Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

731.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Braithwaite, Councillor A Jones and Brian Lewis.

732.

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.

733.

Cwm Taf Integrated Family Support Team Annual Report 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 410 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews introduced the report and provided a brief background to the committee.

 

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

 

·         In relation to the Executive Summary it is mentioned that one of the main challenges to the team in 2016 -17 is to increase the number of referrals from Merthyr Tydfil Children’s Services, Can you explain what is meant by this statement?

 

·         In 2015-16 staffing levels were an issue, what is the current position?

 

·         The aim of the Integrated Family Support Team is to provide a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary tea. Are you satisfied that you have achieved this; and how would you know?

 

·         Have you delivered on your priorities for 2015/16; and were any carried forward to 2016/17?

 

·         Is there a cost for the new WCCIS computer system which is being introduced across all local authorities?

 

·         One of the team’s objectives is to “reduce the number of children becoming looked after by the local authority”. Is this being achieved?

 

·         Who are your external auditors and when were you last audited and what was the outcome?

 

·         How often are you Audited?

 

Resolved that:

 

The Scrutiny committee discusses and comments on the issues set out in the attached report.

734.

Communities First ‘Minded Phase Out’ pdf icon PDF 269 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews introduced the item and explained that the report had been to Cabinet and there are a lot of unanswered questions and that the officers present were not in a position to answer the questions that members have.

 

An in-depth discussion ensued and it was agreed through the Chair that the Committee send letter to Carl Sargeant AM Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children asking for further information in relation to the Communities First ‘Minded Phase Out’.

 

Resolved that:

 

The contents of the report and the implications for the closure of the programme are noted and debated.

 

The continuation via a 3 month extension at current funding levels be noted.

 

Further Resolved:

 

A letter be sent to Carl Sargeant AM highlighting the concerns of the committee and asking for further information in relation to Communities First ‘Minded Phase Out’

 

735.

Performance Report – Corporate Plan Priority Area 2 Promoting independence pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews and Sian Lyons-Nicholas introduced the item to the committee.

 

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

 

·         Outcomes were “Adequate” in 2013 and then again in 2016. Your ambition is to be “good” by this year (2017). Is this realistic?

 

·         For 2015/16 only 66.2% of carers of adults were offered an assessment against a target of 100%. What issues are you facing in reaching the target?

 

·         In relation to the figure of for 2015/16 are they based on a calendar year or a financial year?

 

·         Why are you retendering the Direct Payments Service?

 

·         Can you give the Committee some examples of how you have and are aiming to improve the Hospital Discharge Process? Are you working closely with the health Service on this and is this issue being taken on by the newly formed Cwm Taf Public Service Board?

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluations are noted and debated.

 



736.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 3 Meeting the needs of vulnerable children pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Councillor Linda Matthews and Sian Lyons-Nicholas introduced the item to the committee.

 

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

 

·         Your ambition is for outcomes for children to improve from “adequate” as it is now, to be “good” by 2018. Is this really achievable bearing in mind the financial pressures we are facing?

 

The committee congratulated the officers on the reduction in the figures from March 2013 to March 2017.

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluations are noted and debated.

737.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

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

738.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected on the issues that had been discussed in the meeting. The committee agreed to draft a letter to Carl Sargeant AM raising their concerns in relation to the Communities First Scheme.

739.

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Minutes:

No update was provided in relation to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

740.

Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Discussion ensued in relation to the Scrutiny Work Programme.

741.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there were no items deemed urgent.

 

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