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Items
No. Item

35.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Massey and Joanne Newton.

36.

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Members are requested to approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 30th Nov 2021

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on30th Nov 2022 be approved as a correct record.

37.

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 interest received.

38.

Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

39.

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 items of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

 

Reason for the resolution

 

Should the press and public remain during debate on the two items 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.

40.

Proposed Adult Social Care Provider Fee Rates 2022/23 Financial Year

To consider a report of the Portfolio Holder for Social Care and Ageing Well

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Cabinet Member for Social Care and Aging Well which sought approval of the adult social care fee rates for the financial year 2022/23 as detailed in section 2.1 of the report.

 

Alternatives considered

The fee rates for 2022/23 will enable the RLW and the increase in National Insurance to be paid to care workers and inflation costs will be met therefore no other options have been explored. However, it is worth noting the associate risks of not increasing fee levels in 2022/23:

 

The recruitment and retention issues currently being experienced in the adult care market would increase which would affect the provider’s ability to continue to provide services for the boroughs most vulnerable citizens.

 

Providers would face challenges meeting the NLW/RLW requirements and meeting the increasing costs of care.

 

The quality of service delivery could be affected because providers cannot attract staff and because the increased cost of care as a consequence of the new NLW/RLW not being covered by the fee rates.

 

There will be an increased risk of provider failure which will impact on vulnerable service users and will mean that the council will not be able to deliver its statutory duties under the Care Act 2014.

 

Care homes may increase top up fees, reducing choice for residents unable to afford to ‘top up’

 

The Council will not be able to respond to demographic pressures which will impact on performance against national indicators and the delivery of the locality plan. This will impact on vulnerable service users and the council’s reputation.

 

Any decision not to increase the fee levels represents a cut in fee levels and the council would need to be able to clearly demonstrate how this would be achievable by providers and still meet the essential costs of care.

 

It should also be noted that all care packages are subject to annual reviews ensuring that needs continue to be met appropriately.

 

RESOLVED that the fee rates for externally commissioned care and support fees for 2022/23 as outlined in the table on page 8 of the report be approved.

 

Reasons for resolution

The ICB have delegated authority to approve Adult Social Care provider fees within the context of the Local Authorities (LA) statutory responsibilities in relation to the Adult Social Care market as set out in the Care Act 2014. The Care Act requires the LA to ensure that there is a sustainable market to meet the adult social care needs of its residents. The duties include a requirement that LA’s pay fees at a level that enables providers to retain an effective workforce and, at least, to comply with the National Living Wage (NLW). Locally we continue to fund the Real Living Wage (RLW) or care workers as agreed at ICB of the 27th October 2020.

 

It should be noted that fee increases applied to Adult Social Care providers also has a direct impact on the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) costs within the CCG.

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41.

Rochdale Locality Operating Model September 2021

To consider the attached report from the Director of Commissioning.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Strategic Commissioning which sought to inform and receive support for the draft Rochdale Locality Operating Model and its further development.

 

Alternatives considered  

Not to seek the support of the Integrated Commissioning Board in developing the Locality Operating Model. This is not a viable option.

 

RESOLVED that the draft Rochdale Locality Operating Model and its further development be supported.

 

Reason for resolution

To ensure that the due governance process is followed to develop the Locality Operating Model.