East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://ernhw.org.uk/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:30:32 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://ernhw.org.uk/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum http://ernhw.org.uk/ en-gb Subject: Cabinet Meeting Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 10.00am. - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45773-cabinet-meeting-thursday-2-may-2019-at-1000am#45773 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45773-cabinet-meeting-thursday-2-may-2019-at-1000am#45773
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held in

the Council Chamber, East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock on

Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 10.00am.

You can read the Agenda/Papers here -

Public Forum Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:23:37 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Meeting Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 10.00am. - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45772-cabinet-meeting-thursday-25-april-2019-at-1000am#45772 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45772-cabinet-meeting-thursday-25-april-2019-at-1000am#45772
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held in

the Council Chamber, East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock on

Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 10.00am.

You can read the Agenda/Papers here -

Public Forum Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:19:34 +0000
Subject: Cops probe suspicious death in East Renfrewshire street - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45762-cops-probe-suspicious-death-in-east-renfrewshire-street#45762 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45762-cops-probe-suspicious-death-in-east-renfrewshire-street#45762 By Pippa Smith

A MAN has died after he was found seriously injured following a disturbance in East Renfrewshire.

Officers were called to Roukenburn Street, in the Thornliebank area, at around 10.20pm last night.

A 33-year-old man who had suffered fatal injuries was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have confirmed they are treating the death as suspicious.

A spokesman said: "A post-mortem examination will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death, which officers are treating as suspicious at this time.

"Inquiries are at an early stage to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."]]>
Public Forum Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:54:36 +0000
Subject: SNP council boss accused over 'bullying' culture - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45761-snp-council-boss-accused-over-bullying-culture#45761 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45761-snp-council-boss-accused-over-bullying-culture#45761

9 hrs ago

By Tom Gordon Scottish Political Editor

SNP council boss accused over 'bullying' culture

THE SNP leader of Scotland’s largest council has been accused of presiding over a culture of “bullying and harassment” by a colleague who resigned in protest.

Glasgow City councillor Glenn Elder resigned from the SNP this morning after making a series of damning claims about leader Susan Aitken, a close ally of Nicola Sturgeon.

He said there was “mistrust” among SNP councillors, and poisonous briefings against those who challenged the leader, who he accused of “promoting a hostile environment”.

Labour said it was “very damaging” for Ms Aitken, who has led the council since 2017.

Mr Elder confirmed his resignation on Twitter, writing: “It is with sincere regret that I confirm that I am resigning from the SNP today to sit as an Independent Councillor.”

A councillor for Linn Ward on the city’s southside, Mr Elder wrote a resignation letter to Ms Aitken in which he said her administration had “lost focus” and descended into infighting.

He said he had been concerned about a lack of “unity” in the group ever since his election two years ago, and claimed many other SNP councillors felt undervalued and ignored.

He said: “There is an an atmosphere of mistrust amongst members within the group, members briefing against members and many who do not feel valued or consulted in any decisions or allowed to participate in open debates that would help set the political direction of our administration.

“This being one of the key elements of your election promise to the city as part of our manifesto commitment to transparency and accountability.

“An example would be P1 testing and the apparent disregard for the majority of the council chamber showing a lack of respect for the democratic decision made there.

“Attempts to raise these concerns have been dismissed, you have sought to ensure the compliance of the group by promoting a hostile environment.

“Any contrary view leads to an attack on the dissenter’s credibility, often employing innuendo and unmerited accusations. Any criticism of direction is responded to with unconcealed hostility, promoted by you and those close to you.”

He said he felt he had “no choice other than to resign the whip and my SNP membership”.

He added: “I still fully believe in the core tenet of the SNP, that of an independent Scotland.

“Sadly, I cannot, now, be a member of a group that I believe has lost that particular focus, deviating towards personal agendas and being prepared to use bullying and harassment in order to ensure obedience.

“When I was elected to represent the Linn Ward in 2017 I stood to be open and transparent, as a result this letter will be sent to all elected members of the council.

“I hope others will stand by that pledge in the future.”

Frank McAveety, the leader of the Labour opposition on the council, said: “I want to congratulate our colleague Glenn Elder on standing up to bullying and harassment.

“This cannot have been an easy decision for him. His contribution to the City is appreciated across the Chamber.

“In his letter, he has laid bare a culture of bullying and harassment. This is deeply concerning. For an administration that campaigned on transparency and openness, the revelations today are very damaging.

“Susan Aitken and the SNP must reflect seriously on these concerns, and consider the future of this administration.”

Glasgow Tory MSP Annie Wells said: "Mr Elder has shown considerable courage in speaking out but his extraordinary comments will only add to the growing concerns about the way the SNP is managing Scotland’s largest city.

“The bottom line is that Susan Aitken’s SNP administration is failing the city.

“As leader of her party and as a local MSP, Nicola Sturgeon needs at the very least to ask what is going on.”

