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Items Requiring Urgent Attention
Items which in the opinion of the Chairman should be considered at the meeting as matters of urgency.
There was no item raised as a matter of urgency.
Members of the public may make representations/presentations on any substantive matter listed in the published agenda, as set out hereunder, relating to a specific matter or an examination of services or facilities provided or to be provided.
In accordance with the Council's Public Participation Rules, the Committee received and acknowledged representations from Gerald Lavers, Christine Lavers, Geralyn Arthurs, Councillor David Cox (Teignbridge District Council) and John Smith on a matter to be considered by the Committee, namely ‘Modernising Health and Care Services in the Teignmouth and Dawlish Area’ (Minute 214* refers). They highlighted their concerns relating to the consultation proposals and process (for a range of reasons) and need to retain services at the hospital and the lack of inpatient/nursing beds in the area.
The 2021/22 budget proposals will be scrutinised with consideration of relevant service area budgets by Scrutiny Committees with the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee considering both its own budget responsibilities as well as any issues raised by the Children’s Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee, to produce a single set of recommendations from all Scrutiny Committees.
This approach enables all Scrutiny Members to question and challenge the budget proposals across services, to better understand the implications of the budget proposals across the Council and to speak with one voice to make effective recommendations to Cabinet and Council.
The proceedings of all Scrutiny Committees will be webcast and publicised through normal channels including Twitter and Facebook.
The Council must have full regard to and consider the impact of any proposals in relation to equalities prior to making any decisions, as set out in equality impact assessments, and any identified risks and mitigation action required.
There will be an opportunity for members of the public to address each Scrutiny Committee meeting and make oral representations/presentations on any matter relating to the proposed budget, in line with the public participation scheme.
At this and other Scrutiny Committees in the current cycle, Members are asked to identify salient issues within each Committee’s areas of responsibility, to examine the general thrust of the budget and take an overview of priorities and prospects.
At this meeting Chief Officers/ Heads of Services will report on
· the Cabinet’s Target Budget for Services and likely implications of the 2021/22 target for individual areas of service (e.g. in percentage terms compared to current levels) and how those areas have been prioritised;
· any comparisons between the current year and next year’s proposals for the major service areas, to illustrate the scale of change within those activities and how the budget has been allocated across services in those years (to illustrate changes of emphasis or priority);
· any “alternative delivery models” or other initiatives contemplated for given services and how it is thought that these may reduce costs; and
· impact assessments undertaken in relation to the draft budget.
Report and Budget 2021/22 and Impact Assessment
Joint Report of the County Treasurer, the Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health Services and the Director of Public Health (CT/21/04) on the proposed budget (to follow).
NB: An overview of the impact assessments for all service areas entitled ‘Budget 2021/22 Impact Assessment’ has been made available to all Members of the Council so that Scrutiny Committees have access to all equality impact assessments undertaken as part of the budget’s preparation. Members are asked to consider the contents and retain it for future meetings, accepting that individual assessments may be updated with time. Members must have full regard to and consider the impact of any proposals in relation to equalities for this (and other) budget meeting prior to making any decisions. Scrutiny Committees will no doubt wish to be assured that ... view the full agenda text for item 221.
(Councillor A Leadbetter attended the meeting in accordance withstanding Order 25 and spoke to this item with the consent of the Committee and referred to the dedicated work of Health and Adult Services management and staff and all partners during the pandemic and the welcome increase in the proposed budget for Services; and Councillor A Dewhirst also attended and spoke to this item in relation to young people transitioning into Adult Care and cost implications)
The Committee noted that the proposed budget for the 2021/22 financial year would be scrutinised by individual Scrutiny Committees.
The Chairs of the Children’s Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee would present any relevant resolutions and an overview of those issues arising to the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Committee. This Committee would also consider the draft budget proposals within its own remit, providing an opportunity for Scrutiny Members to comment on proposals for the Council’s Budget in its entirety. The resulting resolutions from Scrutiny will be reported to Cabinet and Council.
This would follow the opportunity for individual Scrutiny Committees – at this meeting – to have an initial overview of the budget proposals and examine them to identify any specific issues or areas of interest that might be considered at the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Committee for incorporation into any recommendations to Cabinet and Council.
The Committee then considered the joint report of the County Treasurer and the Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health Services and Director of Public Health (CT/21/04) on the provisional financial settlement made by Government and the spending targets set by the Cabinet for each service area which included the estimated impact of inflation, national living wage, demographic growth, contractual or legislative pressures and any other service developments or investment, and proposed budget savings. reductions. The Report also detailed the proposed medium-term capital programme for the Adult Care and Health Service noting that there was no service need for new projects funded from capital resources and this would be kept under review.
The Cabinet, at its meeting of 9th December 2020, had set Revenue Budget targets for 2021/22. That Report had also updated on the recent Spending Review (SR2020) and presented Budget Targets for 2021/22, which were set out in in full at paragraph 3 of its Report and represented an overall increase of £28.4 millions or 5.2% (based on Revenue Spending Targets for 2021/22 of just over £571 millions).
In terms of the Spending Review 2020, this confirmed a one-year spending review, not the three years hoped for, but with the economic and financial impact of the Pandemic this had been reduced to one year.
This Report also outlined the key messages from the Spending Review 2020 that would impact next year’s budget. Some of these included:
· Core Spending Power to increase by 4.5%;
· A new Social Care grant of £300 millions (nationally);
· The Council Tax increase that would trigger the need for a referendum was 2%;
· The option to set an ... view the full minutes text for item 221.