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					Aim 3: Empower Our Residents                                            Monthly summary performance report: September 2009
Executive Members: Cllrs Ron Gould and Keith Turner.                    Executive Director: Stuart Smith

1.   Performance
1.1. Progress on key actions to advance priorities – the extract from CAP doc below shows the key actions for the year to advance
each of the priorities under Aim 3, progress so far and their proposed completion dates.
PRIORITY:
Ensure safeguarding and inclusion of the most needy and excluded groups in the city providing equality and real opportunity for
improvement and enhanced quality of life
Key actions 2009/10 to advance priority:            Progress to date:                                                           Proposed
                                                                                                                                completion
                                                                                                                                date:
Develop robust quality assurance processes to       We have invested significantly in raising awareness, in training and in     December 2009
ensure vulnerable adults are protected from harm dealing with safeguarding cases and also encouraged the reporting of
                                                    incidents. This has resulted in a significant rise in referrals from 50 per
                                                    month in 2007 to 250 per month in 2009. We have adopted a robust
                                                    policy and encouraged all incidents that appear to have a safeguarding
                                                    element to be reported and recorded. We intend to review this policy at
                                                    the Liverpool Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Development Day
                                                    (October 16th 2009). This review will also take cognisance of
                                                    information we obtain as a member of the recently established ADASS
                                                    North West Safeguarding Co-ordinators Network Group.
Monitor dedicated MARAC (multi agency risk          At present repeat victimisation (based on the last 12 months) is 23%        March 2010
assessment conferences) cases and support           across MARAC North and South. The level of referrals has increased
monthly                                             significantly and the MARAC process continues to work well.
Improve the retention of social workers in          Managers identified for interviewing panels and short listing to take       March 2010
Safeguarding Support teams                          place in September.
Develop new models to personalise care services The newly formed Self Directed Support Unit went live on August 3rd.            March 2010
to adults to increase the numbers of vulnerable     The unit will focus on increasing the number of people accessing self
people supported to be independent                  directed support and will greatly contribute to the achievement of NI
                                                    130.
Ensure that all children‟s centres implement an     20,467 children under five are registered (84.1% of the under five          March 2010
action plan with actions and targets for supporting population). 8,006 children have attended an activity since April 2009.
the most excluded groups in accessing children‟s    834 additional children accessed a children centre activity in the month

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centre services. Monitor children‟s centre             of August 2009. This is lower than the month of July 2009 and relates
registrations, including active registrations          to the August holiday period. All centres have reviewed their
                                                       community engagement action plans in which they monitor the outcome
                                                       of actions implemented to target the most excluded groups.
Continue the reconfiguration of floating support for   The procurement exercise has been completed and the                         March 2010
socially excluded groups to maintain people in         recommendations and approval for contract award has been given by
their own homes                                        Executive Board. The exercise is now in the contract award and
                                                       implementation phase and ongoing meetings are being held with the
                                                       new providers. Early indications are that the services will be introduced
                                                       on time, pending any complex TUPE issues. A floating support
                                                       provider‟s forum is being proposed to enhance partnership working,
                                                       information sharing and good practice. The new and reconfigured
                                                       services will commence on a phased basis over the Autumn with the
                                                       final services commencing in Jan 2010. A contingency plan has been
                                                       agreed to ensure that other services are available for vulnerable people
                                                       during the hand-over period. It is critical that service users are not left
                                                       without support during the transition phase and the contingency plan
                                                       will manage this. The new and reconfigured services will deliver
                                                       improved outcomes for vulnerable and excluded people by having more
                                                       specialist staff and defined pathways into support.
Monitor the number of young people being               58 CAFs received in the month of August this was a sharp decrease on March 2010
supported through the common assessment                the previous months, due to the School closure 6 weeks and annual
framework (CAF) and the „Team around the               holidays in all services, however the target set for August was
school‟ (TAS)/Locality team arrangements and the       exceeded. The recording on CAFs open / closed / declined is presently
quality of that support                                being reviewed and this will be reported on within the next quarter.
                                                        All paper copies of CAFs are being scanned in to a central file and the
                                                       CAF data base is being updated to record outcomes for Children and
                                                       Multi- Agency Lead Professional input, this process is near completion.
                                                        Health are still leading on CAF this is due to the two year Nursery pilot
                                                       and the Child in Need nursery placements. Schools are using the CAF
                                                       in a number of ways and the Family Support Workers based in the
                                                       Children‟s Centres are now using CAF in their working practices. The
                                                       CAF Coordinator has review and basic overview sessions planed for
                                                       the next quarter; this will be delivered via the school inset days and in