An SNP spokesperson said: "We thank Cllr Elder for his service to the SNP since he was elected to represent the Linn Ward in 2012.

"We don’t recognise the characterisation of the group and it is unfortunate that his decision has come after a reshuffle.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:28:04 +0000
Subject: ERC - Open and Accountable Local Government. - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45758-erc-open-and-accountable-local-government?limit=6&start=6#45758 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45758-erc-open-and-accountable-local-government?limit=6&start=6#45758
It should be self explanatory.]]>
Public Forum Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:49:45 +0000
Subject: Vulnerable East Renfrewshire residents let down by ‘systematic failures’ in council unit - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45753-vulnerable-east-renfrewshire-residents-let-down-by-systematic-failures-in-council-unit#45753 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45753-vulnerable-east-renfrewshire-residents-let-down-by-systematic-failures-in-council-unit#45753
10th April

By Steph Brawn Chief Reporter

Special Report

Vulnerable East Renfrewshire residents let down by ‘systematic failures’ in council unit

THE welfare of hundreds of vulnerable people is being compromised by East Renfrewshire Council’s “chaotic” housing support service, inspectors have said.

Watchdogs slammed the service in a damning report, giving it the lowest possible grading of ‘unsatisfactory’ for its quality of care and support and quality of management and leadership.

It represents a dramatic decline in the standard of service, which was graded as ‘very good’ for its care and management just two years ago.

It was also noted the service had made ‘no improvements,’ despite being given several recommendations by the watchdog a year ago.

The Care Inspectorate also described the quality of staffing as ‘weak’ and said service users were being let down by ‘systematic failures.’

The council’s Care at Home service supports around 500 people in their own homes, such as those living with long-term health conditions, dementia or a physical or learning disability.

Inspectors described carers as being ‘clearly committed to providing the best possible care’ but highlighted a string of problems, including a lack of care plans, support workers being constantly changed, poor communication systems between service users and management and a lack of information on users’ medication needs.

Just one care plan was found during the 47 visits inspectors made to people receiving care from the service.

The impact of this was laid bare by one service user, who said they were ‘dissatisfied’ with the care they had received because support workers did not care for their needs ‘consistently.’

The report states: “Care plans should be developed in collaboration with service users and their families to outline how the service will endeavour to meet the health, welfare and safety needs of the service user.

“The absence of care planning means service users’ needs are not being met in a managed and consistent manner and service users are needing to inform support workers on a daily basis what their needs are and how best to support them.”

The report went on to say how the lack of review of care plans, which should be done at least every six months, was having a ‘detrimental’ effect on service users, with some describing the ‘endless stress’ it has brought them.

Inspectors also discovered that, as a result of poor care planning, there were a number of issues with medication practices.

“There is a lack of information of the service users’ medication needs and the level of support that is required,” the report added.

“We found some people were not being supported with their medication needs in a manner that complies with prescription guidelines and therefore will lead to poor health outcomes.

“There is a complete lack of information in people’s homes in relation to support required with the administration of topical creams, ointments and pain patches.

“It was unclear what level of medication support was in place, which has in part led to unsatisfactory outcomes for some people using the service, as staff are left to determine the level of service delivery required.”

The Care Inspectorate also slammed the lack of information vulnerable people received about which support workers they would be seeing and when they would be arriving. This led some service users to feel as if ‘a stranger’ was visiting them, with some finding it ‘upsetting’ that they had to go over their care needs again and again with a new person.

Inspectors noted how visit times ‘fluctuated’ and were sometimes not sufficient for people’s needs, outlining how they observed one woman with dementia receiving a five-minute visit.

The report states: “Service users shared their experiences of ‘strangers’ coming into their homes and the impact this has on their sense of safety in their own homes.

"People told us this can be very difficult, given the personal nature of the care given, and therefore view continuity as essential to develop trusting relationships.”

Inspectors added in their conclusion: “The welfare of those using the service was compromised due to the lack of assessment, care planning, reviewing and consultation with service users and their families. We expressed deep concern at the lack of progress made in relation to previous requirements.
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“The service needs to work with the senior management team of the Health and Social Care Partnership to address these issues in order to raise the quality of the service.”

Council admits failings and promises to recruit staff

East Renfrewshire Council has apologised for failures in its Care at Home service – and vowed to make immediate improvements.

A spokesperson for the local Health and Social Care Partnership said: “It is a matter of deep regret the Care at Home service is not delivering at the level we expect or require and we apologise to any services users whose care has been affected by this.

“Management and frontline staff have been trying to make sure that, despite increasing service pressures, we continue to deliver vital care and support.

“We have taken immediate action to rectify issues identified by the Care Inspectorate, including recruiting extra care staff to provide service users with familiar carers; providing more support to ensure service users are getting the right help; and creating a development plan for staff training.

