Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Commission
Monday, 4th February, 2019 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Mrs KM Howard  01744 676106

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Items
No. Item

32.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor J Johnson and Mr D Thorpe.

33.

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

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*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2019, be approved and signed.

34.

Declaration of Interest from Members

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No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.

35.

Public Notice of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 57 KB

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A report was submitted which updated the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on Key Decisions that the Cabinet expected to make.

A brief description of the 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 21 January 2019 was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

*           Resolved that the report be noted.

36.

Budget 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

·         Councillor A Johnson, Cabinet Member Collaborative Services and the Strategic Director of Corporate Services have been invited to attend the meeting.

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The Strategic Director Corporate Services and Senior Assistant Director Accountancy and Financial Management had been invited to the meeting to present the Budget 2019/2020.

The Strategic Director Corporate Services gave Members an overview on the following reports; Budget 2017/2020 Proposed Portfolio Actions to Operate within agreed Cash Limits and Budget Report as presented and approved by the Cabinet on 24 October 2018 and 9 January 2019 respectively.

It was reported that the Revenue Capital Budget for 2019/2020 would being considered by the Cabinet at its meeting scheduled for 20 February 2019.

 

The Commission raised questions which were answered at the meeting in relation to the use of budget reserves, the ongoing impact of increasing demand in People’s Services in particular children and young people on the Council budget and management of this, council tax base calculations and housing building in the borough, Yorkshire purchasing and Parkside as revenue streams, the impact of the street lighting upgrade and if there had been efficiency savings from this and if there had been announcements regarding both business and levy rates. 

The Commission noted that there was a role for the Overview and Scrutiny Commission and its Panels within the upcoming budget setting consultation process for 2019/2020 onwards.

*           Resolved that:

(1)          the reports be noted;

(2)          the Strategic Director Corporate Services and Senior Assistant Director Accountancy and Financial Management be thanked for their attendance at the meeting; and

(3)          the information requested regarding the Street Lighting upgrade and energy bill be provided to the Commission.

 

37.

St Helens Cares - Update on Progress and Achieved Outcomes

·         Sarah O’Brien, Strategic Director People's Services / Clinical Accountable Officerhas been invited to attend the meeting.

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A presentation was given by the Strategic Director, People’s Services / Clinical Accountable Officer which gave an update on the vision and strategic directives for St Helens Cares.

The presentation outlined the following:

·         St Helens Cares Visions and Outcomes;

·         Milestones to date;

·         Key Initiatives;

·         What Difference is being made for people;

·         System Impact; and

·         Next Steps.

The next steps would involve a move towards 24/7 services in Contact Cares and strengthen links with Children’s Services. There would be a focus on locality working and to establish a provider board and five areas of focus.

The Commission raised questions which were answered at the meeting in relation to; Central Government’s privatisation agenda and any potential impact this may have on St Helens Cares system, the impact of the adoption and implementation of the St Helens Cares model on the previously projected £80m funding gap in 2020, whether the People’s Board agenda was affording enough time to community safety issues given the focus on St Helens Cares, how the Early Help Offer was being developed, plans going forward to support children’s mental health within the borough and the timeframe for implementation of the Children’s Hub.

Members also requested further information on respiratory illness for children in the borough which had been referred to within the presentation.

 

It was agreed by the Commission that the progress reported within the presentation was a positive step forward for health care provision in the borough however; the importance in ensuring that transport network links were now considered and created to support the health care developments within the borough was highlighted.

*           Resolved that:

(1)        the presentation be noted;

 

(2)        the Strategic Director, People’s Services / Clinical Accountable Officerbe thanked for her attendance at the meeting;

(3)        information be provided to the Commission on the timeframe for implementation of the Children Hub’s;

(4)        a report on respiratory illness, particularly within children in the borough be brought back to a future meeting of the Commission;

 

(5)        a report  on  the impact of the adoption and implementation of the St Helens Cares model on the previously projected £80m funding gap in 2020 be brought to a future meeting of the Commission once complete;

 

(6)        Members comments regarding transport issues and Councillors becoming Mental Health First Aiders be feedback by the Strategic Director, People’s Services / Clinical Accountable Officer; and

 

(7)        the Overview and Scrutiny Commission and its Panels assist with the Democratic Stewardship of St Helens Cares where appropriate.

38.

Update on Scrutiny Work Programme 2018/19

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There were no updates to report.

 

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