Scrutiny Co-ordinating Panel (Special Meeting) – 7 March 2011

Councillors Barker, Cawsey, Clark, Collinson, Eckhardt, Jawaid MBE, Sherwood and Wilson.

Councillors Barkworth, J Briggs and Poole attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

Councillor Carlile, Adult Services Cabinet Member attended the meeting as decision maker.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

140 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No Whip was declared.

141 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.

142 (18) ITEM REQUESTED FOR CALL-IN IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 22 OF PART D RULE 5 (OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES) OF THE COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION – Minute 72 of the Adult Services Cabinet Member meeting held on 23 February 2011 on the proposed public consultation on the future of the Lilacs Resource Centre and options for service users.

The chair invited a nominee of the members who had requested the call-in to speak on the above decision and question the Adult Services Cabinet Member. Appropriate members outlined areas of concern as reasons for seeking a review of the above decision. These included:

(i) ‘The potential removal of this facility would cause disruption to service users and provide significant strain on external providers. Service users, their carers and residents in North Lincolnshire perceive this to be a done deal and that would have no options available It was believed that the structure of the public consultations should be scrutinised to minimise the anxiety of service users and also provide greater understanding of the outcomes intended’.

(ii) The members consider the decision to also be contrary to the policy framework or contrary to, or not wholly in accordance with the budget as ‘it was potentially against the ‘Fair Access to Care’ policy within Adult Social Care which aimed to provide a service to critical, substantial and moderate cases which are clearly catered for within this establishment’.

Following discussions on the above issue, the Adult Services Cabinet Member was invited to respond to the concerns and reasons for the decision being called in, and be held to account for the decision taken. The council’s Service Director Adult Social Care was also invited to comment.

It was then –

Moved by Councillor C Sherwood and seconded by Councillor Eckhardt –

That the decision be referred to Council as it is considered to be contrary to the policy framework or contrary to or not wholly consistent with the council’s budget.

Moved by Councillor Collinson and seconded by Councillor Barker as an amendment –

That no further action be taken, and the above decision of the Adult Services Cabinet Member (minute 72 refers) be implemented with immediate effect.

Amendment Carried
Substantive Motion Carried

143 (19) ITEM REQUESTED FOR CALL-IN IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 22 OF PART D RULE 5 (OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES) OF THE COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION – Minute 73 of the Adult Services Cabinet Member meeting held on 23 February 2011 on the proposed public consultation on the future of Scotter House and options for service users.

The chair invited a nominee of the members who had requested the call-in to speak on the above decision and question the Adult Services Cabinet Member.Appropriate members outlined areas of concern as reasons for seeking a review of the above decision.These included:

(i) ‘The potential removal of this facility would cause disruption to service users and provide significant strain on external providers.Service users, their carers and residents in North Lincolnshire perceive this to be a done deal and that would have no options available.

It was believed that the structure of the public consultations should be scrutinised to minimise the anxiety of service users and also provide greater understanding of the outcomes intended’.

(ii) The members consider the decision to also be contrary to the policy framework or contrary to, or not wholly in accordance with the budget as ‘it was potentially against the ‘Fair Access to Care’ policy within Adult Social Care which aimed to provide a service to critical, substantial and moderate cases which are clearly catered for within this establishment’.

Following discussions on the above issue, the Adult Services Cabinet Member was invited to respond to the concerns and reasons for the decision being called in, and be held to account for the decision taken. The council’s Service Director Adult Social Care was also invited to comment.

It was then –

Moved by Councillor C Sherwood and seconded by Councillor Eckhardt –

That the decision be referred to council as it is considered to be contrary to the policy framework or contrary to or not wholly consistent with the council’s budget.

Moved by Councillor Collinson and seconded by Councillor Wilson as an amendment –

That no further action be taken, and the above decision of the Adult Services Cabinet Member (minute 73 refers) be implemented with immediate effect.

Amendment Carried