Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor June Harrison.
Councillor Stewart Eaves acted as a substitute representative
Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
Councillor Judith Addison declared an interest that she had been a Trustee Member of Citizens Advice for 9 years.
No other declarations of interest or dispensations were declared at the meeting
To submit the Minutes of the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 11th July 2018 for approval as a correct record.
The Minutes of the Communities and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 were submitted for approval as a correct record.
Resolved - That the Minutes be received and noted.
Homelessness in Hyndburn
To review issues surrounding homelessness in Hyndburn.
Item to be deferred to the next Committee Meeting
The Chair reported that the item ‘Homelessness in Hyndburn’ would be deferred to a future meeting.
To receive a presentation from the Citizens Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn.
The Committee received a presentation from Citizens Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn.
Chief Officer, Rachel Whippy and Chair of the Trustee Board, Nick Pilling provided details of how the organisation makes a difference to the people of Hyndburn. They also thanked the Council for the grant provided to help fund the service.
Information in the presentation included: How people access services, examples of people that have been helped, positive impacts & the difference made, universal credit and outcomes achieved.
A number of questions were asked by Councillors present at the meeting:
· Has the workload increased with universal credit
· Are late opening times available
· What are the options for those who may not have a smartphone or access to a library
· Which organisations does Citizens Advice work with in relation to homelessness
· Does the organisation contact landlords direct to help resolve issues
· Changes to the disability living allowance
· Has the merger with Rossendale helped
The Chair reported that the next meeting would be on the 31st September and a number of questions raised at the meeting could be put to the DWP who would be in attendance.
Resolved - That the presentation and update be noted.