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30 Aug 2017 - 15:00 to 16:00
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Agenda
Notification
Standard Items
Notice of Special Meeting

Notice is hereby given that, in terms of Standing Order 3(b), at the request of the undernoted members, a special meeting of the Renfrewshire Council will be held at 3pm for the purposes of considering the business specified.

 

Councillor Derek Bibby

 

Councillor Bill Brown

 

Councillor Carolann Davidson

 

Councillor Eddie Devine

 

Councillor Alison Dowling

 

Councillor Eddie Grady

 

Councillor Jim Harte

 

Councillor John Hood

 

Councillor Karen Kennedy

 

Councillor Colin McCulloch

 

Councillor Kevin Montgomery

 

Councillor Jim Sharkey

 

Councillor Jim Sheridan

 

 

Further Information
This is a meeting which is open to members of the public. 

A copy of the agenda and reports for this meeting will be available for inspection prior to the meeting at the Customer Service Centre, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley and online at www.renfrewshire.cmis.uk.com/renfrewshire/CouncilandBoards.aspx

For further information, please either email
democratic-services@renfrewshire.gov.uk or telephone 0141 618 7112.
Members of the Press and Public
Members of the press and public wishing to attend the meeting should report to the customer service centre where they will be met and directed to the meeting.
Webcasting of Meeting
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If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Committee Services on 0141 618 7112

To find the webcast please navigate to http://renfrewshire.cmis.uk.com/renfrewshire/meetings.aspx and select the meeting from the calendar.
In Attendance
P MacLeod, Director of Children's Services; S MacDougall, Director of Community Resources; A Morrison, Acting Director of Development & Housing Services; A Russell, Director of Finance & Resources; D Leese, Chief Officer, S Lavers, Chief Finance Officer and I Beattie, Head of Health & Social Care (all Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership); K Graham, Head of Corporate Governance, M Conaghan, Legal & Democratic Services Manager, L Belshaw, Democratic Services Manager and A McNaughton, Senior Committee Services Officer (all Finance & Resources).
Chair
Provost L Cameron presided.
Apology
Councillor Mackay.
Items Of Business
Apologies
Apologies from members.
Declarations of Interest
Members are asked to declare an interest in any item(s) on the agenda and to provide a brief explanation of the nature of the interest.
There were no declarations of interest intimated prior to the commencement of the meeting.
1 Motion

"Council  notes with grave concern the decision by Capability Scotland to cease providing the learning disability service at West Lane Gardens Johnstone and Whitehaugh Day Centre, Paisley which they provide on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

 

Council further notes the distress and anxiety this has caused to users of this much loved service and their carers who have benefited from the security, care and companionship it has provided over many years and who believe that it is in their best interests that the service continues in its present form.  These centres of excellence are providing an encouraging environment from which service users fulfil their potential and are empowered and enabled to go out into the community.

 

Council accepts it is the choice of users to continue to meet as a group and to continue to benefit from the service and will therefore take the necessary action to ensure that the service continues to be provided beyond the 20th October."

1

There was submitted a motion in the following terms:

"Council notes with grave concern the decision by Capability Scotland to cease providing the learning disability service at West Lane Gardens Johnstone and Whitehaugh Day Centre, Paisley which they provide on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

Council further notes the distress and anxiety this has caused to users of this much loved service and their carers who have benefited from the security, care and companionship it has provided over many years and who believe that it is in their best interests that the service continues in its present form. These centres of excellence are providing an encouraging environment from which service users fulfil their potential and are empowered and enabled to go out into the community.

Council accepts it is the choice of users to continue to meet as a group and to continue to benefit from the service and will therefore take the necessary action to ensure that the service continues to be provided beyond the 20th October."

Councillor Bibby, seconded by Councillor Sharkey, then moved the motion.

Councillor Nicolson, seconded by Councillor J Cameron, moved as a first amendment that the following be inserted after group:  Council agrees that all measures necessary should be taken by all respective organisations to ensure services in their current locations continue until such time as necessary in order that a structured and considered approach is taken with regard to the future of these services.

Renfrewshire Council finds the way this matter has been handled as unacceptable. The primary consideration should be providing support to service users and a long term planned approach on the future provision of services which could have a material impact on individuals concerned.

Councillor Binks, seconded by Councillor Graham, moved as a second amendment that the motion include: The decision taken for the continuation of services at Whitehaugh and West Lane Gardens is to be Client and Carer led with any interruption to the client/carer relationship kept to the absolute minimum. Any future outcome should include a minimum renewable three-year working contract for the carer so as to establish some stability for the carer/client partnership.

In terms of Standing Order 27, following clarification by Councillor Binks that reference to 'carer' referred to caring staff and not to family members, the second amendment was accepted by the mover and seconder of the motion.

Thereafter, in terms of Standing Order 27, the first amendment was withdrawn by the mover and seconder of the first amendment.

DECISION: That the Council notes with grave concern the decision by Capability Scotland to cease providing the learning disability service at West Lane Gardens Johnstone and Whitehaugh Day Centre, Paisley which they provide on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

Council further notes the distress and anxiety this has caused to users of this much loved service and their carers who have benefited from the security, care and companionship it has provided over many years and who believe that it is in their best interests that the service continues in its present form. These centres of excellence are providing an encouraging environment from which service users fulfil their potential and are empowered and enabled to go out into the community.

Council accepts it is the choice of users to continue to meet as a group and to continue to benefit from the service and will therefore take the necessary action to ensure that the service continues to be provided beyond the 20th October.

The decision taken for the continuation of services at Whitehaugh and West Lane Gardens is to be Client and Carer led with any interruption to the client/carer relationship kept to the absolute minimum. Any future outcome should include a minimum renewable three-year working contract for the carer so as to establish some stability for the carer/client partnership.

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
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