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                                                   the Locality Teams.
Increase the number of care leavers in suitable    247 out of a cohort of 272 young people who have left care in Liverpool March 2010
accommodation                                      (90.8%) are now in suitable forms of accommodation. The largest group
                                                   in unsuitable accommodation are still the young people in custody.
                                                   (Unsuitable accommodation ; 8 in custody who have left care ; 6 with
                                                   friends unsuitable ; 5 with relatives unsuitable ; 3 in emergency
                                                   accommodation; 3 whereabouts unknown)
                                                   Out of the whole cohort number into tenancies has increased to 32.3%
                                                   and more are now with Social Landlords (39%) as use of private
                                                   landlords continues to decrease.
Increase young people‟s access to contraception,                                                                           March 2010
                                                   A proposal has been developed for a radio campaign to promote
including long acting reversible contraception
                                                   communication about sexual health and access to local contraceptive
(LARC), through sexual health and community
                                                   services. The proposal is currently being reviewed. The campaign will
settings
                                                   run from mid / late November until early/mid December, in preparation
                                                   for the holiday season, and the associated increase in poor sexual
                                                   health.
                                                Funding has been secured to extend the community Emergency
                                                Hormonal Contraception scheme. Local pharmacists are being invited
                                                to submit expressions of interest in taking part in the scheme, to identify
                                                an appropriate geographical spread of provision.
Further develop the alcohol strategy and the    Workstream action plans will be finalised and compiled into one             December 2010
implementation of workstreams with partners and programme of activity by mid-September 2009. The finalised alcohol
report progress to community safety             workstream plan will go to the Liverpool Alcohol Steering Group later
                                                that month for ratification.
Service Review of Adult Social Care assessment  There has been a continued drop in the numbers of people who are on October 2009
and care management and investment in Adult OT the waiting list for standard assessments. 66% of the assessments
(occupational therapy) to remove the backlog of were completed within 4 weeks in August compared to 47% in July.
'standard assessments‟.                         There is a focus on the elimination of the waiting list and the trajectory
                                                suggests there will no longer be a waiting list by end of September
                                                2009.
Confront barriers to employment and training through lack of access, deprivation, discrimination and poor health to ensure provision
of a highly skilled workforce
Analyse data to maximise support to the most    Key Stage 2                                                                 November 2009


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needy pupils to reduce the number of schools          Un-validated data for 2009 forecasts that 26 out of 130 primary schools
below floor targets for achievement in both English   will be below the floor target of 55% pupils achieving level 4+ in both
and maths at key stage 2 and GCSE by 50%              English and mathematics. Seven schools were below floor in both 2008
                                                      and 2009. Of the twenty six schools below floor in 2009, nine are above
                                                      50% for level 4+ English and mathematics combined.
                                                      Amongst the eight Core Cities [Statistical First Release], Liverpool is
                                                      first for English level 4+, first for mathematics level 4+ and second for
                                                      English & mathematics combined. School outturns for 2009 are well
                                                      aligned to support programmes and local authority interventions for
                                                      schools at risk of formal failure.
                                                      Key Stage 4
                                                      Un-validated data for 2009 indicates six out of twenty eight LA
                                                      maintained secondary schools are below the 30% threshold for 5
                                                      GCSE A*-C including English and mathematics. On average, the
                                                      improvement by the thirteen schools supported by National Challenge
                                                      matched the Liverpool improvement of 4.4percentage points against
                                                      the floor target measure. All schools have undergone a thorough risk
                                                      analysis involving the local authority, National Strategies and DCSF;
                                                      this has drawn down additional support and funding to schools with a
                                                      risk of not meeting the floor target by 2011. Structural solutions are in
                                                      place for five of the six schools remaining below floor, including the
                                                      proposed closure of three in August 2010. DCSF evaluates Liverpool‟s
                                                      management of the National Challenge as good.
Concentrate JET (jobs, education and training)        Looking at the possibility of placing Streets Ahead staff in RSL‟s across   March 2010
and Streets Ahead activity on the wards with 25%      the city to offer Guidance support to residents in those areas. Will be
or more Worklessness                                  based in the RSL‟s where there is 25% Worklessness. Streets Ahead is
                                                      the community engagement team of the Liverpool JET Service, and
                                                      works in conjunction with a broad range of partner organisations.
Target support to the most needy to reduce the        August 16-18 NEET % is 11.26% against a target of 12.35% (August            March 2010
number of young people aged 16-19 years not in        2008 13.14%) which demonstrates that NEET rates in Liverpool
education, employment or training (NEET)              continue to fall year on year in spite of the economic situation and we
                                                      are on target to hit our end of year targets. Reducing high NEET at 18
                                                      remains a priority and referral systems to Job Centre plus are now in
                                                      place across Liverpool.


