Housing & Social Work committee hold first meeting

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CHAIRING the first meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s new Social Work & Housing Committee last week, Councillor Frances Renton said there was no doubt the local authority faced “considerable challenges” in the two areas over the coming years.

The Committee was established as part of Scottish Borders Council’s new Scheme of Administration to oversee Social Work and Housing and the remit includes scrutiny of performance and quality of services. These services include mental health, drug and alcohol, physical disability, older people, learning disability, integrated children’s services, criminal justice, and child and adult protection services.

At the meeting last week members heard evidence of improved outcomes for children and young people demonstrating that the Integrated Children’s Service is providing effective support through the five locality teams where staff from social work, education, health and the police work from co-located offices in Hawick, Innerleithen, Galashiels, Duns and Kelso.

An update was also given on the Transforming Older People’s Services Programme. It was reported that SBC had made significant achievements have been made with the modernisation of services in the region, by working with NHS Borders, housing associations and the voluntary sector.