Decision details

Budgeted Savings Tracker

Decision Maker: Scrutiny Management Board

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Purpose:

An update on the tracking and delivery of savings agreed by Full Council in the current and previous financial years is provided.

Decisions:

The Chair welcomed to the meeting County Councillor Mike Goulthorp, Lead Member for Finance and Resources, Graham Gooch, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, County Councillor Scott Smith, Lead Member for Highways and Active Travel, Neil Kissock, Director of Finance, Kate Lee, Head of Service Financial Management, Paul Lee, Director of Adult Care and Provider Services, Kashif Ahmed, Director of Strategic and Integrated Commissioning, Michael White, Highway Regulation Manager, Peter Bell, Principal Regulation and Enforcement Officer and Oliver Starkey, Head of Service Public and Integrated Transport.

 

Members were provided a revised report on the tracking and delivery of savings agreed by Full Council for the current and previous financial years.

 

Members were invited to ask questions on the tracking and delivery of savings and a summary is outlined below under the relevant topics:

 

SC034 – On Street Pay and Display

 

On the proposed increase in the number of on street pay and display machines and chargeable parking spaces, it was highlighted that this would only take place with the agreement of Districts across Lancashire.

 

SC013 – Bus Shelter Advertising

 

Officers commented that income for bus shelter advertising was relatively low to justify staff investment. Currently, the favoured option was to procure an advertising company with the hope that the county council would receive an element of commission, which could then be reinvested into maintaining the existing stock of bus shelters. Currently, bus shelters were maintained at the county council's expense with no income from advertising.

 

On whether these two savings would continue to appear on the tracker, it was intended that the next Money Matters report at the end of quarter 1 would provide an update on whether any of these savings on the tracker would not be deliverable. It would be for Cabinet to then determine how to proceed and reach proposals on new savings to be agreed.

 

SC508/ASC025 – Different models of Supported Accommodation

 

·  It was clarified that there were multiple factors as to why voids occurred in supported living. One of the key factors for voids related to shared settings when up to four people lived together and someone vacated the provision. This would increase financial costs even when the numbers of people living in a shared setting reduced. The challenge for the service was to ensure how the void could be filled depended on a person having compatibility with the occupants and addressing their complex needs.

·  The modernisation of supported living scheme which started in 2018/19 was to de-commission the long standing and traditional shared settings and develop more modern bespoke individual flats and apartments. This had saved approximately £3.7 million pounds; however, it was acknowledged there was more to achieve from this programme of work.

·  Approximately 100 units (traditional settings) had been decommissioned and a similar number of new units developed over the past five years. A further 152 units were in the pipeline to be delivered over the next 36 months.

·  Predominantly, supported living provision was for people with learning disabilities and more recently it was felt that people with mental health needs and other care groups could benefit from this.

·  It was noted that Housing LIN had been commissioned in 2023 to carry out a detailed population needs assessment to help forecast demand requirements over the next ten years.

·  It was confirmed that there was no intention to retain or refurbish traditional setting buildings that had been decommissioned as they were not fit for purpose.

·  With regards to whether the number of newly developed accommodation addressed the current demands for supported living, it was reported that the county council was not currently able to meet the needs and demand based on the data. There was a reliance on people potentially going into residential care. To help boost the development of new units, officers had set up locality group meetings with districts councils, housing associations and developers from the North, East and Centre of Lancashire to identify potential opportunities for the development of more provision.

·  On whether statutory and non-statutory services in supported living were accounted for separately, it was confirmed that the county council only provided statutory services as defined in the Care Act 2014.

·  In recognising this matter was progressing and rated amber, it was suggested that this be monitored by the Board on a quarterly basis through the savings tracker.

 

ASC026/SC511 – LD Enablement

 

It was noted that this had been a successful programme and part of the delay in implementing the programme, was due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was expected that around £400,000 would be saved in the 2024/25 financial year and that the saving would be fully achieved within 2024/25. There were no concerns in relation to this saving being delivered fully.

 

SC504 – Continuing to build on the Passport to Independence – Reablement and A009 – Living Better Lives in Lancashire (LBIL)

 

·  It was acknowledged that while some success had been achieved with the reablement saving, it was anticipated that the target would not be achieved. A proposal would be put forward on a new Demand Management Strategy to help realise the savings needed.

·  The demand management approach would centre on a reablement, asset-based model that would prioritise early intervention, wellbeing and the enablement and reablement of individuals to live independently. The scheme would aim to manage demand and prevent people from needing long term care. The Living Better Lives Scheme would also be replaced by the proposed Demand Management Strategy. Both the reablement and Living Better Lives in Lancashire would be closed off through formal reporting to Cabinet at its meeting in September 2024.

·  It was noted that a report on the Living Better Lives in Lancashire model would be presented to the next scheduled meeting of the Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Committee on 8 May 2024. It was requested that specific examples of when too much care had been provided to individuals be included.

·  Reablement was funded through the Better Care Fund, which was a pooled arrangement involving the NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board and Lancashire County Council. Officers were looking to increase the level of financial contribution from the local NHS to deliver benefits across the health and care system, as this would reduce the number of people requiring hospital beds.

 

Resolved: That the report be considered.

Corporate Priorities : Delivering better services;

Divisions Affected: (All Divisions);

Contact: Gary Halsall Email: gary.halsall@lancashire.gov.uk Tel: (01772) 536989.

Report author: Gary Halsall

Date of decision: 16/04/2024

Decided at meeting: 16/04/2024 - Scrutiny Management Board

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