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Apologies for absence.
To consider the extent, if any, to which the public and press are to be excluded from the meeting.
There are no items.
Declarations of Interest, if any.
There were no declarations made.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 19th February, 2018 were agreed as a correct record.
[A period not exceeding 20 minutes for statements from up to 5 members of the public on matters within the Panel’s remit, proposing action (s) which may be considered or contribute towards the future development of the Committee’s work programme]
There were no public statements made.
DONCASTER LIVING AND CARING THEME
A presentation was made to the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel relating to the Following Areas:
Community Safety Strategy Update;
Domestic Abuse – update from Scrutiny Review recommendations;
Child Exploitation; and
CCTV - impact from the CCTV Strategy.
It was reported that the Doncaster Complex Lives Alliance, mobilised in late 2017 was an integrated care approach to supporting rough sleepers with complex needs. The Panel was reminded that during mid to late 2016 there was growing homelessness and rough sleeping, drug misuse, crime and anti-social behaviour like many towns across the country.
Through a partnership focused approach on prevention and early intervention, Members were informed of the accommodation offer, links that have been strengthened with prisons and criminal justice agencies and how vulnerable individuals receive support through assertive outreach.
The Panel noted the Complex Lives basic process and how the wrap around method worked and supported the numbers that require help.
The following areas were addressed by the Panel:
Future Funding – In response to the Panel’s concern with regard to future funding to continue work already undertaken, it was explained that the Flexible Homeless Support Grant was predicted to be maintained in the coming years but additional support was also being sought form the Better Care Fund. There was however a note of caution that these were limited pots of funding. It was stressed that the plan was to utilise external grants where possible and that several funding bids had been made to the Government’s rough sleeper team.
Members were delighted to learn that the Government’s Rough Sleeper Team, had recently announced that Doncaster had been adopted as one of 42 local authorities to take a rough sleeper programme forward. Information on the finer details were awaited.
Stabilisation of people who receive support and a wrap around service – it was confirmed that once people’s lives began to improve, the existing support would continue for people who required assistance including, routine access to drug and alcohol standard services.
Partnership working – It was confirmed that this was working well, with the Local Authority having close relationships with all partners. Without everyones hard work and commitment it would not have been possible to achieve the success to date. Mainstream statutory services include St Leger Homes of Doncaster, RDaSh, Clinical Commissioning Group, Primary Care Trust, South Yorkshire Police and the Children’s Trust were committed. It was noted that the next phase of partnership working would focus on private sector housing landlords and the faith sector.
Resettlement of prisoners – concern was expressed due to the prison population in and around the Doncaster area, particularly relating to a person’s resettlement when released. It was noted that this was a national issue and a Doncaster rehabilitation company had been established, with work due to commence in Spring 2019. It was noted that some prisoners return to their home town if not from Doncaster but some do stay and start a new ... view the full minutes text for item 10.
The Governance Officer presented the Overview and Scrutiny Work Plan and Forward Plan or key decisions for the Committee’s consideration.
Members suggested that, following the Flood Review, an update from the Internal Drainage Board be added to the Community and Environment Scrutiny Panel’s work plan for 2019/20.
RESOLVED that an update from the Internal Drainage Board be added to the Overview and Scrutiny Work Plan for 2019/20.