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Items
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31.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Susan Smith and Kate Jones (HealthWatch Rochdale).

32.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

33.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Health, School and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 20th November 2019

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, held 20th November 2019, be approved as a correct record, subject to the inclusion of Mr. John McGrath (Co-opted member) as being present.

34.

Need for Primary School Places 2021 - 2024 pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding future primary school provision in the Borough.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which provided details about the need for Primary School Places 2021-2024.

 

The Committee was informed that the Council has a statutory duty to provide education and school places to all school aged children living in the borough and consequently had a duty to plan adequately for predicted pupil numbers.

 

Current housing development plans along with the housing allocations defined in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, GMSF (currently still under consultation) dictated that pupil numbers in Rochdale would continue to grow in some localities and plans must be put in place to create the needed school capacity. New housing build rates have been above those required to be delivered by the GMSF for two years.

 

Parental choice created a situation where parents who can, are more likely to travel longer distances to school, this means that spare capacity is more likely to be concentrated in fewer schools and consequently over supply of school places is a consideration. Falling birth rates and increased housing mean that places were constantly under review.

 

The Committee was advised that this report was being submitted to the Cabinet, at is meeting to be held on 29th September 2020, for determination.

 

Resolved:

The Committee supports the proposals detailed in Section 2 of the submitted report and recommends their adoption by the Cabinet when that body considers this report on 29th September 2020.

35.

Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of Director of Children’s Services regarding the provision of secondary school places in the Borough in 2021 and 2022.

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Children’s Services which provided details about the need for Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022.

 

The Committee was advised that the Council has a statutory duty to offer every pupil living in the borough, who applies, a Secondary school place. Where the council offers a school place that is over the statutory “safe walking distance” for the age of that child the council is required to provide free school transport. Because bus transport in the area is provided through Transport for Greater Manchester, any child offered a school place, which is over the statutory distance criteria, is offered a free bus pass that is provided from council funds. The council receives no central government funding for school bus transport.

 

The council does receive Basic Need funding to provide additional school places for both permanent and temporary school building expansions and bulge classes. The allocation of Basic Need funding from central government is reported annually to the council Cabinet and the report this year was approved on 31st March 2020.

 

A shortage of Secondary school places was forecasted for the 2021 and 2022 intakes, and for school intakes in every following year until the time that two new mainstream school are delivered for the Borough.

 

The Committee was advised that this report was being submitted to the Cabinet, at is meeting to be held on 29th September 2020, for determination.

 

Resolved:

The Committee supports the proposals detailed in Section 2 of the submitted report and recommends their adoption by the Cabinet when that body considers this report on 29th September 2020.

36.

Third Phase of NHS response to COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 284 KB

To receive the attached report from the Director of Public Health

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Assistant Director – Commissioning, which set out changes in ways of working across health and social care in order to meet the needs of the population, in the context of the third Phase of NHS response to COVID 19.

 

The Committee was informed that work would continue on the data based submissions following feedback from Greater Manchester and the North West Region. It was anticipated that there would be further challenge across all areas to maximise restoration of activity.

 

The submitted report focused on: -

·         the initial process adopted in Rochdale to support system readiness

·         the second submission to Greater Manchester

·         the other returns required as part of this process

·         next steps for the Rochdale system

 

Resolved:

That the report be noted.

37.

3rd & 4th Quarter Social Care Complaints pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Directors of Children’s Services and Adult Services presented a report that provided Members with a summary of Adult and Children’s Social Care complaints received during the third and fourth quarters of 2019/2020.

 

Social care complaints were subject to a statutory reporting framework which are scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission. The Council’s Customer Feedback Team extracted and reported on the information recorded for social care services during the study period, including the number of complaints received at each stage of the process, the numbers of complaints that are investigated and responded to within the permitted timescale and the numbers that were upheld.

 

Decision: That the report be noted.

38.

Adult, Children & Public Health Directorate Plans 2019-20 Quarter 4 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report detailing progress during the fourth quarter 2019/2020 (1st January – 31st March) towards the achievement of the targets contained in the Adult Care Directorate Plan 2019/2020, Children’s Services Directorate Plan 2019/2020 and Public Health Directorate Plan 2019/2020. 

 

Resolved:

The report be noted.

39.

Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To consider the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2020/202.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report which presented the Committee’s Work Programme 2020/2021.

 

Resolved:

The report be noted.

40.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

 

Reasons for the decision:

Should the press and public remain there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Parts 1 and 4 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

41.

Secondary School provision - 2021 and 2022

Private appendix to the report of the Director of Children’s Services

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised the restricted appendix to the report of the Director of Children’s Services which provided details about the need for Secondary School Places 2021 and 2022.

 

Resolved:

That the funding allocations for schemes as detailed in the appendix to the report be noted.