Venue: REMOTE MEETING - MICROSOFT TEAMS
The Chair welcomed Mr I Cathrew, Co-opted Member to his first Scrutiny Meeting where he was in attendance as an Observer.
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor T Rogers as he was unable to join the Meeting due to a technical Issue.
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.
To consider the attached report
The Chair referred the Committee to the Draft Forward Work Programme 2020/21.
Reference was made to 15 September 2020 Meeting on the Forward Work Programme - Scrutiny and Challenge where it should read ‘Social Services’ and not ‘Neighbourhood Services.
Resolved subject to the foregoing that:
The Draft Forward Work Programme 2020/21 be approved.
To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services
The Chair welcomed Councillor C Davies Cabinet Member, Jon Eyre, Lowri Morgan and Taryn Hudd to the Meeting.
Councillor C Davies then referred the Committee to the ‘Coronavirus Pandemic – Update on Recovery and Activity’ report.
Tributes were then paid by the Committee to the hard work undertaken by the staff and thanks for their dedication and commitment.
Taryn Hudd then gave an overview to the Committee on the work undertaken over the past four months in relation to Children’s Services.
The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail:
· Paragraph 7.2 – What is the current situation in relation to agile working – Are any staff solely working from home or is it mixed
· Are all Social Workers undertaking Face to Face Community visits – Are Children being seen
· Staffing Capacity
· What other risk have been identified for Children’s Services
· What is the number of Children Looked After – What is the situation in other Local Authorities
· Paragraph 5.9 – Further information sought on the backlog – Are there enough resources
· What are the links with Outside Agencies
· Further information requested on the Testing of staff and residents in Care Homes and the frequency of testing
Councillor C Davies advised that the Chief Officer could update the Councillors on Testing in Care Homes
· Supply of PPE Equipment
· Update requested on Disabled Facilities Grants – When will assessments be undertaken
· Respite provision – What provision is being made for Carers
Jon Eyre then gave an overview to the Committee on the work undertaken in relation to Safeguarding.
The Chair then referred to the amount of work that had been undertaken and that staff had been tremendous in looking after the elderly and children and to convey appreciation to the staff.
The Chair then thanked Councillor C Davies and the Officers for attending and the update to the Committee.
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 in the Meeting.
Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions
To receive an update from the Chair
Pre - Meeting Start Time
The Committee agreed that the Pre-Meeting for Committee Members would commence at 2.30 pm.
Self-Evaluation for Scrutiny Members
Sian Lyons outlined to the Committee the self-evaluation process for Scrutiny Committee Members and the process on completion of the self-evaluation.
Typing error amendments in the Work Programme
Reconfiguration of Peripatetic Social Workers Posts to Peripatetic Support Workers – Children’s Services
The report that was considered at the Council Meeting held 9 September 2020 to be considered by the Scrutiny Committee
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.