Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

401.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillor G Richards, Councillor T Rogers and Councillor I Thomas and Co-opted member Brian Lewis.

402.

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.

 

403.

Living Well, Developing Safer Communities (Wellbeing Objective LW1) pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair raised his concerns in relation to Item 3 Living Well, Developing Safer Communities (Wellbeing Objective LW1) and Item 4 Living Well, People have good physical and mental health (Wellbeing Objective LW2) being on the same agenda as he felt they should be scrutinised individually as they are important issues and would take up a considerable part of the meeting.

 

The Chair requested that if there is a need for two such reports to be brought to a future meeting that the officers consult with him and the Scrutiny Officer.

 

Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the item to the committee and highlighted the judgement at 7.1.

 

The following questions were raised by the committee and answered in detail be the appropriate officers.

 

The Chair questioned the officers in relation to the Item 3 and Item 4 being brought to the same meeting and the number of officers required to attend the meeting in order for the Committee to scrutinise the report. He recommended that the projects be broken down further and only be brought the necessary committees. He also requested that the Cabinet Member take it to the Leader to address how best to move forward.

 

The Chair also suggested the possibility of the Scrutiny Chairs meeting with the Leader to air their concerns surrounding the Wellbeing Objectives.

 

Councillor D Sammon echoed the Chairs thoughts in relation to the Wellbeing reports as he had raised the same issues as Chair of Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside.

 

·         Are Trading Standards currently working proactively to prevent doorstep crime

 

·         Is there less doorstep crime than in previous years

 

·         Can you provide details of the partners you work with in tackling doorstep crime

 

·         There are currently no figures for 2017/18, when will figures be available to the committee to allow for comparisons

 

·         The report provides percentages but no figures, this doesn’t provide the Committee with enough information to compare and scrutinise. Can officers ensure figures are provided in future reports

 

·         In relation to the flymappertmwhat are the timescales involved with including drug litter

 

·         What was the cost of setting-up the new drug litter database

 

·         Are figures available to the Committee to show the true extent of the drug litter issues in Merthyr Tydfil

 

·         Does the Authority have a good working relationship with Drug Aid, and is it correct that they have to collect a percentage of needles that have been handed out.

 

·         Is Nitrous Oxide use a big problem in Merthyr Tydfil, and are you aware of the age range of possible users

 

The Chair asked for a meeting to be arranged with Drug Aid and the Co-Op Pharmacy in relation to needle exchange and for all Scrutiny Chairs to be invited.

 

The Chair also requested that Steve Peters raise the issue on needle exchange at the Area Planning Board

 

·         How often to the Area Planning Board meet

 

·         In relation to the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls report it again only contains percentages not actual figures can this be addressed for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 403.

404.

Living Well, People have good physical and mental health (Wellbeing Objective LW2) pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the item to the committee and explained that John Sellwood is in attendance as the project lead and will be happy to answer any questions from the committee.

 

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

 

·         Does the Local Authority have good links with the Leisure Trust to support us in these wellbeing objectives

 

·         When will the Leisure Trust Business Plan be in place

 

·         Are there figures available to show how Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre in being used, as there are no figures in the report

 

·         Can you tell the Committee why the number of visitors to Merthyr Leisure Centre are down in comparison to previous years

 

The Chair advised the Committee that the Leisure Trust will be attending Scrutiny in December and there will be an opportunity to ask further questions.

 

Resolved that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

 

 

 

405.

Annual Report 2016/17 for the Cwm Taf Safeguarding Board pdf icon PDF 843 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Nicola Kingham introduced the annual report to the committee and highlighted the salient points in relation to safeguarding adults, safeguarding children, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and the joint safeguarding functions.

 

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

 

·         Have the parameters changed in relation to reporting, or is it a sign of the times that the figures have drastically risen. Is the rise UK wide or just locally

 

·         With the increase in workload do you have the staff in place to manage the cases

 

The Chair raised an issue in relation to Universal Credit being introduced in Merthyr Tydfil next year which could cause an increase in the figures for looked after children.

 

·         Compared to five years ago has there been a drop in the figures for children on the child protection register

 

·         Why do so many children end up back on the register after being returned to their parents. What is the procedure in this situation

 

·         How often would you allow children to be returned to the family after being place back on to the child protection register

 

The Cabinet member addressed the committee in relation to the preventative work that has been carried out over the past 3/4 years and commended Annabel and her team.

 

The Chair thanked the officer for the presentation.

 

Resolved that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

406.

Pilot Community Zone - Update pdf icon PDF 666 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Chris Hole presented the report to the committee and highlighted where we were, where we are and where we want to be. He explained that the public consultation will take place on 29th November 2017 at the Gurnos Community Centre.

 

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

 

·         There is currently no timetable in place and £377,000 available for the project. Is there a time limit on the funding

 

·         Are the financial implications for the Authority in setting up the Community Zone

 

·         Is it correct that the Authority does not have the capacity to carry the project forward without support from Welsh Government

 

·         To clarify, we currently have no support from Welsh Government

 

·         As an Authority we have to ask the Community what they want from the project, but no money to supply it. Can you confirm this

 

·         How can we as an Authority go to the Communities with no money asking what they want from the project

 

The Chair requested this be brought back to the Strategic Partnership Board or even invite Welsh Government to a meeting to discuss the issues being faced by the Authority.

 

The Chair thanked the officer for the report.

 

Resolved that:

 

Scrutiny notes the reliance on partners’ involvement at both a strategic and operational level to the development of this agenda.

407.

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Minutes:

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

408.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Minutes:

The Chair highlighted the follow-up action in relation arranging a meeting with the Scrutiny Chairs, Drug Aid and the Co-Op Pharmacy.

409.

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.

 

410.

Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Scrutiny Committee Work Programme’ report and the Work Programme was agreed.

411.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

 

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