As part of the financial planning for 2019/20 for the Partnership there was a proposal to undertake a review of transport provision across social work services with the intention of developing and implementing a policy to ensure a fair and consistent approach to the provision of support with transport.
At present, where there is an assessment of need and call for services which require transport provision, the Partnership provides this as part of the overall package of care, regardless of what other supports may be available - such as mobility benefits, mobility car or the ability of an individual to make their own arrangements for transport.
The draft policy on the assistance with transport provides that in relation to service users, and those with responsibilities towards service users, Social Work services will only consider providing assistance with transport where:
- There is a duty to provide this, and / or
- Such assistance is assessed as essential to enable the achievement of the assessed care plan
In considering any assistance with transport, and in line with the above, the service will take into account the availability of other sources of assistance with transport. Where other assistance with transport is available, and depending on the source and nature of that assistance, social work services will decide to:
- Provide some assistance with transport
- Provide no assistance with transport
- Provide some assistance with transport and claim / reclaim the cost or part of the cost of this assistance (from the person who received the assistance or those with responsibilities towards service users, where appropriate).
A copy of the draft policy, procedures and operational guidance is attached.
A programme of consultation has been developed which identifies the key stakeholders and in particular those impacted by the proposed assistance with transport policy. This process of consultation will be progressed during September – November 2019.
Specific events have been organised and we are encouraging service users, carers and care providers to attend the following events:
|Thursday 31 October 2019||1pm to 3pm||Kelvinbank Resource Centre, Kilsyth Road, Kirkintilloch G66 1RP|
|Thursday 31 October 2019||5pm to 7pm||Kelvinbank Resource Centre, Kilsyth Road, Kirkintilloch G66 1RP|
|Friday 1 November 2019||10am to noon||Bearsden Hub – Large Hall, 69 Drymen Road, Bearsden G61 3QT|
Please try to come along to one of these events.
If you wish to make any comments in writing then a Assistance with transport comments sheet has been attached for completion to the above address. These will be considered up until the 24 December 2019.
If you wish any further information or wish to make any comment on the draft documents, please do not hesitate to contact:
Adult Day Services Manager
Kelvinbank Resource Centre
Kirkintilloch G66 1RP
Tel: 0141 777 3017