Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Open Area, Lampton Park Conference Centre, (Civic Centre), Lampton Road, Hounslow

Contact: Mike Smith, Email: mike.smith@hounslow.gov.uk, 020 8583 2072 

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28.

Minutes of the meeting on 4 December 2014 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of 4 December 2014 were confirmed.

29.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

Minute Item 21 – Better Home, Better Health – Energy Efficiency Scheme

 

Celia Golden, Head of Equalities and Human Rights,  asked how many attending the meeting had already been visited on the Better Home, Better Health Scheme and requested details from anyone who had not yet received a visit under the scheme which was due to close by the end of March.

30.

Care Act Implementation

6.45pm to 7.00pm - presentation by Chris Pierre Head of Care Act Implementation

7.00pm to 7.15 pm - questions from the public

Minutes:

Chris Pierre, Head of Care Act Implementation, gave a presentation about the Care Act, a new law about care and support for adults in England.

 

The Care Act will bring together the many different laws on care and support with only this one law in future.  The first phase would be implemented from 1 April 2015.

 

It is the responsibility of the Council to make sure that information and advice is provided to:

-       Help people remain healthy and independent for longer; and

-       Reduce people’s care needs or prevent/delay them from getting worse.

The Council will have to think about what is important to individuals and their wellbeing when it makes decisions about care and support.

 

Individuals will help to plan their own care, together with help from people close to them, to make sure that they get what they want and need.

 

People can choose to take some (or all) of their personal budget as a direct payment, Chris Pierre said this should be done with advice and support from carers and the Council.

 

The Care Act introduces national minimum eligibility criteria that will help determine what level of need will entitle a person to publically funded adult social care services.

 

Councils must involve individuals in assessments and in the planning and checking of their care and support and if anyone finds it very difficult to be involved and they have no-one else to speak for them, the Council will find them an independent advocate.

 

Carers can also ask the council for support, even if the person they care for doesn’t receive any support from the Council.

 

Self Funders, who are people who pay for their own care, also have the right to receive advice and support.

 

Deferred Payment Agreements mean that individuals will not need to sell their own homes right away to fund their care.  The Council might help pay for care home bills if the individual agrees to pay them back when they decide to sell their home.  Guidance is available through the Council.

 

Other Changes are:

 

-       Setting up of Statutory Adult Safeguarding Boards

-       Transitional arrangements / assessments for children moving to adult social care and support.

-       A duty of care and support to prisoners.

 

There would be changes to working practices so that social care professionals worked more closely with GP’s.  The opening hours of the hospital Social Work Services would be extended to 8am – 6pm.

 

Phase 2 changes, which will take place from April 2016, include a cap on the cost of care, Annual statements showing how much has been used of the annual capped amount.  Financial support provided by the local authority will be further extended and a new duty to provide direct payments for people in residential care will be introduced.  There will also be a new appeals process.

 

The Care Act Changes were a very significant and positive step forward but the Council was implementing the changes at a very difficult time when it was.... to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.

31.

Safe Place

7.15 pm to 7.25 pm - presentation by Sergeant Ehab Al-Hashimi, Brentford Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Chiswick

7.25pm to 7.40 pm - questions from the public

 

Minutes:

Sgt Ehab Al-Hashimi, Brentford Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Chiswick gave an update on the Safe Place scheme. 

 

The Safe Place scheme has now been rolled out across the borough with 50 shops now signed up for the scheme.  These shops are all displaying the Safe Place sign.  Anyone could walk into one of the locations and ask for help.  Safe Place cards had been issued to anyone who has requested one, this card holds key information about who to contact in an emergency as well as the name of carers and alternative contacts for the card holder.  Take up so far had been good but members of the Forum were encouraged to apply if they had not already done so.  The Safe Place could be used even if people do not have their card with them.  The type of help available included somebody who would be able to call emergency contacts, lost carers or other contacts to come and provide help. 

 

A list all the Safe Place locations would be going onto the website.  Some larger shops would have trained first aiders available, all shops had basic first aid kits and could call the emergency services if needed.  Most of the shops in the scheme were wheelchair accessible.

 

They were located on most high streets, including Chiswick but not yet in Isleworth.  Everyone was welcome to suggest particular shops they thought might be potential Safe Places.  They would be asked if they would like to join.  The scheme was still very new and individuals were welcome to promote it to their favourite shops as well.  Shops who participated did so voluntarily. 

 

 

 

Sgt Al-Hashimi undertook pass concerns to the local police about anti-social behaviour in an alleyway near Hounslow West Station and also about anti-social problems in the private drive leading to the home of Sue Dalton, near Ivy Lane.

 

Councillor Bath thanked Sgt Al-Hashimi for an informative session and asked whether he would consider doing a surgery session. Sgt Ehab Al-Hashimi, Brentford Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Chiswick gave an update on the Safe Place scheme. 

 

The Safe Place scheme has now been rolled out across the borough with 50 shops now signed up for the scheme.  These shops are all displaying the Safe Place sign.  Anyone can walk into one of the locations and ask for help.  Safe Place cards have been issued to anyone who has requested one, this card holds key information about who to contact in an emergency as well as the name of carers and alternative contacts for the card holder.  If a card has not been issued people can still apply for it. The Safe Place can be used even if people do not have their card with them.  The type of help available included somebody who would be able to call emergency contacts, lost carers or other contacts to come and provide help. 

