Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Contact: Democratic Services Department 

Items
No. Item

560.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Barrett, Councillor P Brown and Councillor T Rogers.

561.

Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct

 

Note:

 

(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and

 

(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave

Minutes:

Councillor E C Galsworthy Declared his Interest in Item 5 – Council Tax Base for 2018/19 as he is a Co-opted Member of Bedlinog Community Council.

 

Councillor S Jago Declared her Interest in Item 5 – Council Tax Base for 2018/19 as she is a Member of Bedlinog Community Council.

 

Councillor A Barry Declared his Interest in Item 12 – Post 16 Home to School Transport as his Company deals with Home to School Transport.

562.

End the Public Sector Pay Pinch pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Minutes:

Notice of Motion

 

The Leader of the Council Councillor K O’Neill referred the Council to the Motion – End the Public Sector Pay Pinch and it was

 

Resolved that:

 

This Council supports GMB’s campaign to end the Public Sector Pay Pinch and calls on the Government to commit to:

 

·         An end to Public Sector Pay Cuts

·         Proper funding for Public Services

·         Restoration of independence for the Pay Review Bodies

·         A real Living Wage of at least £10 an hour for all Public Sector Workers

 

 

563.

Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)

To approve as accurate the Minutes of the following Meetings:

Minutes:

The Council approves as accurate (subject to any amendments) the Minutes of the following Meetings.

563a

Cabinet: 22.11.2017 pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 22 November 2017 be accepted as a correct record.

563b

Audit: 16.10.2017 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Audit Committee held 16 October 2017 be accepted as a correct record.

563c

Licensing Committee: 18.10.2017 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Licensing Committee held 18 October 2017 be accepted as a correct record.

563d

SACRE: 24.10.2017 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the SACRE Meeting held 24 October 2017 be accepted as a correct record.

563e

Scrutiny : Social Services: 7.11.2017 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held 7 November 2017 be accepted as a correct record.

563f

Planning, Regulatory and Licensing: 15.11.2017 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Planning, Regulatory and Licensing Committee held 15 November 2017 be accepted as a correct record.

564.

Council Tax Base For 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor E C Galsworthy having Declared his Interest in this item left the Meeting for the consideration of this item.

 

Resolved that:

 

Pursuant to this report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) and Council Tax (Prescribed class of Dwellings) (Wales) (Amendments) regulations 2004, the number calculated by the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for 2018/19 shall be 18,098.08 (18,069.24 – 2017/18) and for the area covered by the Bedlinog Community Council for 2018/19 shall be 1,148.02 (1,127.21 – 2017/18).

565.

Revised Medium Term Financial Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22 - Update December 2017 pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor A Barry referred the Council to the ‘Revised Medium Term Financial Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22 – Update December 2017’ report and also gave details of

 

·         Further Pressures – Pay Award and Children Looked After

·         Final Settlement

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The implications of the Provisional Local Government Settlement for 2018/19 outlined in Section 5 of the report and Appendices 1 to 3 be noted and accepted

(b)  The Cabinet recommended Corporate Additional Demands outlined in Section 6 of the report and Appendix 4 be approved

(c)  The Cabinet recommended Corporate Budget Reductions outlined in Section 7 of the report and Appendix 5 be approved

(d)  The Cabinet recommended Budget Reserve Re-profile outlined in Section 8 of the report be approved

(e)  The Service Budget Reduction Proposals indicated in Section 9 of the report be noted with further details provided to Council following completion of appropriate Business Cases (where relevant)

(f)   The Cabinet recommended Schools budget reduction requirement identified in Section 9 of the report be approved

(g)  All recommendations be subject to Employee, Public and Trade Unions engagement and consultation where appropriate and any recommendations received from Joint Audit / Scrutiny Committee

566.

Trade Union Facilities pdf icon PDF 295 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

Councillor A Barry referred the Council to the ‘Trade Union Facilities’ report and advised that under Paragraph 5.7 the figure for GMB should read 960 and the Unison figure was unconfirmed.

 

A Member also sought clarification regarding the Trade Union (Wales) Bill or was it already an Act and the Chief Executive advised that he would check and clarify on this.

 

Resolved subject to the foregoing that:

 

(a)  Facilities in terms of full time representation be approved for the Council’s largest two Trade Unions (UNISON and GMB) with effect from 1 January 2018 to 1 January 2020 for an initial two year period with a possible one year extension (subject to further approval form Full Council at that time)

(b)   The recommendations in the report regarding the Trade Union (Wales) Bill be noted

567.

Workplace Stress Policy pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Workplace Stress Policy be approved.

568.

Trago Mills Megastore – Creation of a Tourist Information Centre pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)  An allocation of £95,000 as a growth item of the next two financial years be approved

(b)  The Estates Department be instructed to discuss and secure Heads of Terms with Trago Mills

(c)  The recruitment of Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Officers that will be operational based on site at the TRAGO TIC be approved

(d)  The submission of a Visit Wales Tourist Investment Support Scheme (TISS) application to fund the kit-out of the TIC be approved

569.

Redistribution of Ffos-y-fran Grant Funds pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

Up to £30,000 to be moved annually into the Ffos-y-Fran Intermediate Fund if there is a demand for this level of funding be approved.

570.

Cold Weather Plan pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor G Thomas referred the Council to the ‘Cold Weather Plan’ report and the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

A Member then moved the following amendment to the recommendations:

 

‘That the Cold Weather Plan for Rough Sleepers be amended to one day from three days’.

 

A Vote was then taken by the Council on the amendment and the amendment fell.

 

Another Member then proposed the following further additional recommendation:

 

‘Delegated authority be granted to the Head of Service and the Cabinet Portfolio Member to make a decision to reduce the number of days in an emergency.’

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  Consideration be given to the implications of rough sleeping and the role of the Council particularly during periods of severe weather

(b)  The proposed Cold Weather Plan be adopted with immediate effect

(c)    Delegated authority be granted to the Head of Service and the Cabinet Portfolio Member to make a decision to reduce the number of days in an emergency

571.

Post 16 Home to School Transport pdf icon PDF 482 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer for Learning and Chief Officer for Community Regeneration

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor A Barry having Declared his Interest in this item left the Meeting for the consideration of this item.

 

Resolved that:

 

The start of a Public Consultation Exercise regarding Options for the provision of Post 16 Home to School Transport be approved.

Exempt

Resolved that:

 

The public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph/s 14 and 15 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

572.

Customer Services Roles - Vacant Posts

To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

This item be deferred.

 

573.

To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence

Minutes:

The Chief Executive updated the Council in relation to the Trade Union (Wales) Act.

 

Councillor K O’Neill Leader of the Council then referred to the recent snowy weather conditions and the sterling job undertaken by the Councillors and the Highways and Council Departments.

 

 

574.

To receive communications from Her/His Worship the Mayor

Minutes:

The Mayor then advised the Council of the following correspondence that had been received from Councillor E C Galsworthy Chair of the UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities and the Council’s Representative on the Nuclear Free Local Authorities:

 

‘It is my proud duty to inform you that on Sunday 10 December the International Campaign to abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel peace prize at a ceremony in Oslo.

 

ICAN is a coalition of 468 organisations from 101 countries of which the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is a member.

 

As Merthyr Tydfil is a member of the NFLA we can be proud of our involvement and the part we have played in winning this award.

 

The NFLA secretary Sean Morris, who is a Local Government Officer based in Manchester was invited to take part in the ceremony in Oslo.

 

Sean's work in this field is a major contribution towards achieving this award.

 

We in Merthyr Tydfil can be proud of the part we have played in ICAN achieving the Nobel peace prize.’

 

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