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62.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Lawson.

63.

Declarations of Interest

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:

M Jehu Declared his Interest in Item 3 – Precept and Budget Proposals for 2024/2025 plus Medium Term Financial Strategy 2024/2025 to 2027/2028 as he is a Non Executive Director of Safer Merthyr Tydfil who receive funding from the Commissioner’s Office.

 

S James Declared her Interest in Item 3 – Precept and Budget Proposals for 2024/2025 plus Medium Term Financial Strategy 2024/2025 to 2027/2028 as she is a Trainer for Safer Wales.

 

Councillor B Bowen-Thompson Declared her Interest in Item 3 – Precept and Budget Proposals for 2024/2025 plus Medium Term Financial Strategy 2024/2025 to 2027/2028 as she is Chief Executive for Safer Wales.

64.

Precept and Budget Proposals for 2024/2025, plus Medium Term Financial Strategy 2024/2025 to 2027/2028 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all parties to the Meeting.

 

Alun Michael introduced the Panel to the ‘Precept and Budget Proposals for 2024/2025 plus Medium Term Financial Strategy 2024/2025 to 2027/2028’ and the Precept Consultation Public Survey Results’ reports.

 

Alun Michael gave details of the Challenges, Financial Pressures on Communities, Neighbourhood Policing, Community Engagement and Safer Communities across South Wales.

 

Mr Michael then gave details of the Precept Proposal for 2024/2025 with a proposal for an increase of 8.69%.  This would be an increase per month for a Band D property of £2.35.

 

A Presentation was then made to the Panel entitled ‘Meeting the Policing Challenge 2024-25’ with detailed information being given by Alun Michael, Jeremy Vaughan, Emma Wools, Lee Jones and David Holloway-Young on the following:

 

·        Precept Proposal 2024/2025

·        A Typical Day in South Wales Police - Incoming/ Ongoing Demand

·        Emergency Calls – Even more Complex – Call Duration

·        Increased Pressures and Demands – Graph 2016 – 2022

·        Critical and Major Incidents

·        Making People Safe

·        Justice for Victims of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences – Implementation of Op Soteria

·        Getting a Grip on Crime – Serious Sexual Offences, Rape, Residential Burglary, Robbery

·        HMICFRS found South Wales Police Good for Preventing Crime, Responding to the Public, Investigating Crime, Good use of Resources

·        DRIVE

·        DYFODOL

·        Uned Atal Trais – Violence Prevention Unit

·        Giving Hope to Women Offenders – Women’s Pathfinder Programme

·        Crime / 1000 Population Compared to Most Similar Grouping and All Forces 2011 to 2022

·        Incidence of Crime in Comparison to MSG 2011 to 2022

·        Challenges – Inflation – Consumer Price Index Inflation / Consumer Price Index Level – Graph 2018 to 2028

·        We are Shortchanged by £79m

·        Budget and Financial Forecast 2024 –2025 – 2028

·        We are disadvantaged by £18m – The Capital City of Wales, The Funding Formula Freeze, The Apprenticeship Levy, Loss of Capital Grant

·        Shortfall in Government Funding getting worse – How the Shortfall will be Financed

·        Comparative Growth in Council Tax Base 2021 – 2029

·        Limited Room to Cut without putting the public at risk

·        Neighbourhood Policing

·        Precept Proposal 2024/2025

 

The Chair then thanked the Commissioner, Jeremy Vaughan and the Officers for the Presentation and the thorough information on the reports.

 

 

Declaration of Interest

 

Councillor S Perkes Declared her Interest in the item as her role as a Councillor now includes Safer Vale.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Panel and were responded to in detail:

 

·        If the percentage requested were agreed what commitment would there be to the continuing hard work and improvement – Could it be seen where the money was going

·        Cost of the Commissioners Office – What has been the cost in running the Office from 2012 to now

·        Further details requested in relation to PCSO’s

·        How the Police are drawn in to support other Public Services that is not their role – Can this be addressed

·        Risk and Resilience – Assurance sought in relation to Reserves

 

All parties then left the Meeting.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on the item by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.

65.

Complaints pdf icon PDF 324 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Simon Jones referred to the Complaints report and updated the Panel on the Complaints.

 

Resolved that:

 

The Complaints detailed in Appendix 1 of the report be noted.

66.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no other business deemed urgent.

 

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