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Apologies for absence pdf icon PDF 119 KB


No apologies for absence were received.


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 received.


Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 296 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:


Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the item to the committee and highlighted the key priorities within the report.


Nicola Kingham apologised for the delay in publishing the report and for the lack of data which wasn’t available due to the pandemic.


The following questions were raised by the committee and answered in detail by the officers in attendance.


·         Can you confirm if there are two separate multi agency hubs and if so are there any plans to merge them


·         Page 37 – Statutory Duty to Scrutinise Local Arrangements, Column 2 – Presented at Board, can you confirm if this is when for example MTCBC Children’s Services bring something to the Board for discussion or ratification


·         Merthyr Tydfil CBC Public Protection Attendance is quite low compared to RCT, are there issue in this area or what are the reasons for the lack of statutory attendance at the meetings


·         This report is referring to 2019-2020, can you confirm if the Public Protection engagement levels have improved over the past year


·         Can you confirm who the Head of Service is for Public Protection and raise the issue with them to help resolve the matter


·         Page 45 – Guidance received from Welsh Ministers or the National Board in relation to Nursery Provision, can you confirm where we are as a local authority and how many unregistered provisions we currently have


The Cabinet Member for Social Services addressed the committee and confirmed that he would be raising the attendance issue highlighted by the committee with the Head Service of Public Protection.


The Chair thanked the Officers for the report.


Adult Services and Children’s Services Carers Strategy pdf icon PDF 477 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services


Taryn Stephens introduced the report to the committee and provided a general overview of young carers before handing over to Rachel Gray who provided an overview of Adult Services.


The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the officers in attendance.


·         Will there be a follow up report highlighting the lessons learned once the covid-19 restrictions are lifted


·         Do you know how many unpaid carers we have registered in Merthyr Tydfil and has there been an increase due to Covid


·         You highlighted the changes to the Carers Assessment, what do you want to achieve with the new format of assessment


·         Can you confirm what plans you have in place to support young carers once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted such as trips away etc


·         Can you confirm if the Local Authority automatically notified of all carers in receipt of carers allowance


·         The report states that unpaid carers are not coping during the lockdown, can you confirm what has been put in place to assist them


·         The report states that the current strategy is under review can you confirm if you have an end date for this


·         Weekends are always difficult for any local government service, are you able to provide a high level of support for both children and adult carers on weekends


·         Can you provide the committee with examples of some of the day to day support that you provide to the young carers in Merthyr Tydfil and confirm whether they receive any financial assistance


The Chair thanked the officers for the excellent report.




Social Services Recovery, Transformation and Improvement Plan Update pdf icon PDF 462 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services


Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the report to the committee and provided an update on the Plan and the service moving forward.


The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in details by the officers in attendance.


·         Can you confirm how many members of staff have received their Covid vaccinations


·         Will you be looking to develop a mental health support pathway across the spectrum considering the issues that have arisen form the Pandemic


·         Has the authority picked up on the offer of funding from Welsh Government over the past few weeks to assist with preventative work / family resources to move into next year which would aid the sustainability and the financial pressures in preventative services


The Cabinet Member for Social Services addressed the committee and confirmed his appointment as the new Chair of the Regional Partnership Board for Cwm Taf Morgannwg and hopes it will be a good thing for Merthyr Tydfil going forward.


The Cabinet Member also shared the exiting news with the committee that Merthyr Tydfil has been chosen as 1 of 6 communities in the UK and the only one in Wales to work with the Lloyds Banking Foundation, it is a two part program, Part One – Developing organisational resilience for Third Sector and Community Sector organisations in Merthyr Tydfil to be more sustainable and Part 2 – A systems change and a cultural change programme with Public Sector and Third Sector and the theme that the partners in Merthyr have chosen is Children and Young people’s Mental Health.


The Chair requested that the Cabinet Member work closely with the Public Service Board to ensure that things are fed back to the committee in a timely manner.


The Chair thanked Lisa Curtis-Jones and the Social Services Team as a whole for all they have achieved and for the way they developed and changed their working practices during a very difficult time due to the Pandemic.





Forward Work Programme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

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No updated was provided on the Forward Work programme.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


The Chair advised the committee that there were no Scrutiny Referrals, feedback or follow up actions.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


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



Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair thanked the members for their attendance and closed the meeting.


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