Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

779.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor G Jones and Councillor P Williams Cabinet Member.

780.

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.

781.

Public Services Board Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Draft Terms of Reference be accepted.

782.

Understanding our Communities: Draft Cwm Taf Wellbeing and Population Needs Assessments pdf icon PDF 8 MB

To consult the Scrutiny Committee on the draft Well-being Assessment required under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

 

To provide information for and engage with the Scrutiny Committee on the draft Population Needs Assessment required under the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Nicola Davies Cwm Taf University Health Board, Mark Thomas, Suzanne Davies and Ewan McWilliams to the Meeting.

 

Mark Thomas referred the Committee to the ‘Understanding our Communities: Draft Cwm Taf Wellbeing and Population Needs Assessments’ report and advised that comments on the Assessment had to be submitted by 7 February 2017.

 

A Member then referred to the size of the document and the timescale for submitting comments and in response Mark Thomas and Nicola Davies gave details of the timescales in relation to the Wellbeing and Population Needs assessments.

 

The Chair then recommended that a Task and Finish Group be convened to consider the assessments prior to the 7 February 2017.

 

Nicola Davies then referred in detail to Appendix 1 – Understanding our Communities and together with Mark Thomas and Suzanne Davies responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Panel:

 

·         Consultation and Engagement – What plans are there for the public to get engaged

·         How have the Councillors been involved in the engagement process so far

·         How far has the Health Board worked with other Health Boards in relation to the Wellbeing assessment

·         Problems faced in Merthyr Tydfil and Wales by budget cuts – How can paying private Companies be justified to facilitate this type of work – Is there value for money

 

A Member then referred to Paragraph 2.1 - Recommendations and recommended that recommendation 2.2 and 2.3 be not accepted.

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The issues set out in Appendix 1 be noted

(b)   That a Task and Finish Group be convened to consider the assessments and to submit comments prior to the 7 February 2017 and that this Group comprise the same Members as the Cwm Taf Public Service Board Joint Overview Scrutiny Committee namely Councillor H Barrett, Councillor D Isaac, Councillor T Lewis, Councillor D Roberts and Councillor W R Smith and that a deputy be nominated for Councillor H Barret due to his current absence.  

783.

Estyn Inspection Follow Up and LEA Preparedness pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Education

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Councillor H R Jones Cabinet Member and Dorothy Haines to the Meeting.

 

Dorothy Haines then referred the Committee to the ‘Estyn Inspection Follow Up and LEA Preparedness’ report and responded in detail to the following questions:

 

·         Paragraph 7.2 of the report – Discussion with Heads on Strategies

·         Appendix 3 – Judgements and Targets – How realistic are adequate to good – Will the targets be met

·         Attendance – Comparison with other Local Authorities

·         Whilst in special measures the LEA, Schools, Central South Consortium, Politicians etc all worked together to ensure that outcomes improved – Now that the Authority is out of special measures can assurances be given that the Authority has not taken its foot off the pedal

·         Are Learners given the opportunity to get involved in the self-evaluation process

·         Attendance figures at the end of term

·         Partnership working – The need to engage with third sector organisations

·         Unauthorised absences – Children of Service Personnel and Public Service employees

 

Councillor L Mytton left the Meeting at 5.30 pm.

 

Councillor Richard Thomas left the Meeting at 5.48 pm.

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

784.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Minutes:

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

785.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

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

786.

Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair advised that he would discuss the Work Programme with the Scrutiny Manager.

787.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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