“A senior management improvement task force has been established to ensure strategic and practical improvements and staff sessions have been arranged for frontline workers to express their opinions and concerns.

“Our residents’ wellbeing is our main priority and we are doing everything we can to improve the service. We will work with the Care Inspectorate, our staff and service users to ensure we offer an improved service.”]]>
Public Forum Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:42:15 +0000
Subject: East Renfrewshire’s top paid council positions - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45748-east-renfrewshires-top-paid-council-positions#45748 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45748-east-renfrewshires-top-paid-council-positions#45748
By Kevin McRoberts

Published: 15:32 Wednesday 10 April 2019

East Renfrewshire’s top paid council positions

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has published its annual ‘Town Hall Rich List’ revealing the top paid council staff in the UK in 2017-18.

The list features those earning more than £100,000 per year – with East Renfrewshire having five appearing on the list, one less than in 2016-17.

According to the list, East Renfrewshire Council chief executive

Lorraine McMillan was the top paid council employee, receiving £114,597.

That’s actually around £2000 less than she received in 2016-17, according to the Alliance.

Next on the list is

Julie Murray, chief officer of East Renfrewshire Integration Board, who picked up £106,961.

Deputy chief executive Caroline Innes,

director of environment Andrew Cahill and

director of education Mhairi Shaw

each received £104,535.

Glasgow City Council had 11 employees earning over £100,000 in 2017-18, with the top earner being chief executive Annemarie O’Donnell on £172,618.

That’s £36,000 more than First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s £135,605 salary.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:45:21 +0000
Subject: Breaking News - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45747-breaking-news#45747 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45747-breaking-news#45747 Public Forum Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:05:11 +0000 Subject: UK poised to embrace authoritarianism, warns Hansard Society - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45729-uk-poised-to-embrace-authoritarianism-warns-hansard-society#45729 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45729-uk-poised-to-embrace-authoritarianism-warns-hansard-society#45729
UK poised to embrace authoritarianism, warns Hansard Society

Public attitudes emerge that ‘challenge core tenets of our democracy’, says report

The UK public is increasingly disenchanted with MPs and government and ever more willing to welcome the idea of authoritarian leaders who would ignore parliament, a long-running survey of attitudes to politics has shown.

Amid the Brexit chaos, overall public faith in the political system has reached a nadir not previously seen in the 16-year history of the Hansard Society’s audit of political engagement, lower even than at the depths of the crisis over MPs’ expenses.

Almost three-quarters of those asked said the system of governance needed significant improvement, and other attitudes emerged that “challenge core tenets of our democracy”, the audit’s authors stated.

The study, compiled annually by the democracy charity, found that when people were asked whether “Britain needs a strong ruler willing to break the rules”, 54% agreed and only 23% said no.

In all, 42% of respondents agreed with the idea that many national problems could be dealt with more effectively “if the government didn’t have to worry so much about votes in parliament”.

Ruth Fox, the director of the Hansard Society, said scepticism about politics, a feeling that the system was rigged and a willingness to consider radical solutions was a potentially dangerous combination.

She said: “Preferring a strong leader who is willing to break the rules, or thinking that the government should be able to tackle the country’s problems without worrying about the approval of parliament, would challenge core tenets of our democracy.

“The public feel strongly that the system of governing favours the rich and powerful and that political parties don’t care about the average person. And people are not confident that politicians act in the public interest. Unless something changes, this is a potentially toxic recipe for the future of British politics.”

Hope Not Hate, which monitors extreme groups, said the suspicion of politicians, if coupled with a post-Brexit economic downturn, would be “fertile ground for a far-right populist surge”.

Rosie Carter, a senior policy officer with the group, said: “We are facing a crisis of political mistrust. And when people do not trust traditional political systems, they look elsewhere. That’s when support for political extremes grows.”

The report was based on face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of more than 1,000 people, who were asked a mix of new questions and those asked each year. The proportion who said the system of governing needed “quite a lot” or “a great deal” of improvement rose by five points from 2018, to 77%, the highest level recorded.

The survey found that 25% of the public had confidence in MPs’ handling of Brexit, and overall they were more likely to have faith in the military, judges, civil servants, TV broadcasters, councils, s and banks to “act in the public interest”.

Fifty-six per cent of respondents said they believed Britain was in decline, while 63% agreed that “Britain’s system of government is rigged to the advantage of the rich and powerful”.

The overall picture was one of people engaged in politics but with little faith in their ability to shape matters, with 47% saying they felt they had no influence at all over the national direction.

One of the few areas where the populist mood has subsided is backing for referendums. Before the Brexit vote, 76% of people supported more issues being put to the public in referendums, but this has now slumped to 55%, three points lower than 2018.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 08 Apr 2019 09:05:03 +0000
Subject: Cllrs who are obstruction the Scottish Governments Community Participation Scheme? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45723-cllrs-who-are-obstruction-the-scottish-governments-community-participation-scheme?limit=6&start=18#45723 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45723-cllrs-who-are-obstruction-the-scottish-governments-community-participation-scheme?limit=6&start=18#45723
He put the request to the councillors who were present.

