We Asked, You Said, We Did

Issues we have consulted on or engaged with people about and the outcomes.

We Asked

The School Health & Wellbeing Service has been delivered by Compass since the award of the current contract in November 2015. The service has undergone significant transformation following a consultation and needs assessment exercise undertaken during 2014.

We wanted to consult on the current model of service delivery to inform the re-commissioning process that will commence in 2019 in order to have a new contract in place when the current contract comes to an end on the 31st October 2019. We sought views from the public, professionals and partners on the services provided through the School Health & Wellbeing Service to ensure they are fit for purpose, good quality and meeting the needs of children and families in Warwickshire.

The consultation for the Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service took place between 3rd September and 12th October 2018. An online questionnaire survey and structured interviews were conducted with a range of key stakeholders, including an online parent forum via the Facebook group (Hearing the Voices of Families in Warwickshire).

You Said

The online questionnaire survey received 201 responses. The structured interviews and online forum gained the views from 21 parents/carers, teaching professionals and partners.

Online questionnaire feedback:

  • The majority of respondents (72%) were parents/carers and 14% were teachers/head teachers
  • 63% of parents/carers were unaware of the Health Needs Assessment process and 72% were unaware of the Chathealth service
  • 41% of parents/carers felt they didn’t have a need for 1:1 support at the moment, 47% were unaware they could get 1:1 support
  • When the service offers have been accessed, the majority of respondents find the service useful or very useful
  • The majority of respondents (73%) felt the priorities for the service are just right, 16% felt there were not enough, 6% felt there were too many and 5% did not respond to this question
  • A total of 52 respondents (26%) chose to leave comments or suggestions regarding the service and its priorities.

The key themes included:

  • Lack of awareness of what the service offers and the need to improve communications
  • The service needs to be more visible in schools
  • Children and families like the service and the staff when they are accessing support
  • All of the priorities are very important, in particular mental health
  • Where the SHWBS is either unable to provide support as it is not appropriate, or they need to refer on for further support, parents/carers and teachers feel there are gaps within other services available to offer the required support
  • There aren’t enough staff to do the job.

Structured interviews and online forum feedback:

  • A clear message from both parents/carers and teachers/head teachers was that they don’t know enough about what the service can do for them and they recommended undertaking more pro-active communication
  • Some schools feel the service is not as visible within the school as they would like. The service should explore how to better promote when there is a planned school visit and include a discussion on this when developing the annual health & wellbeing plan
  • Respondents felt the service should have more investment in order that schools can have more access to the service on site
  • Where the service is being used, the feedback is mainly positive, with particular mention of the referral process and the training offer.

We Did

  • The consultation has been integrated into the School Age Needs Assessment 2018
  • The findings will be incorporated into the Service Specification for the new service to be implemented by 1st November 2019

We Asked

In July this year Warwickshire County Council consulted on the proposal to stop funding the dedicated Pride in Camp Hill (PinCH) team, based in the CHESS Centre in Camp Hill, in order to deliver their savings plan. Views were sought from the local community including Camp Hill residents, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Homes England, Barratt Homes, Lovells, and local stakeholders including local schools, the local Church and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action.

You Said

There were 47 responses to the online and paper surveys and 10 individuals attended the drop in sessions.  Key themes which emerged from respondents included: recognition of the contribution the team has made to building social cohesion; the benefits of having a local team to be the eyes and ears of the community; concerns at the loss of specific services including the Code Club and Camp Hill News and the need for continuing support for the final rehousing phase.  A full report on feedback is available on the main consultation page.

We Did

On November 8th 2018 Warwickshire County Council Cabinet considered a report on the outcome of the consultation. This recognised the contribution the team has made and reported the following: that some services e.g. the Code Club are not run by PinCH and will continue to be provided by others; that some services may stop e.g. Camp Hill News but that alternative ways of providing the publication are being looked at;  that by adjusting delivery of the  savings Warwickshire County Council could make a partial saving now, whilst continuing to fund PinCH at a reduced level and only to June 2020, in order to support Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to fulfil the rehousing and redevelopment contracts in the final phase and manage stewardship. The full report and minutes of the meeting are available on the main consultation page.

Cabinet resolved to agree this approach and formally ‘supports the revised plan for the implementation of the OOP savings (17-18) regarding Pride in Camp Hill.  

The decision will result in changes for the local office and staff and these will be communicated to the local community over the next two months.

We Asked

The purpose of the consultation was the following:

  • To hear views and ideas from Warwickshire residents, customers, partners and key stakeholders about the current Fitter Futures Warwickshire services and what the services should look like in the future.

The Fitter Futures Warwickshire services commenced on 01 July 2015 and comprise of  a Single Point of Access (one website and one telephone number), a Weight Management on Referral service (Slimming World), Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service and Family Healthy Lifestyle service (Change Makers).

This consultation was held during a 5.5 week period (29th May and 6th July 2018).

You Said

The following items were submitted during the consultation:-

  • 172 responses in total
  • 92% survey forms were submitted online;
  • 8% survey forms were postal

The key themes expressed by Health Professionals and the general population were as follows:

  • The majority (80%) of respondents said they would like a single point of access for the FFW services.
  • The most popular FFW service was the Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles service (69%), followed by walking groups/opportunities (55%) and thirdly, exercise opportunities in the community (53%).
  • 38% of respondents stated they would like specialist strength and balance exercise opportunities for age 55 and over - this may be to do with the age profile of the respondents.
  • The top three options for services being delivered were in a group environment (61%), one to one basis with an exercise instructor (60%) and support via a smartphone app (25%).
  • The majority of respondents (90%) would like to be referred to the services via a GP or other health professionals (73%). Nearly half of the respondents said they would like a mental health professional to refer them into FFW.
  • Both the general public and health professionals stated a FFW service in a leisure centre, community centre and walking for health as the top 3 venues.
  • 30% of respondents would be willing to pay £11-£20 for a service. 21% of the public stated they would not pay anything for a service.
  • 35.47% respondents said they would like a social element incorporated into their FFW service whilst 24.42% answered “no they wouldn’t want this”. Most would like this in the form of formal meetups.
  • 28.5% of respondents would want information on other healthy lifestyle services whilst attending a FFW service. Whilst 30.2% said they would not want additional information beyond the service.
  • Both the general public and health professionals would like additional pathways and services to be incorporated within the community in the future model. Clear and simple referral pathways were highlighted as a key factor alongside 1-2-1 and group programme options.

