Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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Contact: Ian Duke, telephone 020 8583 2191, e-mail  ian.duke@hounslow.gov.uk 

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72.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members

Decision:

Apologies were received from Councillors Linda Green and Guy Lambert.

 

Cllrs Tom Bruce, Mel Collins, Steve Curran, Theo Dennison, Sam Hearn and John Todd attended the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Linda Green and Guy Lambert.

 

Declarations

Cllr Thompson and Cllr Carey declared that they were signatories to the Call In, but confirmed that they hold no pre-determined position with regards to the Call-In.

 

73.

Call-in: Decision on CHAS 546: Youth Service Review pdf icon PDF 273 KB

a.    Request for Call-in – Cllr John Todd

b.    Initial Response to Call-in – Lead Member Cllr Tom Bruce

c.    Committee Questions

d.    Protected Public Time

e.    Members Discussion and Decision

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Please see the report and appendices (agenda item 2).

 

Having listened carefully to the arguments made, the Committee decided to refer the decision back to Cabinet. Members expressed concern that the scale and pace in the reduction of funding for Youth Services may pose a risk the future of youth centres in the borough. The Committee therefore asked that the Cabinet:

 

·         Looks again at the scale of funding reduction in this service area;

·         Ensures any change from one model to another happens more progressively allowing greater time for adaptation; and

·         Makes a final decision once the results of the commissioning is known and the impact is fully understood (the Overview and Scrutiny Committee requested that they be shown the outcome)



Minutes:

Please see the report and appendices (agenda item 2).

 

Welcome

The Chair noted that the report in question CHAS 546 Youth Services Review sets out a fundamental shift in how Youth Services will be provided in the future. In order to deliver a saving of £650k (this is on top of savings previously agreed) it moves from a centre-based model to a ‘peripatetic’ service (one that travels from place to place). After consultation, the service will provide a largely universal service offer (i.e. for anyone) rather than a wholly targeted service (for those who are most vulnerable/in need).

Cllr Todd has led a Call-In citing 17 reasons, which are set out on pages 55 to 57. Cllr Bruce has provided a response to each of these as set out on pages 59 to 68. Having received this response Cllr Todd has narrowed the areas he wishes to focus on during the Call-In. These are:

1.    The scale of the reduction in budget (as set out in Reason 2)

2.    The viability of the new commissioned service (as set out in Reasons 5 & 6)

3.    Impact upon children with physical or mental disabilities (as set out in Reasons 16 & 17)

Cllr Chatt noted that three comments from the public were received today but cannot be accepted as part of the Public Protected Time as they were submitted past the due date. However, they have been printed, circulated and noted by the Committee.

 

a.    Request for Call-in – Cllr John Todd

Cllr Todd set out his reasons for the Call-in and focussed on the following points:

·         The scale of savings are extensive and, in his opinion, not viable. He indicated that the scale of the savings was significantly above the savings proposed in other boroughs in 2016/17.

·         The impact of the savings shall mean that clubs may close and this would adversely affect young people in the borough. The response to the Youth Survey indicated that the users of the facilities valued the clubs as a ‘safe place to go’.

·         These clubs often serve young people who are poor and that may not be identified through looking at the areas of deprivation. The users of these services might also be awaiting support from other services such as CAMHS and the lack of clubs might exacerbate their problems. These clubs also refer into services creating additional bottlenecks. Links were also made with the impact of the closure of these clubs on Children in Care and broader issues such as obesity.

·         The options for different service models have not been explored or presented sufficiently.

·         With an additional funding of £300,000, three of the youth clubs might function for another year which would ease the transition into the new arrangements. He noted that Cabinet was able to identify an addition £150 000 per year for three years as a transitional funding after the consultation process.

·         The savings cuts and the proposals shall have a disproportionate impact on children with SEND, physical and mental disabilities. He  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Any Other Business

Any business which the Chair agrees to accept on grounds of urgency.

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None.