Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee
Thursday, 13th September, 2018 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Judy Cordell, Senior Democratic Support Officer  Tel:- 023 8083 2766

Items
No. Item

15.

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.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the apologies of Councillors Harwood and Whitbread and Appointed Members Catherine Hobbs and Rob Sanders.  The Committee also noted that following receipt of the temporary resignation of Councillor Harwood from the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, the Director of Legal and Governance, acting under delegated powers, had appointed Councillor White to replace him for the purposes of this meeting. 

 

 

16.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting (including matters arising) pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To approve and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the meetings held on 16th August, 2018 and to deal with any matters arising.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the 16th August, 2018 Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee be approved and signed as a correct record. 

17.

Home to School Transport and Post 16 Travel Arrangements pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee detailing for discussion from the current Forward Plan item Home to School and Post 16 Travel Arrangements.

 

The Cabinet Member for Aspiration, Schools and Lifelong Learning was in attendance and addressed the meeting.  The Committee discussed with the Cabinet Member the increase in the number of children requiring the service following the introduction of Education and Health Care Plans, the overspend on High Needs in the City and how these issues could be addressed.  It was noted that the plan was to bring the City in line with neighbouring local authorities and parents were being consulted on proposals to sustain the service in the future. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(i)  The Cabinet Member considered providing at least a verbal update to the Schools Forum on the current position with regards to Home to School Transport and the associated financial concerns;

(ii)  To facilitate cross party lobbying of the Government on this matter, the Cabinet Member provided a briefing to the Leader of the Opposition clarifying the position relating to demand and pressures on the SEND – High Needs Block budget / home to school transport budget;

(iii)  Consideration was given to modelling the impact on the home to school transport budget of an increase in the personal transport mileage rate; and

(iv)  To identify if it would be beneficial to the individual, independent travel training was included in the annual report of the Education, Health and Care for each young person from Year 9 onwards.

 

 

 

18.

Commissioning Substance Misuse Services for Adults and Young People in Southampton pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee detailing for discussion from the current Forward Plan item Commissioning Substance Misuse Services for Adults and Young People in Southampton. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing was in attendance and addressed the meeting.  The Committee discussed with the Cabinet Member how the service was designed to improve substance misuse outcomes for all cohorts and the need to motivate users to engage with the service. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(i)  Through the commissioning process, the Cabinet Member explores all available options with regards to the siting of substance misuse services in the City; and

(ii)  The City Council leads by example by ensuring that appropriate wellbeing services were provided to employees, including support for employees with substance misuse problems. 

 

 

19.

Monitoring Scrutiny Recommendations to the Executive pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance enabling the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee to monitor and track progress on recommendations made to the Executive at previous meetings.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted the report of the Director of Legal and Governance detailing the actions of the Executive and monitoring progress of the recommendations of the Committee.