We Did

The outcomes of the consultation were included in reports to Warwickshire County Council Cabinet, whereby the proposed Fitter Futures models were endorsed:

  • To continue to have a Single Point of Access with one telephone number, one website and one point of entry for referrers.
  • To continue to commission the delivery of FFW services, integrate strength and balance preventing a first fall programmes, develop an evidence based seated exercise offer in communities, including care homes, enhance walking and community exercise opportunities.
  • To deliver the services in group sessions and enhance the offer of one to one delivery options, virtual support, mobile phone text support and digital self- help tools and Smartphone Apps.
  • Develop services so that there is an increase in referrals from mental health professionals, social care workers, teachers and early years staff, occupational health and workplace managers as well as from health professionals and minimise the current barriers that prevent this.
  • Increase service delivery opportunities using other leisure opportunities, community venues, hotel fitness facilities, outdoor green gyms, fire station gyms, workplaces, in the home and in care and residential settings.
  • Work with service providers and leisure centres to set realistic pricing structures and subsidise services rather than offer them free of charge or set too high.

Reports considered by Cabinet including the full consultation report are available on the main consultation web page.

We Asked

The purpose of the consultation was the following:

  • To update the local community on the current Scheme following the completion of the detailed design stage; and
  • To collect comments and other feedback from respondents for inclusion in reports to WCC Members.

This consultation was held during a 5 week period (Tuesday 15 May 2018 – Monday 18 June 2018) seeking to engage with local residents in and around West Nuneaton, who were given an opportunity to participate in the consultation through the measures:

  • Distribution of a consultation pamphlet;
  • Online ‘Ask Warwickshire’ web pages; and
  • Online Bermuda Connection Scheme web page.

You Said

The following items were submitted during the consultation:-

  • 333 survey forms all submitted online;
  • 29 e-mails regarding the Scheme;
  • 2 written letters of objection; and
  • 15 Information Requests regarding the Scheme.

The key themes expressed by respondents concerned the following:

  • Detrimental impacts on local residents;
  • Detrimental impacts on the local area;
  • Concerns about the design of the Scheme;
  • Concerns relating to the overall Scheme; and
  • Concerns about the consultation process.

The key outcomes of the consultation are as follows:

  • 65% of the respondents either completely agreed or partly agreed that traffic congestion in West Nuneaton cause problems in their day to day activities; however
  • 64% of the respondents do not support the proposed new highway link via Bermuda Bridge.

The outcome of the consultation reinforces the strong level of opposition towards the Scheme from local residents, who primarily live in the area where the Scheme is situated.  This is a similar outcome to the original consultation carried out during the preliminary design stage in 2015.

A copy of the full consultation report is available using the link from results section of the Ask Warwickshire consultation page.

We Did

Minor modifications were made to the Bermuda Connection Scheme arising from the consultation responses.

The outcomes of the consultation were included in reports to WCC Cabinet and the County Council to be considered at their meetings in late July 2018. These reports are available using the links on the main Ask Warwickshire consultation page.

Both WCC Cabinet and the County Council endorsed the progression of the Scheme, including the addition of £4.198million to the Capital Programme from the Capital Investment Fund to deliver Bermuda Connectivity at a cost of £8.900million.

The scheme webpage will be kept updated with developments. There is also a link on this page to subscribe to updates direct by email.  Go to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/bermudaconnection

We Asked

We asked for your comments on the proposal to provide additional places for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at Exhall Grange School and Science College

You Said

Total written responses received: 11

Further details are in the results section of this consultation and in the report submitted to Cabinet 24th July 2018 Link to report

We Did

The School Organisation Team looked at all of the comments and produced a summary of responses.  All redacted comments were sent to Cabinet (the decision maker) for their consideration.

This proposal was approved on 24th July 2018 by Cabinet.

 

We Asked

We asked for your feedback on the draft Warwickshire Education Strategy 2018-2023 and the priorities outlined within it.

You Said

As a co-produced strategy there was a lot of feedback received through various channels. The key themes are highlighted below. For more detailed information please see the 'You said, We did' section of the Cabinet report and the appended Consultation Analysis report available in the results section of the main consultation page.

You told us:

  • 'Best possible start in life' is too broad and might not make a tangible difference.
  • We should have a broad, empowering and creative curriculum for all learners, not just vulnerable learners.
  • People want a short strategy that can be utilised in daily working life.
  • People want a kite mark for educational settings who are committed to providing a wider curriculum.

We Did

We changed Best possible start in life to’ to Champion the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS). There is now a focus on coordinating high quality EYFS training and helping parents to provide a language rich home learning environment.

WE2 now looks at all learners before focusing in on the most vulnerable in the WE2 sub sections.

We have produced a one page booklet with the highlights. People can read more if they wish through the suite of underpinning documents.

We are going to create an App to celebrate the success of Warwickshire schools in WE1,2,3,and 4.

The wording was changed significantly following consultation; many small details were also changed as a result of feedback, for example we changed the 'strapline' , we changed references from 'pupils' to 'children', we removed 'Ofsted language', and many other updates. Reference Groups of headteachers considered the final wording and made further changes for clarity.

