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Apologies and Changes in Panel Membership (If Any)
To note any changes in membership of the Panel made in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.3.
The Committee noted the apologies of Councillors Fitzhenry and Fuller and Catherine Hobbs and Revd. J. Williams. The Committee also noted that following receipt of the temporary resignation of Councillor Fuller from the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, the Service Director, Legal and Governance, acting under delegated powers, had appointed Councillor White to replace him for the purposes of this meeting. In addition the Committee welcomed Mr Rob Sanders who was replacing the Revd. J. Williams appointed member.
To approve and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Committee meeting held on 10th August 2017 and the final meeting of the Scrutiny Inquiry-Combatting Loneliness in Southampton on 2nd March 2017 to deal with any matters arising, attached.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Scrutiny Inquiry Panel, Combating Loneliness in Southampton, 2nd March 2017 and Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, 10th August, 2017 be approved and signed as a correct record.
Report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and
Adult Care providing an update on the proposed closure of the
respite service at Kentish Road as previously considered and agreed
The Committee considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Adult Care providing an update on the proposed closure of the respite service at Kentish Road. Representations were received from service users and carers of the service as well as interested parties and a Member of the Council.
Discussions took place regarding the suitability of alternative priority and the impact these changes were having on service users. After consideration the Committee made the following recommendations:
(i) That the Cabinet Member removed the proposed closure date of 31 October and re-considers the timeframe for the closure of Kentish Road Respite Centre at a meeting of Cabinet.
(ii) That, to inform the proposed Cabinet decision, the report to Cabinet includes a re-assessment of the financial business case associated with the closure of Kentish Road Respite Service.
(iii) That, if Cabinet agree to postpone the closure, a communications and transition plan was developed and published to support the process.
(iv) That, if Cabinet agree to postpone the closure, the Cabinet Member ensures that every effort be made to adequately staff Kentish Road Respite Service whilst it remains open.
(v) That the Cabinet Member clarifies and communicates to carers and service users the message about respite care at Kentish Road being available during weekends in October to those in the process of transitioning to alternative provision, or have not yet agreed an alternative provision.
(vi) That the Committee are provided with a briefing paper outlining the current position as it relates to the individuals that are still using Kentish Road, with regards to:
· Completed and outstanding assessments;
· Completed and outstanding care and support plans;
· The number that have not received an offer of alternative provision;
· The number that have accepted offers of alternative provision;
· The number that have received an offer but have not reached agreement with the Council with regards to alternative provision.
It was recommended that, where practical, external validation was provided of the statistics requested and that the briefing paper provides the Committee with an explanation of the stages that need to be followed from assessment to completing the transition.
(vii) That information clearly identifying the alternative respite provision available, including capacity and facilities, and the various needs that they are able to support was provided to the Committee and was circulated to the carers of individuals that use Kentish Road Respite Centre.
(viii) That the Cabinet Member circulates to the Committee the definition that Southampton City Council was working to, as it relates to the users of Kentish Road Respite Service, for the term ‘suitable alternative provision’.
(ix) That the Committee are provided with:
· A summary of the legal requirements placed on the Council with regards to engaging with service users and carers and ensuring that their views are taken into consideration.
· An overview of the approach to engaging with service users and carers that the Council has employed as it relates to the proposed closure of Kentish Road Respite Service.
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