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									         Minutes of:              THE EXECUTIVE

         Date of Meeting:         2 February 2005

         Present:                 Councillor J Byrne (in the Chair);
                                  Councillors W A Campbell, T P Chamberlain, M Connolly,
                                  S Costello, M A Gibb, A Isherwood, S R Perkins, T D
                                  Pickstone and R E Walker

                                  Councillor Smith attend the meeting in his capacity as
                                  Chair of the Healthier and Safer Communities Scrutiny
                                  Commission for Minutes EX.979 below (Family Support for
                                  Children with Disabilities)

                                  Councillor Holt attended the meeting in his capacity as
                                  Chair of the Human Resources and Appeals Panel for
                                  Minute EX.983 and EX.986 below (Local Government
                                  Pensions Committee Draft Response and Local Pay
                                  Review : Implementation Proposals)

         Apologies:               -

         Public attendance: There were 24 members of the public in attendance


EX.974   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

         (a)        Councillors Byrne and Pickstone both declared personal interests in
                    Minute EX.978 below (Children’s Services – Fairfield)

         (b)        Councillors WA Campbell, Chamberlain, Isherwood and Perkins
                    declared personal and prejudicial interests in Minute EX.983 below
                    (Local Government Pensions Committee – Draft Response) and all left
                    the room during the consideration of the item.
         (c)        Councillor Walker indicated that his personal interests were recorded in
                    the Register of Members’ Interests held by the Monitoring Officer.

EX.975   PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

         The following issues were raised by members of the public relating to the review
         of provision for children with learning disabilities undertaken by the Healthier and
         Safer Communities Scrutiny Commission referred to in Minute EX.979 below:-

                  The budget provision for the running of the Re:d Centre.

                  The emotional stress caused to the families of children affected by the
                   uncertainty over the future of the Re:d Centre.

                  The cost of Out of Borough Placements of children which may result from
                   reducing the services provided currently by the Re:d Centre.
                   Councillor Chamberlain referred to the assessments of risk being
                   undertaken and gave an assurance that families would be re-assessed for
                   the appropriate package of care.

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                 The reduction in funding following any renegotiation of the contract with
                  NCH/Hurdles to deliver services at the Re:d Centre.

                 The difference of opinion amongst Members of the Healthier and Safer
                  Communities Scrutiny Commission when it decided on the
                  recommendation relating to the level of Family Support Packages.

                 The examination of overspending across the Social Services Budget
                  2004/2005.
                  The Leader referred to the additional funding for Social Services
                  mainstreamed in the Social Services Budget in recent years.

                 Capacity of the Re:d Centre building and collaborative working with the
                  Primary Care Trust on service delivery.
                  The Assistant Director of Children’s Services reported on the lengthy
                  discussions which had been taking place with representatives of the
                  Primary Care Trust and mentioned its funding arrangements.

                 The increasing numbers of children requiring foster care and the
                  significant funding for Boarding Out Allowances.
                  The Leader referred to the Council priority to improve the quality and
                  number of Foster Carers.

                 Care Packages : Most children attending the Re:d Centre have small
                  packages, therefore, even small cuts would affect those children
                  significantly.
                  Councillor Chamberlain reported on the professional re-assessment of
                  needs which had started recently.

                 Child Protection issues and suggested savings in other areas of service
                  provision.
                  The Leader reminded the Executive that the Healthier and Safer
                  Communities Scrutiny Commission had not made any suggestions for
                  budgetary savings.

                 Re-assessment of needs
                  The Assistant Director of Children’s Services reported on action taken by
                  the Authority to complete the re-assessments of need by agency
                  recruitment for that purpose at no additional cost to the Authority.

                 Youth Centre Provision
                  In response to several references to the need to protect the youth centre
                  provision, Councillor Chamberlain emphasised his commitment to
                  examine provision to ensure services across the Borough were as
                  inclusive as possible.

           Representatives of Fairfield Baby Lifeline thanked the Council for its continuing
           support in the campaign to retain the Special Baby Care Unit at Fairfield
           Hospital.
           Councillor Campbell referred to the cross-party support and the leadership of the
           Members of Parliament for Bury North and Bury South through whom the
           campaign had been focused.

