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Declarations of Interest
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A report by the Chief Executive and Director of Finance and Support Services setting out the corporate performance, finance, workforce, risk and capital programme positions as at the end of March 2022.
The Committee is asked to examine the data and supporting commentary for the Performance and Resources report and make any recommendations for action to the relevant Cabinet Member or Scrutiny Committee.
17.1 The Committee considered a report by the Director of Law and Assurance (copy appended to the signed minutes) which set out the Council’s reporting mechanism for corporate performance, finance, savings delivery and business performance relating to the Adult Services and Public Health and Wellbeing portfolio.
17.2 Summary of responses to committee members questions and comments: -
· Adults’ Services
Ø At the end of Quarter 4 2021-22, a number of the measures had finished the year with a green status.
Ø Challenges to targets had been the unprecedented demand at the front door of the service, and the priority had remained to manage the impact of Covid-19 and the completion of reviews.
Ø It was explained that it was necessary to change the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) relating to safeguarding triage. This has been corrected with an improved triage process and the introduction of the safeguarding hub. The proposed measure better aligns with adults’ outcomes measures and can be benchmarked against other local authorities in the South East Association of Directors of Adults Social Services group annually.
Ø It was noted that the additional funding provided by outside grants was not a certainty in coming years.
Ø Two indicators were highlighted to the committee, the KPI relating to people in employment required a better collection mechanism as at present it was not counting all cases, therefore a new system was being examined. The KPI relating to safeguarding was overperforming, and should not be marked as red.
Ø It was explained that in relation to KPIs about workforce, that the Service was having to prioritise, and that there were other factors contributing to workforce challenges, such as the current economic climate.
Ø In consideration of KPI 13 relating to the cost of care, it was explained that price pressures were concerning, and inflation did have an impact on this. It was confirmed that an update on this topic would be brought to the Committee in the Autumn.
Ø In response to a query about the budget, it was explained that the workforce was moving away from this industry due to a number of factors, including levels of pay.
Ø It was confirmed that the service was working closely with partners (including service users).
Ø A concern was raised on the reporting response rate of domestic violence incidents, it was suggested that work was needed to be undertaken in order to increase this.
Ø It was confirmed that the way reporting is undertaken in the future may change to reporting against the new Care Act, the Committee will be kept updated on this.
Ø In regard to the mental health of the workforce, it was advised that the service was working with team managers to ensure staff were supported.
· Public Health and Wellbeing
Ø At the end of Quarter 4 2021-22, it was noted that all indicators were green.
Ø The cost of living was a strand having a substantial impact.
Ø It was advised that more detailed data relating to the ... view the full minutes text for item 17.
Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 16 September 2022 at 10.30 am at County Hall, Chichester. Probable agenda items include:
· Access to Primary Care
· Progress update on Adult Social Care Strategy
· Financial Assessments Update
Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 1 September 2022.
18.1 The next meeting of the Committee will take place on 16 September 2022.