Venue: County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG
Contact: Alisha Parker Email: Alisha.Parker@derbyshire.gov.uk
Declarations of Interest
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To confirm the non-exempt minutes of the meeting of the Improvement and Scrutiny Committee – People held on 4 May 2022
That the minutes of the meeting held on 4 May 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.
(Questions may be submitted to be answered by the Scrutiny Committee, or Council officers who are attending the meeting as witnesses, on any item that is within the scope of the Committee. Please see the procedure for the submission of questions at the end of this agenda)
There were no public questions.
On 10 March 2022, Cabinet approved the programme of formal public consultation for a period of 12 weeks on the two options concerning the future delivery of day opportunities for people with a learning disability and/or who were autistic. The Committee was asked to consider the current public consultation, including with the current Learning Disability Day service users.
Linda Elba-Porter, Service Director – Transformation and Partnership, attended the meeting and provided the Committee with background to the Cabinet report and details of the two options for consultation on the future delivery of the service.
The aim was to support Derbyshire people with a learning disability and/or who were autistic to live the lives they wanted to live – safe, fulfilled lives in their communities. The proposed new approach was based on feedback from people who had been supported and informed the Council that they wanted to live as independently as possible in their communities with equal access to opportunities and services such as social and leisure, housing, jobs, health and transport. The proposals were also informed by the recent White Paper ‘People at the heart of care’ which set out a vision for adult social care that had people and families at its heart.
The public consultation began on 28 March 2022 and would last for 12 weeks ending on 19 June 2022. During the consultation, there would be 12 meetings held virtually throughout the County and where preferred, service users could have a face-to-face meeting to enable them to speak in confidence.
Members were afforded the opportunity to comment on the proposals and ask questions relating to the consultation process. The following issues were raised by members of the committee:
- There was a general concern that the mental well-being of service users might have suffered as a result of having to remain largely at home during the pandemic and all councillors wished this to be kept in mind. However, RG also stated that she had been told of people wishing to return to Alderbrook (Chinley, High Peak) but unable to do so because of on-going Covid-19 restrictions and also that there was a waiting list of people wanting to use Dinting allotments which might indicate there was still a demand for these facilities.
- Certain members also expressed concern that some service users might have a problem getting a point across or feel frightened to speak out against the service. Linda Elba-Porter responded by re-iterating that the face-to-face meetings had been deliberately included in an effort to hopefully allow users to express their feelings more openly.
- It was also suggested, anecdotally, that there was a feeling across the county that many people were unaware of the consultation, so perhaps the publicity hadn’t been adequate? In response, it was stated that meetings held thus far had been very well attended (particularly in the High Peak) which demonstrated otherwise.
- It was asked if staff and carers could respond to the consultation? The response was that it was a ... view the full minutes text for item 17/22