EX.976     MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

           Delegated decision:
           That the Minutes of the last meeting of the Executive held on 12 January 2005
           be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


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EX.977   BURY’S RESPONSE TO THE CHILDREN ACT 2004, ADULT SERVICES
         LEGISLATION AND HOUSING RE-ORGANISATION

         The Leader of the Council submitted a report outlining the national and local
         factors which had led to the proposals for the development of joint services for
         children and young people in accordance with the provisions of the Children Act
         2004, which placed a duty on local authorities to transform and integrate all
         services for children and young people into a single Children’s Service.

         A detailed consultation exercise had been undertaken from November 2004 until
         January 2005, to provide an opportunity for staff and stakeholders to influence
         the shape of the integrated Children’s Services.

         The report proposed the creation of a Children’s Service Directorate led by the
         Executive Director of Children’s Services with three operational Divisions headed
         by the Director of Learning and Culture, Director of Social Care and
         Safeguarding and the Director of Inclusion and Health Care with management
         responsibility shared between the Council and Bury Primary Care Trust.

         With regard to Adult Services, it was proposed that a free-standing Department
         of the Council be created, linked, as at present with the Primary Care Trust.

         The Council at its meeting held on 26 January 2005, had approved the creation
         of Six Town Housing Limited as an Arms Length Management Organisation for
         the management of the Council’s housing stock and the report proposed that,
         subject to further consultation, the Supporting People Unit should become part of
         Adult Services and that Housing Governance and Quality dealing with the
         Strategic aspects along with Housing Choice, be managed within the
         Environment and Development Services Department.              The Deputy Chief
         Executive would retain a strategic oversight of the governance and performance
         relationship with Six Town Housing Limited.

         The Human Resources and Appeals Panel at its meeting held on 26 January
         2005 (Minute HRA.930), had recommended approval of the proposals for the
         amendment of the Council’s organisational structure and the assimilation of
         existing employees into the revised Senior Management Structure together with
         the financial implications arising from these proposals including the extension of
         the existing Chief Officer salary range.

         Delegate decision:

         That with effect from 1 April 2005 and, following the concurrence of the Primary
         Care Trust:-

         1.      The Management Structure, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be
                 established.

         2.      The post of the Executive Director of Children’s Services be established
                 to lead transformational change for Children’s Services as the
                 designated Officer under Section 18(1) of the Children Act 2004, from
                 the statutory designated date.



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           3.      The posts of the Director of Learning and Culture and Director of Social
                   Care and Safeguarding be established and the Director of Adult
                   Services be designated.

           4.      A Director of Inclusion and Health Care be appointed jointly with
                   management responsibility between the Council and the Primary Care
                   Trust and that a Protocol for joint line management for this post be
                   agreed.

           5.      The Executive Director of Children’s Services be responsible for the line
                   management of all other business, information and support services
                   across the current Departments for Education and Culture and Social
                   Services as set out in the structure diagram at Appendix 1 to the report
                   submitted.

           6.      The Human Resources and Appeals Panel be requested to review the
                   structure, costs and grading as appropriate subject to the Children’s
                   Health Care Services post being appointed by the Primary Care Trust
                   and that this post assume ‘Lead Nurse’ responsibility role for children
                   with professional development links to the Nursing Development
                   Director, and report back to a future meeting of the Executive.

           7.      Service Level Agreements be entered into, as appropriate, in support of
                   service delivery, for example, with Service Director of Therapy and
                   Clinical Services within the Primary Care Trust.

           8.      A further proposal in respect of Business and Information Support
                   Services be submitted to the Executive in September 2005.

           9.      The detailed assignment of services between Divisions, following further
                   consultation and operational experience, be decided by the Chief
                   Executive/Chief Executive of the Primary Care Trust, as appropriate, in
                   consultation with the appropriate Executive Portfolio Holders.

           10.     The Chief Executive being authorised, after consultation with staff, to
                   determine the Housing Strategic Unit’s Departmental placement in
                   consultation with the appropriate Executive Portfolio Holders.

           11.     A post of Director of Adult Services be established in accordance with
                   Section 6 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, as amended,
                   and for a Department to be constituted formally.

           Reason for the decision:

           To ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Children Act
           2004, from 1 April 2005.

           Alternative option considered and rejected:

           To amend or reject any of the proposals as set out in the report.




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EX.978   CHILDREN’S SERVICES – FAIRFIELD

         The Leader of the Council reminded the Executive of the following resolution
         passed by the Council at its meeting held on 3 November 2004 (Minute C.576):-

         ‘This Council support the retention of the Special Care Baby Unit, Maternity
         Services and other Children’s Services at Fairfield Hospital and invite the local
         MPs to submit a written report to the Executive and the Healthier and Safer
         Communities Scrutiny Commission on the representations they have made and
         the responses received to date’.

