Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

665.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Co-opted member Brian Lewis.

666.

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:

Councillor Bill Smith declared his interest in Item 3 Living Well – Developing Safer Communities, Wellbeing project 4: Domestic Abuse Support Services as he is a Member of the Board for Safer Merthyr Tydfil.

667.

Living Well - Developing Safer Communities pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the report to the committee and explained that as there are a number of projects under this well-being goal and that there are a number of officers in attendance to answer any questions in relation to the specific projects.

 

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

 

Prevention of Doorstep Crimes and Scams & Protection of Children from Age-Restriction Products

 

·         In relation to the issue surrounding children and the use of fake IDs to purchase alcohol, what measures do we have in place to reduce this issue

 

·         How often do you carry out test purchasing in the County Borough in relation to underage sales

 

·         In relation to doorstep callers – is it important that members of the public can identify fake IDs and is the authority looking to address this issue

 

·         Does the Council work with local partners to tackle cold callers and do you share intelligence with these partners

 

·         Can you tell the committee what is the current trend on the child protection register

 

·         Doorstep crime – are people able to knock a door and sell things legally

 

·         If a member of the public feels pressurised or is suspicious of cold callers who should the contact

 

·         Can Councillors be supplied with a copy of the No Cold Caller stickers/poster so that they can be handed out directly at surgeries or distributed through social media

 

·         Why are these cold caller stickers prevalent in some areas but not others and how do they get distributed by the authority

 

·         What is the cost to the department in producing these posters and stickers

 

·         Page 11 of the report outlines a number of outcomes and the dates for decision or action have now passed can you confirm that the action/decisions have been taken or reached

 

·         Can you please feedback to this committee if changes are made in relation to officers within the department

 

·         The number of firework accidents has fallen recently, what work has been carried out in the County Borough in relation to firework retailers

 

Development of Drug Litter Reporting ‘App’

 

·         Will this app be available to Councillors via their IPads

 

·         At present residents can contact the council in relation to needle collection, can you tell the committee what the timescale is for collection

 

·         In relation to distribution of needles we seem to be assisting one section of the community but putting another at risk. e.g. children stepping on discarded needles in parks. Would it be better if needle exchange was done on a one for one basis, one old needle for one new needle thus reducing the number discarded

 

The Chair requested a Task and Finish group be set up and an opportunity to meet with the Area Planning Board in relation to the needle exchange policy..

 

·         How bad is the issue currently in the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil

 

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls

 

·         Why doesn’t the title of this project include men and boys as they also suffer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 667.

668.

Cwm Taf Integrated Family Support Team's annual report 2016-2017 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Catherine Lenaghan Williams and Joe Rhys-Jones led the committee through the report and highlighted the salient points before welcoming questions from the committee.

 

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

 

·         What is the cost of the current increase in referrals to the team

 

·         What contingency plans are in place to reduce the risk of understaffing which resulted in less referrals being made last year

 

·         What happened to the referrals if they weren’t being dealt with and what were the consequences of not dealing with the referrals

 

·         When a case is closed, is it permeant or is there a follow up

 

The Chair thanked the officers for the excellent report and all the work that is being done within the department.

 

669.

Adult Social Care Strategies pdf icon PDF 584 KB

To consider the attached report

 

Minutes:

Mark Anderton introduced the report to the committee and explained the purpose of the report in relation to the Adult Social Care strategies.

 

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

 

·         In relation to the review into the Adult Day Service provision, where are we currently

 

·         With regards to Adult Social Services do you have involvement with outside agencies

 

·         How much involvement do you have with the Neighbourhood Learning Centre

 

RESOLVED that:

The judgements and evaluation be noted and debated

 

The Chair thanked the officer for the report.

 

670.

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Minutes:

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

671.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.

 

672.

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 considered.

 

673.

Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.

674.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

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

 

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