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693.

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor L Davies and Mr G Williams Co-opted Member.

694.

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.

695.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Consultation and Engagement Process pdf icon PDF 347 KB

To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Consultation and Engagement Process’ report and welcomed the Cabinet Member and Officers to the Meeting.

 

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

 

·         Are Consultation / Engagement Processes open to abuse such as one person responding more than once and not being part of the group of people being invited to respond and comment

·         Paragraph 5.3 – Benefit to have a timeline included for projects so the public can be kept informed

·         The ability to differentiate between resents who live in the County Borough and those living outside the County Borough

·         Anonymous results – Not known where the submissions are from – Voting more than once – Age of responders

·         How to overcome the low responses from people in favour of a proposal as well as those against to obtain a true reflection of what the public thinks

·         Paragraph 8.9 – Where paper copies have been available during the Pandemic

·         Issue of Capacity – Is there a dedicated Consultation Officer – Staff numbers

·         Paragraph 6.1 – How can the response rate be increased

·         Clarification sought on the difference between Consultation and Engagement

·         Consultation and Engagement Framework 2022-26 – When will this be submitted to Full Council – Involvement and Input

·         Statutory Rules and Regulations – How many have to be contacted and how is the contact made

·         Contentious issues affecting the whole of the County Borough – The need to have a way to consult not just through Social Media but through for example the Contact Magazine as the Contact Magazine is available to every household

·         The need for everyone to be involved in engagement and for Councillors to become involved in engagement with the public

·         How can Scrutiny help

·         Paragraph 8 – Capacity  issues -  Can the measures be achieved

 

The Committee were also advised that a Workshop would be arranged in relation to the Framework

 

The Chair then thanked the Cabinet Member and the Officers for the Presentation to the Committee.

696.

Best Start to Life Thematic Report – Delivery of Key Objectives in the Corporate Plan: Focus on the Future: wellbeing in our community pdf icon PDF 524 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Education

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Best Start to Life Thematic Report – Delivery of Key Objectives in the Corporate Plan: Focus on the Future: Wellbeing in our Community’ report and welcomed the Officers to the Meeting.

 

The Committee were advised of a further appendix that had been circulated to the Committee and this appendix was then shared with the Committee and Anthony Lewis gave details on the three key issues.

 

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

 

·         Paragraph 5.7.1 - Pupils in Primary and Secondary Schools – Mental Ill Health issues – How are these issues being addressed – How is this dealt with on a day to day basis – How to improve identifying if help is needed and to provide the appropriate help and to encourage pupils to come forward – The size of NHS waiting lists – What can the Council and Officers do to expedite the help needed with the NHS

·         Paragraph 6.1 – What is the current percentage of pupils who are not up to these levels – What is the percentage and number of pupils

·         Spoken Language – The need for improvement and the need to get parents to support and how to work together to improve – Pupils leaving school with no qualifications and how to change this

 

The Chair then thanked the Cabinet Member and the Officers for the report and the response to the Committee on the questions raised.

697.

Working Life Thematic Report – Review of Delivery of Key Objectives in the Corporate Well-being Plan pdf icon PDF 553 KB

To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Working Life Thematic Report – Review of Delivery of Key Objectives in the Corporate Well-being Plan’ report and welcomed the Cabinet Member and Officers to the Meeting.

 

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

 

·         Paragraph 3.3 - Why are there no dates included in the report as start and finish dates together with finance and funding would be helpful to show the way things are going - Local Development Plan 2016-2023 – Explanation of the dates of the Plan

·         Paragraph 7.3 – Train Station development – Clarification sought on  what is the current situation and start date – Redevelopment of the YMCA – When will the essential work resume

 

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

698.

Forward Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the Forward Work Programme and stated that it would be nice if the Citizens Advice Bureau were able to attend a future Meeting. 

 

The Chair also referred to outstanding matters for the Work Programme and requested that if any Committee Members had any views she would include these in her leaving report.

699.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Minutes:

The Chair advised that the item on Human Resources was outstanding.

700.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected on the matters that had been considered at the Meeting.

701.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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