         Letters received from Ivan Lewis (Bury South) and David Chaytor MP (Bury
         North), opposing the plans of Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority,
         had been circulated to each Member of the Executive.

         Councillor Campbell paid tribute to the MPs for leading the large demonstration
         march through the centre of Bury on Saturday, 16 October 2004.

         The Leader referred to the significant investment in services on the Fairfield site
         in recent years.

         The Healthier and Safer Communities Scrutiny Commission at its meeting held
         on 25 January 2005 (Minute HSC.924), had received and noted the responses
         from the Members of Parliament.

         Delegated decision:

         That the responses be noted and the MPs thanked for their efforts resulting in
         the Strategic Health Authority reviewing its proposals and that this Council
         continue its campaign with its supporters and partners, to retain Children’s
         Services at Fairfield Hospital.

EX.979   FAMILY SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

         Further to Minute EX.776 of the meeting of the Executive held on 16 December
         2004, the Executive Member for Health and Social Services referred to the
         consideration given to Family Support for Children with Disabilities by the
         Healthier and Safer Communities Scrutiny Commission following the Call-in of
         the Executive’s decisions in Minute EX.616 (2) and (3) of the meeting held on 10
         November 2004.

         Councillor Smith, Chair of the Healthier and Safer Communities Scrutiny
         Commission, attend the meeting and reported on matters examined by the
         Commission and a copy of the report and subsequent amendments prepared by
         the Assistant Chief Executive, was considered.

         The Scrutiny Commission had undertaken detailed research intended to:

            (i)    assess the impact of reducing care packaged by 25% and the imposition
                   of a financial ceiling, and

            (ii)   assess the impact of reducing funding at the Re:d Centre by half its
                   current level.

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           Questionnaires had been sent to 82 parents of children with disabilities and 400
           users of the Re:d Centre. A Focus Group involving 20 service users was held on
           21 December 2004 and a large discussion group, including representatives of
           the Youth Group, had been held on 10 January 2005. A Focus Group with three
           representatives of the Children with Disability Team took place on 17 January
           2005.
           The report included a detailed analysis of the responses to the consultations.
           A petition with 2000 signatures opposing the budget reductions which had been
           considered by the Scrutiny Commission was available for inspection by Members
           of the Executive.
           The Scrutiny Commission had met on 25 January 2005 (Minute HSC.923) and
           recommended:-
           ‘1.     That the Executive be requested to give careful consideration to all the
                   issues raised in the Assistant Chief Executive’s report such as funding
                   options, eligibility criteria and alternative ways of looking at services.

           2.      That, in respect of the Family Support Packages, this Commission
                   recommends that the Executive reduces packages of care in total by
                   25% but not across the board, with each child to be individually
                   assessed.

                   (Councillors Bigg, D’Albert, Hussain and Wiseman voted against the
                   resolution in (2) above.)

           3.      That in view of the wide variety of needs met by the flagship service at
                   the Re:d Centre, its uniqueness and its ability to prevent families from
                   going into crisis, the Executive be recommended not to reduce funding
                   at the Centre.

           4.      That, in the event that the Executive is unable to accept the
                   recommendation in 3 above because of budgetary pressures and
                   proceeds with its original decision (Minute EX.616 (2) and (3) on 10
                   November 2004), the Executive be recommended to authorise the
                   renegotiation of the existing NCH contract along the lines referred to in
                   the Assistant Chief Executive’s report and that this should include the
                   protection of the vital services such as tea-time activities, Saturday
                   opening and summer holiday opening, and provision by Social Services
                   for the building to be open during the day for community use.

           5.      That, in view of the valuable service provided by the youth club, the
                   Director of Social Services, Health and Housing be requested to work
                   with representatives of the youth club to seek alternative funding for the
                   club, and report back to a future meeting of this Commission, and that
                   the Executive be requested to take no decision about the future of the
                   club until this process has been finalised.

           6.      That the Executive Member for Health and Social Services be requested
                   to attend a future meeting of this Commission to report on the financial
                   pressures on the Social Services budget, together with the Department’s
                   approach to the commissioning of services.’

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The Executive Member for Health and Social Services advised the Executive on
the financial and service implications for the Authority and service users of each
recommendation and answered Members’ questions.

Delegated decisions:

1.   That the Executive place on record its appreciation to Members of the
     Scrutiny Commission, parents, respondents, staff at the Re:d Centre and
     Officers for their efforts over a very short time span.

