Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

669.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Carter, Councillor D Isaac, Councillor P Williams Cabinet Member and Mrs A Harris Co-opted Member.

670.

Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

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:

No Declarations of Interest were made.

671.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.

672.

Update on Public Services Board and related activity linked to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act pdf icon PDF 184 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Mark Thomas to the Meeting.

 

Mark Thomas then led the Committee in detail through the ‘Update on Public Services Board and related activity linked to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’ report.

 

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

 

·         Paragraph 1.1 of the report – What are the financial costs to the Council and what are the major areas that the Council has to look at – Reassurance sought that what is being said is being done – Is the Council on track and what are the timelines

·         Paragraph 5 of the report – Where we are now – Is there a forward plan for Members – How will it fit in to the workload – Plan required for when Meetings will be held and timescales – How will other organisations fit in – What will be on the agenda – Election in May 2017

·         Paragraph 5.4 of the report – How many Councillors from each of the Authorities will sit on the Joint Scrutiny Committee – Have Councillors been identified – Nominations

·         The impact of Joint Scrutiny on Co-opted Members – Will Co-opted Members form part of the Joint Committee – How will this be determined

·         The impact and diversity of Wellbeing – The impact on the existing structure of Scrutiny – A lot of cross themes – Key communication

·         Paragraph 4.7 of the report – Was Health involved in the discussions

·         Referral to the Public Service Board and vice versa

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The progress made in establishing the Cwm Taf Public Service Board be noted

(b)  The progress made in developing the Well Being assessment be noted

(c)  The arrangements for Scrutinising the Pubic Services Board be noted

673.

Equalities and Welsh Language Performance Report - Organisational Support pdf icon PDF 249 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Kerry O’Donovan and Huw Owen to the Meeting.

 

Kerry O’Donovan led the Committee in detail through the ‘Equalities and Welsh Language Performance Report – Organisational Support’ report.

 

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

 

·         Paragraph 8 of the report – What was the response from the Commissioner

·         Appendix 1 Data - Explanation requested of the figures – Public perception

·         Costs of non-compliance – Reports in Welsh

·         How much is the Welsh Language Policy costing

·         How many Welsh speakers are in Merthyr Tydfil

·         What is the percentage of Welsh speakers

·         Paragraph 5.5 - MAGNET – How many were on the Task and Finish Group – Was there a representative of each of the seven groups

·         Paragraph 5.8 and 5.9 of the report – Community Engagement - How was quality and success measured - What tools were used - What was the turnout

·         Social Media Platform

·         What is the Council doing to be innovative

·         Was this issue on Facebook – Twitter

·         Are there Media Officers assigned to Social Media

·         What was the success of this

 

Councillor L Mytton left the Meeting at 5.20 pm.

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The judgements and evaluations be noted

(b)  The progress made and next steps in addressing Equalities and the Welsh Language be noted

674.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected on the issues that had been discussed at the Meeting.

675.

Scrutiny Work Programme 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered and agreed the Work Programme.

676.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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