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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor J Amos, H Hopkins and M Ellis Co-opted Members.


Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member also sent apologies.


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.


Well-being of Future Generations: An examination of Making skills work for Merthyr Tydfil: developing the workforce of the future pdf icon PDF 560 KB

To consider the attached report


The Chair welcomed Sara-Jane Byrne and Katherine Simmons Wales Audit Office to the Meeting.


Sara-Jane Byrne then referred the Committee to the Wales Audit Office report – ‘Well-being of Future Generations: An examination of Making Skill Work for Merthyr Tydfil; Developing the Workforce of the Future – MTCBC’.


Alyn Owen also gave an update on the progress made since the publication of the report and advised that a further report would be brought to Committee.


Andrew Mogford, Chris Long and Deb Ryan-Newton also updated the Committee in relation to the report.


The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers and the Wales Audit Office:


Part One: Examination – ‘Long Term’ – Is this defined anywhere in the Act

Action Plan – Update requested on the September end dates

Skill Levels – How are job losses being dealt with in terms of employability

Further information requested on Apprenticeships


The Chair then thanked the Wales Audit Office and the Officers for the update to the Committee.


Youth Offending Service pdf icon PDF 279 KB

To receive the attached report

Additional documents:


Resolved that:


The report for Information be received.


Substance Misuse

To receive a verbal update.


The Chair welcomed Ceri Ford Lead Officer for Substance Misuse Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board to the Meeting.


Ceri Ford then gave a detailed overview to the Committee of where we are in Merthyr Tydfil and together with Paul Lewis responded in detail to questions raised by the Members in relation to:


·         Is the use of ‘Spice’ a particular problem

·         Is there ‘Spice’ in other areas

·         ‘Spice’ users in the Town Centre

·         ‘Drink Wise Age Well’ – What will happen at the end of the funding

·         Is there data available in relation to Cocaine / Alcohol related suicides


Ceri Ford advised that she could provide data in response to the questions raised.


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


Councillor M Colbran left the Meeting at 3.30 pm.


Draft Task and finish Group Report - Rat Infestation and Recycling Rates pdf icon PDF 472 KB

To consider the attached report


The Chair welcomed Councillor D Sammon Chair Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside Scrutiny Committee to the Meeting.


Councillor D Sammon then led the Committee in detail through the ‘Draft Task and Finish Group: Rat Infestations and Recycling Rates’ report and advised that a lot of the subject matter was in the remit of the Committee and welcomed input from the Committee prior to presentation of the report to Cabinet.


A Member stated that it was a serious issue for all in the County Borough and referred to the viability of the £40 charge for treatments.


Alyn Owen then stated that he welcomed a follow up discussion to go through the recommendations.


This suggestion was welcomed by Councillor Sammon who also stated that he would welcome the involvement of Committee Members.


Councillor K Gibbs then advised he would like to be part of these discussions.


The Committee then agreed the recommendations as outlined within the report and also agreed with the convening a Meeting with Alyn Owen, the Task and Finish Group and Councillor K Gibbs to further consider the report prior to the report being presented to Cabinet.


The Chair then thanked Councillor Sammon for the update to the Committee.


Work Programme 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 385 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair led the Committee through the ‘Work Programme 2019/20’ report.


The Committee then agreed that the Self- Evaluation Findings: Question 2: Provision and Service Delivery be deferred to the Meeting scheduled for 14 January 2020 and that Substance Misuse / Youth Offending be further considered at the next Committee Meeting.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions


No referrals had been received.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee reflected on the issues that had been discussed in the Meeting.


Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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