Knowsley Council’s Cabinet will meet at 5pm on Wednesday 22 January 2020.
Here is a summary of the main items on the agenda.
Refugee resettlement scheme
Cabinet will be given an update on the Refugee Resettlement programme. Knowsley has been part of two national resettlement schemes since 2015/16, both of which are funded nationally in order to prevent the costs of resettling individuals having to be met from local budgets. Since then, a coordinated approach to refugee resettlement has been established across the North West and the Liverpool City Region (LCR), with all local authorities within the LCR collectively committing to resettle 867 individuals – more than 630 of whom have now been successfully resettled in the region.
In Knowsley, the council initially committed to resettle 60 refugees, in family groups, in 2015/16. In November 2018, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet agreed to resettle a further 50 refugees, in approximately 10 family groups, during 2019/20, bringing the total number of individuals being resettled in Knowsley to 110.
The Government has now announced its ongoing commitment to resettlement and announced plans for a new UK resettlement scheme, beginning this year. All local authorities in the LCR have been asked to participate in the new scheme by making a commitment to resettle additional refugees during 2020/21.
It is proposed that Knowsley should make a commitment as part of this scheme to resettle a further 30 refugees – Cabinet will take a decision on this suggestion at today’s meeting.
Scrutiny Review of Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinators with a focus on Education Health and Care Plans
Cabinet will receive an update from the Children’s Scrutiny Committee on its Task and Finish Review exploring the role of Special Educational Needs and Disability
Co-ordinators (SENCO) with a focus on Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP).
As part of the review evidence was gathered from parents and carers, children and young people, front line staff, council officers, volunteers, advocates and partners involved in this work.
The Committee has made nine recommendations which would ensure the children who need an EHCP get the right
plan which works for them and all the people who are involved in caring for them.
In response to the Task and Finish Review update members of the Cabinet will be asked to agree all the recommendations arising from the Scrutiny Review as all nine build on the work already taking place across the Council. Cabinet will also be asked to agree to consider progress after six months and review the impact of the actions taken after 12 months.
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