Venue: Room 10 - Town Hall
Contact: Mrs KM Howard
Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Louise Harrison, Tom Knight, Ann Marr, Mike Palin, Louise Sell and John Quick
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2017, be approved and signed.
Director, Social Work and Community updated
the Board on the Domestic Homicide Review that the Board had agreed
to at this meeting.
Declarations of Interest
No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.
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).
· 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:
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.
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.
* Resolved that the verbal report be noted.
Director of Public Health presented the Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Audit Results.
is the first year there had been a standardised approach to
collation of data and the report appended to the report highlighted
* 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
the verbal update report be
(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.