The strategy was been approved at Cabinet and subsequently at full Council on 26th July. The Strategy will be implemented from September 2018. The full Cabinet report and associated documents are available in the results section of the main consultation page.

We Asked

The Council proposed several changes to its existing home to school transport policy. These changes were designed to bring consistency, to unify mainstream and special needs transport, and to help manage the overall home to school transport budget.

As part of the process there was an extensive consultation with all interested parties, to which there were nearly one thousand responses.

You Said

Whilst there were mixed responses to all proposals, there were two main areas of concern.

There were significant objections to the 'safer walking routes' proposal.  This was not a policy change - having been previously agreed - but rather agreement on the implementation of the proposals to re-classify some walking routes that had previously been designated as unsafe to walk. 

Also, there were challenges regarding some of the proposed changes to transport for learners post 19 with special needs.

We Did

The initial proposals, in advance of consultation, were taken to Scrutiny in September 2017.  Subsequent to completion of consultation, the draft paper was taken again to Scrutiny in January this year in advance of going to Cabinet.

Following the responses to the safer walking routes proposal in the consultation, Scrutiny proposed that this proposal was removed from the paper.  This was endorsed by Cabinet.

The paper for Cabinet proposed six policy changes.  Although there were some objections to these policy changes, they were accepted by Scrutiny and voted through by Cabinet.  The new policy is now available on the webpage for this consultation and on the school and college travel webpages https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schooltransport

The council has committed to continuing dialogue with partners regarding the 19-25 proposal to ensure that transport is not a barrier to the provision of education

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council (Public Health) commission local Healthwatch in Warwickshire. The current service contract is due for renewal.

A 10 week consultation started on 17th July 2017 and ended on 22nd September 2017. This asked local people including key partners in health and social care, service users and their families and carers about their views and experiences of the local Healthwatch service.

The findings will be used to shape the new service which will be implemented in 2018. 

You Said

  • Making a contribution to improving local health and social care services was a key reason for people to share their views and experiences about health and social care services. 
  • Online methods of communication were the preferred option for both providing feedback and gaining information about health and social care services. However, face to face communication was still popular, particularly for finding out about health and social care services and for those without access to the internet.
  • The most popular way in which respondents wanted to hear news about Healthwatch Warwickshire’s activities was via electronic newsletter or the Healthwatch Warwickshire website.
  • Social media was not a popular way to get or feedback information about health and social care.
  • Respondents would prefer to be involved with Healthwatch Warwickshire by providing online feedback.
  • GP surgeries and Warwickshire County Council were the most likely organisations for people to seek help and advice from about health and social care services.

We Did

Feedback from the consultation was considered at Cabinet on 9th November 2017. The report on consultation feedback and proposed service model is available here.

This information will be used to influence and shape the service specification  for the new local Healthwatch service and ensure local peoples views are integral to the service design. 
 

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council held a public consultation for eleven weeks June to September 2017 asking people to comments on proposal to redesign how services for children and families are delivered from Warwickshire in the future. 

The County Council’s budget for 0-5 services, currently delivered through Children’s Centres, has been reduced to £3.7 million a year. This, along with recognition of the changing ways people access services, required a rethink about how services are delivered to maximise help for families, increase variety of support available and reduce building maintenance costs.

The consultation proposed developing 12 Family Hubs across Warwickshire delivering services to a wider age range, up to 19 or 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities. Expressions of interest from the community were invited about how to use the remaining centres and people were asked to share ideas about how other local venues may be used and possible outreach/spoke sites. 

You Said

1558 people provided their opinions on the proposal via the survey (of which 153 completed it on paper).  Council representatives spoke to over 300 people at public events and over 400 people at face to face opportunities including drop-ins and meetings.  Over 150 written submissions were sent and more than 7000 people signed petitions.

Key themes included:

Service provision and impact – implications of maintaining current service offer, the importance of local family support, impact on mental wellbeing and reducing social isolation, proposed change to age range, professional staff appropriately supporting volunteers, additional burden/impact on other services, sufficiency of nursery provision and school readiness.  We listened and prioritised family support, allowed a transitional period of 18 months for the changes, confirmed a commitment to focus on the first 1001 days and early years, and included volunteer coordination roles.

Service users and access – understanding needs, rural access to services, online support is not always appropriate, relationship building, first point of contact to report difficulties, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support and language barrier for services.  We listened and increased the number of Children and Family Centres to 14, with 2 additional ones located in the most rural district, Stratford, and confirmed an outreach model to help deliver services locally.

Location and type of building – Riversley Park in Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough was preferred as a Hub site to Abbey, Kingsway in Warwick District was preferred as a Hub site to Sydenham, Long Lawford in Rugby Borough was preferred to Oakfield.  Kenilworth, Shipston and Southam residents reported high level perinatal mental health support needs which indicated a transitional period may be necessary. Transport access barriers, alternative uses for non-Family Hub Children’s Centres, housing and population increases, safety standards of buildings, voluntary groups’ access to venues, safe space for services and disabled access.   We listened and substituted the sites as suggested by respondents and included a transitional year to support those with perinatal mental health support needs in the three identified areas.

General comments were also made questioning whether the cuts need to be made.

We Did

On 9 November 2017, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet voted to support the proposal as set out in the Cabinet papers – see here for full details.  On 29 November, an extraordinary meeting of the full Council considered a motion to delay the budget reduction, which was not passed.  Savings will be made from April 2018 onwards.

