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Apologies for absence


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 made.


Cwm Taf Youth Offending Service Inspection pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To consider the attached report.

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed Hollie Symmonds (Youth Forum Representative) and Janice Watkins (Safer Merthyr Tydfil) to the committee and asked the members of the Committee to introduce themselves.


Annabel Lloyd introduced the item before inviting Jason O’Brien to provide the Committee with the headlines, findings and the action plan in relation to the inspection.


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


·         How many children are the Cwm Taf Youth Offending Service currently working with


·         Is it possible for the figures to be split between Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf to ensure that staff are available in the areas they are required


·         In relation to the Management Board does it consist of any councillors or elected representatives


·         Is there a upward or downward trend in the re-offending rates that were published at the time of the announcement of the inspection


·         Has there been an improvement or deterioration in the service due to the lack of access to CAMHS


·         The report says that “the role of partner agencies sometimes needed to be clearer”. What was meant by this


·         Will there be a follow up inspection due to the recent findings highlighted in the report


·         Do you work with carers as well as the young people


·         AssetPlus was recently introduced but wasn’t being used to its full potential, has this now been resolved


·         What was the reaction of the partners to the findings in relation to Theme 5: Governance and partnerships


·         In these austere times and with diminishing budgets are you confident that you will be able to address the issues raised in the report


·         With cuts to funding in the future, will you only be expected to carry out the statutory duties


·         The report states there was good attendance and commitment by the police at Board meetings. By positively singling out the police is it the case  that other partners were not contributing as they should


Councillor C Tovey left the meeting at 3.30pm


·         The report stated that the performance information provided to the Management Board was not sufficiently sophisticated; do you have any further comments in relation to this issue and what has been done to address it


·         In relation to joint working, what are your thoughts on where we are now and where you want to be in the future


·         Why was there no Careers Wales representative on the YOS Management Board


·         Can you confirm that the outcomes listed in the action plan have been met


·         Has this report been presented to RCT Scrutiny, and if so what was the reaction


·         The report states that I.T systems in use are hampering the effectiveness of the service and are not being used to keep young people safe. What is being done to improve this situation


·         Are the I.T issues due to financial constraints


Resolved that:


Members acknowledge the findings and outcomes of the Full Joint Inspection of Cwm Taf YOS


Acknowledge and scrutinise the post inspection improvement action plan  ...  view the full minutes text for item 230.


Annual Report on Social Services 2016 /2017 pdf icon PDF 965 KB

To consider the attached report


Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the item and highlighted the key points before welcoming questions from the Committee.


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


·         Who has had sight of this report, has it been to Cabinet and the partners


·         In relation to the population needs assessment there are concerns that people in the grip of drug addiction and rough sleepers are not being contacted to assess their needs, can you provide further information in relation to these groups


·         Can you explain what the Intermediate Care Fund is and how long you can access it for


·         Can you explain more about the Citizens Panel and how people can get involved


·         Could Councillors be involved in providing data for the Annual Report


·         It is stated in the report that our Social Services team, alongside our colleagues across the Council and in partnership with others, has delivered effective service. How do you know that the service has been effective


·         Is there any practical assistance provided to individuals after the advice and information has been given


·         Is the report for both adults and children, if so there should be a more child friendly version  


The Chair asked for clarification from the Cabinet Member in relation to future cuts to Social Services.


·         Are you happy and satisfied with the way joint adults and children’s safeguarding works in Merthyr Tydfil


Resolved that:


Scrutiny Committee Members note and debate the contents of the report.



Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

To receive an update from the Chair


Lisa Curtis-Jones updated the Committee in relation to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and outlined two outstanding issues which are safeguarding and advocacy in adult services.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair


The Scrutiny Officer provided the committee with an update in relation to a referral received from Councillor T Skinner in relation to foster carer issues. The letter has now been passed to the appropriate officer and a response will be sent out in due course.


The Scrutiny Officer also updated the Committee in relation to publicly appointed co-opted members and asked for the Committee’s agreement for the Chair and Vice Chair to appoint accordingly.


The Chair requested that the Scrutiny Officer take forward the energy efficiency project currently being undertaken at Plantation Close, Penydarren.


Due to half term the Chair requested that the next meeting be moved and it was agreed that an appropriate date would be agreed and emailed to the Committee in due course.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee reflected on the issues that had been considered at the Meeting.


Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 733 KB

To consider the attached report.


In relation to the work programme the Chair requested an update in relation to the community zones, and if possible the item be brought to the next Scrutiny meeting.


Resolved that:


The Committee notes the content of the report


The committee considers its work programme and approve, revise or amend it as deemed appropriate; and to consider the planned questions for the next meeting.



Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.



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