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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Proposal to federate the governing bodies of Brookhill, Hampden Way and St Margaret’s nursery schools

We asked:
We asked how you felt about the proposal to federate the three governing bodies of Brookhill, Hampden Way and St Margaret’s.
You said:
40 out of 102 (40%) respondents agreed with the proposal, 55% disagreed and 4% neither agreed nor disagreed. The most frequently cited reasons respondents agreed with the proposals were: the new model would protect provision of the service and retain expertise and specialisms. Additionally, the most frequently cited reasons respondents disagreed were: concern that the quality of staff and teaching would fall, that schools would lose valuable trained staff and that levels of staffing would fall.
We did:
The three governing bodies have considered the responses to the public consultation and due to the need of financial sustainability for the three nursery schools without the current subsidy have decided to federate. However, the three governing bodies are committed to addressing the concerns raised during the public consultation and will ensure that the nursery schools deliver high quality nursery provision, and are at the forefront of delivering the Early Years agenda across the borough.

The Care Act in 2015 - Have your say

We asked:
We asked your views on how to deliver some of the changes outlined in the Act. We described our plans to improve prevention services; improve information and advice; use the national minimum eligibility criteria for adults needing care and carers; continue to support carers and manage provider failure. We also put proposed not to charge carers for the services they receive and to charge a fee to cover the administrative costs of arranging care and support for self-funders.
You said:
You asked for prevention, information and advice services in a variety of formats. Most people were in favour of adopting the national minimum eligibility threshold. You asked for a carer’s forum for carers to meet. Some people stressed the need for continuity of care if a provider fails. Almost everybody agreed with the proposal not to charge carers for services. Slightly more people were in favour of a fee to cover the administrative costs of arranging care and support for self-funders.
We did:
The following policies have been presented for approval to the Adults and Safeguarding Committee: - Prevention Policy - Information, Advice and Advocacy Policy - Assessment and eligibility policies for adults in need and Carers - A Provider Failure Policy We will support carers by working with Family Services. A recommendation has been made not to charge for carer’s services and charge a fee to cover the administrative costs of arranging services for self-funders.

Sports and Physical Activity Review Autumn 2014

We asked:
We asked you to share your views on a range of issues relating to sport and physical activity in the borough including current use of leisure facilities, drivers and barriers to participation and how these can be improved. We also asked you to comment on a proposed facilities mix for future council-owned leisure centres, potential re-location options for Church Farm and Finchley Lido and your opinion on receiving health services at leisure centres.
You said:
The consultation found that residents strongly support the council’s proposed direction of travel for leisure services in Barnet. Residents expressed support for a relocation of Church Farm; however they objected to moving Finchley Lido. Residents also recognise the importance of swimming, particularly at Copthall, and the constraints associated with the proposals. Overall, residents seemed very comfortable to receive all public health services they were asked about.
We did:
The Policy and Resources Committee unanimously approved the SPA revised outline business case on 17th February 2015. Copthall and Church Farm Leisure Centres will be replaced with brand new, modern facilities. Further public consultation is planned for spring 2015 to ask you again about the alternative locations for Church Farm and facilities mix at Copthall. This will ensure that all residents are provided with an opportunity to have their say and every option is thoroughly tested.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.