Proposal Decision? Rationale
Prioritisation of Family Support We propose to protect this service from reduction due to the high priority that families placed on this service during the consultation. The value of volunteers was also expressed but the point was made strongly that they cannot replace trained, skilled, professional family support staff.
Replace 'Family Hub' terminology with 'Children and Family Centres' The consultation revealed some confusion over the terminology of 'hubs' given that it was being used by a number of agencies in different contexts. The name 'Children and Family Centres' links with the current provision, which will be used as the basis for a wider age range and service offer.
Increase the number of proposed Children and Family Centres from 12 to 14 During the consultation, we heard about issues of access and rurality in Stratford District and those who responded to the consultation were against a single Centre in the east of the District (Alcester). As a result, we propose 2 additional Centres at Stratford and Lighthorne Heath, which allow access to a central and a west district centre. This is supported by evidence of need in terms of number of children in need and on Child Protection Plans and the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI)
Substitution of Centres in Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby and Warwick borough/ districts As a result of the consultation, we have revised the proposals as follows:
  Riversley Park Clinic as a preference to Abbey, particularly in relation to Special Education Needs and Disability provision
  Long Lawford in preference to Oakfield, because of rural needs and planned housing growth.
  Kingsway in preference to Sydenham, due to suitability for Children and Family Centre purposes, area of need and potential for alternative community outreach sites in Sydenham.
Transitional year for Badger Valley, Kenilworth (St John's) and Southam We recognise the large number of responses received from these areas and so we propose a transitional year. This will allow for additional work to be carried out to look at alternative options for buildings and services to address issues identified during the consultation. The consultation highlighted needs in these areas, in particular social isolation, peer/support networks and perinatal mental health. A transitional year means those facing these challenges will be able to receive appropriate support over a longer time period whilst we look at alternative options.
Confirmation of Outreach Model The reduced number of Centres means more outreach and delivery at alternative places. During the consultation we saw that outreach is already going on and we can develop this model. Also, we have received enough expressions of interest during the consultation period to make us think that there a number organisations would might like to assume responsibility for those Children Centres which, as outreach centres, could deliver Children and Family Centre services directly and/or allow access to the County Council and its partners to the Centre to provide services. We heard throughout the consultation that there is a need for services to be delivered locally when thinking about access to services, financial inclusion and a peer/support network.
Focus on 1001 days and Early Years The Smart Start, 'Reimagining our Children Centres' work and this consultation have all told us how important it is to focus on the first 1001 days. Early years 'Stay and Play' was not part of the original proposal but we have included it in the delivery model. This is as a result of consultation responses who said it was a non-stigmatising way to start accessing support services.
Transitional Approach to Making the Changes Suggestions made by Barnardos and the Parenting Project offer a helpful and co-operative way to carry out the proposals. Making the changes in phases helps make sure service users and partners are included during the design of the Children and Family Centres and the outreach centres to agree how we can deliver a whole family approach. This also shows we are committed to those who expressed concern during the consultation that their support will not be suddenly withdrawn.
Volunteer Support & Co-ordination The new model relies on building community support through peer groups and volunteering. We need to make sure that volunteers are recruited and supervised so that safeguarding is strengthened in the new proposal. The existing volunteer model was mentioned during the consultation as one which provides support to volunteers to help them to support families.

 

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council asked for views on proposed changes to Health Advocacy Services in Warwickshire: 
 
  • Access to Health Advocacy Services: Deliver the three Health Advocacy services as one service, delivered by one provider (or one partnership of providers).
  • Timescales for Service: Prioritise statutory referrals to ensure that they are seen within the appropriate statutory timescales, and have flexible response times for non-statutory referrals.
  • Partnership working with Healthwatch: Create a stronger partnership between our local Health Advocacy Services and our local Healthwatch service.

You Said

The consultation responses indicated:
  • support for merging the current three separate advocacy services into one integrated service
  • support for closer working and a stronger partnership with Healthwatch Warwickshire
  • concerns about people waiting longer for non-statutory services.

We Did

WCC used the information and suggestions from the consultation to inform the development of a new specification for the Health Advocacy Service.

We Asked

We wanted to work closely with service users, their families and key partners within health, social care, housing, employment and the criminal justice system to develop a new Drug and Alcohol service. 

A 6 week consultation took place from 12th June to 21st July 2017.

We asked respondents to indicate their level of agreement with the service principles underpinning the proposed new service model. 

You Said

Below are two examples of what you told us and what we did.
You can read the full Consultation and Cabinet report here.
 

Example 1

We asked if we should offer a range of timely and accessible information and advice to support families and carers of people with drug and alcohol issues.

You said: There is a need to provide advice and information to families and carers of people with drug and alcohol issues, and this is currently lacking.  Appropriate and timely access to support for family/friends/carers and significant others would be hugely beneficial. Access to family services should be available throughout the treatment and recovery programs.

Example 2

We asked if the Children and Young Person’s and Adult Drug and Alcohol services should deliver a joined up pathway of support for those between 1825 years.

You said: There is a need for transitional support as part of a preventative approach working to reduce long term substance misuse.  

There is a need to provide advice and information to families and carers of people with drug and alcohol issues, and this is currently lacking.  Appropriate and timely access to support for family/friends/carers and significant others would be hugely beneficial. Access to family services should be available throughout the treatment and recovery programs

We Did

Example 1

We designed a service model that places family, carers and significant others in the centre of the recovery network model alongside the service user, raising awareness of addiction and how best to support recovery. This component also includes delivering services for the family who may also need their own personal support. In addition, the service model provides access to support from independent advisors (known as advocates) to help service users and family members express views and wishes, and to help ensure their voices are heard.

Example 2

We created a service model that will deliver an integrated transition pathway for young people aged from 18-25 years and work jointly with the adult service to ensure young adults receive appropriate access, support and treatment services to meet their needs.  We also met with providers to develop a clear transition pathway and protocol, as part of the provider network, for those moving across from young people’s to adult’s service, including joint care management if required. 

