Knowsley Council’s Cabinet met on Wednesday 16 January.
All the papers are available to view on the council’s website and here’s summary of the main items discussed.
Acceptance of Public Health England Innovation Grant
Cabinet approved, as Accountable Body, the grant funding from Public Health England’s Innovation Fund totalling £372,000.
The Council is only one of nine areas to be successful in securing innovation funding which aims to support work with children of alcohol dependent parents. The funding will be used to train frontline staff, helping to identify issues at an earlier stage, provide additional capacity to support families and provide activities for young people to attend through Knowsley Youth Mutual’s ‘Me Time’ programme.
Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee review of employment initiatives for people with learning disabilities
Cabinet heard and agreed recommendations following a scrutiny review into employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
While recognising the importance of existing provision for adults with learning disabilities and supporting an extension of the work of Enable Knowsley, the review also recommended employers pursuing ‘job carving’ (combining the less skilled aspects of different jobs into one post), the development of a new Knowsley Learning Disability Employment Vision and Strategy – informed by an updated Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and delivery plan – and alignment with the Liverpool City Region-wide autism-friendly agenda.
Members also agreed timescales to monitor and review progress against the recommendations and agreed actions.
Economic Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee
Following a review of the council’s Employment Initiatives Services, the Economic Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee set out nine recommendations which Cabinet approved.
This includes a recommendation to provide additional resources to support residents with mental health issues and help them to secure sustainable employment.
As part of the review, Scrutiny Committee highlighted the high quality service delivered by the council’s Employment Initiatives team, in particular the important role the team plays to support Knowsley residents to find and secure employment and the strong positive relationships the team has with partners and employers.