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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from H Hopkins Co-opted Member and Councillor G Thomas Cabinet 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.


Forward Work Programme 2022/2023 pdf icon PDF 310 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Forward Work Programme 2022/23’ report and advised that an invitation to a Meeting to discuss the Forward Work Programme would be sent out in the next few days.


Scrutiny Referrals


No referrals were received.


Housing & Homelessness Update pdf icon PDF 442 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:


The Chair referred to the ‘Housing and Homelessness Update’ report and welcomed Chris Long, Suzanne Lewis-Abbott and Suzanne Stephens to the Meeting.


Chris Long referred to the report and together with the Officers led the Members in detail through the report.


Chris Long also referred the Committee to the recommendations contained within the report and that through a face to face workshop a plan could be co designed and to involve Scrutiny in what was trying to be achieved.


A Member stated that he looked forward to this workshop and referred to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) and if there were any issues on the weekend or at night there were problems being experienced contacting the appropriate body to deal with issues and this matter could be discussed at the workshop.


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


·        Clarification sought on the needs and to understand the criteria for HMO’s – Understanding the boundaries in which to work - Concerns in relation to out of hours issues – Will there be a trial period  The question of  resources

·        Paragraph 4.10 – The number on the common housing register – When will the cleansing exercise be started and when is it due to finish – When did the cleansing exercise last take place and should it be at least undertaken yearly – How does the Banding work – Clarification and explanation requested on the figures in the table – Are the figures out of date in the report – The need to know what the demand is to be able to get a grip on demand.

·        Paragraph 5.7 – What will be the figure for 2022/23 (The Committee were advised that the figures in the report should read 2022-2023) 

·        Has the Welsh Government indicated that there will no money after April 2023 – The need to know this in advance

·        Clarification and explanation requested on the Projected Security Costs and why security staff were required

·        Paragraph 5.22 – 31 March 2023 as the cut off date – Representations to the WLGA – Extra pressures for the service and the need for Welsh Government to understand the picture

·        Paragraph 7.13 – The number of empty properties in the County Borough

·        Paragraph 4.5 – What is the gender split in relation to single people and is there any specific strategy for the gender split

·        How many people have been placed in temporary accommodation since the Pandemic and have they been moved on to permanent accommodation

·        Is the HMO model sufficient to meet needs going forward – The low rate of local housing allowance – Is the Authority able to find the difference between the two rental rates – What is the level of communication with private landlords – Is there a network in place – HMO model  - Most appropriate to be managed by a private landlord or a registered social landlord

·        Paragraph 7.4.1 – Request for an update on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 166.


Report Recommendations

Did we address the recommendations in each report and how have we added value?


A Meeting to be arranged to consider in detail the Forward Work Programme – Item 3


A Workshop to be arranged to meet the recommendations in the Housing and Homelessness update report – Item 5 – This Workshop to include all Members.


Feedback on Scrutiny Activities

Any outstanding actions?  Feedback from workshops / task and finish groups / enquiry days, etc.


There was no feedback or outstanding actions on this item.


Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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