Health And Social Care Service Plan Approved By Highland Councillors
26th August 2023
Highland Councillors on the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee have welcomed and approved the Health and Social Care Service Plan for 2023/24.
The plan's vision is:
"for all of Highland's children, young people, families and adults supported by the Council to have the best possible outcomes in life.
for Highland infants, children, and young people to have the best possible start in life.
for supported adults to be assisted to stay safe and free from exploitation and to be supported where possible to live safely in the communities that they are part of."
The vision will be delivered by tackling inequalities, providing love and support for Highland's care experienced children and young people; promoting children’s rights and participation; ensuring good health and mental wellbeing for all; protecting and supporting those living in our communities and by working in partnership.
The approved service plan highlights the staffing, budget and resources and details the Service priorities and improvement actions and their measures of success.
The plan also highlights how the Council is achieving best value and transforming the Service to achieve efficiency savings and sets out the Service’s improvement priorities for the year including how this contributes to the delivery of the Council’s Corporate Plan for 2022-27.
Chair of the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee Councillor David Fraser said: "The importance of this Service Plan is crucial to the health and wellbeing of many among our communities in Highland. Members will know individuals who will be impacted and supported by this Plan and this committee is committed to ensuring the delivery of the plan will be scrutinised effectively.
"Progress of the Service Plan will be monitored on a quarterly basis and Members look forward to future reports to the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee on the delivery of the plan."
Highland councillors will meet on 29th February 2024 to agree the proposals set out in the papers published today. There has been a long period of public consultation on the proposals and although there are unpalatable suggestions they will balance the books.
Over £100m investment programme proposed as part of 3-year budget Highland council are about to use significant amounts of reserves to cover shortfalls in the budget for 24/25 and possibly 25/26. Despite pushing out big figures it disguises the cuts about to fall on Highland services.
A collaborative network of Head Teachers and Education Officers are working closely together with the goal of improving attainment and achievement in Highland primary schools. Cllr John Finlayson, Education Chair said: "It is essential that we have strong, consultation and communication strategies in place and there is effective and ongoing collaboration between our schools and our central education service.
The Highland Council is currently unable to confirm whether funding will be available to support the Wick-Aberdeen Public Service Obligation (PSO) after 31st March 2024. The funding for the PSO is currently provided on the basis of £1.3m annually, with £1m committed by the Scottish Government and £0.3m committed by The Highland Council.
The Chair of The Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee has announced that a 3-week trial of a thermal process for pothole repairs will be taking place. An external contractor, Thermal Road Repairs, has been appointed to undertake the trial before the end of the 2023/24 financial year.
Caithness Committee Members today (Monday 29 January 2024) considered and assessed applications submitted to the area's Community Regeneration Fund. Community Regeneration Funding is an umbrella term for a number of funds that are available for communities/organisations to access in Highland.
The Council at the Caithness Area Committee agree the roads budget for 2024/25 with exactly the same amount as for 2023/24. Clearly with rapidly increasing costs this will come nowhere near to maintaining the roads to even the poor condition they are now in.
A briefing has been provided to all members of the Council on an accounting flexibility introduced by Scottish Government and available to Councils to utilise in 2022/23 or 2023/24. A number of reports to Council in recent months have covered this topic, and a number of other Councils have utilised the flexibility in 2022/23 or are considering doing so in 2023/24.
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
Weather is still hitting school transport services around the county. Wick Unfortunately we have made the decision to close the school tomorrow, Friday 19th January, due to the ongoing snowfall and hazardous road conditions.