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Venue: REMOTE MEETING - MICROSOFT TEAMS

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54.

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor K Gibbs and G Williams Co-opted Member.

55.

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.

56.

Scrutiny Work Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 691 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the Scrutiny Work Programme 2022/23 report.

 

Andrew Mogford and Neil Howells then led the Committee through the report in detail.

 

Reference was also made by Members of the importance of Scrutiny Pre-Committee Meetings.

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  Scrutiny Members consider Appendix 3 and use this when planning the Forward Work Programme

(b)  Scrutiny Members agree the Forward Work Programme be developed and brought to the next Scrutiny Committee Meeting

(c)  Scrutiny Members agree items in the Forward Work Programme up to Summer recess.

 

57.

Scrutiny Referrals

Minutes:

There were no referrals

58.

Living Well Thematic Report – Delivery of Key Objectives in the Corporate Plan: Focus on the Future: wellbeing in our community pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the Living Well 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.

 

Lisa Curtis Jones then led the Committee through the report.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Members on the report and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

·         Paragraph 5.12 – The two key developments - Explanation requested on the different models of care

·         Explanation on the proposal for enhanced provision for staff

·         Paragraph 5.19 – Key Performance Indicators (KPI) – Explanation requested on what KPI targets were not met and are they included going forward

·         Appendix C – Living Well SOAP – Clarification sought on assessment of Council Statutory Functions – Is this a new KPI – Is it Safeguarding or a different assessment – What is the time frame for this

·         What is the time frame for C1 referrals– Is this a KPI

·         Appendix F – Further information requested on the Wellbeing objectives – What are the plans in relation to protecting the natural environment and the protection of open spaces for future generations

·         Paragraph 3.3 – Letter from CIW and the points raised and to ensure things are in place to address these

·         Delay in the report due to the Elections – How is it being dealt with taking it forward

·         Paragraph 5.14 – News in relation to support for Care Leavers

·         Paragraph 5.5 – Adult and Children’s Social Care - How is work being undertaken post pandemic – what is the picture of agile working – a picture of face to face now

·         Facility within the Local Authority for young people – when is this likely to come back to Committee – Could it be included in the Forward Work Programme

·         What has been learned through the Covid Pandemic and what does it mean for Services in the future

·         Is the fuel crisis affecting delivery in any way

 

The Chair then referred to the recommendations:

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The content of the report be discussed by the Committee and the Performance Data carefully scrutinised

(b)  Scrutiny Committee Members provide appropriate challenge on the report content and offer feedback to Officers which can be fully considered and utilised when planning for the next iteration of the Corporate Well being Plan begins

 

The Chair advised that the report had been discussed by the Committee Members and the performance date carefully scrutinised and the Committee had provided appropriate challenge on the report content.

 

The Chair also requested that if any Members had further thoughts on the report to contact him.

 

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

59.

Environmental Wellbeing Thematic Report – Delivery of Key Objectives in the Corporate Plan: Focus on the Future: wellbeing in our community pdf icon PDF 761 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the Environmental Wellbeing 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.

 

Councillor D Hughes Cabinet Portfolio Member then led the Committee through the report and referred to the recommendations outlined in Paragraph 2.

 

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

 

·         Current and future recycling targets – Is Ash dieback counting towards the recycling targets – What % of the recycling figures is this – What is being looked at to replace Ash dieback

·         Paragraph 5.4 – Has there been an assessment in relation to large vehicles

·         Paragraph 5.10 – How is it progressing in relation to the pandemic in relation to all Directorates

·         Paragraph 8.0 – Is there any conflict in relation to green spaces, the Wellbeing Act and the LDP

·         Paragraph 3.4 – External partners – what is being done in relation to how residents are recycling – How many residents are recycling

·         Waste being left in gardens – Possibility of site visits as a Scrutiny Panel

·         Letters issued in relation to financial penalties (Recycling) – Have fines been issued and if so how many – Cost of living impact on the approach taken by the Local Authority

·         Appendix C – Priority open spaces – Has the number of areas increased

·         Education in Waste Management and the work with Merthyr Valleys Homes – Is there work being done with other private landlords – Could packs be produced to be included with Tenancy agreements

·         Is the fuel crisis affecting Service delivery or will it going forward

·         In terms of the Local Authority – What are the biggest concerns to become Carbon Neutral by 2030

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The content of the report be discussed by the Committee and the Performance Data carefully scrutinised

(b)  Scrutiny Committee Members provide appropriate challenge on the report content and offer feedback to Officers which can be fully considered and utilised when planning for the next iteration of the Corporate Well being Plan begins

 

 

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

60.

Report Recommendations

Did we address the recommendations in each report and how have we added value?

Minutes:

The Committee discussed the recommendations in the report and agreed that value had been added.

61.

Feedback on Scrutiny Activities

Any outstanding actions?  Feedback from workshops / task and finish groups / enquiry days, etc.

Minutes:

There was no feedback on Scrutiny activities.

62.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

Work Programme

 

The Chair suggested that a Task and Finish Meeting be convened to look at options for the Work Programme and it was agreed by the Committee that this Task and Finish Group include all the Committee.

 

A Member suggested looking at the relationship with RSL’s as part of collaborative work

 

A Member then updated the Committee in relation to the Community Renewal Fund and Co-production and gave details of an event that had been held two weeks ago.

 

The Committee were also advised that Partners were planning a Community Day in the Gurnos so the Community could envisage how their community was going forward and the Committee Member advised that he would be happy to involve the Committee in this event

 

The Chair then requested that the Committee be notified of this event.

 

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