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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Guildhall, Swansea. View directions

Contact: Liz Jordan 01792 637314 

Items
No. Item

1.

Disclosure of Personal and Prejudicial Interests.

Minutes:

Disclosures of interest – Chris Holley and Mark Child

2.

Adult Services Draft Budget Proposals

Invited to attend are Cllr Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Care, Health and Ageing Well and relevant Social Services officers.

 

Link to Cabinet Papers for 14 February 2019, which contain the budget proposals (papers should be available online from 7 February 2019).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Care, Health and Ageing Well, Dave Howes, Director of Social Services and Deb Reed, Interim Head of Adult Services went through the proposed budget proposals in relation to Adult Services highlighting the main issues and answering questions.

 

3.

Summarising Views and Making Recommendations

The Panel is asked to discuss and agree its views and recommendations on the budget proposals in relation to Adult Services which it would like to make to Cabinet.

 

The conveners of each of the performance panels will feed in the views of their panel to the Service Improvement and Finance Performance Panel which meets on 12 February and has been convened to specifically look at the draft budget.  Chris Holley, Convener of the Service Improvement and Finance Performance Panel will then attend Cabinet on the 14 February to feed in the collective views of the scrutiny performance panels.

 

 

Minutes:

The panel agreed the following views and recommendations on the budget proposals in relation to Adult Services it would like to make to Cabinet:

 

  • 80% of proposed savings have been achieved in this financial year.  The savings target for next financial year therefore seems to be ambitious especially as much of the expenditure is demand-led.
  • With us overspending by £1 million this year due to ‘resistance from the LHB to discuss equitable and appropriate contributions towards identified packages of care’ there was concern in the panel that this will be an ongoing issue in the next financial year. The panel felt that this needs to be resolved as soon as possible if we are to keep to budget for 2019-20
  • It is not fully clear when savings kick in from each of the service commissioning reviews or which savings relate to which review. This process appears to be fairly opaque as far as the panel is concerned and we would welcome a more detailed breakdown.
  • We will be revisiting the budget again in October so we can more closely monitor the outcomes of the planned efficiency savings.

 

Following on from this meeting:

 

The convener will feed in the views of this Panel, along with the conveners of the other panels to the Service Improvement and Finance Panel which meets on 12 February.  The convener of the Service Improvement and Finance panel will then attend Cabinet on 14 February to feed in the collective views of the scrutiny performance panels and write a letter to the Cabinet member.

 

 

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