Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Items
No. Item

313.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence received from Brian Lewis (Co-optee).

314.

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.

315.

Children’s Services Inspection pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To receive report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

The information report on the Children’s Services Inspection was received by Members.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

This report be scheduled to the next meeting so that the CIW can be in attendance to answer questions on the report.

316.

Children’s Services Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Annabel Lloyd referred to the update on the Children’s Services Strategy and advised that the report provides information about the development and progress of this Strategy together with the Looked After Children’s Prevention Strategy.

 

Officers provided background information in relation to the following questions:

 

·         Is there a funding package in place to take this forward?

 

·         Clarification on the key performance indicator, namely percentage of looked after children on 31st March who have had 3 or more placements during the year.   Are these targets realistic and how can these be achieved? 

 

·         Clarification on the Early Intervention Team in relation to enhancing services at the edge of care.

 

·         How many Fosters Carers in Merthyr Tydfil and do we have a sufficient number to meet the needs of the children?

 

·         Clarification on the percentage on re-registrations of children on Local Authority Child Protection Registers within a 12 month period. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

Members note the contents of the report. 

 

 

317.

Regional Strategy for Children Young People and Families pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were advised of the information about the Cwm Taf Regional Statement of Intent for Supporting Children and Young People and Families.

 

The Committee were made aware that this report was scheduled for Cabinet for the 26th September 2018.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The contents of the report be noted by members.

318.

Community Zones - Update pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Chris Hole referred members to the Community Zones update.   He advised that, through the Public Service Board, a regional approach to Welsh Government was made to pilot Community Zones in two areas in Cwm Taf, 1 in Ferndale and 1 in the Gurnos and gave members an update on the current progress of the Gurnos Community Zone.      

 

Members were made aware that there was an error on page 48 of the report.  Under the MTCBC membership proposal, it should read 4 MTCBC Elected Members and not 3 as outlined. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

The MTCBC Membership Proposal, as outlined on page 48 of the report, be implemented.

319.

Council Tax Exemption Relief for Care Leavers pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Minutes:

The Chair agreed that this item be considered at the start of the agenda. 

 

The Committee welcomed Maria Hewitt from Barnardos.  

 

Annabel Lloyd introduced the item to the Committee.  She advised that on 27th June 2018 this Authority had agreed to amend the Council’s Discretionary Relief Policy to exempt care leavers from Council Tax payments with effect from 1st April 2018 and this report explains this process.   She highlighted the data at Table 1 which sets out the current circumstances in relation to all care leavers who are known to the care leaving service as at 1st April 2018.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

·         Members note the contents of the report which might lead to improvements for care leavers.  

 

The Chair thanked Maria Hewit and Officers for attending today.

 

 

320.

Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer confirmed that the Q1/Q2 budget figures will be scheduled for the 4th December meeting. 

 

The Chair advised that an update on Council Tax Exemption Relief for Care Leavers be included in the Work Programme for approximately 6 months’ time. 

321.

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.

322.

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. 

323.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

No other business was deemed urgent by the Chair. 

 

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