The Chair of OSB provided an update on the work of the Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel and advised that the panels next topic, Loneliness and Isolation in adolescents, would begin in early 2019 with an overview from the Public Health team.
The Chair of the Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel advised the panels next topic was air pollution. The Councils Head of Planning would be attending its next meeting to discuss how air pollution was addressed through the Local Plan. The panel will then hear from a representative of the hydrogen industry, based in Leeds, to hear how Leeds was trying to use hydrogen in public transport.
The Vice Chair of the Childrens and Young People's Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel advised OSB the panel was looking at early help and prevention and that Members had spent time with staff working within early help services. Feedback about the visits would be provided at the panels next meeting. The Vice Chair of the panel advised that the exercise was extremely beneficial and enjoyable and expressed his thanks to all the staff involved. It was commented that families who experienced difficulties requiring Council intervention of this nature were not just those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
The Chair of the Children and Young People's Learning Scrutiny Panel advised that the panels current investigation into Holiday Hunger, or Feast of Fun as it was known locally, found that due the numbers of children requiring assistance, the programme needed to be extended. The Final Report would be submitted at the panels next meeting. The Board was advised that funding for the Feast of Fun had generated a five to one spend/ benefit ratio. The Chair also advised that the Council had decided to support the Feast of Fun programme going forward, and that negotiations were taking place with local businesses in this regard. The Chair also advised that different options were being explored to try and secure additional funding. The panels next topic would be Mental Health in Schools and would have potential cross over issues with the Ad Hoc Panels investigation into loneliness in adolescents.
The Chair of the Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel advised that at the panels last meeting it received the final presentation regarding Community Learning, in relation to their work with local communities, businesses and the NHS. The panel heard from several recipients of Community Learning and how the scheme had assisted in their financial and personal development. The panel would agree its final report in January 2019 and would receive an overview of its next topic. This topic would focus on the work of the Voluntary and Community Sector and Mark Davies, Chief Executive of the Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, would be in attendance.
The Vice Chair of the Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel advised OSB that the Panels draft report into the LGB&T Community and Elderly Care was considered. It was noted that while the report had generated media attention regarding the use of the acronym LGB&T, this should not distract from the reports core remit. The Panels final report would be submitted to OSB in January 2019.
The Vice Chair of the Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel advised that, with regard to Health Scrutiny, it was anticipated that an initial response to the Panel's referral to the Secretary of State regarding respite services would be received in early 2019. In the interim period the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had contacted all of those affected by the proposals to advise that the current respite provision and allocation system would remain in place until end of September 2019.
At a joint meeting of the Health and Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel on 3 December 2018 further information had been requested from the CCGs and TEWV in relation to the proposed new assessment tool and the involvement of parent / carer representatives in the co-production of that tool. In light of the information presented and requests made at that meeting by both Members and parent/carer representatives the CCGs agreed that no further work would be undertaken in relation to respite until early 2019.
The panel continued to undertake further work in respect of its review into Breast Radiology Diagnostic Services in South Tees. It was noted that the Councils Principal Solicitor had been invited to attend the panels December meeting to advise on the legal options available given there had been a significant variation to service provision and no statutory consultation had been undertaken.