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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors T Jay, M Greatorex, D Maycock, P Thurgood, J Wadrup and County Councillor T Jay.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 198 KB


The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2022 were approved as a true record.


(Moved by Councillor R Rogers and seconded by Councillor R Kingstone)


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




There were no declarations of interest.


Update from the Chair


The Chair reported that a request to provide comments on the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation had been circulated to members and the Consultation was open until 5 September 2022 if any member wanted to participate.


The Chair further reported that at a Board meeting of the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) proposals were received and accepted which were expected to mean that inpatient mental health services provision from the George Bryan Centre would not be reinstated.  The Chair reported that the Staffordshire County Council Health & Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee was expected to have an Integrated Care System (ICS) Transformation item focussed on the George Bryan Centre on its 1 August 2022 meeting.  The Chair invited any members to raise any specific points with her which they would like considered further.


Update on Housing Strategy pdf icon PDF 138 KB

(To receive an update on the Council’s Housing Strategy)


The Chair welcomed the Assistant Director, Partnerships to the meeting and noted that the Executive Director, Communities and the Portfolio Holder for Homelessness Prevention and Social Housing had sent their apologies.


The Assistant Director reminded the Committee that whilst it was not a statutory requirement for the Council to have a Housing Strategy, it did afford the Council a clear direction of travel and priorities and the current Strategy had been agreed at Cabinet in October 2020.


The Assistant Director provided an overview of the 4 Priorities set out in the Housing Strategy, although she would focus on Priority 4 given its relevance to wellbeing.  It was reported that the Strategy included actions drawn from various other corporate strategies including the Local Plan, the Future High Streets Project, Climate Change policy, Housing Allocations Policy, Housing Acquisitions Policy, Affordable Rents Policy, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, Private Sector Enforcement Policy and the Community Safety Plan.


The Assistant Director highlighted some of the future proposed actions which included:

·         An update to the Empty Homes Strategy to increase housing provision

·         The development of an Older Persons Housing Needs Strategy in conjunction with stakeholders

·         Work to determine the criteria for the First Homes requirement, whereby 20% of the affordable homes on a development would be allocated as first homes for Tamworth residents.

·         To develop relationships with the voluntary sector to maintain healthier communities and sustain independent living

·         To develop an approach to the needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in line with Government policies


The Committee commented and sought clarifications in the following areas:


1.    How the criteria for the First Homes requirement would address the issue of resale of those affordable first homes such that the benefits of the scheme would be retained in perpetuity and that the benefits of any market price discount was continued through resales of the First Home.  The Assistant Director reported that the criteria was under discussion and that this was led by the planning team.

2.    The need for the Committee to receive regular and measurable data in respect of the various action plans / metrics included in the strategy, so that there could be effective scrutiny of the implementation of the strategy and performance. It was further identified that to support this scrutiny, the data should not be solely a snapshot in time but would need to be provided over a period of time (for example over three years) to enable trends to be identified.

3.    It was raised that there was a need for urgency in addressing areas within housing related to climate change given the aspiration of the Council to be Carbon Net Zero by 2030 if financially able to do so.  Given the housing stock owned by the Council, and given the expected Government initiatives to stop the installation of new gas heating in homes from potentially 2030, there would be significant challenges to the Council in delivering appropriate housing to Tamworth’s vulnerable residents in line with the Council’s Climate Change agenda unless  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Responses to Reports of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

(Update on responses to the Reports of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)


There were no responses to report.


Consideration of matters referred to the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee from Cabinet or Council

(Discussion item)


No matters had been referred.


Update on health related matters considered by Staffordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 59 KB

(To receive the Digest from Staffordshire County Council’s Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee and an update from County Councillor T Jay)


The Chair reported that the Staffordshire County Council Health & Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee had met on 11th July 2022 and the focus of that meeting had been on the Integrated Care Board.


Forward Plan

Please see the link to the Forward Plan:




It was noted that there was a Net Zero Carbon – baseline reporting item on the Forward Plan for consideration by the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee on 14th September prior to Cabinet consideration on 20 October 2022.  The Chair agreed to liaise with the Chair of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee regarding this item.


Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider items for Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Work Plan


The Committee considered its Work Plan and updated it as follows:


Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan

Work Area Themes for the Year

1.  Mental Health & Wellbeing


Target Meeting

Additional information

Inpatient mental health pathways and community mental health services pathways

22 September 2022

Invite representatives of Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT)

Substance misuse / addiction


Contact new local service provider

Loneliness / isolation



2.  Homelessness & Housing




Target Meeting

Additional information

Council’s (Healthier) Housing Strategy

12 July 2022

Invite Portfolio Holder & Executive Director, Communities, Assistant Director, Neighbourhoods / Partnerships

Overview of services available to rough sleepers / homeless people in Tamworth

 November (tbc)

Suggested invitation to representatives of Heart of Tamworth and/ or other relevant voluntary organisations

Homelessness Winter Relief Update

November 2022 and March 2023

To receive an update on plans in November, followed by feedback on the outcomes in March 2023.

Disabled Facilities Grants – process

January 2023

To understand these Grants and the processes followed from a wellbeing perspective.


Other suggested topics for Committee consideration

Green and open spaces



Attainment and Skills in Tamworth (including young people’s experiences)

To be confirmed

Working Group (WG) to be formed – WG Chair - Councillor R Kingstone & D Maycock & others

Safeguarding updates (2 per year)

18th October 2022 & 28th March 2023

Invitation to Portfolio Holder and Officers

CPR & Defibrillator awareness and community engagement

Targeting Autumn 2022

Liaise with local charity (Have a Heart)

Progress within schools in implementing guidance this area


Specific topics to feed in to Staffordshire County Council (separate from main Themes)


Date of planned Staffs consideration

Additional information

Wider determinants of health in Tamworth, including diet / food vulnerability / healthy eating / social prescribing


Also understanding the role of schools at sixth form, secondary & primary level.


Extend an invitation to voluntary sector to understand current initiatives eg Community Together CIC


Strategic Transformation Programme (STP)


To tie in with County consideration when dates for County consideration known

Possible Working Group topics

Armed Forces Covenant


Working group to be formed.  Cabinet member identified (Cllr T Clements)

Attainment & Skills in Tamworth


WG Chair - Councillor R Kingstone & D Maycock & others



Upcoming Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Meetings

Meeting dates:

22 September 2022

18 October 2022

29 November 2022

24 January 2023

28 March 2023



Upcoming Relevant County Council Meetings



Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Staffordshire County Council


  • 1 August 2022
  • 19 September 2022
  • 17 October 2022
  • 28 November 2022
  • 30 January 2023
  • 20 March 2023