Agenda and minutes

Community and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 25th February, 2021 10.00 am

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1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors F. Akhtar (Chair), H. Davies and D. Thomas and from Councillor L.M. Stephens (Deputy Leader of the Council).

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee extended his condolences to Councillor Dole following the death of his mother.

 

The Chair welcomed Mr Jason Jones to the meeting following his appointment as the Council’s Head of Regeneration.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTERESTS INCLUDING ANY PARTY WHIPS ISSUED IN RELATION TO ANY AGENDA ITEM

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There were no declarations of any prohibited party whips.

 

Councillor

Minute Number

Nature of Interest

J Gilasbey

7 – Forthcoming Items

Executive Board Forward Work Programme Re: Housing Rent Setting - Family Member is a Council Tenant -

J. Gilasbey

7 – Forthcoming Items

Executive Board Forward Work Programme – Re school closures - Family member is a Teacher in one of the affected schools

 

3.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS (NONE RECEIVED)

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The Chair advised that no public questions had been received.

4.

CORPORATE STRATEGY 2018/23 - UPDATE APRIL 2021 pdf icon PDF 481 KB

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The Committee received a report presented by Councillor C. Campbell (Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs) providing an update on the Council’s Corporate Strategy for 2018-23, as at April 2021. The report detailed the progress being achieved against the Council’s Well Being objectives adopted in June 2018, as amended to reflect developing priorities and the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Brexit and climate change. The Committee noted that while it was considered good practice to ensure the Corporate Strategy was up to date and resources allocated to priorities, the Improvement Objectives must be published annually in accordance with both the Local Government (Wales Measure 2009) and The Well-being of Future Generations Act.

 

Supporting presentations were also made by Executive Board Members Councillors E. Dole (Leader of the Council with responsibility for regeneration) L. Evans (Housing), P. Hughes Griffiths (Culture Sport and Tourism) and G. Davies (Education) in relation to their specific portfolios

 

The following questions/issues were raised on the report:-

·       Reference was made to improvement point ‘A’ in Well Being Objective 2 “to increase the range of physical activity opportunities available for children and to target those at greater risk of inactivity”. Clarification was sought on how that might be achieved without separating children from their class cohort.

 

The Executive Board Member for Education advised that as activities were not suitable for all pupils, the authority was working with schools, and pupils, to identify, develop and increase the range of physical activities available for children. Encouragement would be provided to children, where needed, but no child would be separated from their class cohort.

·       Reference was made to the recent announcement by the U.K. government of additional funding for schools and on whether that could be used to measure activity within schools as identified within the report.

 

The Executive Board Member for Education advised that while the extra money was welcomed, as with other grant awards recently received, it would be allocated to support children’s wellbeing and education through these difficult times.

·       The Executive Board Member for Education in response to a question on the increased uptake in Free School Meal Provision subsequent to the start of the pandemic, confirmed the cost was being met by the council and no child in need would go without. He also referred to those who had lost their job or placed on furlough due to the pandemic and stressed the importance for parents affected by those, or other circumstances, to contact the authority/school if they required assistance.

·       Reference was made to the estimated 3,000 job losses throughout Carmarthenshire since the start of the pandemic and whether the authority had set any time scale to redress those losses.

 

The Leader of the Council reminded the Committee that the Authority had developed a recovery plan to help redress the pandemic’s impact on Carmarthenshire (being the first local authority in Wales to prepare such a plan) and made provision within its budget strategy to invest in the recovery and meet the plan’s objectives within  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

SCRUTINY ACTION UPDATE pdf icon PDF 230 KB

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The Committee received a report detailing the progress achieved in relation to requests or referrals emerging from previous meetings.

 

The following issue was raised on the report:-

·       Reference was made to the Committee’s decision to convene a member seminar on Universal Credit and the Head of Homes and Safer Communities confirmed arrangements were being made for it to be held in May 2021

 

The Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs advised the Committee that the Authority would shortly be providing a dedicated telephone line to provide help and advice for all benefit related enquiries

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the report be received.

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EXPLANATION FOR NON-SUBMISSION OF SCRUTINY REPORT pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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The Committee received an explanation for the non-submission of the following scrutiny report(s)

 

·       Departmental Business Plans

·       Welsh Public Library Standards Annual Report 2019/20

 

The Committee was informed that with regard to the Departmental Business Plan reports those would now be presented to the Committee’s next meeting on the 12th April, 2021.

 

RESOLVED that the explanation for the non-submissions be noted.

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FORTHCOMING ITEMS pdf icon PDF 32 KB

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(NOTE: Councillor J Gilasbey had earlier declared an interest in this item and had left the meeting prior to its consideration)

 

The Committee considered a list of forthcoming items to be considered at its next meeting to be held on the 12th April 2021 and noted that as reported in Minute 6 above, the Departmental Business Plans would be presented to that meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the list of forthcoming items to be considered at the next scheduled meeting on the 12th April, 2021, together with the Departmental Business Plans, be noted.

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TO SIGN AS A CORRECT RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THE 2ND FEBRUARY 2021 pdf icon PDF 356 KB

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