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                                                    Tracking and support of clients remains a priority and the not known %
                                                    for August is 2.87% (3.13% July 08) which means there are only 340
                                                    out of a cohort of 11866 not known to Connexions.
Ensure effective, outcome based commissioning       Phase 1 of the community support services (Learning Disability and          March 2010
and contract monitoring for vulnerable adults       some Mental Health services) were approved by Executive Board on
receiving community support services                10th July 2009. Following the legal contract “standstill” period contract
                                                    award letters were sent on 17th August 09. Providers have since
                                                    confirmed acceptance of contract awards and post tender clarification
                                                    meetings are taking place from 7/9/09 for three weeks. Service Users
                                                    will be reviewed and supported through transition to new organisations
                                                    where appropriate.
                                                    The new contract monitoring structure includes reporting on individual
                                                    outcomes (and not just organisational contract compliance as in the
                                                    past) and has introduced new Service User/Carer “expert consultants”
                                                    who were trained and supported to feed into the provider evaluation
                                                    process.
                                                    Services within Phase 2 (Older People, some Mental Health, and
                                                    People with a Physical Disability and or Sensory Impairment) have
                                                    undergone the usual tender evaluation process and appropriate
                                                    organisations are being invited to final stage of evaluation
                                                    (presentation/interviews) week commencing 7/9/09. Following this
                                                    recommendation for contract award will be made to Executive Board.
Support lone parents back into work through joint   The Childcare Chats and Taster Project continued from 1st April 09.         March 2010
working between children‟s centres, the JET         The scheme continues to support parents back into work / training, by
service and the Children and Families Information   funding up to 15 days childcare. An exception to this is the Volunteer
service                                             Into Pilot Project run at Vauxhall Children‟s Centre, which supports
                                                    parents into work through training and work experience; we have been
                                                    funding for each of these parents.

                                                    The Childminder Network Co-ordinator within Children‟s Centres are
                                                    beginning to have closer involvement in the Childcare Chats and Taster
                                                    sessions for more localised support and to encourage engagement with
                                                    Children‟s Centre Support. From 1 April 09 to date (25/9/09) there have
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                                                  Number of Referrals in total                  211
                                                  Number of Chats only referrals                207
                                                  Number of Taster (actual childcare funded)    211
                                                  Number of VIP Project Referrals                89

                                                  So far 11 customers referred from either Sencia, JET, or Reed in
                                                  Partnership have returned to employment or training, I am still waiting
                                                  for the figures for Job Centre Plus. These figures need to be gathered
                                                  from the various advisers citywide, and takes some more time than the
                                                  others. Karen Wrycraft is co-ordinating the tracking.

                                                  The Volunteer into Placement Pilot is now into round 2, and we are
                                                  supporting 67 parents (72 child care places).
Developing first rate education and training from early years and further position Liverpool as a prime destination for post graduate
retention
Implement new diploma lines in environment and    Preparation for new Diploma lines on track for roll out in September but December 2009
land-based, hair and beauty, hospitality and      the Hair and Beauty Diploma will not run this year due to lack of take
business administration and finance as approved   up. We hope to put forward a proposal for Public Services in Gateway
under gateway 2 and prepare proposals for         4 but proposals for Humanities, Science and Languages agreed to be
humanities, science, languages and public         postponed until after the next election due to lack of all party support for
services to gateway 4                             their introduction.
Continue the focussed work with the primary and   Final out-turn figures for the primary and secondary sectors will only be March 2010
secondary priority attendance schools             available on collection of the summer census and therefore not
                                                  available until late in the autumn term 09/10. However provisional data
                                                  from the autumn and spring returns 08/09 shows that PA rates in both
                                                  the secondary and primary sectors have suffered as a consequence of
                                                   high pupil sickness levels in the autumn term. Spring term data 08/09
                                                  shows a very significant improvement however against the same term
                                                  the previous year in both sectors.. The DCSF has confirmed two
                                                  secondary schools have successfully left the PA agenda for 09/10 but
                                                  one new school has now been included. A revised list of primary
                                                  schools with high PA rates has also been issued and work at
                                                  neighbourhood/partnership level is being implemented to help improve


