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Engagement 2024

Closed consultations and engagements

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

This consultation has now closed. It ran from Friday 16 February to Sunday 5 May 2024.

We asked 

We are a public service and must meet the public sector equality duty, considering how our decisions impact those protected under the Equality Act (2010).

We have a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and making council services and employment inclusive and fair for everyone in the county. We aim to lead by example and learn from the lived experiences of Leicestershire’s residents and staff.

The strategy reflects on the changes in society and in the county, acknowledges our previous achievements, and sets out our plan for the next four years.

The strategy is centred around seven key pillars, including ensuring that our working culture embraces Leicestershire’s diversity, looks to eliminate bullying, harassment, and discrimination, as well as looking at the way services are delivered so they are accessible for all.

Since 2020, we have rolled out a range of initiatives to support equality, diversity, and inclusion across the county, including care technology which is helping older people live independently in their own homes for longer. 

Your feedback lets us review our approach so far and helps us to deliver our services in a fair and inclusive way.

What happens next

All comments and responses will be carefully considered, analysed and taken into account in the final Strategy.  This is due to considered by the Cabinet in June 2024. 

Road Safety Strategy

Date: 25 March to 22 April 2024

We asked

In Leicestershire, we have been successful in delivering a wide range of road safety initiatives for decades. 

Although this Strategy is not a new approach or policy, it is an opportunity for us to let our communities know what we do, how we do it and how our approach may need to evolve in the future to meet new challenges. These challenges may include population growth and an ageing population. 

We are committed to continually improving road safety and reducing road casualties in Leicestershire, and we have set new, ambitious casualty reduction targets.

These targets include aiming for a 40% reduction in killed or seriously injured casualties by 2035 (medium term) and zero deaths caused by road traffic collisions by 2050 (long term).

What happens next

We’ll be reviewing the feedback received and consider any amendments to the strategy.

The consultation findings will then be presented to the council’s Cabinet in June 2024, where a decision will be made on how to proceed.

The Transitions Learning Programme

Date: 22 February to 4 April 2024

We asked

The Transitions Learning Programme is delivered by the County Council’s Adult Learning Service on the site of Rawlins Academy in Quorn - a service currently delivered in-house by the Council.

The current model of delivery of the Transitions Learning Programme is not financially sustainable. In addition, the current premises are in a poor condition and require significant investment.

About the proposals

The council is exploring alternative ways to provide the service delivered by the Transitions Learning Programme and is proposing to support learners by using external learning providers.

Full details of the proposals can be found in the supporting document:

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contribute to the consultation?
The consultation is now closed and we'll analyse the feedback we've received and review the proposals.

What is the timeline for the consultation and a decision on the proposal?
The consultation was open for 6 weeks starting from Thursday 22 February 2024 and closed at midnight on Thursday 4 April 2024. The consultation findings will be presented to the council’s Cabinet in June 2024, where a decision will be made on how to proceed.

Will the young people attending the Transitions Learning Programme have their Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) ceased because of the proposed change?
No, learners will have their Educational Health Care Plan EHCPs reviewed formally through the statutory Annual Review process and onward support will be provided in accordance with these reviews.

Where can I find out more about available Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in Leicestershire?
For information about the support available for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), visit leicestershire.gov.uk/what-is-the-local-offer

How is provision for young people with high needs funded?
Information for local authorities, schools and colleges about high needs funding arrangements is available from Gov.uk

Who delivers the Transitions Learning Programme?
The Transitions Learning Programme is delivered by the County Council’s Adult Learning Service.

Is the Transitions Learning Programme part of Rawlins Academy?
No, although the service operates from the same site as Rawlins Academy, the service is manged separately and is delivered by the County Council.

What happens next

We'll analyse the feedback and review the proposals.

The consultation findings will then be presented to the council’s Cabinet in June 2024, where a decision will be made on how to proceed.

Proposed changes to recycling and household waste sites

Date: 21 February to 20 March 2024

We asked

We remain the lowest funded county in the country and continue to face financial challenges. Growing demand for county council services and general price rises (inflation) are increasing the cost of delivering services. This means we are going to have to find more savings in the future, and we’ve saved £262m since 2010.

