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Items
No. Item

474.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor C Barry and Councillor P Brown.

475.

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.

476.

Homelessness Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 478 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Steve Peters and Cerys Clarke to the Meeting.

 

Steve Peters then referred the Committee to the ‘Homelessness Strategy – Update’ report and together with Cerys Clarke responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraph 4.3 – Explanation requested for the percentage drop

·         Social Housing Providers – Availability of one bedroom properties

·         Is there a Homelessness Avoidance Officer

·         What financial support is available for people in rent arrears

·         This year’s figure in relation to Discretionary Housing Allowance

·         How many applications are re-issued after being refused

·         What are the future plans in relation to the development of one bedroom accommodation

·         What percentage of provision is mandatory

·         Paragraph 5.7 – What is the scale of this – How does it compare with the rest of Wales

·         Paragraph 7.2 – Single person accommodation – What steps have been taken and what are the future steps – What is the timeframe

·         How much engagement is there with Hostels and Social Services

·         What is the success rate of moving people on from Hostels

·         What is the impact of Universal Credit

·         Accommodation for Offenders

·         Are there records kept of numbers attending Food Banks

·         Paragraph 5.16 – Rough Sleeping – Explanation of how the count was undertaken

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

 

The Chair then thanked the Officers for attending and the update to the Committee.

477.

Update Report - Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence pdf icon PDF 326 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Julie Beck, Deb Evans and Lowri Morgan to the Meeting.

 

Steve Peters then referred the Committee to the ‘Update report – Violence against Women and Girls, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence’.

 

Deb Evans and Julie Beck then updated the Committee and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraphs 4.5 and 4.6 – Increase in figures

·         Paragraphs 5.11 and 5.12 – Are applications being made

·         Do the Police give any financial support

·         Work undertaken with perpetrators – Drive project

·         How many victims are male

·         Training for staff in the Medical Profession

·         How can abuse be explained to those who do not recognise abuse – Healthy / Unhealthy relationships

·         White Ribbon Day

 

Could there be an Authority Champion for this.

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

 

Councillor M Colbran left the Meeting at 3.15 pm and returned at 3.25 pm.

478.

Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 383 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

The Committee then considered the issue of Homelessness across the County Borough and agreed that a Task and Finish Group be established to look at this issue.

 

Resolved that:

 

A Task and Finish Group be established to look at Homelessness across the County Borough and that this Group comprise Councillor J Amos, Councillor G Lewis and Ms M Ellis Co-opted Member.

 

479.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.

480.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the Meeting.

481.

Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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