Venue: Room 10 - Town Hall
Contact: Mrs KM Howard
Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from: Councillor Grunewald, Colin Scales, Sarah Bullock, Sue Hill, Dr Michael Ejuoneatse, Mike Wyatt, Ann Marr, Sarah O’Brien and Stephen Tracey.
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2017, be approved and signed subject to the following amendment:
Removal of Julie Abbot as present at the meeting and inclusion of her apologies in Minute 31.
The Director of Public Health and
the Medical Director, 5 Borough
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust updated the Board on the
Council’s Policy regarding the use of
Declarations of Interest
No Declarations of Interest from Member were made.
The Chief Executive, St Helens
Council presented the report on the Review of Terms of
As part of the review, Members of the Board, Chairs of Safeguarding Boards and the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Commission were consulted. The report outlined the feedback from consultation and proposed a number of changes to the terms of reference as a result of the responses received.
The Membership and Terms of
Reference, St Helens Peoples Board revision 5 February 2018 and 27
June 2018, alongside a document visually tracking the proposed
revisions was attached to the report at Appendices 1 to 3.
* Resolved that:
the report be noted;
Council be recommended to approve and
adopt the Terms of Reference for the St Helens People’s
Board, as outlined in Appendix 1 of the report;
delegation be given to the Strategic
Director/Accountable Officer People’s Services in
consultation with the Chair and Deputy Chair of the People’s
Board to make minor changes to the Terms of Reference and recommend
these changes to Council; and
(4) the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, or a Senior Representative of their Office, be invited to a become voting member of the Board.
Director of Public Health presented a report on the Implementation
of Universal Credit.
Universal Credit was one element
of a wider programme of welfare reform introduced by the Welfare
Reform Act 2012. It’s aim was to simplify the benefits system
by bringing together six working age benefits (Legacy Benefits)
into a single payment. This change would affect both workless and
working households who maybe in receipt of these benefits. As a
result a much wider range of households would be affected by the
introduction of Universal Credit than by any other welfare reform
measure introduced to date.
Universal Credit was implemented in St Helens in July 2014 on a
limited basis and restricted to a small number of claimant groups.
It was reported that the intention was for a full roll out of
Universal Credit to all claimant groups in the Borough, with the
exception of families with more than two children and those living
in supported housing, to begin in July 2018. The migration of
claimants to ‘Full Service’ Universal Credit was
detailed in Paragraph 3.2.5 of the report.
* Resolved that:
the report, including the progress on
the implementation of Universal Credit since July 2014 and the
timetable for a full roll out of Universal Credit across the
Borough, be noted;
Key Partners using learning from
localities already transferred to Universal Credit, be authorised
to develop an Action Plan ahead of the step-change point in July;
(3) a six month progress report be presented to this Board following the full implementation of Universal Credit in the Borough.
The Assistant Director, Children's Social Work
Support presented the report on St Helens
Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2017/2020. It was noted that
the report and appendices should read
The key issues identified in the report were:
(a) the five priorities set by the PCC in the current PCC plan, 2017-2021;
(b) the implementation of the Community First Model of Policing. This model reviewed existing geographical police boundaries as well as centralising a number of resources and departments;
(c) the need for a strong partnership approach in delivering PCC and locally defined priorities; and
(d) an analysis of the national and local context in terms of recorded crime, identifying key areas to be incorporated into the Local Crime and Disorder Strategy.
The identified priorities were reported as: Knife Crime, Domestic Abuse, Homelessness, Child Sexual Exploitation, Acquisitive Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour, Hate Crime, with additional inclusion of Road Traffic and the Prevent Strategy.
The Board was informed that work was also in progress to develop the St Helens Local Crime and Disorder Strategy (as required under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998). It was reported that this strategy would be brought to a future meeting of the Board alongside the Prevent Strategy document.
The St Helens Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2017/2021 was attached to the report at Appendix 1.
It was proposed that consideration be given to the inclusion of crime linked statistics from the Fire and Rescue Service (e.g. Antisocial Behaviour Firesetting) to further enhance reporting and analysis.
* Resolved that:
(1) the report, including the Strategic Assessment 2017/2021 attached at Appendix 1, be noted; and
(2) once developed, the St Helens Local Crime and Disorder Strategy be presented to a future meeting of the Board.
The Local Policing Commander, Merseyside Police presented the report on Joint Agency Groups (JAGs).
