Venue: Orbit Business Centre, Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1DL
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor D De’Ath, Councillor E C Galsworthy and Councillor M Jones.
Declarations of Interest
No Declarations of Interest were made.
Arising on Item 6 a Member advised that Mr Huw Lewis, Assembly Member was the Minister for Education.
The Minutes of the Meeting held 16 December 2014 be accepted as a correct record.
A briefing session for Panel members will be held from 10.35am to 11.05am (approximately) prior to the arrival of any invited attendees or witnesses to the meeting.
The Chair congratulated Mr M Jehu on being awarded an MBE.
Printing of Agenda
The Panel agreed that all Panel Meeting agendas be produced in Monochrome only.
The Committee discussed in detail the items on the agenda prior to the attendance of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief and Deputy Chief Constable.
See attached report
The Chair welcomed Mr Alun Michael Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr John Rose Assistant Commissioner, Mr Peter Vaughan Chief Constable, Mr Matt Jukes Deputy Chief Constable, Mr Mark Brace, Mr Geoffrey Petty, Mr Umar Hussain and Mr Cerith Thomas to the Meeting.
Mr Michael referred the Panel to the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2015 – 2019 report that incorporated:
· Precept Proposal 2015/16
· Revenue Budget 2015/16
· Revenue Forecasts 2016 – 2019
· Capital Strategy 2015 -2019
· Value for Money Plan 2015 -2019
· Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Indicators 2015/16
Mr Petty then made a Presentation to the Panel referring in detail to:
· The National Economic Context
· Government Spending and Receipts 2014 -15
· Budget 2014 – Remove Deficit by 2018/19
· Autumn Statement Implications to 2020
· Home Office Allocation Decisions
· Forecast Police Funding 2018/19
· South Wales Police Settlement
Mr Hussain then made a Presentation to the Panel referring in detail to:
· Medium Term Financial Strategy
· Police and Crime Plan Innovation
· Financial Projections
· How Budget is Balanced 2015/16
· Police Funding Comparison 2015-16
· Precept Comparison 14/15 – 15/16
· Precept Options
Mr Michael then made a Presentation to the Panel referring in detail to:
· Our Delivery
· HMIC PEEL Assessment 2014
· HMIC VFM Assessment 2014
· SWP Precept History
Questions were then raised by the Panel Members and were answered in detail by Mr Michael, Mr Vaughan, Mr Petty and Mr Hussain.
After consideration by the Panel it was
(a) A 5% increase to the Police Precept which is £199.86 Council Tax on Band D property giving a total Precept requirement of £94,525,522 be approved
(b) The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales provides the Panel with a report(s) on expenditure throughout the year on all aspects of the Budget including the Commissioners’ Office
See attached report
Mr Michael referred the Panel in detail to the Summary of proposed changes to the Police and Crime Reduction Plan report and responded to questions raised.
The Chair then referred to a previous Meeting where details of the Commissioner’s Office had been presented and requested that a further Presentation be made in relation to the Commissioner’s Office and the Police and Crime Reduction Plan.
(a) No recommendations be made in relation to the proposed changes to the Police and Crime Reduction Plan
(b) The proposed changes to the Police and Crime Reduction Plan be approved to go out for Consultation
(c) A Presentation be made at the next Meeting outlining the structure of the Commissioners’ Office
Mr M Jehu left the Meeting at 12.53 pm.
See attached report. The report provides the Panel with an update on the Commissioner’s projects that deal with major issues of crime reduction.
Mr Michael referred the Committee to the Project Update Report and gave details to the Committee in relation to:
· Violent Crime
· Tackling violence against women and girls
· Victims Services
· Anti Social Behaviour
· Mental Health
· Increasing the BME representation of South Wales Police Officers and staff
· Reducing Offending and re-offending in the 18-25 age group
The update be received.
Presentation on the project for reducing offending and re-offending in the 18-25 year age group
To receive a presentation from the Commissioner on this matter.
Dr John Rose referred to the Reduction of Offending and Re-Offending in the 18-25 Age Group and gave a detailed presentation to the Panel regarding this age group.
Dr Rose also referred to the Success of the Youth Offending Model and gave details of the Social Risk Factors for involvement in Crime that were both complex and interrelated and required sophisticated multi agency interventions.
Dr Rose then advised of things that needed to be done in relation to the reduction of offending and re-offending in the 18-25 age group.
Questions were then raised by the Panel and were responded to in detail by Dr Rose, Mr Michael, Mr Vaughan and Mr Jukes.
Date of next meeting
Wednesday 11th March 2015 (10.30am)
Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr Tydfil.
The next Panel Meeting be held on Wednesday 11 March 2015 commencing at 10.30 am to be held at the Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr Tydfil.
Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there were no items deemed urgent.