2.   That with regard to recommendation 1 from the Scrutiny Commission, the
     Executive is satisfied that the following decisions take into consideration all
     of the issues raised in the Assistant Chief Executive’s report and the
     financial position of the Authority.

3.   That with regard to recommendation 2 (Family Support Packages), and in
     line with the opinion of the Scrutiny Commission, packages of care be
     reduced in total by 25% but not across the board, with each child to be
     assessed individually.

     (Councillor Pickstone and Walker requested that their votes against
     decision 3 above be recorded)

4.   That recommendation 3 (funding of the Re:d Centre) be not accepted.

     (Councillor Pickstone voted against and Councillor Walker requested that
     his abstention from the voting on decision 4 above be recorded)

5.   That, with regard to recommendation 4 (funding of the Re:d Centre), the
     contract with NCH be re-negotiated in accordance with option 2 of the
     report considered by the Executive at its meeting held on 10 November
     2004 (Minute EX.616(2)) to include the protection of the vital services,
     such as, tea-time activities, Saturday opening, summer holiday opening
     and provision by Social Services for the building to be open during the day
     for community use.

6.   That with regard to recommendation 5 (alternative funding for the Youth
     Club), the funding for the Youth Club be guaranteed for the next six
     months to current levels and that the Director of Social Services, Health
     and Housing work with representatives of the Youth Club to identify
     alternative funding sources for the Club.

7.   That with regard to recommendation 6 (Executive Member to attend future
     meetings of the Scrutiny Commission), the offer of the Executive Member
     for Health and Social Services to attend future meetings of the Scrutiny
     Commission to report on the financial pressures on the Social Services
     budget together with the Department’s approach to the commissioning of
     services, be acknowledged.

Reason for the decisions.

To ensure the delivery of cost-effective services to meet the assessed needs of
the most vulnerable families with children with disabilities.

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           Alternative options considered and rejected:

           That all existing services be maintained at the current level and additional
           resources made available.

EX.980     SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING                –   RECOMMENDATIONS           FROM     THE
            RESOURCE SCRUTINY PANEL

           The Leader reported that the Resource Scrutiny Panel at its meeting held on 18
           January 2005 (Minute RS.895), had considered the Corporate Financial
           Monitoring Report which the Executive had noted at its meeting held on 1
           December 2004 (Minute EX.734).

           The Scrutiny Panel had recommended that the Executive make representations
           to the Government regarding the problems faced by local authorities in meeting
           demand for Social Services and the impact this has on the level of resources.

           Delegated decision:

           That representations be made to the Government in line with the suggestion of
           the Scrutiny Panel.

EX.981     PROPOSALS FOR COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (CPA)
           2005

           The Executive Member for Performance and Change submitted a report advising
           that the Audit Commission was seeking the views of Councils on detailed
           changes to the operation of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment
           process from 2005 onwards.

           The principal changes to the process were set out in the report including the
           implications for this Council.

           A draft response to the Audit Commission was appended to the report.

           Delegated decision:

           That the draft response be approved for submission to the Audit Commission by
           the deadline of 18 February 2005.

EX.982     BURY LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK – LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
           SCHEME

           The Executive Member for Environment and Transport submitted a report on the
           provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, under which the
           Council is required to produce a Local Development Framework incorporating a
           portfolio of documents setting out policies allocations and guidance for the future
           development of the Borough.

           The first step in producing the Local Development Framework is the production
           of a Local Development Scheme which sets out the proposed content of the
           Framework and timetables for its production.

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         The report incorporated a draft Local Development Scheme for approval prior to
         submission to the Secretary of State.

         Delegated decisions:

         1.   That the draft Local Development Scheme as set out in the report be
              approved for submission to the Secretary of State.

         2.   That the Local Development Scheme be forwarded to the Planning Control
              Committee for information.

         Reason for the decisions:

         To comply with the provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act
         2004, producing the Local Development Scheme by the end of March 2005, so
         that it can be taken into consideration in assessing future Planning Delivery
         Grant Awards.

         Alternative option considered and rejected:

         To revise the proposed content of the Scheme as submitted.

EX.983   LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONS COMMITTEE – DRAFT RESPONSE TO
         THE GREEN PAPER ‘FACING THE FUTURE – PRINCIPLES AND
         PROPOSITIONS FOR AN AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE LOCAL
         GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME’

         Councillor Holt, Chair of the Human Resources and Appeals Panel, in the
         absence of the Executive Member for Resource, presented a report on the
         amendments to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which take
         effect from 1 April 2005.