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                                                      these performances.
Achieve all Learning and Skills Council (LSC)         We have two targets set for qualification bearing provision, the LSC set    March 2010
agreed adult participation and success targets        a learner participation target (1622) and a Standard Learner Number
                                                      (SLN) target (252) – this is like a full time equivalent. The emphasis of
                                                      importance is on the SLN as it is about learners attending longer and
                                                      more substantial qualification bearing provision in order to move them
                                                      on to full level 2/3 and other provision. We have exceeded our SLN
                                                      target, achieving 308 SLN and have achieved a participation outturn of
                                                      1274 learners.

                                                      The Full Level2/3 (Train to Gain) participation target was 315 learners
                                                      and we out turned at 305 learners. This has been the first year of
                                                      delivering Train to Gain provision and both we and the LSC are
                                                      satisfied with our performance.
Increase the number of schools graded as „good‟       As at the 21st August 2009, there were 86 schools in the local authority    March 2010
or „outstanding‟ by Ofsted and categorised by the     who have been judged by Section 5 Inspections to be good. 39
local authority as „celebrate‟ schools                schools have been judged as outstanding. Overall, there are 125 out of
                                                      175 schools across the City who have been judged to be good or
                                                      outstanding. On the local authority‟s Graduated Approach to School
                                                      Improvement there are 39 schools at Level 1 (outstanding practice) and
                                                      a further 86 at Level 2 (good). There are currently 38 schools Level 3
                                                      (require additional support), 12 schools at Level 4 (requiring
                                                      intervention) and 6 schools at Level 5 (causing concern).
                                                      This data has not changed since the previous report, as there have
                                                      been no further school inspections due to the six week summer break.
Revise the 14-19 education plan. Work with            New revised Plan, Strategy and one year Action Plan to be put to            July 2010
partnerships through the partnership support and      September 14-19 Strategy Group meeting for approval and to go into
challenge process to prepare for introducing the      the Forward Plan through the Council cycle for compliance.
commissioning of courses in 2010 and for the
transfer of post-16 funding from the Learning and
Skills Council to the local authority
Strengthen the local authority management of          Following the retirement of the Senior School Improvement Officer for       Dec 2009
EYFS: implement a three month „breakthrough           Early Years, an interim appointment has been in place since 1
plan‟ that creates a more strategic approach to the   September. A plan has been agreed by the Principal Officer for


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deployment of resources leading to further gains     Strategy to address five key management priorities for EYFS service
in the quality of provision for EYFS across the      delivery during the autumn term; monitoring shows that progress
maintained, private, voluntary and independent       against the plan is in line with expectations. 2009 assessments show
sectors.                                             that Liverpool has made good progress against National Indicators
                                                     related to EYFS (NI72, NI92), with Liverpool being one of only four (out
                                                     of 23) local authorities in the northwest to make improvements in both
                                                     Early Years outcome duty measures.

2.     Finance

2.1 Summary budget position, income and expenditure (where variance greater than £100k)

18 out of 21 savings options for Aim 3 are on track to deliver the required sum. The remaining 3 are classified as „Medium Risk‟. The largest
„risk‟ relates to UASC and the possibility that some of the children may be ineligible to claim housing benefits having exhausted the appeals
process. There is nevertheless, a possibility that costs may be recovered by registering the children under the National Asylum Support
Service.

     Monitoring Category                        Savings Target          Achievable             Medium                  High
                                                                                                 Risk                   Risk
                                                    No.       £’m        No.        £’m        No.      £’m         No.            £’m
     Children related                                17     4.488         15      3.844          2    0.644           0          0.000
     Adult related                                    4     2.215          3      2.015          1    0.200           0          0.000
     Total                                           21     6.703         18      5.859          3    0.844           0          0.000

