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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Mr H Jackson Co-opted Member.


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.


Economic Growth Report pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To consider the attached report


The Chair welcomed Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member, Chris Long and Ewan McWilliams to the Meeting.


Chris Long referred to the ‘Economic Growth Report’ and led the Committee in detail through the report.


The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by Councillor Thomas and the Officers:


·         Paragraph 1.5 – Wavehill were appointed in October 2016 to support the development of an Economic Growth Strategy – Who commissioned Wavehill – Why were they chosen – What progress has been made and when will the Strategy and associated Action Plan be ready – When will the draft Strategy be available and will it then go out for public consultation

·         How much European Funding does the Authority receive – Will any funding be lost

·         Explanation requested in relation to European Funding, Match Funding – What is the Legal Framework

·         How many new businesses are still in business

·         Paragraph 4.5 – What are the jobs – Are they full time, permanent, part time, hours contracted

·         Update requested in relation to the Hoover site

·         Update requested in relation to the Bus Station Development and the Shopping Centre

·         Paragraph 5.1- Why are the aims and objectives not included – What are the projects – The need to look and compare the performance of the Department

·         A Summary would be useful to the Committee in an easy ready format

·         Update requested in relation to Taff Bargoed and the Management Plan for the Park

·         Update in relation to Trego Mills – What are the salary levels, Recruitment, Terms and Conditions etc

·         Paragraph 6.2 – Request made for the details in relation to what the percentages are

·         Paragraph 6.7 – Who will deliver the Apprenticeship Scheme – Will there be jobs for Apprentices – How many engineering and manufacturing jobs are to be attracted to the area


A Member also referred to the need to have sight of the aims and objectives together with the Economic Growth Strategy


Councillor B Carter left the Meeting at 3.15 pm.


Resolved that:


The judgements and evaluations be noted.


Working Life - Making Skills Work for Merthyr Tydfil: Developing the workforce of the Future pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To consider the attached report


Chris Long led the Committee in detail through the ‘Working Life / Making Skills Work for Merthyr Tydfil: Developing the Workforce of the Future’ report.


The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Cabinet Member and the Officers:


·         Numbers by themselves are meaningless – Nothing to compare with – Are there figures from other Local Authorities

·         There should be figures in the report – The figures could be good or bad – There is a need for a benchmark to compare the figures with

·         Were there targets for outcomes

·         When there are applications for European Funding it would be useful for the Committee to know the purpose of the funding, what is hoped to be achieved and to provide feedback

·         Appendix ll

·         It would be useful to say how this is measured and the deadline for getting there and if not met why not Key components missing are the targets

·         If things are subjective how can they be measured

·         No measurement of what the outcomes actually are

·         Pathway to Work – Children Looked After and Care Leavers – How many young people are the Authority caring for


Resolved that:


The report be noted.


Councillor E C Galsworthy left the Meeting at 3.42 pm.



Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions


The Committee were advised of the applications that had been received in relation to the two vacant Co-opted Member positions.


Resolved that:


The Committee Chair and Vice Chair consider the applications received and appoint as appropriate.


Councillor M Colbran left the Meeting at 3.52 pm.



Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee discussed in detail the issues that had been raised at the Meeting.


The Members referred to the need for the Committee to receive meaningful Performance Data to be able to undertake comparisons.  Performance should be presented in an easily understandable format, which was clear and concise and allowed Members to make judgements and challenge performance e.g. what are the targets, why variances occurred, are there any implications of not meeting the target, comparisons to other Local Authorities, historic comparisons and the impact on Wellbeing Objectives


The Committee then agreed that the Scrutiny Manager convey this to the appropriate Officers.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 703 KB

To consider the attached report


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


Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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