Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

142.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor T Skinner and Mr J Beard Co-opted Member.

143.

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:

Councillor D Sammon Declared his Interest in Item Three – Welsh Public Library Standards as he is a Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Board Member.

144.

Welsh Public Library Standards pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Jane Sellwood to the Meeting.

 

Jane Sellwood then referred the Committee to the ‘Welsh Public Library Standards’ report and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraph 4.1- Explanation requested regarding staffing levels

·         Framework 8 – Library Use – Clarification requested in relation to the total number of library members – How many are first time visitors – How are visits monitored

·         Is there a programme with the Education Department to encourage pupil usage

·         Dementia Friendly Training – Is this advertised by the Social Services Department

·         Is there an increase in numbers using the online facilities in the Library  Concerns in relation to digital exclusion – What services can the Library provide – Are staff providing assistance with digital services

·         Standard 15 – Cost per visit – Explanation requested in relation to income generated - Is there any scope to generate income

·         Is the Reference Library still available

·         Book theft

 

Resolved that:

 

The report be accepted and ratified as a full return.

 

The Chair then thanked Jane Sellwood for attending and the update to the Committee.

145.

Draft Annual Governance Statement for the Financial Year 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Gary Evans to the Meeting.

 

Gary Evans then referred the Committee to the ‘Draft Annual Governance Statement for Financial Year 2018/2019’ report and advised that there was further opportunity for the Committee to make comments prior to the report being finalised at the end of August.

 

Gary Evans responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Significant Funding issues – A big issue with a lot of people needing support particularly in relation to Social Services

·         Paragraph (f) – Electronic access to Committee Papers – All Members do not have access to all exempt papers such as Cabinet reports

(Gary Evans advised that he would raise this with the Monitoring Officer)

·         2018/2019 AGS Position and Actions Taken/Planned – Confirmation of the General Reserves figure requested

 

Resolved that:

 

The Annual Governance Statement be received.

 

The Chair then thanked Gary Evans for attending and the update to the Committee.

 

146.

Living Well pdf icon PDF 957 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Annabel Lloyd, Lowri Morgan and Taryn Hudd to the Meeting.

 

Annabel Lloyd then led the Committee through the ‘Living Well’ report and together with the Officers responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Enhancing Services at the Edge of Care – Further explanation requested in relation to Edge of Care and how it works- Further explanation in relation to the new Team

·         Explanation requested in relation to Improvement, Mentoring and Evaluation

·         Paragraph 6.2 – Update requested on this Group

·         Further explanation requested in relation to complex cases out of County Borough

 

Resolved that:

 

The report be received.

 

The Chair then thanked the Officers for attending and the update to the Committee.

147.

Work Programme 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 385 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Work Programme 2019/20’ report.

 

Maria Purnell then referred in detail to the report and responded to Comments raised by the Committee.

 

Resolved that:

 

The Work Programme be approved.

148.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Minutes:

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

149.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the matters that had been discussed at the Meeting.

150.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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