The proposed service model was approved on September 7th 2017.

We Asked

A consultation took place from 12 June 2017 to 21 July 2017 to support the redesign of the current Falls Prevention service.  

We asked:

Whether to go ahead with the proposed preventing a First Fall Move Improve service?

What age group the service should be for?

You Said

Yes go ahead the service is needed and many of us would use it or signpost people to it

 Age 50 and over is too young – 55 better

A copy of the Consultation Report is available on the main page for this consultation.

We Did

Since the consultation took place, a Public Health SMT decision was taken to postpone the tendering process for this service and to integrate a redesigned service with the retender of Fitter Futures during autumn 2018 instead.  

We are in the middle of conducting a pilot project with pharmacies using the findings of the consultation to see if in practice, the service will work.  The pilot is for age 55 and over as recommended by consultees and it is a pilot offering strength and balance exercise opportunities as recommended by consultees.

We Asked

We asked for feedback on the proposals put forward in the draft Stratford-upon- Avon Transport Strategy that was jointly prepared by Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-upon-Avon District Council. The draft strategy contained a broad range of proposals designed to respond to the significant current and future challenges facing Stratford’s transport system such as congestion, air quality, pressure from housing and employment development and balancing the needs of local residents and visitors to Stratford.
 
The consultation ran for six weeks between 9 th February and the 23 rd March 2017.
 
In total, 910 responses to the consultation were received from a mix of individuals, organisations and interest groups.

You Said

Responses to the strategy were mixed. More people agreed with the proposed strategy objectives than opposed to them. In addition, the proposals for; strategic road, rail and air links; pubic transport provision; walking and cycling; and managing the impact of ccoaches and long distance buses received more support than opposition.
 
The proposals for managing traffic and travel in and through Stratford-upon- Avon and managing the impact of HGVs received more opposition than support. The opposition to these theme areas was based on objections to specific measures that proposed the construction of relief roads to the east and west of Stratford-upon- Avon.
 
A significant number of responses stated that the Stratford to Honeybourne railway line should be reinstated or further feasibility work be carried out to establish the viability of the line and that this should be reflected in the strategy.

We Did

The feedback has been reviewed and analysed and a Consultation Evaluation Report and revised draft Stratford-upon- Avon Area Transport Strategy have been published. These documents are available on the main page for this consultation. 
 
The revised strategy will be considered by Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council Cabinets and Councils in the first part of 2018.

We Asked

For your views on the soundness and legal compliance of the Minerals Plan during a consultation that ended in early 2017.

You Said

That some elements of the plan were unsound and needed to be re-assessed. In particular the overall plan requirement figure for sand and gravel was estimated to be too high based on the most up to date figures. 

We Did

Having analysed and assessed the comments from the consultation we have reviewed the overall Plan requirement figures and sought authority from Cabinet to re-consult on the plan with a lower net plan requirement. Policies within the plan have also been amended following the consultation. 

We Asked

We asked local Early Years providers for their views on proposed changes to the Early Years Funding Formula. This mechanism allocates money to the providers for them to deliver the free entitlement (15 hours per week of early education for 3 and 4 year olds). 
 
A 3 week consultation started on 17 November 2017 and ended on Friday 8 December 2017. The consultation process was framed around a set of 3 questions, covering the main areas of the Formula which had been identified for review.

You Said

A majority of providers agreed that they did not want a Quality Supplement to be introduced at this time.
 
They considered 4 options for allocating additional funding via a deprivation supplement, and split equally between retaining the supplement at its current rate and reducing it from the present rate of £1.14 to £0.53 per qualifying child per hour, with the balance of the funding being added to the general base funding rate.
 
Respondents agreed that the budget contingency should be removed and this funding used to marginally increase the universal rate for all providers.

We Did

The findings will be used to shape the new method of allocating funding which will be implemented in April 2018.
 
Feedback from the consultation was considered at Schools Forum on 15 January 2018 and at cabinet on 25 January 2018.
 
The reports presented at both meetings are available on the main page for this consultation.

We Asked

The Local Authority (LA) is currently responsible for setting school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools.  Academies, Foundation and Aided Schools are responsible for setting their own term dates. There is collaboration between the LA and Academies, Foundation and Aided schools which have been invited to consult on the term dates and have generally followed the Local Authority’s pattern of terms and holiday dates. 

As one of the three 2018/19 calendar options put forward for consideration was a 5 week summer holiday the decision was taken to extend the consultation to parents and other interested parties.  The consultation ran between the 15th of January 2017 and the 31st of January 2017.

You Said

In total 303 responses were received from this consultation through the online survey, directly through emails, and via general correspondence.

Of the responses, 45% were in favour of option 2 to implement a 5 week summer holiday, with many respondents citing the greater benefits to child welfare by shortening the initial autumn term into more manageable pieces.  Option 1, a six week summer holiday with Autumn half term running from 29th October 2018 to 2nd November 2018, was the second most favoured calendar option.

We Did

Feedback from the consultation was considered and whilst the more favoured option 2 was initially recommended for approval, further information received outside of the consultation period raised concerns relating to the impact of implementing option 2.  These concerns primarily concentrated around the reduction of school days during the autumn half term having an adverse impact on exam preparation for pupils, and not aligning with our neighbouring authorities many of whom decided not to adopt the 5 week summer break.

Further information on the approval of the 2018/19 School Term and Holiday dates can be found here:

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council and key strategic partners launched their second cyber crime survey to find out how safe people feel online and assess the impact that online crime is having around the county. We wanted people residing in Warwickshire to share their experiences of online crime through a series of questions.

The survey seeks to examine how the picture has changed across Warwickshire over the past 12 months and whether residents are more aware of the dangers that can be posed online and the things that they are able to do to minimise these risks.

