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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

We asked for your views on the proposed refurbishment designs for Stonegrove junior play area. Two designs were proposed in the consultation. Design one included the retention of an existing skate unit. Design two proposed the removal of this unit and an increase in size of a new slide unit, as well as the relocation of the fence line to include all of the play area and equipment.

You Said

There were 84 survey responses to the consultation. Of these;

  • 79% wanted design 2.
  • 91% agreed with the relocation of the fence line to include all of the play area and equipment.

We Did

As a result of the consultation we will be proceeding with design two. The current skate unit will be removed and the fence line will be relocated as part of the Summer 2017 refurbishment.

We Asked

We asked for your views on changing our Fairer Contributions Policy in a way that was fair and prioritises support for those in greatest need. The proposals were about fees and charges for community based (non-residential) care services which include: home care, day care, supported living, extra care, direct payments and other services financially assessed under our Fairer Contributions Policy. The specific changes proposed were:

  1. raising the maximum contribution for home care to match the lowest hourly rate we pay our providers
  2. raising the maximum contribution for day care to reflect the actual amount paid to providers for an individual’s care
  3. including the higher rate of Disability Allowance and Attendance Allowance as income
  4. aligning the council’s guaranteed minimum income to the Department of Health’s guaranteed minimum income or the current level whichever is the highest.

The consultation involved posting consultation packs to people who use community care services, writing to their carers, emailing key stakeholders and hosting drop-in sessions across the borough as well as putting the proposals and an online survey on Engage Barnet. A total of 286 questionnaires and responses were received from the general public and interested groups.

You Said

Opinion was fairly evenly split on raising the maximum contribution for day care. However, some of the open ended responses may indicate that some respondents considered the proposals to be about provider payment rates rather than service user contribution rates. If this is the case, then it is possible that the majority of respondents disagree with the proposal.

There was slightly more disagreement than agreement on the proposal to raise the maximum contribution for day care.

More respondents disagreed than agreed with the proposals to include the higher rate of Disability Allowance and Attendance Allowance as income and to align the council’s guaranteed minimum income to the Department of Health’s guaranteed minimum income or the current level whichever is the highest.

Please read  the full consultation report for further information.

We Did

All feedback from the consultation was given due consideration.  Whilst there is a proposal in the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy to not increase Council Tax in 2017/18, it also proposes applying the Social Care Precept at the maximum of 3%. This has been taken into account in assessing the Council’s financial resources available for adult social care. Taking all this into account, it is considered that alternative savings proposals (for example further cuts to preventative services) would have a greater adverse impact than implementing these proposals.

The changes to the Fairer Contributions Policy were approved on 28/02/17 by powers delegated to the Adults and Health Commissioning Director (in consultation with the Chairman of the Adults and Safeguarding Committee) by the Adults and Safeguarding Committee.

We Asked

We asked for your views on proposed changes to oversubscription criteria for admission to community infant and primary school reception classes.

 

You Said

There were 124 survey responses to the first proposal to give priority to children of teaching staff in the oversubscription criteria. 101 respondents agreed or strongly agreed to the proposal, representing 81%. Four disagreed and 12 strongly disagreed representing 13%.

For the second proposal, on amending the oversubscription priority for former pupils, there were 103 responses. Of these, 69 agreed or strongly agreed (67%) and 15 disagreed or strongly disagreed (15%).

We Did

The results of the consultation were discussed at the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee on 21 February.

Proposal 1

Given the support by 81% of respondents for the request by Barnet community schools to address an increasing recruitment and retention issue by offering priority for children of staff, the committee recommended that Barnet adopts this proposal.

Proposal 2

Given the pressure on school places and balancing the needs of former pupils with those children who may be awarded a school place under other priority categories (such as distance), the committee recommended to adopt the amended criteria.