Agenda and draft minutes

Executive Advisory Board - Thursday, 9th September, 2021 2.15 pm

Venue: Westminster Room, 8th Floor, 18 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HZ. View directions

Contact: Amy Haldane  07867 514938 Email: /amy.haldane@local.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

2.

Lobbying Headlines pdf icon PDF 498 KB

Minutes:

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, introduced a report summarising the LGAs lobbying headlines. In particular Mark brought attention to the LGA’s response to the Prime Minister’s announced plans for the future of adult social care through the Government’s ‘Build back better: our plan for health and social care’ publication.

 

The Chairman invited Sarah Pickup, Deputy Chief Executive, to summarise the update on Adult Social Care. After this summary, Members raised the following points:

·        Members asked that the opportunity be taken to offer Government our expertise on this issue.

·        Members expressed concerns for what the announcement would mean for local government, particularly if the additional costs would not be covered by the available funding. It was emphasised that it would be important to understand these implications fully.

·        A view was expressed that this issue had brought together the sector like no other.

·        The need for a longer-term funding solution was also raised by Members.

·        Members asked for clarity on the source of the £5.4 billion figure given.

·        A view was expressed that capacity and a shortage of care workers will impair the Government’s plan.

·        An ask was made that the LGA champions the cause of unpaid carers.

·        Members raised that the opportunity to work towards setting out a model that works needs to be a focus.

·        Members also raised that the current approach would lead to a major calamity in a few years which needs to continue to be brought to Government’s attention and modelled to demonstrate this.

·        Members expressed concerns at the impact of increasing costs of care coupled with no increase on funding for frontline social care.

 

In response to these comments Sarah Pickup thanked Members and reassured them the LGA would continue to make these points to Government and would highlight the impact of these issues on the NHS.

 

The Chairman then invited Sally Burlington, Head of Policy (People), to summarise the update on the resettlement of Afghan asylum seekers. Sally explained they were hoping for details for the new scheme following the existing ARAP relocation scheme soon. This information would be crucial for Councils to come forward confidently to make offers to resettle refugees.

 

In the discussion that followed, the following points were made:

·        There are significant constraints on housing pressures in many areas and a need for local authorities to be engaged to find solutions. The LGA was also calling for better coordination of where the Government were using hotels in local areas; and to recognise the role that councils are playing in supporting refugees who are in bridging accommodation.

·        Members expressed their thanks to the public for responding so well to the need to support Afghan asylum seekers locally.

·        A view was expressed it was positive to see the majority of Councils now volunteering.

·        Members emphasised the importance of Government needing to work together on this.

·        Members also emphasised that Government needed to work with local authorities to ensure that support being on the ground to help with resettlement was properly planned.

·        Sally thanked Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Membership, Terms of Reference and Appointments to the LGA's Governance Structures for 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision

 

The Executive Advisory Board noted:

 

1.      The Executive Advisory Board’s membership for 2021/22.

2.      The Executive Advisory Board’s Terms of Reference.

3.      Appointments to the LGA’s governance structures for 2021/22.

 

 

4.

Spending Review 2021

Minutes:

Members discussed the report giving an update on the LGA’s work ahead of the 2021 Spending Review and seeking members’ comments on the LGA submission.

 

A confidential discussion followed.

5.

Note of last Executive Advisory Board meeting pdf icon PDF 307 KB

Minutes:

The Executive Advisory Board agreed the minutes of the previous meeting held on Thursday 22 July 2021.

 

Further to this the Chairman raised that there were many issues regarding being a Councillor and the challenges of taking an elected position. He suggested at a future meeting Members discuss what can be done to promote Councillors.