The survey was conducted across the West Midlands region as a whole, with colleagues from the policing areas of West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire all wishing to assess the impact of online crime locally, to inform future strategies and preventative work. The survey and results focus on cyber crime at an individual level, though there is clear acknowledgement that businesses are also vulnerable to these crimes.

You Said

The full report and key findings from the survey can be found here:

https://safeinwarwickshire.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/cyber-crime-survey-web-1.pdf

Key Findings include:

  • There have been nearly 15,000 successful phishing scams in Warwickshire in the last 12 months.
  • Over 5,500 residents have been a victim of an online romance scam. 9,900 have been victim of identity fraud.
  • 30,000 fell victim to viruses and malware.
  • Over 6,000 online hate crimes.
  • Other online fraud and theft equates to 21,500 victims.

Impact of the crime - The biggest impact felt by victims of cyber crime was psychological and emotional. At least £8,848,300 has been lost by Warwickshire adults as a result of cyber crime. This equates to each adult in Warwickshire losing just over £20.

Implementing cyber safety - Survey respondents suggest that the majority of residents in Warwickshire are implementing cyber safety measures.

Feeling of Risk

  • 59% of those surveyed feel at risk online.
  • 41% do not feel at risk online.
  • Less than 1% of respondents have no idea how to protect themselves online.
  • 12% are not confident that they know how to protect themselves online.
  • 67% are reasonably confident; 20% are very confident.
  • More people feel at risk, but only a small percentage of these do not know what to do at all to reduce this risk.
  • Compared to our previous survey, while a higher proportion of the public feel at risk online (44% in 2015, compared to 59% now), fewer people have no idea how they can protect themselves online (2.4% in 2015, compared to <1% now).

We Did

Cyber crime is a real problem in Warwickshire, and many people feel at risk. However, the majority also know what measures they can take to reduce this risk. If we are to use this survey to inform our work, it would suggest that focus is given to the vulnerable groups and those who do not have any knowledge of how they can protect themselves. Our definition of vulnerable groups is those whose confidence interferes with online behaviour. This is both those who are under and over-confident while online.

Cyber Safe Warwickshire Partnership

Representatives from the county, district and borough councils, Police, Trading Standards, Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner, Education, Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, Youth Justice, Victim Support and Neighbourhood Watch attend. They meet quarterly to update the countywide action plan in response to cyber crime across the 4 P’s (Protect, Prepare, Prevent and Pursue).

Cyber Crime Advisors

Since April 2016, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has funded two Cyber Crime Advisors, who are hosted by Warwickshire County Council. They are tasked with raising awareness of cyber crime, providing preventative advice and signposting the public to further support and information. Their Business Crime Advisor colleague provides this service for local small and medium businesses.

The Cyber Crime Advisors are contactable via either email below; alexgloster@warwickshire.gov.uk samslemensek@warwickshire.gov.uk

The Business Crime Advisor is contactable via alexcharleswilliams@warwickshire.gov.uk

We Asked

We asked residents of Warwickshire for their help in deciding how Heritage & Culture Warwickshire budget savings should be made for the next 3 years. The options included the closure to ad hoc visitors of St Johns Museum site, reduction in the opening hours of the County Record Office and the relaunch of Market Hall Museum as the main museum site following Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment and an additional community website for digital archives and collections.

You Said

Residents were saddened to hear of the budget saving options but overall understood the reasons behind them. The overall feedback supported the options proposed for all 3 sites although it was noted that the loss of St Johns Museum to ad hoc visitors caused considerable concern to local users.

We Did

Heritage & Culture Warwickshire implemented the proposed changes. St Johns Museum closed to ad hoc visitors on 1st April 2017 although it continues to operate schools and educational visits by arrangement. The Regimental Museum was not affected by the changes. The County Record Office also changed it's opening hours from 1st April 2017 as proposed. Market Hall Museum re-opened to the public in Feb 2017  as the HCW flagship site following significant funding from the Heritage Lottery.

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council, like local authorities up and down the country, continues to face extreme financial challenges over the next three years. Reductions in Government grants, inflation and demographic pressures mean we must identify savings amounting to around £67 million by 2020.

Given this financial challenge we want to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire to ask where you think money might be saved, and what services are a priority for you.

We asked you to take part in this conversation in a number of ways, via our budget tool, by dropping into one of our roadshows or by emailing us with your suggestions.

You Said

All comments and feedback received as part of the Let's Talk campaign will help shape and inform the county council's budget setting process and a report with the key findings was presented to Cabinet in December.

Key Findings

  • Overall, a total number of 1,249 people engaged with the Council through the various channels available in the ‘Let’s Talk’ public engagement programme as set out at 1.2.
  • 650 conversations at the ‘Let’s Talk’ Roadshows, 557 members of the public engaged through the online budget simulator, and 42 members of the public completed paper based versions of the budget simulator.
  • The majority of respondents expressed that they were in favour of the Council increasing Council tax by 4%.
  • Findings from all channels indicate that Warwickshire respondents elected to increase council tax to off-set the proposed savings required • Children’s Services & Education, Adult Social Care and Transport & Environment were considered to be the top priorities by respondents.
  • A significant proportion of all respondents regardless of engagement method consider that extra income should be made through increasing income opportunities and sharing costs with partner organisations when providing some services.
  • The majority of all respondents regardless of engagement method agreed that the Council’s ambition to make Warwickshire the best it can and the proposed outcomes are the right priorities for Warwickshire.
  • Positively, the Leader and Members were party to some 650 conversations with Warwickshire residents at the 9 Let’s Talk events across the County. Key areas of importance highlighted at these events included the council spending money more ‘fairly’ across Warwickshire, protecting front line services for the most vulnerable, provision of a variety children’s services including quality of education and children’s centres.

