Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield

Contact: Mrs. J. Twomey (Tel. 0116 305 6462)  Email: joanne.twomey@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Webcast and Order Paper. pdf icon PDF 400 KB

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2BNu35T

 

1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2017. pdf icon PDF 154 KB

2.

To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.

3.

Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.

Decision:

Mr. B. L. Pain CC declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in agenda item 7 (Adult Social Care Transport Policy) as a director of a taxi company and undertook to leave the room during consideration of this item.

 

4.

Early Help Review. pdf icon PDF 533 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)          That consultation on a revised delivery model for the Early Help Service including reducing the number of service delivery buildings from 40 to 15 be approved;

(b)          That the Director be requested to undertake further work to:

 

(i)         develop the detail of the new delivery model and ascertain the potential effect of the proposed service changes on users;

(ii)        investigate alternative uses for the re-designation of 25 of the 40 Early Help Service delivery buildings including 24 of the existing Children’s Centres;

(c)          That a further report on the outcome of consultation and setting out final proposals for a new Early Help Service delivery model be submitted to the Cabinet in Summer 2018.

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) requires a saving of £1.5m in 2019/20 through a service review of Early Help.  Part of the current Early Help offer, Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF), has received funding from the Department for Communities and Families and Local Government (DCLG) via the Troubled Families Programme.  This will cease after 2019/20, reducing SLF funding by £2.3m.  Combining the four existing elements of Early Help in a redesigned service offer would enable the £3.8m saving to be made.

 

It is a statutory requirement to consult on proposals in respect of the opening, change of use, or other major changes to the provision of Children’s Centres. The views of service users and stakeholders will inform the outcome of the review and how Early Help is best delivered in the future.

 

5.

2018/19 and 2019/20 School Funding Formula. pdf icon PDF 286 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)          That the outcome of the consultation be noted;

(b)          That the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Leicestershire schools funding formula as detailed in paragraph 34 and the Appendix to this report be approved;

(c)          That the proposed balancing 2018/19 adjustments for pupil led characteristics and school led factors as detailed in paragraphs 36-38 of this report be approved;

(d)          That the Director of Children and Family Services, following consultation with the Lead Member, be authorised to develop and consult on the methodology to be used to balance the cost of the 2019/20 School Funding Formula with the 2019/20 Schools Block Dedicated Schools Grant.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

To enable the County Council to respond to the requirement to submit the 2018/19 school funding formula to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

 

6.

In - House Fostering Fees Review. pdf icon PDF 375 KB

Decision:

(a)          That a consultation exercise on the proposed changes to the Council’s Fostering Fee Payment Structure be undertaken as detailed in the report;

(b)          That the Director of Children and Family Services be authorised to make ad-hoc temporary payments to foster carers in addition to their skills fee, based on the needs of the child in placement;

(c)          That a further report be made to the Cabinet in March 2018 regarding the outcome of the consultation together with the final Fostering Fee Payment Structure for consideration.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

Changes to the Fostering Fees Structure are proposed as part of a suite of enablers to help achieve the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) savings target of £2,900,000 by contributing to the service’s ability to meet its challenging in-house fostering recruitment targets. This change is thought to help enable the service to reduce its reliance on Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) provision - which per child placed equates to an avoided cost of approximately £15,000 per year. 

 

This change would complement other ongoing activity in enabling the realisation of the service’s challenging fostering recruitment targets.

 

The authorisation sought for the Director to make discretionary ad-hoc payments would cater for situations where the child or young person’s needs are above what is expected of the skills level of the carer. 

 

7.

Adult Social Care Transport Policy. pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the revised Adult Social Care Transport Policy attached as Appendix A to the report be approved.

 

REASON FOR DECISION:

 

It has been necessary to revise the Adult Social Care Transport Policy in order to reflect changes in legislation; it remains broadly similar to the existing Policy.  The amendments will also ensure that any revisions to operational guidance are aligned to an up-to-date Policy and corresponding legislation.  As the changes will not have a significant effect on service users there is no requirement for formal consultation. (Note: this is separate from the Council’s School Transport Policy which affects a different group of service users and will be the subject of a future report to the Cabinet following recent consultation).

 

8.

Suicide Prevention - Strategy Work and Stop Suicide Campaign and Pledge. pdf icon PDF 333 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)          That the existing work and initiatives undertaken by the County Council and its partners in line with its Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan be noted;

 

(b)          That the development of a STOP Suicide Campaign and Pledge similar to that operated in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire be approved.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England calls for upper tier local authorities to lead the development and implementation of a local response to the national strategy as part of their public health responsibilities.

 

Around 60 deaths a year in Leicestershire are from suicide, making it a significant cause of death, particularly amongst younger people.

 

Suicides are not inevitable and are often the end point of a complex history of risk factors and distressing events. The prevention of suicide has to address this complexity through concerted action and collaboration amongst services, communities, individuals and across society as a whole.

 

The existing Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Suicide Audit and Prevention Group leads on and co-ordinates strategies and actions to reduce the risks and burden of suicide locally.  The approach of the STOP campaign in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, if replicated in Leicestershire, would add significant extra delivery and profile to the existing work the Authority undertakes.

 

9.

Items referred from Overview and Scrutiny.

10.

Any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent.