Agenda and minutes

Adults and Health Committee - Monday, 24th July, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To note any apologies for absence from Members.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors A Kolker and L Wardlaw.


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


Councillor A Moran declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 6 – Provisional Financial Outturn 2022/23 as he was Chairman of ANSA and TSS.


Councillor N Cook declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of her being a volunteer trustee of the Alternative Futures Group.




Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 June 2023.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2023 be approved as a correct record.


Public Speaking/Open Session

In accordance with paragraph 2.24 of the Council’s Committee Procedure Rules and Appendix on Public Speaking, set out in the Constitution, a total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to put questions to the committee on any matter relating to this agenda. Each member of the public will be allowed up to two minutes each to speak, and the Chair will have discretion to vary this where they consider it appropriate.


Members of the public wishing to speak are required to provide notice of this at least three clear working days’ in advance of the meeting.



There were no members of the public present.


Cheshire East Falls Prevention Strategy pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To consider the Falls Prevention Strategy.

Additional documents:


The committee considered a report which provided a summary of the work that had taken place to develop the new Cheshire East Falls prevention strategy 2023-2026. The strategy had been co-produced by a multi-agency partnership steering group and then refined via a formal consultation process which took place from 16 January – 27 March 2023.


In response to questions and comments raised by Members, Officers reported that


-       As the remedies for falls outside the home was outside the remit of the Falls prevention Strategy from an adults perspective, a sentence will be added in to the strategy which will set out how falls outside of the home will be dealt with.

-       In respect of raising awareness nationally the Council would be engaging in ‘National Falls Awareness Week’ with an extensive local campaign.

-       Engagement with the u3a organisation would take place in the future as part of the wider engagement with the Voluntary Community Enterprise Sector

-       The draft action plan would be updated with roles, responsibilities and costings.

-       The multi-agency steering group would be monitoring the progress of the strategy against the action plan and updates would be brought back to committee.

-       Early intervention was key and more work was required nationally as well as locally around the stigma and perception associated with falls.  




That the Adults and Health Committee

1.   Endorse the adoption of the new Cheshire East Falls Prevention Strategy subject to a sentence being included in the strategy which set out that issues that caused falls outside of the home were dealt with elsewhere.

2.   Approve the report being circulated to the Health and Wellbeing Board.





Final Outturn 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

This report outlines how the Council managed its resources to achieve both positive outcomes and value for money in the delivery of services during the 2022/23 Financial Year. The purpose of the report is to note and comment on the final financial and performance outturn positions and (if necessary) to approve Supplementary Estimates and Virements.

Additional documents:


The committee received the report which provided an overview of the Cheshire East Council provisional outturn for the financial year 2022/23 and the financial performance of the Council relevant to the committee’s remit.


Concerns were raised in respect of the strategic risk across adult social care being downgraded and assurance was sought that the council did not lose sight of those risks. Officers offered reassurance that those elements contributing to risk were being managed and mitigations had been put in place. However there was recognition that there was still potential risk


In respect to the reference in the report to support for Ukrainian and Afghanistan schemes, officers reported that discussions were ongoing with the Home Office on their approach to placement of asylum seekers and an update would be provided to the appropriate committee in due course.


In respect of the request for a breakdown of mechanisms and how the Council recoups deferred debt, officers reported that discussions were ongoing with the finance team on debt collection. A consultation on the charging policy which would be presented to committee at a future date would contain proposals in respect of changing the point at which the Council started charging and the implications of that for debt.




That the Adults and Health Committee:


1.    Note the report of the Corporate Policy Committee (Agenda for Corporate Policy Committee on Tuesday, 11th July, 2023, 10.00 am | Cheshire East Council).


2.    Note the financial performance of the Council in the 2022/23 financial year relevant to their terms of reference.


3.    Note the delegated decisions relating to supplementary revenue estimates for specific grants coded directly to services in accordance with Financial Procedure Rules as detailed in Section 2 of each Committee Appendix (Annex 2).


4.    Note the update on performance with regard to the MTFS 2023-27 approved budget policy change items, in respect of Services within the remit of the Committee (Annex 3).



COVID-19 Update pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To receive an update on the recovery and reset from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, including an update on current epidemiology and vaccination statistics.



The committee received a report which provided an update on the recovery and reset from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, including an update on current epidemiology and vaccination statistics.


In response to members comments and questions officers reported that


-       anti-vaccination campaigns which had stepped up through the pandemic had impacted on the measles vaccination programme so a concerted effort was underway to target those hard-to-reach groups.

-       In respect of the revamping of public health campaigns members input on the design and implementation would be welcomed.

-       the cautious approach to infectious diseases remained but national policy in respect of how people respond to the pandemic was to ensure people maintained their personal choice and autonomy.

-       Work with local resilience partners continued, an emergency planning preparation exercise had taken place in respect of measles.



That the report be noted.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 520 KB

To consider the Work Programme and determine any required amendments.


Consideration was given to the committee’s work programme.


Members requested that consideration be given to:-


- the timings for the September meeting in respect of publishing the agenda and the all committee briefing.

- the potential to arrange an October meeting as September and November meetings both had heavy agendas.


Officers would consider whether briefings could be used more effectively to update members on the more substantive items rather than just updating members on the agenda for the meeting, and whether all the requests for items to be brought forward would all fall under the remit of the Adults and Health Committee.


That the work programme be noted.