We Did

We are committed to being an open and transparent council. We will be honest and open about our progress and publish regular updates on how we are doing in delivering this plan. We will let you know how our services change and transform and will engage with you to tackle it together. Consultation activity relating to the One Organisational Plan will be publicly available on Ask Warwickshire.

Please do take the time to participate in any consultation and engagement activity as your views are vitally important to us.

We Asked

A briefing and consultation meeting with Southam Town Council was held on 29th Sept ember 2016 to which local County, District and Ward councillors plus WCC portfolio holders were invited. The briefing was delivered by WCC Property Services using draft plans and drawings, with a WFRS Training Officer on hand to answer any non-construction related questions. A public exhibition / consultation board was sighted in Southam Library, along with consultation leaflets, for 2 weeks from 3rd October 2016 and feedback /observations from the public were invited.

You Said

The feedback from both local politicians and the public was very positive, the development being seen as an enhancement for the town, both in terms of economic development and service provision. The only concerns were raised  from Stratford District planning department who were concerned about possible smoke and fumes from the fire house. 

We Did

In response WFRS took Stratford District Council representatives to view an existing unit, very similar to the one that WFRS are procuring at another Fire & Rescue Service to put their minds at rest. They are now content that the filters fitted to the Minerva Fire House that we have specified will prevent their being any environmental impact from the development.

We Asked

A consultation was carried out on the proposal to increase capacity at Long Lawford Primary School from two forms of entry to three forms of entry. The Published Admission Number (PAN) would increase from 60 to 90 and the overall capacity of the school would eventually rise to 630 pupils

The proposed increase in capacity at Long Lawford Primary School is related to the general rise in the population of primary aged pupils living in the priority area, which is the result of a higher birth rate, new housing developments and inward migration being experienced by the County as a whole.

This proposal will require some changes and extension to the school building.  However, this has been subject to a separate process and linked to the submission of an application for planning permission.

 

You Said

Feedback from the consultation was presented to Warwickshire County Council Cabinet on 10th November 2016.  The main concern vocalised by parents and local residents was the increased traffic and requirement for additional parking.  In response to the concerns raised through the consultation, and to WCC Highways objection to the Planning application, it is proposed to address traffic issues on the narrower roads by creating additional pick up and drop off spaces for parents opposite Long Lawford Primary School.

We Did

The proposal to expand Long Lawford Primary School to three forms of entry is currently underway with an expected completion date between September 2018 and July 2019.

 

We Asked

To improve agencies’ understanding of the support needs of hate crime victims in Warwickshire

To  understand the current journey for a victim of hate crime in Warwickshire following the report being made and ongoing support/aftercar

To identify gaps and recommendations for partners to consider around how that journey can be improved and the needs of victims met

 

You Said

Response levels:-

327 questionnaires were completed

261 by residents

66 by public and voluntary agencies

Respondent characteristics:-

  • 54% were White British followed by 34% selecting Indian
  • A wide age range was represented
  • 66% female, 33% male
  • 74% stated they are Heterosexual and the remaining 26% provided a range of responses.

Key findings:-

Warwickshire Residents

  • 67% of indicated that they are clear about what a Hate Crime/Incident is
  • 40% had either been a victim or knew someone that had
  • 28% had been a witness
  • 39% were targeted due to their race
  • 20% of victims and witnesses did not tell anyone about the Hate Crime/Incident
  • 16% reported it to the police
  • 38% of those surveyed did not know of any support services

Public and Voluntary Agencies

  • 85% deal with 0-5 incidents a month
  • 32% do not know of any support services that are available for victims and witnesses of Hate Crime/Incidents.
  • 71% indicated that there is a need for more support services

Key recommendations:-

  • Raise awareness within the community.
  • More information to be provided on reporting agencies, and specifically alternative agencies other than the police that victims and witnesses can report a Hate Crime to.
  • Increase awareness of support services and what they have to offer.
  • Training for frontline workers of all agencies to help identify Hate Crime victims.
  • More effective partnership working between support services to ensure successful signposting.
  • Develop a Warwickshire Hate Crime website where reports can be recorded and advice/support can be obtained

 

We Did

Response levels:-

327 questionnaires were completed

261 by residents

66 by public and voluntary agencies

Respondent characteristics:-

  • 54% were White British followed by 34% selecting Indian
  • A wide age range was represented
  • 66% female, 33% male
  • 74% stated they are Heterosexual and the remaining 26% provided a range of responses.

Key findings:-

Warwickshire Residents

  • 67% of indicated that they are clear about what a Hate Crime/Incident is
  • 40% had either been a victim or knew someone that had
  • 28% had been a witness
  • 39% were targeted due to their race
  • 20% of victims and witnesses did not tell anyone about the Hate Crime/Incident
  • 16% reported it to the police
  • 38% of those surveyed did not know of any support services

Public and Voluntary Agencies

  • 85% deal with 0-5 incidents a month
  • 32% do not know of any support services that are available for victims and witnesses of Hate Crime/Incidents.
  • 71% indicated that there is a need for more support services

Key recommendations:-

  • Raise awareness within the community.
  • More information to be provided on reporting agencies, and specifically alternative agencies other than the police that victims and witnesses can report a Hate Crime to.
  • Increase awareness of support services and what they have to offer.
  • Training for frontline workers of all agencies to help identify Hate Crime victims.
  • More effective partnership working between support services to ensure successful signposting.
  • Develop a Warwickshire Hate Crime website where reports can be recorded and advice/support can be obtained

https://www.reporthatenow.com/training

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https://www.reporthatenow.com/resources

https://youtu.be/zcYo8FYMT3U

 

 

We Asked

We consulted on proposed changes to existing Designated Speech and Language Provision (DSLP) for children with Specific Language Impairments (SLI) in six primary phase schools across the County.

