Knowsley Council’s Cabinet meets this week. Here’s our quick guide to what’s on the agenda.
Corporate plan monitoring update
Members will be updated on the progress made against the priorities set out earlier this year in the council’s ambitious Corporate Plan 2017-2020. They will note the progress made by the council in education, health and wellbeing, adult social care, business growth, housing and creating a sustainable borough. Achievements in the first six months of the plan include the work of the Education Commission, a review of dementia provision and the publication of an Extra Care Sufficiency Strategy. Cabinet will receive a further update in June 2018.
Shaping a new future for Knowsley’s parks – the report of the Knowsley Parks and Green Spaces Review Board
Cabinet will consider a recommendation from the independent Knowsley Parks and Green Spaces Review Board to safeguard the future of the borough’s parks. The Board is recommending the creation of a charitable trust to run parks, which would be funded by the investment of a £40 million endowment, created through the phased sale of up to 10% of parks and green spaces in Knowsley over the next 15 years. This recommendation was supported by (60%) of people who took part in the consultation organised by the Board in August and September this year.
Knowsley Council has lost £86m in budget cuts since 2010 and, facing a further £14.8m of cuts up to 2020, can no longer afford the £1.3m per year it costs to maintain parks from 2019.
Children’s Services Tripartite commissioning agreement with Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council
Cabinet will consider proposals for greater collaboration with Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council in the commissioning of services for children and their families. If Cabinet agree the recommendations it would mean that when Knowsley is considering a new commission for any children’s service, such as the commissioning of residential care and foster care placements, the council would look to do so initially through a partnership with Sefton and Liverpool.
Improved collaboration with other councils in relation to commissioning would provide greater opportunity to delivery contracts more efficiency and carry out procurement with more efficiency. This would improve value for money and potentially enable greater access for more children and families to high quality and sustainable services.
2017/18 Revenue budget monitoring – mid-year update
Cabinet will be asked to note the Council’s revenue budget for 2017/18, which is indicating a balanced position, although the report forecasts pressures on the adult social care and children’s services budgets. To help to sustain the borough and continue the council’s regeneration programme, the report proposes an advance allocation against future capital receipts to fund the on-going land assembly programme.
Adult social care financial strategy
Adult social care expenditure over the next three years is forecast to create budget pressures. On 23 October 2017, the Section 75 Partnership Board agreed that these pressures could be funded over the medium-term through the investment of the Additional Improved Better Care Fund, aimed at sustaining the service over the next three years. It is proposed that the funding will help to meet adult social care needs, reduce pressures on the National Health Service (particularly by supporting more people to be discharged from hospital when they are ready) and ensuring that the local social care provider market is supported.
Adult provider services – outline business case
Cabinet will consider a recommendation aimed at safeguarding the future of adult social care services directly provided by the council. Members will consider a recommendation to explore in detail the viability of creating a partnership with Halton Council and Sefton Council’s Local Authority Traded Company, New Directions. The affected services include adult and older people’s day care, Shared Lives and respite services, as well as supported accommodation.
Faced with the pressures of ongoing budget cuts and increasing demands on services, the council needs to look at different ways of providing these services. Over the coming months, the views of families and carers will be sought and their views considered before a final decision is made in June 2018.
2018/19 performance and budget setting process
Whilst a three year budget has been agreed for 2017/2020, regular budget and performance reviews continue. Cabinet will be asked to endorse the next steps in the service planning and budget process which will see the development of two-year service plans for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.
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The full reports can be read on the council’s website.