Agenda and minutes
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County Councillors A Cheetham and J Mein replaced County Councillors C Townley and M Iqbal respectively. Councillor B Aitken replaced Councillor V Wilder, representing Fylde Borough Council.
Apologies were received from Councillors M France (Chorley Council), G Harrison (Hyndburn Borough Council), D Howarth (South Ribble Borough Council) and J Robinson (Wyre Borough Council).
Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests
Members are asked to consider any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the Agenda.
None were disclosed.
Following requests from eleven County Councillors in accordance with the Call In procedures, the Committee considered a report outlining the decisions of the Cabinet on 13 June 2019 in relation to the Lancashire Wellbeing Service, the Health Improvement Service and Integrated Home Improvement Services.
The Chair welcomed County Councillor Shaun Turner, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing; Sakthi Karunanithi, Director for Public Health and Wellbeing and Clare Platt, Head of Service for Health, Equity, Welfare and Partnerships.
Presenting the case for the Call In for decisions made relating to the Lancashire Wellbeing Service were County Councillor Azhar Ali, along with Teresa Jennings, chief executive of N-Compass North West and Rhaya Barnes, a Lancashire Wellbeing service user.
County Councillor Ali provided additional information, detailing data and financial information showing the benefits of the Lancashire Wellbeing service. This was pre-circulated to the Committee in advance of the meeting and a copy is set out in the minutes.
The Committee considered a number of issues in connection with the original decision, including: the impact on service users; the potential effect on other Lancashire wide services; the financial information provided; the potential for increased costs in other services; the consultees responses; new models of working supported by partner organisations and budget pressures across the county council.
County Councillor Ali proposed that the service be funded for a further twelve months to ensure a smooth transition to the intended new way of working that would provide an efficient proactive method of wellbeing support for the residents of Lancashire.
It was moved by County Councillor Peter Steen and seconded by County Councillor Eddie Pope that the Committee support the decisions made by Cabinet on 13 June 2019 in relation to the Lancashire Wellbeing Service.
The following amendment was proposed by County Councillor David Whipp and seconded by County Councillor John Fillis:
That the Committee request Full Council to review the decisions in relation to the Lancashire Wellbeing Service and decide whether it should be reconsidered as the additional documentation reviewed at the meeting highlighted that the report to Cabinet did not include the full consequential costs and was therefore contrary to the Budget and Policy Framework set by the Full Council.
On being put to the vote the amendment was LOST.
The substantive motion was then put to the vote and was CARRIED.
It was proposed by County Councillor Eddie Pope and seconded by County Councillor Britcliffe that County Councillor Shaun Turner report back to the Health Scrutiny Committee on the progress and success of the community based approach to providing wellbeing support to the residents of Lancashire in six months.
It was therefore:
(i) The Committee supported the decisions made by Cabinet on 13 June 2019 in relation to the Lancashire Wellbeing service and therefore should not be called in.
(ii) County Councillor Shaun Turner report back to the Health Scrutiny Committee on the progress and success of the community based approach to providing wellbeing support to the residents of Lancashire in six ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
An item of urgent business may only be considered under this heading where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the Minutes, the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency. Wherever possible, the Chief Executive should be given advance warning of any Member’s intention to raise a matter under this heading.
There were no items of urgent business.
Date of Next Meeting
The next scheduled ordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee is due to be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 10.30am, County Hall, Preston.
The next meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee will be held on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 10.30am in Cabinet Room C – The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston.