Venue: Room 10 - Town Hall
Contact: Mrs KM Howard 01744 67(6106)
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for Absence were received from Councillor McQuade, C Preston and Pritchard.
* 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.
Declaration of Interest from Members
No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.
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.
· Mike Wyatt, Strategic Director, People’s Services and Professor Sarah O’Brien, Clinical Accountable Officer CCG have been invited to attend the meeting.
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;
· 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
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
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.
(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;
the St Helens Cares Management structure
be circulated to the Overview and Commission once agreed and in
(5) the Strategic Director, People’s Services and Clinical Accountable Officer, CCG be thanked for their attendance at the meeting.
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.
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 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.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)
· Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement has been invited to attend the meeting.
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.
(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.
Update on Scrutiny Work Programme 2017/18
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.
* Resolved that the verbal update be noted.