Forecast revenue summary 2009-10 (as at 31st August 2009):-

 Monitoring Category                 Gross         Income     Net          Net            Variance       Movement               DSG      Non
                                     Budget                  Budget      Forecast         Forecast     from previous                     DSG
                                                                         for year         for year         period
                                       £’m           £’m       £’m         £’m              £’m             £’m                 £’m      £’m
 Int. Services for Children & YP       38.4         -25.8      12.6        12.8             0.2              0.0                0.2
 Raising Achievement & Sch Org.       372.7        -365.8      6.9         6.9              0.0              0.0                0.0
 Support for Schools & Pupils          59.6         -27.4      32.2        32.2             0.0             -1.7                -0.2     0.2
 Adult Social Care & Learning         118.6          -76       42.7        42.7             0.0              0.2                         0.0

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 Adult Care Partnership                126.4       -35.7       90.7          91.5           0.7              -0.5                      0.7
 Children‟s Social Care                 49.7        -4.4       45.3          45.7           0.4               0.1                      0.4
 Net Over/Underspends                  765.6      -535.1      230.5         231.8           1.3              -1.9              0.0     1.3

The £0.4m overspend on Children‟s Social Care in the main relates to UASC who have exhausted their right to appeal to remain in the UK and
the cost of supporting these Children should be picked up by the National Asylum Support Service.

Cost pressures within Adult Services relate to:

      Day Care/Community Support – delay in implementing community support contract
      Day Care/Community Support – anticipated funding from PCT no longer available
      Supported Accommodation – longer lead time for service review
      Supported People – funding reduction greater than anticipated
      Adult Learning – Burton Manor operating deficit

Management actions to address potential overspend in 2009-10:-

                                                                            £’m
 UASC special circumstances claim for 08-09 – now information               -0.2
 indicates full settlement payment from UK Border Agency
 Further anticipated actions required across business activities            -1.0
 relating to “empowering our residents” agenda.

Despite there being a revised budget pressure (£1.0m), it is currently anticipated that all such pressures can be offset by alternative measures
or actions. The financial standing of Aim 3 business activities is currently being scrutinised by team of Executive Members.

2.2 Capital programme

 Monitoring Category                           Budgeted         Forecast            Variance
                                                 £’m              £’m                 £’m
 Int. Services for Children & YP                 2.5              2.5                 0.0
 Raising Achievement & Sch Org.                  35.7             29.6                -6.1
 Adult Social Care & Learning                    0.8              1.8                 1.0
 Children‟s Social Care                          0.7              0.3                 0.0

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 Total Programme 2008-09                        39.7                33.6          -5.1

There is a variance of £5.1m which reflects slippage in the Devolved Capital Formula programme and an increase of £1m on ICT infrastructure,
the budget will be revised to reflect these changes and it is expected that capital expenditure can be contained within existing budgetary
provision.

3. Risk

3.1. Corporate Risk Register
Workshop sessions are programmed October with stakeholders of each of the Liverpool First Strategic Partnerships around assessing and
managing risks. Further supporting work is programmed for managers, partners and members in quarters 3 and 4. Quality assurance testing
will also be undertaken in quarter 4.

3.2. Portfolio managed risks including financial risks

No.   Risk                                                                                              Level of risk:       Timescale for
                                                                                                        Increasing                full
                                                                                                         Staying same      implementation
                                                                                                                               of control
                                                                                                        Decreasing            measure
                                                                                                                           Review in
1     Placement stability of Foster children                                                                                December
                                                                                                                           6 month two
2     Teenage pregnancy statistics                                                                                          reviews
3     Adult safeguarding and managing the market during a recession                                                        Ongoing
                                                                                                                            Remainder of
4     Negative reaction to the implementation of fairer charging.                                                          financial year
5     Failure of ICS                                                                                                       Ongoing
6     Childhood obesity                                                                                                    Ongoing
7     Delayed discharges                                                                                                   Ongoing
8     OT assessment and related follow up action                                                                           Ongoing
9     Speech and language therapy                                                                                          Ongoing


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No.   Risk                                                                                                  Level of risk:         Timescale for
                                                                                                            Increasing                  full
                                                                                                             Staying same        implementation
                                                                                                                                     of control
                                                                                                            Decreasing              measure
10    Back on Track Capital programme (Anfield)                                                                                  2 months

A review of risk by all business groups has been completed. All Business Unit risks have an action in place, some are also recorded as
business group risks and a small number are escalated as Aim 3 risks.

In addition a process has been completed within the CTB (Children‟s Trust Board) to share risk across the partners (PCT, Police and Alder Hey
in particular) and thus compile partnership risk issues.

