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Draft terms of reference

The primary objective of the Commission will be to shape future services so that residents can be supported in achieving their aspirations for a healthy, happy life in a place they call home, playing a part in their family and community as much as they wish.

Outline for the group

The Commission will meet six times from October/November 2021 through to April/May 2022. The Commission will be supported by officers to develop and refine practical recommendations to shape the future of Adult Social Care within the borough. The Policy Commission will not be a formal meeting of the Council; however, meetings will be held virtually and be open to the public to attend. Stakeholder representatives will be invited as appropriate to provide their views and expertise regarding the themes of the Commission. The Commission will also hold a formal call for evidence, with wider representatives invited to submit their evidence for consideration. All meetings will be open to the public to attend. The final report of the Commission will be presented to Cabinet in June 2022.

It is proposed that these meetings will last approximately three hours, with context information and background reading being provided in advance as appropriate. These meetings will be structured around themes and issues, with evidence and information being provided by officers and partner organisations to support discussion and planning.


The membership of the Commission will be set in line with previous approaches:

  • The Commission will be chaired by the appropriate Portfolio Holder, as appointed by Cabinet.
  • The Labour and Conservative groups will each appoint a further two Members, with one further Member to be appointed to represent the Independent, Green and Liberal Democrat groups. This will give cross-party representation on a 3:2:1 ratio.
  • Two co-opted members of the Commission will be invited. One to represent the NHS and one the local community and voluntary sector.

The Commission will be supported to conduct its work by relevant services across the organisation. Evidence will be provided by officers and external experts as required.

It is acknowledged that this Commission will be undertaking an intensive work programme throughout the autumn and winter of 2021-2022. Whilst this Commission will require a time commitment from Councillors, it is advised that the group has a consistent membership across all meetings as far as possible to support better understanding of interdependencies across themes, and place recommendations into a broader context.

Timescales and areas of focus

October 2021

  • Call for evidence
  • Request evidence and feedback from partners and the public to support the Commission

October/November 2021

  • Developing a vision for Social Care
  • Set and agree a vision of what Adult Social Care within the borough will look like in the future, within the existing legislative framework

November/December 2021

  • Funding and paying for care
  • Consider how services can be appropriately funded and paid for, enabling the Council to respond to the expected Government consultation on future funding for adult social care.

December 2021/February 2022

  • The role of communities and service user engagement
  • How can local communities, carers and individuals be engaged and supported to meet needs of people who need support? How do we move further towards social care practice which builds on the strengths of individuals rather than deficits? Consider how service users, carers and communities can best be empowered and engaged in the planning, organisation and delivery of services

February/March 2022

  • Workforce; Technology
  • Consider how to recruit, retain and develop an appropriately skilled, engaged and motivated workforce. Consider how the opportunities of new technologies can best be harnessed to improve services

March/April 2022

  • Commissioning high quality, ethical care
  • Consider how to best commission care that is high quality and delivered in a sustainable way that values and adequately rewards staff whilst remaining affordable

April/May 2022

  • Agreeing recommendations
  • Agree recommendations to go to Cabinet

June 2022

  • Report to Cabinet
  • Cabinet to consider the proposed recommendations
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