Cllr Green having declared an interest left and Cllr Holbrook took the Chair. The next report was on extending the transport contracts by a further 6 months. Cllr Moon said the procurement process would be completed by the end of July. The recommendation in the report was agreed.
Cllr Green returned and the Cabinet considered a report on Contracts for Personal Support. Rick introduced the report on behalf of the Director of Adult Social Services. He referred to the decisions of the Task Force to transform the contracts for residential and nursing home provision. He noted the closure of Maplehome, Pensall House, Poulton House, Manor Road and Meadowcroft. However the decision to close Fernleigh Respite Centre had been changed. The Director of Adult Social Services had agreed to waive call-in so that they could work quickly with the tenderers. The report was comprehensive and also covered residential and nursing care. 94 providers had agreed the revised terms and conditions. There was provision to provide people with respite care as well as a fee reduction for out of authority contracts. In relation to intermediate care it had been successfully tendered. Domicilary care and supported living services would provide reablement and support. It was a substantial piece of business and work would be done to try and ensure the changes take place. The Council would continue to commission services on people’s behalf and the efficiencies and savings were outlined in the report regarding changes to staff and redeployment.