Three proposals were presented:

Proposal 1: Change entry criteria for DSLP settings to cater for children with a wider range of communication & interaction difficulties (including those with autism spectrum disorder)

Proposal 2: Transfer management of the settings to schools

Proposal 3: Where possible cease separate Key Stage 1 & 2 provision – Move to an all-through-primary model.

You Said

In total 95 completed questionnaires were received. 59% (56/95) of these were from professionals working in or around the settings or schools. 33% (31/95) were from parents.

There was a high level of opposition to proposals 1 and 2 from parents using the service and some of the staff currently working in or around the DSLP bases

Generally proposal 3 was welcomed as it would minimise disruption for vulnerable learners.

We Did

Cabinet agreed to engage in consultation with the governing of bodies of the schools that were hosting the six Designated Speech and Language Provision (DSLP) settings with a view to reaching agreement on the transfer of management of the setting to the respective schools and the widening of entry criteria as soon as possible.

- Two of the six Governing Bodies approved the proposed changes and Cabinet   proceeded with the prescribed alterations to the DSLP entry criteria to include children   with a wider range of communication & interaction difficulties with effect from   September 2017, and proceed with the transfer of control of staffing and day to day   operations to the respective governing bodies for the following schools: 

  • Middlemarch Junior School – Nuneaton
  • Stockingford Primary School – Nuneaton

These changes have now been implemented and the new C&I Resourced Provisions are operational.

- Four of the six Governing Bodies decided not to proceed with the proposed changes   to the provisions and therefore Cabinet approved the phased closure of these settings   starting from September 2017, taking a maximum of 3 years. This applied to the   following DSLP settings:

  • Bilton Infant School - Rugby
  • Bishopton Primary School - Stratford
  • Clapham Terrace Primary School - Leamington Spa
  • Weddington Primary School - Nuneaton

None of the children currently attending the bases are impacted, as the phasing would ensure they were able to complete their time in the base prior to closure.

Cabinet approved measures to minimise the impact of these closures through the development of alternative communication and interaction SEN resourced provision in each District.

We Asked

Warwickshire County Council held a public consultation to ask Stratford-upon-Avon residents their opinions on how the A3400 Birmingham Road corridor could be improved.

The road is a main arterial route linking the A46 to Stratford town centre and retail destinations including Tesco and the Maybird Shopping Park. It’s also a local access route to a growing number of residential areas. The road is often congested with slow average speeds.

The need to tackle congestion on the corridor was identified as one of two key priorities from the Stratford Traffic Summits that were held last year.

The County Council had identified a number of transport proposals that could help reduce congestion on the corridor and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. Proposals included improving pedestrian and cycle linkages, localised road widening, and a dedicated slip road into Tesco carpark. Longer term measures could include a new east-west link road.

The consultation started on January 22nd 2016 and finished on March 7th 2016.

You Said

The majority of responses received were generally supportive of the proposals.

The proposal with the highest level of support is the proposal for a new slip road into the Tesco site, with 79% of respondents in support.

The proposal with the least level of support is the new link road from Western Road to Hamlet Way, with the majority of respondents (56%) disagreeing with the proposal and only 35% in favour.  In contrast there was a high level of support for the new link road between Western Road and Maybrook Road, with 64% in favour of this proposal and only 21% opposed.

A full summary of Consultation Feedback is available here.

We Did

Responses will help inform the development of a scheme proposal for the Birmingham Road corridor.

We Asked

The purpose of the consultation was the following:

  • To update the local community on the current Scheme following the completion of the detailed design stage; and
  • To collect comments and other feedback from respondents for inclusion in reports to WCC Members.

The consultation was held during a 5 week period (Tuesday 15 May 2018 – Monday 18 June 2018) seeking to engage with local residents in and around West Nuneaton, who were given an opportunity to participate in the consultation through the measures:

  • Distribution of a consultation pamphlet;
  • Online ‘Ask Warwickshire’ web pages; and
  • Online Bermuda Connection Scheme web page.

A copy of the full consultation report is available using the link from the Ask Warwickshire consultation page. 

You Said

The following items were submitted during the consultation:-

  • 333 survey forms all submitted online;
  • 29 e-mails regarding the Scheme;
  • 2 written letters of objection; and
  • 15 Information Requests regarding the Scheme.

The key themes expressed by respondents concerned the following:

  • Detrimental impacts on local residents;
  • full impacts on the local area;
  • Concerns about the design of the Scheme;
  • Concerns relating to the overall Scheme; and
  • Concerns about the consultation process.

The key outcomes of the consultation are as follows:

  • 65% of the respondents either completely agreed or partly agreed that traffic congestion in West Nuneaton cause problems in their day to day activities; however
  • 64% of the respondents do not support the proposed new highway link via Bermuda Bridge.

The outcome of the consultation reinforces the strong level of opposition towards the Scheme from local residents, who primarily live in the area where the Scheme is situated.  This is a similar outcome to the original consultation carried out during the preliminary design stage in 2015.

A copy of the full consultation report is available using the link from the Ask Warwickshire consultation page. 

We Did

Minor modifications were made to the Bermuda Connection Scheme arising from the consultation responses.

The outcomes of the consultation were included in reports to WCC Cabinet and the County Council to be considered at their meetings in late July 2018. These reports are available using the links on the main Ask Warwickshire consultation page. 

Both WCC Cabinet and the County Council endorsed the progression of the Scheme, including the addition of £4.198million to the Capital Programme from the Capital Investment Fund to deliver Bermuda Connectivity at a cost of £8.900million.

Good engagement with general public moving forward will also be delivered, with the distribution of a regular briefing note similar to what took place for Kenilworth Rail Station to be implemented.