Agenda and minutes

Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee
Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 10.30 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester

Contact: Rob Castle on 033 022 22546  Email:

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Declarations of Interest

Members and officers must declare any pecuniary or personalinterest in any business on the agenda. They should also make declarations at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting. Consideration should be given to leaving the meeting if the nature of the interest warrants it.  If in doubt please contact Democratic Services before the meeting.

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30.1   In accordance with the code of conduct the following personal interests were declared in relation to item 6, Strategic Budget Options: -


·        Miss Russell – as Chair of the Aldingbourne Trust

·        Dr Walsh – as a member of Arun District Council

·        Mr Turner – as a member of Worthing Borough Council

·        Mrs Jones – as a member of Mid Sussex District Council

·        Cllr Boram – as a member of Adur District Council

·        Cllr Belsey - as a member of Mid Sussex District Council

·        Mrs Smith – as a member of Crawley Borough Council

·        Mrs Bridges - as a member of Adur District Council

·        Dr O’Kelly – as a member of Chichester District Council

·        Mr Baldwin – as a member of Horsham District Council

·        Cllr Blampied - as a member of Arun District Council

·        Cllr Bickers - as a member of Worthing Borough Council

·        Cllr Belben - as a member of Crawley Borough Council

·        Cllr Coldwell – as a member of Horsham District Council


Minutes of the last meeting of the Committee pdf icon PDF 75 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2018 (cream paper).

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31.1   Resolved – that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 November be approved as a correct record and that they be signed by the Chairman.


Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Extract fromthe ForwardPlan dated 27 November 2018.


Anextract fromanyForwardPlan publishedbetween the date of despatchof the agenda and the date of the meetingwill be tabled at the meeting.


The Committee is asked to consider whetheritwishes to enquireinto any of the forthcoming decisions withinits portfolio.

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32.1   Resolved – that the Committee asks its Business Planning Group to consider whether the proposed decision- on the Tobacco Control Strategy for West Sussex should be considered by a future meeting of the committee.


Strategic Budget Options pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Report by the Executive Director, Children, Adults, Families,

Health & Education and the Interim Director Adults Services.


The report outlines the strategic budget options listed below for

the Adults’ & Health portfolio for 2019/20: -


a) Housing Related Support – a statement from the Leader and Cabinet Member for Adults & Health is also attached.

b) Local Assistance Network

c) Minimum Income Guarantee for Working Age Adults

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33.1   The Committee considered reports by the Executive Director, Children, Adults, Families, Health & Education and Interim Director of Adults’ Services on Housing Related Support and the Local Assistance Network (copies appended to the signed minutes) and a video produced by the West Sussex Coalition of Providers.


33.2   The Cabinet Member for Adults & Health introduced the item and thanked the Coalition for its comprehensive analysis report and engagement throughout the consultation. She also thanked everyone who had responded to the consultation and was particularly encouraged by the Coalition’s recognition of the need for some reform of services, as well as its willingness to explore more efficient ways to deliver them. The Cabinet Member also made the following points: -


·        The County Council had had to make substantial savings since 2010/11 and faced a gross budget gap of £145m over the next four years, due in part to rising demand for adults and children’s social services 

·        The County Council had lobbied local MPs and Ministers about the need for additional funding, but it had to set a balanced budget and therefore had to look at spending, particularly at that which was discretionary

·        The County Council would seek to mitigate, wherever possible, the impact on the most vulnerable residents; and would make these changes in a measured and timely way with providers and partners in order to safeguard the essential core of the County Council’s services

·        Out of the budget of £6.3m for housing related support services, some helped to meet statutory services whilst some contributed to the prevention of demand on other critical services.  The proposal is to set a future budget of £2.3m for housing related support contracts to meet those priorities and to work with partners in a careful and planned way to achieve that level over the next two years

·        The consultation showed there was a willingness to work collaboratively with partners and providers to remodel services in order to achieve better outcomes

·        Contracts had been extended to September 2019 and work would start as soon as possible to allow nine months to remodel these services and get new contracts in place

·        District and borough councils showed a willingness to work collaboratively to bring about the best outcome for the residents of West Sussex 

·        The Homelessness Reduction Act came into force in April 2018 - the district and borough councils are the housing authorities with primary responsibility for tackling homelessness

·        Each housing authority is required to have a five year Homelessness Strategy, which should be reviewed and refreshed - this has been achieved by Worthing and Adur councils and recently by Mid Sussex District Council

·        Government also recommended a sub-regional approach to homelessness strategies in two tier areas, reflecting the overlapping responsibilities of housing authorities and county councils as social services authorities

·        A pan-West Sussex Homelessness Strategy could benefit the residents of West Sussex and the County Council urged the district and borough councils, as the authorities responsible for homelessness and housing, to lead the work on this, which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.


Possible Items for Future Scrutiny

Members to mention any items which they believe to be of relevance to the business of the Select Committee, and suitable for scrutiny, e.g. raised with them by constituents arising from central government initiatives etc.


If any member puts forward such an item, the Committee’s role at this meeting is just to assess, briefly, whether to refer the matter to its Business Planning Group (BPG) to consider in detail.

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34.1   The Committee agreed that the Business Planning Group should look at the treatment of refugees in the detention centre at Gatwick.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 16 January 2019 at 10.30 am at County Hall, Chichester.  Probable agenda items include:


·        SECAmb Care Quality Commission Inspection Report

·        West Sussex Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy and Five Ways to Wellbeing

·        Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report


Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 2 January 2019.

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