August 2017, the Council unveiled its ambitious vision for the
transformation of the Town Centre. Key to the success of this
vision was the discouragement of crime and disorder and enhancement
of confidence levels. The report proposed that this objective may
be achieved through the formation of a Joint Agency Group(s)
Previously Liverpool, alongside the rest of the country, had been engaged in inter agency collaborations in an attempt to reduce crime, in which various organisations shared limited information and activities. Through the formation of a JAG, Liverpool moved to intra agency collaborations, in which teams formed from different disciplines work together on a more permanent basis to resolve specific challenges.
The development of a JAG within Liverpool was an effective approach, which significantly reduced robberies in Liverpool in both the short and long term. The success of the initial JAG led to the formation of a range of other JAGs and informed the way in which offending was combatted across the country.
was proposed that the Board look to set up a JAG to reflect the
communities that were effected by various types of offending, in
this case include licenses, retailers and the wider business
It was noted by the Board that a full resource plan and terms of reference would need to be developed upon any decision to create a JAG.
* Resolved that:
the report and verbal update be noted;
(2) the formation of a Joint Agency Group to focus initially on the Town Centre be endorsed.
Update on Knife Crime - Verbal Report
The Local Policing Commander, Louise Harrison gave a verbal update to the Board on Knife Crime.
It was reported that following successful targeting of knife crime through Police Operations; Ginny and Sector, plain clothing patrols around the Town Centre and knife sweeps being undertaken in known locations for ASB and disorder there had been a noticeable reduction in knife crime, with no reported incidents over the last couple of months.
The Assistant Director, Children's Social Work Support reported on the peer to peer education sessions delivered by the Young Advisors which aimed to engage other young people in peer conversations and informal education on knife crime.
* Resolved that the verbal update be noted.
The Senior Assistant Director, Quality and Finance presented a report which updated the Board on Progress on Implementing the St Helens Cares Integrated Local Care System.
It was reported that since the last update to the Board a number of key milestones had been achieved, significant ones included:
· the creation and recruitment to a Joint post of Strategic Executive Director People’s Services and Accountable Officer of the CCG;
· the development of a Lead Provider model;
· approval to procure a Shared Care Record; and
· significant progress on implementing the St Helens Cares Target Operating model.
report also updated the Board on progress within the Target
Operating Model, which included information on the following
· Workstream One – Early Intervention and Prevention;
· Workstream Two – Front Door, ‘Single Point of Access’;
· Workstream Three – Primary and Care Management and Co-Ordination;
· Communications and Engagement; and
· Clinical Reference Group.
In recognition of the innovative ‘whole system’ approach which was of potentially national significance, St Helens Cares had entered a submission to the Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards. The Submission was attached to the report at Appendix 1.
It was acknowledged now that the care model had progressed significantly that work should be undertaken to look for ways that the third sector network could be utilised to support the St Helens Cares model.
* Resolved that the report be noted.
was reported that this was Louise Sell’s last Board meeting.
Special thanks were given to her and a presentation made on behalf
of the People’s Board in recognition of her work with the
Board and its Partners.
The Senior Assistant Director, Quality and Finance presented the report on the Clinical and Support Strategy.
This strategy built upon the positive progress made by Partners in St Helens in integrating services through genuine collaboration and outlined how clinical and other social community and wellbeing services would operate across the four St Helens Localities; North, South, Central and Newton and Haydock.
The report detailed the vision
for the Borough, the agreed strategic outcomes and associated
‘I statements’, the shared principles within which
partners operate and a thorough examination of the St Helens
circle, demonstrating how localities will be served by a range of
services in order to help achieve the vision and strategic outcomes
the report be noted; and
(2) feedback on the strategy from Partners be directed to the Strategic Director, People's Services.
The Director of Public Health presented the
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-2021.
The document was
then be used as the framework for making decisions when granting
new contracts and approving changes to existing contracts, as well
as for commissioning pharmacy services in St Helens.
Following assessment, access to pharmacy services was considered adequate, and the locations of pharmacies in the Borough matched areas of higher population density or high footfall.
The St Helens Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-2021 was attached to the report at appendix 1.
* Resolved that:
the report be noted; and
the St Helens
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment report (PNA)
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 2.30pm in Room 10, Town Hall.
Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 2.30pm in Room 10, St Helens Town Hall.
The Chief Executive, St Helens Council reported that at its meeting held on 21 February 2018, Cabinet had requested that the Board consider the Ending Domestic Abuse St Helens Strategy including the evidence base, to ensure that it was robust in informing the Borough approach to Domestic Violence.
As a result of this request, the report would be brought to the 6 June 2018 meeting.