The council's budget plan includes a requirement to make savings from the recycling and household waste sites (often referred to as the 'tips').

A 12-week consultation took place between Wednesday 1 November 2023 and Wednesday 24 January 2024. Following the consultation, we reviewed the survey results.

We’ve listened to feedback from residents and are considering new options to keep our Shepshed and Market Harborough sites open.

The revised proposals include:

  • Keeping Market Harborough waste site open 3 days a week 
  • Kibworth waste site to open 4 days a week, instead of 5 days
  • Keeping Shepshed waste site open 2 days a week

Plans would ensure that there was a seven-day opening between Market Harborough and Kibworth. To keep both sites open part time, the council will need to reduce the opening of Kibworth by a day.

We want to hear from people who use or want to use our recycling and household waste sites on these amended proposals.

What happens next?

After this second consultation on recycling and household waste sites closes in March, we’ll analyse the results, and a report will be presented to the council’s Cabinet in May 2024.  
 

Recycling and household waste sites

Date: 1 November 2023 - 24 January 2024

We asked

The council's budget plan includes a requirement to make savings from the recycling and household waste sites (often referred to as the 'tips'). 

The proposals below would make savings of £420,000 per year and have been designed to reduce costs whilst minimising the impact on residents and site users as far as possible.
The proposals include:

  • Closing Market Harborough, Shepshed and Somerby recycling and household waste sites
  • Changing the opening days at Bottesford and Melton Mowbray recycling and household waste sites
  • Changing summer opening hours at all recycling and household waste sites
  • Closing on Christmas Eve at all recycling and household waste sites

What happens next

A 12-week consultation took place between Wednesday 1 November 2023 and Wednesday 24 January 2024. Following the consultation, we reviewed the survey results.

We listened to feedback from residents and are considering new options to keep our Shepshed and Market Harborough sites open.

The revised proposals included:

  • Keeping Market Harborough waste site open 3 days a week 
  • Kibworth waste site to open 4 days a week, instead of 5 days
  • Keeping Shepshed waste site open 2 days a week

As the second consultation on recycling and household waste sites closed on 20 March 2024, we will now be analysing the results, and a report will be presented to the council’s Cabinet in Summer 2024.  

Adult social care charging policy

Date: 27 November 2023 - 22 January 2024

We asked

The Care Act 2014 allows local authorities to charge for most care and support services.

The Care and Support Statutory Guidance requires that where a local authority decides to charge for services, it must follow the Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations and have regard to the statutory guidance.

On 29 March 2022, the Cabinet approved the Leicestershire County Council’s current Charging Policy for Social Care and Support policy:

The policy sets out how the council will undertake a financial assessment in relation to residential and non-residential care and support services including how different types of income and capital are treated and what allowances are permitted in calculating how much someone is required to contribute towards the cost of their care and support services. The Policy assists people to know what they will be charged.

About the proposals

Most of the proposals are clarifications of the existing policy designed to make the policy clearer to follow, rather than changing the nature of the financial assessments.

The council is not proposing to change the principles of charging and financial assessments.

Principles of the Policy

The council’s policy must continue to follow the Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014, as amended and have regard to the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.

The Care and Support Statutory Guidance sets out a number of principles the council should have regard to in charging for social care and support services. These include affordability for the person, having a clear and comprehensive policy, applying the policy equally to similar situations, and being sustainable for the council in the long-term.

The council is required to produce and maintain its policy to show how it will apply to adults in receipt of care and support services and meet the requirements of the Regulations and Statutory Guidance.  This is why the policy is written in quite formal language and is a lengthy document.

Changes to the Policy

There are two key changes to the policy which are designed to ensure that a person is not charged more than it is reasonably practicable for them to pay.

  1. Where a person is in receipt of both residential and non-residential services in the same week the council proposes to apply a non-residential financial assessment to calculate how much they can afford to contribute towards the cost of the care services they receive.
    This would ensure that a person retains sufficient income to meet their usual outgoings. [Section 8.2 of the Policy]
  2. Only the income and savings of the person receiving care and support services can be taken into account in the financial assessment, including a share of joint income and savings. The council will also consider the implications of their partner if the partner’s financial information is also disclosed.

