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Paper 3 - 28 January 2005 Meeting

HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

Minutes of the Association meeting held at New Forest District Council on 26 November 2004 at 10.00 am.

Present:

Basingstoke and Deane

Councillor G Hood

East Hampshire

Councillor Mrs E Cartwright (Chairman)

Councillor A Pattie

W Godfrey (Chief Executive)

Eastleigh

Councillor A Winstanley

Fareham

Councillor A Mandry

A Davies (Chief Executive)

Gosport

Councillor M Hook

M Crocker (Chief Executive)

Hampshire

Councillor A Rice T.D.

Councillor M Woodhall

P Robertson (Chief Executive)

Havant

Councillor D Gillett

Councillor K Moss

F Campbell

Isle of Wight

D Pettitt (Director of Children’s Services)

New Forest

Councillor M Holding

Councillor M Kendal

D Yates (Chief Executive)

Rushmoor

P Gardner (Director of Resources)

Southampton

B Roynon (Chief Executive)

Test Valley

Councillor A Jackson

Councillor I Carr

R Tetstall (Chief Executive)

Winchester

Councillor S Campbell

Councillor T Evans

Hampshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Councillor J Pittfield

S Hudson (Director)

Community Action Hampshire

R Tulloch (Chief Executive)

Eastleigh Community Services

K Dufton (Chief Executive)

Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Councillor M Cartwright

J Bonney (Chief Officer)

D Curry

Association of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Authorities

N Goulder (Director)

D Allen (PA to Director)

Also in attendance:

Local Government Association

Councillor M Robinson

48.04 WELCOME

Councillor Lt Col. Mike Shand, Chairman of New Forest District Council, welcomed all those present to the meeting.

49.04 COUNCILLOR BILL WHEELER

The Chairman reported the sad death of Councillor Bill Wheeler, a County Council representative on the Association. A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect.

50.04 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Gurden (Basingstoke and Deane); Councillors K House and P Wall (Eastleigh); Councillors R Price and S Woodward (Fareham); Councillor I Binfield (Gosport); Councillor K Thornber (Hampshire); Councillors S Parker and S Wallis (Hart); Councillors H Rees, B Lawson and S Smart (Isle of Wight); Councillors T Blair and P Shaddock (Portsmouth); Councillors J Marsh and P Moyle (Rushmoor)

51.04 MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2004 were agreed as a correct record.

52.04 IMPLEMENTING THE CHILDREN BILL IN HAMPSHIRE

The Chairman introduced Peter Robertson (Hampshire County Council) and David Pettitt (Isle of Wight Council).

Peter Robertson introduced the County Council’s consultation with partners on the Children Bill, now an Act of Parliament. This legislation introduced for the first time a duty on partners such as the Health Authority and District Councils to co-operate with the County Council in matters concerning children.

He stressed the significance of the changes to the legal framework and described how the County Council was dealing with the structural issues involved. He also discussed the cultural issues in integrating social services with education.

He drew attention to the full consultation document circulated to all authorities including District Councils seeking comments by 15 December. A summary had been circulated with the agenda papers.

A second round of consultation giving more detailed proposals would take place in February 2005 and the changes would be implemented in Autumn 2005.

David Pettitt described the impact of the legislation and the implications for a Unitary Authority. The Isle of Wight Council had quickly moved to appoint a Director of Children’s Services. He spoke about the restructuring of other services and creation of an Adult Care Trust jointly with the Health Service. In implementing the new legislation, the Council was developing multi-agency partnerships based on clusters of schools.

He described the financial problems of a relatively small authority with particular levels of deprivation and economic problems. He also spoke about issues of corporate parenting, culture and comprehensive performance assessment.

He concluded by drawing attention to the fact that Government recognised the need for Children’s Services to remain in local government and the importance of delivering them successfully.

During discussion and questions a number of concerns were raised:

ˇ some scepticism that the new arrangements would prevent occasional failures

ˇ the lack of reference to Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and the need to work on District Council boundaries

ˇ the lost opportunities to develop schools as centres for young people

ˇ the desirability of literacy attainment at age eight

ˇ the significance of Sure Start and the need to improve take-up

ˇ the negativity of the suggested measures of well-being in the consultation document. More positive measures such as participation rates in organised groups/activities would be welcomed.

Peter Robertson noted the comments, particularly in relation to the potential role of LSPs.

The Chairman thanked both speakers for their presentations.

53.04 HAMPSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

The Chairman introduced John Bonney, Chief Officer of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Bonney gave a presentation which focussed on:

ˇ The Public Service Agreement for Fire

ˇ The national and Hampshire trends concerning fire-related deaths; arson and vehicle fires

ˇ Driving down risk

ˇ Protection and prevention

ˇ Response times

ˇ The importance of working in partnership.

In terms of assistance to partnerships, the Fire and Rescue service offered:

ˇ use of retained fire stations by the community

ˇ an excellent and recognised brand name

ˇ home visits

ˇ training.

Mr Bonney addressed points raised from those present including:

ˇ Experience of Fire Service officers’ unwillingness to co-operate in the past

ˇ The opportunity for engaging in partnerships with social landlords.

The Chairman thanked John Bonney for his presentation.

54.04 HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY

Nick Goulder introduced his report on this topic.

The report highlighted Healthfit; health scrutiny; joint scrutiny and public health. It also gave details of the Health Authority event held on 10 November which involved members of health scrutiny committees, patient/public involvement bodies and individuals. Mr Goulder had undertaken to forward any feedback on this event to the Strategic Health Authority.

County Councillor Ray Ellis and Denise Holden of Hampshire County Council would be visiting District Councils to update them on the work of the County Health Scrutiny Committee.

The Public Health White Paper had now been published and Mr Goulder drew attention to a leaflet showing how the Association was working with the Health Service on this subject.

Public Health could be brought back for discussion to the March Association meeting if Members so wished.

Mr Goulder addressed concerns from those present including:

ˇ the lack of reference to the new Children legislation in the Healthfit document

ˇ the urgent need for the County Health Scrutiny Committee or appropriate bodies to address the lack of cleanliness in hospitals.

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

55.04 CHANGEUP - CAPACITY BUILDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE FRAMEWORK FOR THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR

The Chairman introduced Ken Dufton, Chief Executive of Eastleigh Community Services.

Mr Dufton drew attention to his report which gave details on the background to the Government’s programme known as ChangeUp; the framework; regional and local activity and financial considerations.

ChangeUp represented a major opportunity to build the capacity of the voluntary and community sector in the HIOW area by strengthening the support that the sector received through its infrastructure bodies.

There were many good things happening already and the HIOW area was ahead of other places in the region but the coverage of support to the voluntary sector was not uniform across the area. Some parts of the sector particularly needed extra support to deal with the pace of change.

The sector looked forward to working with its partners in HIOW to maximise the potential that ChangeUp offered.

Mr Dufton and Richard Tulloch (Community Action Hampshire) answered questions and concerns from those present including:

ˇ the lack of reference to the existing Hampshire Compact

ˇ the need for joined up thinking relating to Associations of Parish and Town Councils.

Hampshire County Council drew attention to the valuable work of the voluntary sector and the "Evolve" project which would be rolled out in early spring next year.

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

56.04 FUTURE AGENDA

The Director introduced his report which highlighted the matters which would be discussed at future Association meetings. East Hampshire requested that a survey of local authority funding for Citizens Advice Bureaux be undertaken and reported back to a future meeting. This was agreed.

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

57.04 DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

The next meeting would be held at Southampton City Council on 28 January 2005.

Last update: 19/01/2005
Author: Nick Goulder, Director

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