To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services
Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the report and highlighted that the service is currently ahead of schedule in providing this report and would like to receive feedback from the committee on whether they believe the priorities included are correct.
After receiving a brief outline of the detail contained within the report the following questions were raised by the committee and responded to by the appropriate officers.
· How is this information shared with our partners and how is feedback provided
· Pressures on staff are listed as budget constraints, regional working and other pressures – In relation to regional working do you think the authority benefits more than the costs of the regional working
· Dementia Day Service is mentioned in the report, can you confirm if we currently share information that is gathered from this service with an national research organisations
· Depravation of Liberty orders – the report states that you will involve people in the process, can you explain who you intend to be involved in the process
· Can you explain what tools will be used to measure a person’s quality of life
· It was noted by the committee that there were a lack of examples included in the report that would provide the committee with a better understanding of the provisions being provided
· The Director’s Summary of Performance mentions the Social Services and Wellbeing Act and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, isn’t this a repetition of last year’s statement
· It was noted that the report was difficult to follow with a lack of conclusions to highlight the priority areas
· In relation to the financial resources section of the report there is a distinct lack of detail of the budget costs and pressures. Figures should be included to show how much money is available and how much services actually cost
· Page 23 of the report mentions taking steps to protecting and safeguarding people. It was raised last year about proofing that we are making a difference and making families more resilient within our communities and whether percentages can be provided of the number of families coming back into Social Services
The committee raised concern that the report lacked quantitative data to back up the statements made within the report.
· Does the format of the report follow a Welsh Government template
· What effect are the cut backs having on the service
· Does the authority assist in training and employing disabled people
· Is there an increase in staff stress levels due to the budget cuts
· What is the number of working days lost due to stress
· Do you envisage an issues with the Bridgend area being added to the Local Health Board
· Have the teething problems been resolved within the information sharing system
· The consultation of the Annual Report – who is consulted, are the general public included
· Will the consultation be publicised in in public places
The Chair requested that comments raised by the committee in relation to including more quantitative data be taken into consideration when officers are writing future reports which will allow the committee to scrutinise the service area in more depth.
· Can the officers confirm if they are being steered away from providing qualitative data by the Welsh Government
· Can the officers confirm that the report will come back to the committee at a later date once the data has been updated
The Committee members note and debate the contents of the report as part of the consultation process.