Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

811.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Barratt, Councillor G Lewis and Councillor P Williams Cabinet Member.

812.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest were made.

813.

Update on Progress in Managing the Council's Corporate Risks for 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Councillor B Toomey, Gareth Chapman, Lisa Curtis Jones, Mark Anderton, Annabel Lloyd, Ewan McWilliams, Kerry O’Donovan and Ceri Dinham to the Meeting.

 

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Update on Progress in Managing the Council’s Corporate Risks for 2016-17’ report.

 

Councillor Raymond Thomas left the Meeting at 2.10 pm and returned at 2.11 pm and also left the Meeting at 3.29 pm and returned at 3.35 pm.

 

The following questions were raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

Risk No 2 – Safeguarding

 

·         Appendix 1 – Current Controls – Governance Arrangements – How do the Audit Committee know and how can the Committee have assurances

 

Lisa Curtis Jones advised that a report could be brought to a future Committee Meeting.

 

·         Appendix 1 – Further Actions Required to Manage the Risk – Report to Council on Practice Review – What are Practice Reviews – What is the Timetable for further actions – Will Practice Reviews be brought to Council

 

Risk No 3 – Performance

 

·         Performance Board – Who are the lead members

 

·         Appendix 1 – Review the Service Improvement Framework to bring it in line with the Well- Being Duty – When will this come to Full Council

 

Risk No 6 - Reputation

 

·         Appendix 1 – Current Controls – Reputation Management Action Plan – Who is the lead Officer and who do they report to

·         Residents Satisfaction Survey – When will the report be issued

·         Communication and Consultation Strategy – When will this be available

·         Reputation Management Action Plan – What is the response to this

·         Future Generations – Have the Youth Council been consulted

 

Resolved that:

 

The update on progress in managing the Council’s Corporate Risks for 2016-17 in relation to Safeguarding, Performance and Reputation be received.

814.

Schools Balances 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 205 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Education

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Anthony Lewis to the Meeting.

 

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Schools Balances 2016-17’ report and Appendices 2 and 3 were circulated to the Committee.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

·         Afon Taf High School – Explanation requested regarding the schools budget

·         Paragraph 4.4 – Gellifaelog Primary – Further explanation requested

·         Appendix 3 – Risk Categories – Why are deficits predicted for a few years time

 

Resolved that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

815.

Wales Audit Office : Review of Corporate Safeguarding Arrangements pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Wales Audit Office: Review of Corporate Safeguarding Arrangements’ report.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

·         Title 1 Recommendation 4 – Members and Partners understand their safeguarding responsibilities – Safeguarding Training – Is it complete and has everyone referred to had training

·         Title 1 Recommendation 3 – Action – Explanation requested in relation to new starters and DBS checks

·         Paragraph 4.2 – .4 - DBS checks meeting the Statutory Requirements

·         Refresher training

·         Paragraph 4.2 - .6 - Are all Local Authorities using the same checks

·         DBS checks for School Governors

 

Resolved that:

 

The progress made against the Corporate Safeguarding Action Plan be noted.

 

816.

Wales Audit Office Review: Supporting the Independence of Older People: Are Council's Doing Enough? pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mark Anderton referred the Committee to the ‘Wales Audit Office Review: Supporting the Independence of Older People: Are Council’s Doing Enough’ report.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

·         How is Merthyr Tydfil doing in relation to placement post hospitalisation

·         What is the delay in an OT visiting someone at home

·         Title1 – Recommendation 3 – Action – Has the work been done

·         Why are the end dates April 2016 – Request made for an update on figures to be presented to the Committee

 

Resolved that:

 

The progress made against the Wales Audit Office Action Plan be noted.

817.

Social Services Response to CCSIW Action Plan pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Lisa Curtis Jones and Annabel Lloyd referred the Committee to the ‘Social Services response to CSSIW Action Plan report.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

·         Paragraph 3.4 -.3 – Have all Young Carers in the County Borough been identified

·         If identified as a Young Carer what support is available

·         Title 1 – Recommendation 1a – Are there capacity issues

·         Shared Lives Schemes – Explanation requested on this

·         How successful has the Department been in recruiting Foster Carers

·         Is there monitoring of Independent Providers

·         Integration of Health and Social Care Services for Older People with complex needs – Looked after Children – Who checks the Assessments

·         Time taken to complete an assessment

 

Resolved that:

 

The progress made against the CSSIW Action Plan be noted.

818.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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