Venue: Committee Room A - County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. View directions
Contact: Lisa Richards
To receive apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations of interest from Members.
There were no declarations of interest.
Disclosure of Party Whips
To receive disclosures of prohibited party whips which a Member has been given in relation to the meeting in accordance with Section 78(3) of the Local Government Measure 2011.
(NB: Members are reminded that, under Section 78, Members having been given a prohibited party whip cannot vote on a matter before the Committee.)
There were no disclosures of party whips.
To scrutinise the Draft 2020-21 Budget.
Attached, in relation to the Cabinet’s Budget proposals to Council are the following documents:
(i) A copy of the Cabinet report to provide the overall context for the budget setting process (Appendix 1)
(ii) A copy of the Service's cost reduction proposals which are relevant to the scrutiny committee (Appendix 2)
(iii) Individual Impact Assessments relating to the proposals under (ii) above
(iv) A copy of the Fees and Charges Report which provides an overview to Service proposals for income generation. (Appendices 3A and 3B)
(v) A copy of the Capital Programme for the next 10 years. (Appendices 4A and 4B)
(vi) A copy of the Budget Simulator Public Consultation Exercise (Appendix 5)
· Cabinet report - Budget 2020-21
· Service Cost reductions proposals
· Individual Impact Assessment
· Fees and Charges Report
· Capital Programme
· Budget Simulator Public Consultation Exercise
The Head of Service introduced the proposals by reiterating the Service’s commitment to strengths-based delivery. It was confirmed that the proposals aligned with the priorities for health and care in Vision 2025 and current legislation. The long-term aim is to collaborate with partners to ensure residents are in the right place, prevention of problems occurring or worsening. Self-care will be promoted. Residents’ wishes will be considered alongside available resources and what can be done to bridge any gaps. This is integral to the improvement journey.
· Impact assessments had not all had the impacts completed – these should be completed whether there is a positive or negative impact
· There was a lack of information on the budget overall with discussion limited to savings proposals. The Committee would like greater detail on where money is spent to enable them to assess whether the right savings were being made.
· AS02 – Direct Payments - savings of £300K were proposed but the impact assessment indicates that there will be no impact elsewhere and that consultation was not necessary. It could be considered that there would be an impact on the 3rd sector and they should be consulted. The Head of Service indicated that the proposal was to enable direct payments to be more flexible in how care can be delivered and so be more cost effective. There is a need to make direct payments as administratively attractive as possible. The service works closely with the 3rd sector and it is hoped that micro enterprises will be developed but this could be high risk. The Corporate Director informed the Committee that a threshold unit rate for direct payments had been set at £10.90. It is hoped to move the authority away from this arbitrary threshold and develop a service which will help people source their own care in a more creative way.
· AS07 – the Corporate Director advised that discussion of the following should be confidential due to the commercially sensitive nature of elements of the proposal:
RESOLVED to exclude the public for the following item of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure to them of exempt information under category 3 of The Local Authorities (Access to Information) (Variation) (Wales) Order 2007).
· The Committee was briefed on the proposals
· There was some concern that savings could be made during the financial year if these were dependent on third party involvement
The Committee returned to open session.
· AS09 – Recommissioning/Decommissioning – the narrative could have been clearer in indicating that the proposal relates to changing commissioning practices to reflect person-centred care. The Committee asked how many services were due to be recommissioned in the next year and questioned whether savings would only be generated for part of the year. The Head of Service indicated that there were several different pieces of work ongoing into ... view the full minutes text for item 4.