         The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had issued a Green Paper in October
         2004, entitled ‘Facing the Future – Principles and Propositions for an Affordable
         and Sustainable Local Government Pension Scheme’ on which the Council’s
         views had been sought.

         The draft Response to the Employers’ Organisation was appended to the report
         which had been considered by the Human Resources and Appeals Panel at its
         meeting held on 31 January 2004 (Minute HRA.944). The Panel had agreed the
         response subject to amending the answer to question 7 (the employee/councillor
         contribution rate should be the same for all scheme members), from ‘disagree’ to
         ‘agree’.

         Delegated decision:

         That the decision of the Human Resources and Appeals Panel to approve the
         response, as amended at question 7, be endorsed.

         (Notes: As reported in Minute EX.974 above, Councillors Campbell,
         Chamberlain, Isherwood and Perkins, had all declared personal and prejudicial
         interests in this item and had left the room during its consideration)

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EX.984     RETIREMENT OF HAROLD WILLIAMS – DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND
           CULTURE

           The Leader announced the decision of Harold Williams, Director of Education
           and Culture to retire from his post with effect from 31 August 2005.

           Tributes were paid to the excellence of the Education Service despite years of
           low funding. Through Mr Williams’ leadership the quality of Education in Bury
           had gone from strength to strength along with maintaining the ‘family of schools’
           within the Authority.

           Delegated decision:

           That Mr Williams’ retirement be noted and that the Executive place on record its
           gratitude for his outstanding contribution to Education in the Borough over many
           years.

           (Note: This item was not included on the agenda but was allowed by the Chair
           to be considered on the grounds that Members of the Executive should be
           informed at the earliest time)

EX.985     EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

           Delegated decision:

           That in accordance with Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the
           press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the
           following items of business since they involved the likely disclosure of exempt
           information.

EX.986     LOCAL PAY REVIEW : IMPLEMENTATION PROPOSALS
(E)
           The Executive Member for Resource submitted a report on an integral feature of
           the National Pay Award (Local Government Services) 2004 – 2007 which
           represented a commitment to conduct Local Pay Reviews (job evaluation) within
           each local Authority during the term of the three year Agreement. In accordance
           with the terms of the Agreement, local authorities were required to have
           completed these Reviews by 31 March 2007.

           The National Agreement also required local authorities to produce
           comprehensive proposals for the conduct of the Reviews and to establish a
           mechanism for dealing with situations where progress cannot be made.

           The outcome from discussions with the relevant Trade Unions which had taken
           place recently were set out in the report.

           The Chief Executive referred to a typographical error in Paragraph 2.2(c) of the
           report. He pointed out that the second sentence should read ‘during the period
           of protection no further incremental progression will take place, the postholder
           will receive no annual pay award’.

           The Human Resources and Appeals Panel at its meeting held on 31 January
           2005 (Minute HRA.946), had approved the proposals set out in the report.
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         Delegated decision:

         That, subject to the amendment of Paragraph 2.2(c), the proposals set out in the
         report be endorsed.

         Reason for the decision:

         To comply with the terms of the National Pay Agreement and to minimise the risk
         and impact of potential equal pay and employee relations disruptions.

         Alternative option considered and rejected:

         None.

EX.987   APPOINTMENTS TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE – CHILDREN’S
(E)      SERVICES

         Further to Minute EX.977 above, in which the revised organisational structure of
         Children’s Services was agreed, Members of the Executive were asked if they
         wished to raise any objections to the following senior appointments to be made
         from 1 April 2005:

         Employee                    Post

         Ms E Ioannides              Executive Director of Children’s Services
         Mr D Pritchard              Director of Learning and Culture
         Mrs T Dawson                Director of Inclusion and Health Care
         Mrs J Longhill              Director of Social Care and Safeguarding
         Mrs P Horan                 Director of Adult Services

         Delegated decision:

         That, in the absence of any objections from any Member of the Executive, the
         employees be assimilated into the appropriate posts within the senior
         management structure of Children’s and Adult Services with effect from 1 April
         2005.

         (Note: This item was not included on the agenda but was allowed by the Chair
         to be considered so that the appointments could be confirmed, or otherwise, as
         soon as possible)




         COUNCILLOR J BYRNE
         Chair

         (Note: The meeting started at 6.00 pm and ended at 9.20 pm)




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