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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Meeting Report – 13th Jan 2014

Meeting Name: Solihull Partnership Board

Date of Meeting: 13th January, 2014

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Partnership Plus

an update was received on the partnership approach to targeting activities. There were three challenges to partners recognised:

  • Is enough being done in geographical locations to make a step change in outcomes?
  • Are we making a difference in areas where take up for universal services is poor, e.g. Breastfeeding in the North?
  • Are we making enough movement towards narrowing the gap?

Some recommendations were made:

  1. That there is a specific delivery plan for the ‘partnership plus’ areas (North Solihull)
  2. There needs to be some understanding about what works in other regions to identify benefit to Solihull.
  3. The partnership board should be accountable for the delivery of outcomes in the partnership plus areas.

There was a recognition that there were some worrying trends in various aspects e.g. increase in the number of people accessing out of work benefits, and the average mortality age in certain areas of Solihull,.

Family First Update

The progress of family first is slightly under target against the national programme. The government are extending the programme for the first year of a 5 year programme but it is unknown what will happen beyond this due to elections. A report was given on the plans to fund this work in the next phase.

Progress on meeting the needs of vulnerable individuals

A progress report was given and noted. The Partnership board were asked to identify agencies to get involved in the review. Also a request will be made for a representative from DWP to sit on the partnership board.

Homelessness in Solihull

Homelessness has risen in Solihull by 24% and is predicted to rise to a further 35%. The main causes:

  • Parents no longer willing to accommodate their older children
  • Loss of rented or tied accommodation
  • Violent breakdown with partners

Work has been done on increasing the provision of temporary accommodation for homeless people. There was a discussion focused on multi agency working.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

Nothing specific – although the issues around increase in benefits and homelessness will have impact on some voluntary sector partners.

Date of Next Meeting: 24th February, 2014

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:

Janet Down 07947898220

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