requested by the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board (OSMB) each
Scrutiny Commission had been provided with an overview of the
business efficiency savings – the ongoing proposed savings to
be made within each directorate that do not form part of the
One hour of the meeting had been allocated to the budget item
but it was acknowledged that Members could still have further
questions. Members would be canvassed
about a requirement for an informal briefing in January
2017. (Action – JVH /
John Readman, Strategic Director and Service Directors for the
People Directorate delivered a presentation (appendix x to the
minutes), with the second part focused on early help and
children’s centres, community meals, and community
The Chair requested that future presentation include
figures, rather than percentages (Action – all
During the discussion the following points were
Projection of figures, i.e. projected growth of
children’s figures are based on figures from Office for
national statistics and local data such as school places –
live birth data is adjusted to local situations.
Members requested the National living wage report (previously
presented the Human Resources Scrutiny Commission). (Action – Karen Blong).
The Educational Services Grant has been
significantly reduced but the national funding formula to replace
this has not yet been put in place.
This will result in a significant funding challenge for school. The
Learning City Partnership, the Bristol local framework, is
committed to joint working and avoiding fragmentation, regardless
of the direction of national legislation. The Commission Members welcomed this.
The Commission were updated on work looking into
third party spend and how the Council is trying to get better value
for money form contract spend. (Going
to business change scrutiny and is a cross Council initiative)
Help Presentation – Michelle Farmer/ Paul Jacobs
Options for Children’s Centres would be
explored; this could include retaining the same number of centres
providing children care but a smaller number of these being
The use of Council buildings could be considered -
Schools, libraries etc. It was hoped to
retain local deliver using a more efficient approach.
Health visitors could be included in multi-agency
assessments to increase health deliver in Children’s
centres. The service would be better
for children and families if seamless multi agency assessments were
available – work continued towards joint assessments or
accepting each other’s.
Cllr Keen referenced a ‘family centre’
in Hillfields Ward that covers a wide
area. The centre could be used as a
case study as an alternative approach.
Little Hayes was also example of an alternative model that worked
Members were asked to feed in concerns about Special
Educational Needs (SEN) and behaviour support via the
The Commission discussed the definition of
“Family Support” and opportunities to connect the
existing work force across the city (e.g. family support workers in
special schools). Officers were already
actively looking for opportunities to combine into Children’s
Centres. Members agreed it would be
more effective to move away from the preconception of a
“building”, focussing more on access to professionals
and expertise, sharing information and professional meeting places.
BCC hoped to continue to provide universal and
Community meals service – Michele Farmer
Proposals were presented to the committee (presentation
available from Democratic Services –
part of the discussion the following was noted:
Members noted that drivers received welfare training
and monitored vulnerable people. The
Commission requested information on how many drivers currently pick
up on issues. (Action – Michele
Officers highlighted that vulnerable clients were
provided with other types of support and would be monitored via
Members re-iterated their strong commitment to this
underrepresented group and the potential threat of any loss of
service. A detailed financial analysis,
plus a full and proper consultation would be required with all the
current service users ahead of any changes.
MF referenced the commissioning model which should
mitigate against the issues and concerns
Community Links & Drop in –Mike Hennessey
Appended proposals were presented to committee. Legal advice was
pending on when consultation can begin as well as equalities impact
assessment but officers confirmed it would be going to
Members were concerned that people with learning
difficulties and carers had already been through so much in last
few years. It was feared that suggestions around moving people with
learning difficulties away from centres could leave people
The Commission felt that it was wrong to move away
from dedicated care for people with learning difficulties as they
Ideas around outside organisations that could run
these centres instead were discussed.
Officer confirmed there was a lot of interest in the market last
time this was floated, including charities and other providers
– but it has not been tested recently.
It was noted that great care should be taken over
the equalities aspect and the different cultural needs for people
in the central area of Bristol. Members
highlighted the specialist staff in these areas.
Further questions would be collated and written
answers provided as part of the frequently asked
question. (Action –
Tracker Summary – Michael Pilcher
Business Efficiency Saving for Scrutiny Commissions People as
referred from OSM – appended.
Members agreed to receive the Business Efficiency Savings for
the People Commission via email (copies available from Democratic
Services –email@example.com), due to time