 

A member of the public asked whether there was a current list available of all the Safe  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

General questions

8.00pm to 8.20pm - Please limit questions to general issues as personal issues cannot be discussed in open debate.

Minutes:

The users of the Taxi Card scheme had being written to about taxi’s not being able to transport electric wheelchairs.  This was raised by two different residents. 

 

Celia Golden said that the Taxi Card Scheme had written to over 600 users, that electric wheelchairs cannot be secured, as they are required to be in law. 

 

Another member of the public said that on enquiry they had in fact been told that most taxi drivers would not actually object and would be able to take them provided they had the correct restraints.

                                                                           

Celia Golden had informed members of DCF that Transport for All was launching  a new campaign for better safety harnesses in taxi’s to secure  wheelchairs. Anyone interested in the campaign can contact ‘Transport for All’ directly or contact Celia Golden.  Celia Golden has two numbers and suggested putting forward names.  The Council cannot change the rule regarding electric wheelchair issue as this is about the law and safety.

 

Punam Sharma asked whether the Freedom Pass forms were available in Easy Read format. 

 

Celia Golden said they were available and that they were working with Speak Out to supply these to whoever needed them.

 

It was suggested that the Forum invite Motivate to come and talk at future DCF about their activity programme.

 

Councillor Bath agreed to look into this.

 

George Foster wanted to know whether anyone could explain how the impact of Council spending cuts would impact on disabled people and whether this had been assessed.

 

Councillor Bath said that the Council has less money to spend, every department has been affected.  Each proposal has had thorough impact assessments done by the Council including positive and negative impact of proposals on a range of groups.

 

Punam Sharma asked whether there is a way to use CCTV to make areas in Hounslow safer.

 

Councillor Bath responded that the Council had spent a lot of money on CCTV especially on estates with concierge services and where there were warden services.  CCTV was also in place in areas of high anti-social behaviour.

 

There was a discussion about the increasing use of computers to provide information and concern that some people were unable to access this.  The need for a simpler, easier to navigate Hounslow website was discussed.

 

33.

Date of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on 23 July 2015

34.

Other Business

8.20pm to 8.30pm - Any other business which the Chair agrees to consider on the grounds of urgency.

Minutes:

Information was shared about the Feltham High Street improvements and some residents said they had already been approached to have their say.  Residents did not know plans existed.

 

Celia Golden said that the London wheelchair repair service was to be retendered and there would be an advisory group put together in the West. To assist the retendering process anyone interested should let Patricia Sale know at the end of the meeting so she can include you in the advisory group.

 

35.

Safety in the Home

8.30pm to 8.45pm - presentation by Alan Taylor, Watch Manager, Heston, London Fire Brigade

8.45 pm to 9.00 pm - questions from the public

 

Minutes:

Alan Taylor, Watch Manager, Heston, London Fire Brigade gave a presentation on Safety in the Home.

 

There are two fire engines and one specialist unit at the Heston and Isleworth Station.  The Fire Brigade welcomes people to come around and have a chat and are happy to come out to resident’s homes to check that fire alarms are correctly fitted and even supply new, more suitable alarms where needed.  They are happy to come out whenever a resident changes address and will even come out to do an assessment as often as every year if requested.

 

Alan Taylor spoke more specifically about what to do in the event of a fire and also what to do to prevent fires.

 

What to do in the event of a fire

 

Keep your keys handy and have an escape route ready. 

Don’t tackle the fire yourself, you should get out, if you can, and stay out and call 999.  If you cannot get out stay in a room with a shut door and a window and also a phone.  Block the opening at the bottom of the door and open the window and shout. Keep inside doors closed at night if possible to prevent fire spreading.

 

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives The widespread use of smoke alarms has lead to a drop in fires.  The Fire Brigade’s Home Check service will fit the most suitable alarm including alarms designed specifically for residents with sight, hearing and mobility issues.  These include alarms with strobe lights, wifi enabled alarms and vibrating alarms.  Residents should have alarms on each landing of their home.  Residents who need more than one alarm, for example a vibrating alarm for the bed and one for a chair, will be supplied with what they need. A leaflet on Fire Safety for people with sight, hearing or mobility difficulties was distributed.

 

Questions:

 

A resident asked how closely the Fire Brigade worked with Hounslow Housing and other public sector landlords.

 

Alan Taylor stated that the fire service worked closely with housing associations and councils.  There was an initiative for the installation of sprinklers.  Issues which required a more technical, engineered approach would be passed on to the Fire Safety Service for further advice.

 

Punam Sharma requested information in Easy Read format.  This was distributed during the meeting.

 

Prevention

 

Alan Taylor said that the main causes of fire were:

 

-       Cooking with hot oil – must be watched at all times

-       Smoking – cigarettes left burning or ashtrays are not used.

-       Candles – not using a proper holder

-       Electrics (particularly appliances which had been recalled, there is a list of these on the Fire Brigade’s website).  Electrics need to be checked regularly.  Extension cords should not be linked to each other.  Frayed and old cables should not be used and if there was a smell of burning they should be switched off and the Fire Brigade called to investigate. 

 

Questions

 

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