Agenda and minutes


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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Rhonda Braithwaite.



Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members of this Committee 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 Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.   In addition, Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011. 




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.


Social Services response to CSSIW report pdf icon PDF 175 KB

See attached report


Councillor Linda Matthews led the Committee through the report and provided updates on the areas of improvement since the CSSIW Report.


The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the appropriate officer.


·         Performance in 2014-2015 was affected by high levels of vacancies and sickness can you tell the committee what steps have been taken to ensure this issue won’t be a reoccurrence.


·         Was it Adult or Children’s Services that was affected by the issues of vacancies and sickness.


·         You say that the Statutory visits to looked after children will not be a measure in future; however you will continue to report it. The fact that it isn’t required as a Measure, does this mean there will be fewer statutory visits to looked after children, or will the visits continue unaffected.


·         Other than this Scrutiny Committee where else is this action plan reported.


The Chair thanked the officer for the responses and commented on the excellent report.


Annual report Social Services Complaints, Representations and Compliments pdf icon PDF 176 KB

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Additional documents:


Councillor Linda Matthews led the committee through the report highlighting the stages of the complaints procedures and the figures recorded for the past year.


The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the appropriate officer.


·         How are staff supported when a complaint is made about an individual.


·         Is there a likelihood of an increase in complaints when the new Act is introduced


The Chaired thanked the Officer for their responses to the questions and  for their attendance at the meeting.




Preparation of Work Programme for 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

See attached report.


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The members of the committee agreed that the Chair meets with the Scrutiny Officer to discuss and prepare the future work programme. A meeting is to be arranged with the Chief Officer (Social Services) and her senior officers to hear suggestions for the work programme.


The scrutiny officer provided members with a copy of a letter dated 2nd March 2106 from the CSSIW addressed to Directors of Social Services. He highlighted the point that CSSIW will be strengthening their relationship with council scrutiny arrangements to include attendance at meetings.



Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

To receive updates as appropriate.



Lisa Curtis-Jones provided the Committee with an update in relation to the Social Services Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive any referrals from the other Scrutiny Committees and Audit Committee; an update from the Chair on their attendance at the Service Performance Challenge Meetings and to consider any follow up actions from the previous Meeting(s).


The Chair advised that there were no referrals, feedback and 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 issues that had been considered at the meeting.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no other business deemed urgent and closed the meeting.


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