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Apologies for Absence TXT 4 KB

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Apologies for absence were received from H Hopkins and H Jackson Co-opted Members.


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.


Update Report - Violence Against Women and Girls, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence pdf icon PDF 833 KB

To consider the attached report


The Chair welcomed Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member, Nicola Mahoney and Julie Beck from Safer Merthyr Tydfil to the Meeting.


Nicola Mahoney and Julie Beck then led the Committee in detail through the ‘Update Report – Violence Against Women and Girls, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence’ report and together with the Officers responded in detail to the questions raised by the Committee:


·         The impact on Service provision in Merthyr Tydfil due to lockdown

·         Paragraph 4.7 – MARAC Cases – What is the Benchmark figure – What are the current figures – How do Merthyr Tydfil figures compare with neighbouring Councils – Are there any factors unique to Merthyr Tydfil – Why are the figures higher than neighbour Authorities – Are the cases only Domestic Violence or do they include cases of Sexual Violence

·         Operation Encompass – Are the Police given the figures for this – Has the level increased

·         Is Domestic Violence a historic problem in Merthyr Tydfil – Is it getting worst – What measures can be put in for prevention

·         What interaction is there between the Social Services Team with the Safer Merthyr Tydfil Domestic Violence Team

·         How do Safer Merthyr Tydfil work with Partner Agencies

·         How prevalent is Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community

·         Is there research to indicate how much Domestic Violence is unknown

·         Is assistance provided for men – What are the engagement figures for men

·         The Annual Meeting that is held with the Police and the Committee

·         Explanation requested in relation to accessing funding and an overview of funding – Is any funding received from the Local Authority – Has funding increased in recent years

·         The men campaign and the low uptake figure – Is there an opportunity to feed back instances to the Police in order to bring about change

·         Is Domestic Violence more of a generation issue – Is it coming through to a younger generation

·         Does Domestic Violence run in families – If violence is seen in the household is it more likely for a household member to commit violence


The Chair and Councillor Thomas then stated that if there was any aspect that Safer Merthyr Tydfil wished to bring forward to refer this to the Committee.


The Chair then thanked Nicola Mahoney and Julie Beck for attending and for the information provided to the Committee.


Update on Response to Coronavirus pdf icon PDF 409 KB

To recieve the attached report

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The Committee received the Information Report.


Work Programme 2020 - 2021 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

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The Chair referred the Committee to the Forward Work Programme 2020/21 report.


A Member then proposed that under additional Topics for Review Violent Crime: Sexual Violence be reviewed by the Committee.


Maria Purnell advised that she would pursue this proposal and would agree the best Committee date for this item.


The Response to Coronavirus would also be discussed at the next Committee Meeting.


Reference was then made to Appendix 1 of the Response Coronavirus Report and the Members requested further details in relation to:


Fixed Penalty Notices, Number of joint visits made by Environmental Health, Homelessness, Universal Credit, Mass Testing, Transforming Towns, Cutback of Vegetation


The Chair also proposed a COVID Dashboard where progress could be seen through a timeframe.




Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions


There was no update on this item.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee reflected on the items that had been discussed at the Meeting.


Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no busines deemed urgent.


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