The council is proposing to introduce a more generous and simpler method of allowing for a reduction in a person’s assessed contribution where this is necessary. The proposal will ensure that a partner has at least a weekly income equal to the standard / personal allowance of universal credit or pension credit for a single person. [Section 48 of the Policy]

Clarifications to the Policy

  1. Definitions of terms used in the policy
    To assist with understanding the policy additional definitions have been included for, ‘Administration Fee’ for non-residential care and support services, ‘Capital Limits’ and ‘Tariff Income’. [Section 1 of the Policy]
  2. Payment arrangements
    The contact details of the Finance Operations Team have been included if a person needs to discuss a payment arrangement for their contributions towards their care services, for example when receiving their first invoice and need more time to pay. [Section 7 of the policy]
  3. Non-disclosure and death of a person in receipt of care services
    Clarifies that following the death of a person the council does not owe a duty to the person’s estate to retrospectively re-assess the person’s financial assessment, for example where the person refused to provide their financial information. However, the council has a discretion to do so on request and such requests will be considered on the circumstances of the individual case. [Section 10.12 of the policy]
  4. New disregards of income and capital
    Provision has been proposed to disregard as income and / or capital three new compensation schemes relating to the Grenfell Tower fire, the failings of the Post Office Horizon computer system, payments under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 and also any compulsory deduction from social security benefits for child maintenance. [Sections 18 and 32 of the policy].
  5. Income for residential financial assessments
    Additional wording has been added to clarify the circumstances where a person may be allowed to retain additional income, above their Personal Expenses Allowance, in a residential financial assessment. [Section 39 of the Policy].
  6. Residential Top-up amounts
    Clarification that the council can refuse a request for preferred choice accommodation in a care home where it determines that the top-up amount is unaffordable. Also, that if an agreed top up arrangement breaks down the council will undertake a care and support assessment with a view to moving the resident to an alternative placement which does not involve a top up amount or additional cost to the council. [Section 44 of the Policy and the council’s website]
  7. Adequate security under the Deferred Payment Scheme
    Clarification of other types of security for a deferred debt that can be considered where it is not possible to obtain a first legal charge on a property at HM Land Registry. [Section 45.8 of the Policy and the council’s website]
  8. Housing costs for non-residential financial assessments
    Clarification that to be included as an allowable expense in a non-residential financial assessment a person must have a legal liability to pay the housing costs, e.g. rent or mortgage payments, and be able to provide proof of payment. [Section 47.5 of the Policy]
  9. Disability-related Expenditure
    Court of Protection deputyship fees and costs relating to professional appointeeship services have been added to the list of potential disability-related expenses and allowance.
    Also, clarification that the council may require additional evidence to consider potential disability-related expenditure and that if additional disability-related expenditure is allowed this will usually be backdated to the earliest date there is evidence to support the need for the expenditure. [Section 49 of the Policy and the Council’s website]
  10. If a person thinks that their financial assessment is incorrect, they can request a review of the assessment and appeal the outcome to the Council’s Complex Case and Appeal Panel. [Section 52 of the Policy]
  11. A list of the information factsheets / booklets providing further explanation on various aspects of financial assessments has been added as an appendix to the policy. [Appendix C of the Proposed Charging Policy]:
    Proposed Charging Policy - see Appendix C (PDF)

Proposed Changes to the Policy (PDF)

What happens next

After the consultation closes in January 2024, we’ll analyse the results and share with the Council’s Cabinet and residents in February 2024.

2024-28 budget proposals

Date: 20 December 2023 - 17 January 2024.

We asked

Spiralling social care prices, growing service demand and inflation are driving up costs. The Government’s autumn statement last month didn’t include any extra funding for councils which has ramped up the pressure for local authorities.

Nearby councils, such as Nottingham City, have declared that they do not have enough resources to continue to deliver services by issuing a section 114 notice, and others, such as Leicester and Derbyshire, say they are being pushed to the brink.

We are not in crisis territory. We’ve successfully managed better than most by not forgetting about the financial realities of local government when delivering services. But we do have a significant budget gap and need to deliver services differently.

Find out more about the proposals.

What happens next

Following the consultation, the results were analysed and a report was written. The 2024-2028 budget was then approved at a full county council meeting on Wednesday 21 February 2024.