Venue: Sefton Council for Voluntary Service Offices, Third Floor, Suite B, North Wing, Burlington House, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 0LG
Contact: Mike Morris Senior Committee Administrator
Apologies for absence were received from Ian Fazakerley and Roy Williams, One Vision Housing.
It was agreed that the Minutes of the meeting of the Operations Board held on 20 November 2012 be confirmed as a correct record.
To consider matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting
A. Further to Minute No. 4 of 20 November 2012 (Approach to Gangs and Gun Crime), Steph Prewett indicated that the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership had considered this matter and had established a Multi-Agency Response to Guns and Gangs (MARGG) group for Sefton.
B. Margaret Carney asked represenatives to briefly outline current key issues for their organisations.
Phil Halewood referred to staff re-structuring which was ongoing within Merseytravel and initiatives such as Merseylink and the Community Card. He also referred to a recent meeting with Steph Prewett and Peter Morgan at which the development of a new Travelsafe strategy was discussed and he indicated a willingness to do a presentation on this at a future Operations Board meeting.
Paul Holt indicated that the Government had now clarified its intentions in relation to the Probation Service, which involved transferring 70% of the work to the private sector. A new Residential Services Agency would be established to deal with higher risk work, including advice to the courts and enforcement. Jo Beet indicated that the welfare reform proposals had dominated the work of the Department for Work and Pensions and staff were working with housing benefit colleagues to draft a social justice framework. She understood that new data sharing Regulations would be introduced in the near future.
Nicola Holland indicated that re-structuring had impacted on neighbourhood policing and there would be a massive reduction in the number of Police Community Support Oficers. There would be a multi-agency strategic hubs meeting on 11 February and she was conscious of the need for better liaison with Children’s Services.
Rob Pritchard indicated that there had been some re-structuring within the Fire and Rescue Service but nothing that had major effects within Sefton. A Community Safety Plan was in the course of being drafted.
Janet Atherton indicated that she had been heavily involved with the production of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Two Clinical Commissioning Groups had been established within Sefton and an NHS Commissioning Board would operate on a Merseyside-wide basis. Local Authorities were, of course, taking on public health functions.
Yana Williams indicated that educational provision at Hugh Baird College was changing with the post-14 curriculum falling in line with the new school leaving age. More students were able to apply for post-16 educational funding and the College was endeavouring to provide realistic job opportunities for young people.
Angela White referred to the key work being undertaken by the SCVS in relation to combatting poverty and responding to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. She had attended a recent conference on tackling austerity, unfairness and injustice and Bishop James Jones would be raising the issue of the effects of cuts on communities, in the House of Lords. Details of this issue could be found on the “come-together.co.uk” website.
Margaret Carney referred to the significant opportunities which would arise from the planned expansion of the Port of Liverpool and the major scheme to dredge the river. There was the prospect of 4,000 new jobs, together with opportunities ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Welfare Reform Update
Steph Prewett to report.
The Board considered a presentation by Steph Prewett concerning progress in relation to welfare reform. Steph outlined the collective actions which the partners had so far undertaken, including:-
· Partnership Group of SBP Operations Board established
· Informal Policy Cabinet meeting in early December
· Cabinet meeting on 31 January 2013 – Reference Group of Cabinet Members established
· Held several workshops with partners about Welfare Reform and specific issues such as food banks and neighbourhood focussed approaches in Netherton and Linacre
· Broad themes developed with partners and an Action Plan with the following themes:-
Influencing Policy and Strategy
· Developing intelligence and customer insight into where impact may be most felt
· RSLs have developed approaches to under-occupation, demonstrator project by OVH in Seaforth around direct housing benefit payments
· Participation in City Region work around Child Poverty, Financial Inclusion, Housing, Employment and Skills
Information and Advice Provision
· CAB mapping current provision
· Developing consistent quality assurance standards for advice given out
· Reaching Communities Lottery application
· Linked to raising awareness workstream
· Overview and Scrutiny Committee Update – 15 Jan 2013
· Elected Member raising awareness session – 24 Jan 2013
· Layered Tailored Training programme including training for Members, Managers, Train the Trainers, VCF Training and C.A.B. (by end of March)
Working with Employers
· Led by Sefton@Work looking at opportunities to maintain people in work
· Led by Council with a partner group
· Looking at credit union development in Sefton (massive area for development e.g. Jamjar accounts, emergency payments)
· Addressing illegal money lending – Three events planned. Illegal Money Lending – Monfa Rd and Netherton Park, general Welfare Reform events, two held in Derby ward, one planned in Netherton in February 2013
· Raising awareness of what payday loans cost to pay back
· Exploring the setting up of Welfare Rights Forum
· Tentative look at digital inclusion – Grange Childrens Centre looking at running IT courses for people needing to access benefits online with CAB as example
· Independent Charity for Sefton to be established with following three main hubs
North – agreed with Lakeside Christian Centre. Temporary storage space in CVS offices
Central – Steering Group for St Lukes Church meeting this month – looks like Crosby only with churches in Maghull expressing an interest
South – St Leonards agreed faith based lead, storage space agreed. Distribution points being determined in each community location. Collection points agreed so far. Council buildings – Bootle, Waterloo, Southport Town Hall, Magdalen House, Merton House, Hawthorne Rd Depot
· Businesses: Marks and Spencers, Health and Safety Executive, Southport Visiter and Champion newspapers, Strand Shopping Centre
· Partners: Marsh Lane Police Station, Fire Stations, One Vision Housing, range of VCF organisations inc SWACA, Feelgood Factory
· Initial agency meeting to discuss voucher distribution established
· Donations of food (1.8 tonnes in less than six weeks) about £500 in donations already made
· Volunteer job descriptions on national volunteering Do-it.org.uk
· Potential for Welfare Fund to run alongside Social Fund
· Discussions with Merseytravel about Smart Cards
· Target for Foodbanks to go live April 2013
· CVS mapping who ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Presentation by Sam Tunney on draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-18.
(See also attached documents – “Summary Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-18”; “Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment 2012”; and “Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment 2012 - Summary Consultation Report”.)
Followed by Workshop Session – see attached “Workshop Briefing Programme” document.
The Board considered a number of documents on the Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment 2012 and the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-18, together with a presentation by Sam Tunney on Sefton’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy as follows:-
The Journey so far…
Evidence led to the following emerging priorities:
· Find different ways to support people early in diagnosis;
· Improve primary care through the development of care close to home;
· Support and sustain local businesses to provide jobs;
· Plan changes in population in educational need;
· Plan for the expected rise in the older population;
· Provide better support carers; and
· Improve the quality of life and health for all, with emphasis on those in more deprived areas
Consultation to test out Findings
What People said was important
Feedback from the consultation
Development of Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy
What is Wellbeing?
· “ Wellbeing is often simply defined as “feeling good and functioning well”. This includes having a fair share of material resources, influence and control, a sense of meaning, belonging and connection with people and place and the capability to manage problems and change”
Health and Wellbeing Draft Strategic Objectives
· Ensure all children have a positive start in life
· Support people early to prevent and treat avoidable illnesses and reduce inequalities in health
· Support older people and those with long term conditions and disabilities to remain independent and in their own homes
· Promote positive mental health and wellbeing
· Seek to address the wider social, environmental and economic issues that contribute to poor health and wellbeing
· Build capacity and resilience to empower and strengthen communities
Over to You – Have we got things Right?
· Are the draft objectives the right ones?
· Are there any gaps?
Considering the draft outcomes listed ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 commencing at 2.30 p.m.
The next meeting would be held on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 commencing at 2.30 p.m.