres were being held accountable locally for getting local people into work.

 

During questioning on apprenticeships and Post 16 schemes, Councillor Long declared a Personal Non-Pecuniary Interest.

 

The Commission raised further questions regarding an update to the 100 day plan for the City Region Mayor and development of a future action plan and acknowledged the opportunities that City Region Mayor working with Manchester’s Metro Mayor presented; especially in supporting the voice of the North West at Central Government level.

 

*           Resolved that:

(1)        the update be noted;

 

(2)        a detailed response and update be submitted to the Commission regarding Post 16 schemes and Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy; and

 

(3)        Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement be thanked for his attendance at the meeting.

54.

Update on Scrutiny Work Programme 2017/18

Minutes:

A verbal report updating the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on the Scrutiny work Programme 2017/18 was given to the Commission.

 

The Overview and Scrutiny Commission were encouraged to review the Work Programme on a regular basis to ensure it remained timely and relevant.

 

An update on the Work Programme was outlined by the respective Chairs of the Overview and Scrutiny Panels, Members of the Task and Finish Groups and Scrutiny Manager, where appropriate.

 

Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Scrutiny Review of Mental Health Services

It was reported that the Panel had attended a listening event facilitated by Healthwatch on Mental Health.

 

Audit and Financial Monitoring Overview and Scrutiny Panel

It was reported that the Panel continued to consider Internal Audit Reviews undertaken and agreed actions and budget performance monitoring.

Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Scrutiny Review of Sexual Health and Young People

It was reported that a visit to a clinic had taken place to observe the practice undertaken by youth workers and nurses in respect of the Teenage Sexual Health (TAZ) Service.

 

Scrutiny Review on Voice of the Child (VOC)

It was reported that the Panel had met with the Children in Care Council to observe practice and met with Young Advisors to understand how VOC could occur.

 

A presentation had also been received by the Panel on the Front Door/Early Help Strategy for Children’s Social Care.

 

Safer Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel

It was reported that this Panel was currently considering the recently announced Custody Suite Closure at St Helens Police Station following a presentation at the March 2018 Panel meeting.

 

It was reported that the Panel had met with the Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and advised on the work being undertaken by the Knives Working Group.

The Chairman of this Panel also reported on the positive impact that the Youth Diversionary Project with Thatto Health Crusaders had on reducing Anti-Social Behaviour by 50% in the area.

 

Councillor McCauley Declared a Personal Non-Pecuniary interest in the Youth Diversionary Project.

 

Environment, Regeneration,  Housing Culture and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Review of Recycling and Waste Arrangements

It was reported that the Task and Finish group had undertaken a scoping review on 13 March 2018 and from this arranged a public meeting on 11 April 2018 at 6pm.

 

It was reported that the Panel had met with the Cabinet Member for Growth (including Planning) and an update had been received by the Panel on the West Point and Church Square developments and the 150 Anniversary Celebrations.

 

*           Resolved that the verbal update be noted.

 

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