Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

104.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Allan Jones.

105.

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. 

 

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.

106.

Annual Report on Social Services 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 180 KB

See attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews introduced the item and provided the committee with a brief background on the Social Services Annual Report.

 

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

 

·         The response to the consultation on the Annual Report was poor with only six returns received. How does this compare with other local authorities?

 

·         Have the Local Authority considered using social media to possibly increase the number of responses to the Annual Report?

 

·         It was noted that the consultation period was only 21 working days. Could this be increased to maximise the number of returns?

 

·         The report states that when a child / young person is at risk of abuse; 99.1% of meetings are held within 15 workings days. You provide the percentage figure but what are the actual numbers? 

 

·         You provide three areas where you could do better. How are you taking these areas forward? Do you have the necessary action plans in place?

 

The Chair thanked the officers for their responses.

 

Resolved that:

 

Scrutiny Committee Members note the contents of the report

107.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 2: Promoting Independence pdf icon PDF 188 KB

See attached report

Minutes:

Ewan McWilliams led the committee through the report in relation to Priority Area Two: Promoting Independence. All local authorities in Wales are required to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of their functions by identifying their own priorities for improvement. This legal requirement is set out in the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

 

Following discussion it was resolved that:

 

·         The judgements and evaluations be noted

  

·         The new scrutiny performance report template be implemented and used for future meetings.

 

·         A budget line is added to the new template to allow the committee to scrutinise any fluctuations?

 

 

 

108.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 3: Meeting the needs of vulnerable children pdf icon PDF 155 KB

See attached report

Minutes:

Ewan McWilliams led the committee through the report in relation to Priority Area Three: Meeting the needs of vulnerable children. All local authorities in Wales are required to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of their functions by identifying their own priorities for improvement. This legal requirement is set out in the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

 

·         Clarification was sought on the data outlined in appendix one of the report and what steps are being taken to meet the Welsh Performance Standard

 

Following discussion it was resolved that:

 

The judgement and evaluations are noted.

 

 

 

 

 

109.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 4: Active lifestyles pdf icon PDF 183 KB

See attached report

Minutes:

Mark Thomas led the committee through the report in relation to Priority Area Four: Active lifestyles and highlighted the salient points in relation to the measures and where the authority has made improvements.

 

·         Clarification was sought in relation to price increases and the reduction in users at the leisure centres

 

·         Clarification was sought in relation to Active Lifestyles in Merthyr Tydfil care homes and whether those figures were taken into account.

 

·         Has the Authority or the trust looked for funding to expand the services available

 

Following discussion it was resolved that:

 

The judgement and evaluations are noted.

 

 

 

110.

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).

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there were no referrals, feedback and follow up actions.

111.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the meeting.

112.

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

To receive updates as appropriate.

 

Minutes:

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

113.

Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 171 KB

See attached report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair addressed the committee in relation to the changes discussed at a recent meeting with the Performance Team and the reasons for the gaps in the forward work programme. It was also highlighted that there will be a necessity to hold Special Scrutiny meetings as and when required in the near future.

 

The Scrutiny Officer brought to the attention of the committee that the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee is currently looking at the relationship between the COTS Team and Housing Department and the findings will be reported back to the committee in due course.

114.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

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

 

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