Only one councillor responded, Daniel Devlin who said "No".

Therefore permission was refused and we will expand on this later.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 06 Apr 2019 18:55:27 +0000
Subject: Leisure Trust - Secret Agenda? - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45713-leisure-trust-secret-agenda#45713 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45713-leisure-trust-secret-agenda#45713
How it is run………………the involvement of………………….

- Cllrs Devlin, Grant, O’kane and Merrick,
- Director of Education (ERC) Mhairi Shaw,
- Head of Accountancy (ERC) Margaret McCrossan.
- Anthony McReavy the Chief Executive and

the other members of the Board…………….

Andrew Allan, Professor Grant Jarvie, Dr Noreen Siddiqui, Steven Larkin

You may not have heard of some of the above. They like to keep to themselves, although they are given and are responsible for spending around £4.5 million of Council Tax Payers money.

With difficulty, you get information from Agendas, Meetings and minutes.

Leisure Trust Board Meetings are held in private or you could say in secret.

Unlike Council meetings, East Renfrewshire Council Tax Payers, Residents and/or members of the public are not allowed to attend.

You can only learn what happened at a Leisure Trust Board meeting from the minutes.

Unfortunately, these minutes are only published after the next meeting when they have been approved by the Board( 2-3 months after the original meeting).

The Agenda is published along with the minutes.

Again, this can be 2-3 months after the original meeting.

However, for most organisations, it is normal convention that the Agenda is published before a meeting.

So why does the Leisure Trust not want to publish Agendas before meetings?

Even ERC publishes agendas before its meetings !!

It makes it extremely difficult to keep up with what the Leisure Trust are up to.

Especially when they overspend - or get themselves involved in £40 million Leisure Centre vanity projects.

Yes, the Council also issues previous minutes before the next meeting BUT you can attend Council meetings to see what is going on.

It’s not perfect, but unlike Leisure Trust Board meetings, you can attend.

Again, So why does the Leisure Trust not want to publish or provide a copy of this Agenda before the next meeting?

Your guess is as good as mine…could it be to do with where the Agenda may be posted on line?

You will need to wait until after the next meeting on Tuesday 4 June 2019 to see the agenda for the last meeting on 26 February 2019 (over 3 months !).

Just to remind you, this is only an Agenda for a meeting, not some great state secret !

It would only take 2 minutes to email a copy of the Agenda, but.........]]>
Public Forum Thu, 04 Apr 2019 18:11:34 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Meeting - Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 10.00am. - by: RM64 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45691-cabinet-meeting-thursday-4-april-2019-at-1000am#45691 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45691-cabinet-meeting-thursday-4-april-2019-at-1000am#45691
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held in the Council Chamber, East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock on

Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 10.00am.

You can read Agenda/Papers here -

Public Forum Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:40:50 +0000
Subject: ERC spin at its finest? - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45687-erc-spin-at-its-finest?limit=6&start=6#45687 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45687-erc-spin-at-its-finest?limit=6&start=6#45687
The public get to choose where the money will be allocated, not the council.

This is part of the Participatory Budgeting

Link to the council article of Participatory Budgeting

Sounds great as does the comments that a member of the press and publicity staff puts up on the council Facebook page in answer to comments from the public.

However, are we looking at nothing but spin?????????????]]>
Public Forum Sat, 30 Mar 2019 17:14:00 +0000
Subject: Are ERC giving in even before they have tried ? - by: Ernhw Ltd http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45686-are-erc-giving-in-even-before-they-have-tried-#45686 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45686-are-erc-giving-in-even-before-they-have-tried-#45686
Within the paper submitted for approval by the Director of the Environment and apparently supported by the convener, Cllr Daniel Devlin displays the following.

Housing Asset Management Plan 2019-23

Benefit changes and the introduction of Universal Credit may jeopardise our ability to increase investment due to rent arrears.

ERC are responsible for administering rent benefits and are actually paid by Westminster for doing so as part of Universal Credit.

Is the director and the councillor saying that even before they start with this program, they are going to fail?]]>
Public Forum Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:12:22 +0000
Subject: Community Councils - Update - by: Newsline http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45685-community-councils-update?limit=6&start=12#45685 http://ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/45685-community-councils-update?limit=6&start=12#45685
Stamperland & Netherlee folded, Clarkston folded.

Giffnock and Eaglesham eventually managed to reform.

Newton Mearns was split into two.

We have reported extensively on the reason that ERC undertook this exercise.

2019 - ERC are calling CC elections towards the end of this year.]]>
Public Forum Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:46:53 +0000