Agenda and minutes


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Apologies for Absence


No apologies for absence were received as all Members were present.


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




(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


No Declarations of Interest were made.


Tackling Poverty pdf icon PDF 265 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed Councillor A Barry and Councillor L Mytton Cabinet Members and Sue Walker to the Meeting.


Sue Walker referred in detail to the ‘Tackling Poverty’ report and advised that this report had also been discussed at the Social Services Scrutiny Committee.


Sue Walker together with the Cabinet Members then responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee on the report:


·         Poverty Partnership – Are there cross cutting themes

·         Paragraph 5.1 – Strategic Priorities – Explanation requested in relation to ‘Building Resilient Communities’

·         If there are problems is there more than one Agency required

·         The number of dysfunctional families – Identification of need at an early stage

·         Is this being done at the moment

·         Outcome of discussions at the Social Services Scrutiny Committee

·         Purpose of this report to the Governance Committee

·         Paragraph 6.1 – Children and Communities Grant – Details requested in relation to - How much is the grant – Date the grant is available – Who runs the Organisations – Who are Communities for Work Plus – Is the grant a separate fund

·         Paragraph 6.3 – Do the groups / teams work together on a daily basis

·         Appendix 1 – What are the short term objectives

·         Appendix 2 – Request for more information in the report

·         Appendix 2 – Better Town Centre and Communities – How can improvements be made – Businesses closing and not being replaced

·         Appendix 2 – Health and Wellbeing – Older people and those with particular housing needs can live independently – How is this going to take place – The need for suitable accommodation – The high percentage of people of pensionable age – People becoming more frail

·         Appendix 2 – ‘Over the next five years we will achieve the following local outcomes’ – Big statement to make

·         How often is the Strategy reviewed – Financial implications

·         How is the Single Housing Support Grant funded

·         How will the Commissioning Service be managed

·         The Cwm Taf Wellbeing Plan – How is this shaping this item

·         Good to see cross cutting themes


Resolved that:


The report be noted.


Councillor J Amos left the Meeting at 4.08 pm and returned at 4.12 pm.


Councillor G Lewis left the Meeting at 4.25 pm.


Best Start to Life pdf icon PDF 486 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Education


Sue Walker led the Committee through the ‘Best Start to Life’ report and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee on the report:


·         Explanation requested in relation to the differences between Table 1 and 2

·         What was done / wasn’t done to make inroads into the figures

·         Are we on target to reach some of these targets

·         Clarification sought on the targets (Numbers required)

·         How can we overcome children being taken out of school

·         Paragraph 6.1 – How is the target going to be achieved

·         What are the differences between what was done last year

·         Where is the Authority in the all Wales schools index table

·         Further details requested on what work is being done in relation to attendance – What are the reasons for non-attendance

·         Further details requested in reports - what is being done differently and how is this to be achieved – How can actions be measured


Resolved that:


The report be noted.


Ewan Wilkins Campbell left the Meeting at 5.00 pm.




Work Programme 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 384 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Work Programme 2018/19’ report and proposed that a Meeting be held with each Scrutiny Chair to feed items into the Committee Work Programme for 2019/2020 and this proposal was agreed.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


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


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the items considered at the Meeting.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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