Received this from an anonymous contributor:
According to the agenda that has been published on the Council’s website in advance of the Council meeting on 27 June (agenda item 10) Council is asked to note the minutes of the Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting held on 16th April, 21st May and 11th June, 2018.
At the Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting, which was held on 21 May (minute number 148) it was resolved (1) That the draft Learning Disability Strategy and future stakeholder engagement be approved.
According to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation for Members and Officers (appendix 9 to the Council’s Constitution) certain matters are reserved to full council. These include 5. The preparation of strategic plans across the Neighbourhoods and Adult Services directorate which provide a long and medium term strategy for the development of Neighbourhoods and Adult Services, consistent with the overall policy framework of the Council.
By any measure the Report entitled The Transformation of Services and Support for People with a Learning Disability would appear to amount to such a medium term strategy and consequently should be a matter that is reserved to full council and not approved by the Cabinet and Commisioner’s Decision Making Meeting. I believe the failure to require approval of the Report by Full Council is unconstitutional and may place the Council in legal jeopardy.
My interest in this matter is that my sister attends the Oaks Centre and will be affected by the proposals. If the Council is acting unconstitutionally then we reserve the right to challenge its decision. I am sure you will share my concern and that of other interested parties, including service users and their families and carers. You may wish to seek your own assurances that the Council is acting constitutionally in regards to this matter. I have copied in to this email the Chief Executive Officer and the Council’s Monitoring Officer.