Agenda item

Public Forum

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item.

 

Any member of the public or Councillor may participate in Public Forum.  The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda.  Public Forum items should be emailed to scrutiny@bristol.gov.uk and please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:-

 

Questions - Written questions must be received 3 clear working days prior to the meeting.  For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received in this office at the latest by 5pm on Tuesday 7 December.

 

Petitions and Statements - Petitions and statements must be received on the working day prior to the meeting.  For this meeting this means that your submission must be received in this office at the latest by 12 noon on Friday 10 December.

Minutes:

Questions

Ref

Name

Topic

Qs 1 - 12

Clive Stevens

Adult Social Care

Qs 13 – 14

Kay Galpin

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Q15

Sally Kent

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Qs 16 - 17

Jen Smith

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Qs 18 - 19

Hayley Hemming

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Q 20

Clive Stevens

Performance

Q 21

Clive Stevens

Adult Social Care

 

 

Statements and Petitions

Ref

Name

Topic

P1

Hannah Summers

Education

S1

Clive Stevens

Adult Social Care

S2

Hannah Summers

Education

S3

Jen Smith

Special Educational Needs and Disability

 

Jen Smith spoke to her statement.  

 

Cllr Edwards spoke on behalf of Hannah Summers statement and petition. 

 

Clive Stevens spoke to his statement. 

Supplementary questions: 

 

Jen Smith (Qs 16 & 17):  

 

Jen Smith asked that the issue and delay with Freedom of Information requests be looked into; and raised concerns about the number of children going through managed moves. 

 

The Chair requested the Freedom of Information (FOI) response to FOI request 16225729 be published. 

 

Clive Stevens – all responses from the Director of Adult Social Care; 

 

Q2:  Clive Stevens asked if any officer planned to visit Coventry Council to understand its approach, and was told that there was an interest in Coventry’s approach, it had not been practical to visit. Coventry used a higher number of Occupational Therapists than was available in Bristol. It was important to look at different models in different cities. There had been conversations with Plymouth and Swindon, and other local authorities in the Southwest.  

 

Q3: Supplementary question was whether the offer was open for the demonstration of the workflow accelerators to Scrutiny Members, and it was confirmed this could be provided. 

 

The Chair recommended that this was brought to a Leads meeting, and that Clive Stevens was also invited to the demonstration. 

 

Q5: Clive Stevens asked for confirmation that the backlog would be cleared as soon as possible and was told that the installation of aids and adaptations was managed by the Growth & Regeneration directorate, with whom Adult Social Care officers worked closely to address the backlog. 

 

The Chair asked for further information regarding the size and detail of the backlog  and it was agreed to request a written response from the Growth & Regeneration directorate to be published on the Action Tracker.  

 

Q20: Clive Stevens asked for reasons for long term increase in service user numbers; and whether mental health needs referred to aspects of Special Educational Needs as young people move to adulthood. The response was that the ratio between people under and over 65 had reversed itself (there has been a reduction in the number of over 65s and a general increase in the population preparing for adulthood), and there was a general increase in demand for people with mental health needs and a slight increase for people with learning disabilities throughout the pandemic (the impact of the pandemic meant fewer services being available to them). This meant there has been an increase in the total number of people between 18-64 who have received adult social care services. Also, people within the 18-64 age range would receive a service for a longer period 

 

For a large proportion of service-users, mental health needs manifested during adulthood, or they might not have been recognised as children. 

 

The Chair stated the Educational Health Care Plans went up to the age of 25, so with a cross over into adulthood. 

 

Q21: This also referred to Q8 – Clive Stevens welcomed the scheduled deep dive to investigate travel time as one of the issues which affected recruitment and retention; and asked whether the deep dive would address what is meant as travel problems, and how they are defined.????The Chair recommended that the Director of Adult Social Care provided a written response following the meeting, to be published on the Action Tracker. 

 

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