Health and Social Care Underspend - Role of Corporate Governance and Corporate Programme Office

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

I was sorry to hear of the significant overspend within the Health and Social Care Integration work, headed up by Mr Peter Gabbitas and the impact this has on the tax payer.

I note from council meetings, that a Corporate Programme Office was set up, and there are a number of reports by Karen Kelly, Alastair McLean, Michelle Coyle and Alan Coyle over the past few years covering the major projects and the progress of the Corporate Programme Office.

Can you please provide an explanation as to why this overspend was not picked up through the various Corporate Governance activities headed up by Mr Alastair Mclean, and secondly, provide all emails relating to the subject of overspend between Sue Bruce, Alastair Mclean, Peter Gabbitas and the Corporate Programme Office.

Yours faithfully,

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Gadawodd [Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Sorry - title should read overspend !!!

Thanks,

DOnald

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Donald Mairs

Date: 12/06/2015

Our ref: 7908

Dear Mr Mairs

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Health and Social Care

Thank you for your request for information of 12/06/2015 which was received on 12/06/2015. In your request you asked for the following;

"I was sorry to hear of the significant overspend within the Health and Social Care Integration work, headed up by Mr Peter Gabbitas and the impact this has on the tax payer.

I note from council meetings, that a Corporate Programme Office was set up, and there are a number of reports by Karen Kelly, Alastair McLean, Michelle Coyle and Alan Coyle over the past few years covering the major projects and the progress of the Corporate Programme Office.

Can you please provide an explanation as to why this overspend was not picked up through the various Corporate Governance activities headed up by Mr Alastair Mclean, and secondly, provide all emails relating to the subject of overspend between Sue Bruce, Alastair Mclean, Peter Gabbitas and the Corporate Programme Office."

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Mr Donald Mairs

 

Date: 10/07/2015

 

Our ref: 7908

 

 

Dear Mr Mairs

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Partial Release of
Information

 

Subject: Health and Social Care

 

Thank you for your request for information of 12/06/2015, which has been
processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002. Unfortunately, the Council is only able to meet part of your
request; this information is released to you now in the format requested.

 

You made the following request:

 

I was sorry to hear of the significant overspend within the Health and
Social Care Integration work, headed up by Mr Peter Gabbitas and the
impact this has on the tax payer.

I note from council meetings, that a Corporate Programme Office was set
up, and there are a number of reports by Karen Kelly, Alastair McLean,
Michelle Coyle and Alan Coyle over the past few years covering the major
projects and the progress of the Corporate Programme Office.

Can you please provide an explanation as to why this overspend was not
picked up through the various Corporate Governance activities headed up by
Mr Alastair Mclean, and secondly, provide all emails relating to the
subject of overspend between Sue Bruce, Alastair Mclean, Peter Gabbitas
and the Corporate Programme Office.

The budget overspend within Health and Social Care in 2014/15 related to
the operational running of the adult social care service and not the
integration project.  The Council acknowledges that the underlying need to
return the budget towards a sustainable footing in the run-up to full
integration is clearly important.

In relation to the overspend in adult social care service, the potential
for a service overspend in the service was [1]first reported to the
Finance and Resources Committee on 30 October 2014, with regular update
reports considered thereafter. Recognising the seriousness of the issues
concerned, a range of officer recommendations were approved by the
Committee on 3 February 2015, including the commissioning of an external
review to confirm not only the underlying causes of the underspend but,
more importantly, the identification of actions that, alongside the
service’s own action plan, could be put in place to return expenditure
within budgeted levels. Following Council’s approval to undertake
additional work, a progress update on the implementation of
previously-agreed actions, and possible means of delivering further,
sustainable financial savings will be considered by the Committee on 27
August.

The Corporate Programmes Office has been monitoring the Health and Social
Care Integration project and report regularly to the [2]Finance and
Resources Committee and the [3]Governance, Risk and Best Value Committee
for scrutiny by elected members. The most recent reports at any time can
be accessed via Committee Papers Online.

As there has been no overspend in relation to H&SC integration, there are
no emails between the official you have named which would meet your
request.  As the Council does not hold the information to  meet this part
of your request,  please note that this letter constitutes a formal notice
under section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

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Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
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http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

 

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Information Governance Unit

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