3.     Compliance issues.

4.1    Business Plans
There are 24 business plans under Aim 3 with RAG status as follows – 4 ‟green‟, 11 „amber‟ and 9 „red‟. The business plans with „red‟ status
are Burton Manor, Corporate Parenting, Safeguarding Review and Quality Assurance, Safeguarding Support, Behaviour Management,
Attendance, Children and Family Information, School Meals and SEN and Disability. The majority of plans in red status will only require minor
work to move to Amber status.

4.2. Consultation
According to the 2009/10 consultation plan section of the business planning share-point site, there are currently 27 consultation exercises
relating to Aim 3 due to be carried out during 2009/10. Heads of business units are reminded that all consultation exercises that they intend to
carry out during 2009/10 should be listed on the correct part of the share-point site.

4.3    Have Your Say
During the month of August (latest available figures), in Aim 3, the following cases were non-compliant with response requirements:

CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS:
Business Unit grouping                  No. of cases         Stage 1 non       Stage 2 non          Stage 3 non              Total no. of cases
                                        received             compliant:        compliant:           compliant                non compliant
Aim 3 – total                                   17                  6                  0                    0                       6(35%)


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Adult Social Care and Learning                  7                   3                   0                   N/A                  3 (43%)
Services
Children & Social Care                          5                   3                   0                   N/A                  3 (60%)
AUTHORITY TOTAL:                               327                 143                  4                    2                  149 (46%)


CUSTOMER COMMENTS:
Business Unit grouping                  No. of cases        No. of cases
                                        received            non compliant:
Aim 2 total                                      9              4 (44%)
Support for School and Pupils                    3              2 (67%)
Children & Social Care                           3              2 (67%)
Authority total:                                58             19 (33%)

Statutory complaints are subject to different response requirements, which have recently been revised by Government.
Work is currently taking place on the “I-CASE” recording system to enable it to report on the new response requirements, and we hope to
present monitoring data on non compliance with statutory complaints from November.

4.4. Forward Plan
During the month of September the following key decisions were taken by the Executive Board but they were not included in the September to
December Forward Plan:

Key Decision:                                                                         Business Unit responsible for report:
Liverpool Schools Admission Forum                                                     Raising Achievement

5. Value for money reviews

Value for money reviews 09/10 update:
Project                                              Owner                                        Target Completion Date
Recruitment of foster carers                         Jimmy Clarke                                 31/10/09
Process mapping is complete and benchmarking underway.
Adult Learning/JETs                                  Elaine McCauseland                           31/08/09 Slipped to 31/10/09
Initial data analysis has identified areas for further review and benchmarking is now underway. Early consultation with the LSC will now


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take place to determine overall provision of services across the city and identify other providers.
Commissioning & LACES                              Paul Dagnall                                     31/03/10
Financial analysis underway and interviews now being held with grant recipients to assess project outcomes and alignment to corporate
priorities.
In-house adult provider services                   Steve Reddy                                      31/03/10
VfM and Service Review now combined and single project plan being implemented.
SEN: Short breaks                                  Lesley Wright                                    31/03/10
External consultant currently undertaking benchmarking with other providers.
Alternative education provision                    Ken Roberts                                      31/10/09
Project is on target for completion by end October.

6. New issues/ Key issues on the horizon

   There is risk of a significant budget pressure on children‟s social care due to a court ruling making it a requirement to deal with homeless 16
    and 17 year olds under the Children Act 1989. This will result in young people becoming Looked After and placement costs will fall to social
    care, with no ability to recover funding from Housing Benefit as the young person would no longer be eligible for benefits. They may also
    require financial support up to the age of 21 or longer.
   The new children‟s Safeguarding Inspection Arrangements operational from 01/06/2009 make unannounced inspections a reality (it‟s just
    when). We have undertaken three “mock” unannounced inspections in preparation for this. Each of these has resulted in an appropriate
    improvement plan.
   Connexions Procurement – the Best and Final Offers are due to be received with an expected outcome in October.
   Plans are in place should the swine flu pandemic affect schools and services during autumn.
   Back on Track – Anfield – a potential alternative site/partner has been identified and work is underway to explore the capital options. The
    potential partner already delivers some Alternative Education and evening work from the site and therefore there should be no significant
    community issues. The project offer is likely to be more limited than the original Pinehurst proposal, but the core elements would be
    retained.

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