Agenda and minutes

People's Board
Wednesday, 19th July, 2017 2.30 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Mrs KM Howard 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Louise Harrison, Tom Knight, Ann Marr, Mike Palin, Louise Sell and John Quick


Minutes from the Meeting held on 19 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 91 KB


*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2017, be approved and signed. 


Senior Assistant Director, Social Work and Community updated the Board on the Domestic Homicide Review that the Board had agreed to at this meeting.

Notification had been received on the outcome of Court Case linked to this review and legal advice sought regarding this. It was reported that despite a not guilty verdict the circumstances still fit the Home Office Guidelines to require Domestic Homicide Review.



Declarations of Interest


No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.


Better Care Fund (iBCF) - Spring Budget Update pdf icon PDF 80 KB


Senior Assistant Director, Quality & Finance presented the spring update report on the Better Care Fund (iBCF).


On 8March 2017, as part of the Spring Budget, and in response to growing public pressure, the Chancellor announced an additional £2billion to help relieve the immediate acute budget and demographic demand pressures on adult social care. This will see additional investment of £4.48m in 2017, reducing to £2.75 in 2018/19, then down to £1.36m in 2019/20 and finally to zero in future years.


It was reported that this announcement had been made after the normal budget planning cycle of the Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group and whilst this was additional funding, it still formed part of the existing BCF planning requirements, with an extra quarterly reporting requirement to DCLG.


Guidance on how this money should be used had been received the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

These indicated four national conditions, in line with the existing BCF were that:

·         Plans must be jointly agreed (in St Helens via the People’s Board)

·         Meeting social care needs

·         Stabilising the social care market

·         Reducing pressures on the NHS including Delayed Discharges


Additional guidance issued stated that a recipient Local Authority must also:

·         Pool the grant funding into the local Better Care Fund

·         Work with relevant CCGs and providers to meet National Condition 4 (Managing Transfers of Care) in the Integration and Better Care Fund Policy Framework and Planning Requirements 2017 - 19

·         Provide quarterly reports as required by the Secretary of State.


The report proposed that the iBCF was allocated as follows; in meeting Social Care needs to mitigate against some of the most critical cuts in Adult Social Care that otherwise would have been required as part of the Council’s Budget Strategy for Adult Social Care and Health, Stabilising the Social Care Market and to reduce the pressures on the NHS including Delayed Discharges.


The financial allocations for 2017/18 to the schemes proposed above were detailed in the report at paragraph 4.


*           Resolved that:


(1)          the report be noted; and

(2)          the use of the Improved Better Care Fund (Spring Budget 2017) allocations awarded as part of the Budget in March 2017, be approved.


St Helens Response to Grenfell Tower


The Senior Assistant Director, Social Work and Community verbally reported the St Helens response to the Grenfell Tower.

Following the tragic incident, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has established the Building Safety Programme to identify buildings which are of concern through a thorough checking and testing process.

It was reported that St Helens had undertaken the required initial audit informing the DCLG of any residential housing that was over 18 meters high or 6 Stories in height and number of properties with identified cladding. There were five schemes within the borough that met these initial criteria.

All fire or building checks required had been or were scheduled to be undertaken and where required samples of cladding had been sent to DGLG for testing, the result of which would be reported in the next four to five weeks.

The Strategic Director of Peoples’ Services and Chief Executive of Torus
gave updates on Schools and Care homes and social housing stock respectively. It was reported that Schools had been required to submit their information to the Department for Education and that there was no Torus housing stock within St Helens that met the criteria

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service gave a verbal report on the work undertaken by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services in answer to the DGLG’s response to the incident and gave a Merseyside perspective on the response. Assurance was given to the Board, following investigation St Helens housing stock was not a primary concern for the service.


*           Resolved that the verbal report be noted.



Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Audit Results pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Additional documents:


The Director of Public Health presented the Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Audit Results.

St. Helens seems to have a high suicide rate which has been an ongoing issue since 2010. It’s acknowledged that establishing good intelligence on the factors or risks associated with suicides is difficult when the number of deaths each year is low.

In order to obtain better intelligence, St. Helens has led the way in developing a standard approach to collecting intelligence from the coroners on a Cheshire and Mersey foot print. The aim of this approach was to help areas to address issues in a well-timed manner by collaborating on a wider footprint.

Further work, led by St Helens, was underway to obtain ‘real time’ data from the coroners in order that preventative measures can be put in place in a timely manner, especially relating to places, public sites, community clusters or new methods of suicide.


This is the first year there had been a standardised approach to collation of data and the report appended to the report highlighted key findings.

The Board was informed the full report would be used to develop actions that will form part of the self-harm and suicide prevention action plan. The Board endorsed this approach.


*           Resolved that the Cheshire and Mersey Suicide Audit 2017 be noted.


Councillor Grunewald here left the meeting.



Integrated Local Care System update


The Senior Assistant Director, Quality & Finance gave the Board a verbal update on progress towards the Integrated Local Care System.


It was reported that good progress continued to be made towards integration targets. Updates were given on the following areas; Information Governance, Business Intelligence with a paper having been developed by the Director of Public Health, Finance - reinstatement of figures populated by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) currently being reviewed by Senior Financial Leads, ongoing development of Governance and Estates Mapping project being complete.


The Board noted that there had been two large stakeholder events undertaken, the Clinical Engagement Group had been established and that Public Engagement would begin in October 2017.

Interim Clinical Chief Executive, St Helens CCG reported that the results of the NHS England CCG rating would be released on 21 July 2017.


*           Resolved that:

(1)        the verbal update report be noted;

(2)        the Estates Mapping report be brought as an item of business to the meeting of the People’s Board scheduled for 20 September 2017.



Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday 20 September 2017, Room 10 , St Helens Town Hall


Wednesday, 20 September 2017 at 2.30pm in Room 10, St Helens Town Hall.