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To select appropriate items from the Cabinet agenda for pre-decision
scrutiny (cabinet reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
To select appropriate items from the Cabinet (Finance) Sub Committee
agenda for pre-decision scrutiny (Cabinet Finance Sub - Committee reports
enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
Committee scrutinised the following Cabinet Board items:
received information in relation to the terms of reference for the Capital
Programme Steering Group and Members Surgeries, as detailed within the
welcomed the new Protocol in relation to Capital Programme Management in order
to address the findings of the Independent Governance Review.
took place around fair distribution of monies. It was noted that the authority
do comprehensive surveys of all of the assets within the County Borough on a
rolling programme basis. Following the surveys, officers will formulate the
best use out of the funding to distribute fairly.
queried that there was reference to speed work on highways within the report
and requested clarity on the responsibilities. It was noted that only the
police can enforce the speed limit and provide speeding tickets. Officers
within Neath Port Talbot can utilise evidenced based accidents to put
mitigation measures in place to control speed limits.
queried whether the council have the resources to research and respond to
Freedom of Information Act requests within the appropriate timescales. It was
also asked whether the Freedom of information act applied to member’s as well
as the public. Officers confirmed that members are entitled to request and view
any information of the council if they so wished. Requesting information through
the Freedom of Information act would not be the best form of practice for
member to gather information. In terms of public receiving information, it was
noted that general information should be available on the website for public to
access to prevent having numerous Freedom of Iinformation
Scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposals to be considered by the
2 (1st April 2021 – 30th September 2021) Cabinet Key Performance Indicators
received quarter 2 performance information for KPIs and compliments and
complaints data within Cabinet’s purview, as detailed within the circulated
Chair highlighted that the Committee understood that a few of the Performance
indicators were not meeting targets due to the pressures following the impact
of Covid-19. Members highlighted their appreciation of the work that officers
continue to do to achieve their targets.
highlighted that within the planning department, staff with high knowledge and
experiencing had moved on from the authority. Resulting in a lack of resources
within the department. Members asked what mitigating measures officers were
putting in place to ensure that officer posts were filled, capturing knowledge
and experience within the council. Officers highlighted that due to the high
demand in delivery service they are currently securing a recruitment package.
scrutiny, the report was noted.
West Wales Corporate Joint Committee
were updated on the implementation of the South West Wales Corporate Joint
Committee pursuant to the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021, as
detailed within the circulated report.
Members continued to express their concerns in relation to the Corporate Joint Committees. It was mentioned that there had been correspondence between ... view the full minutes text for item 1.