Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 28th July, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Multi-Location Meeting - Council Chamber, Port Talbot and Microsoft Teams

Contact: Charlotte Davies - 01639 763745 

Items
No. Item

1.

Chairs Announcements

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2.

Declarations of Interests

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were received:

 

Cllr M Spooner            Item 10. Personal – Chair of Rhos Primary School Governing Body. Cllr Spooner has dispensation to speak and vote on this item.

 

Cllr S Reynolds           Item 7 – Personal.

                                    Item 16 – Personal.

 

Cllr S Jones                Item 7 and 10 – Personal, Prejudicial – remunerated Director of two of the childcare settings. Cllr Jones will leave the room when the items are discussed.

 

3.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2022 were approved as a true and accurate record.

 

 

4.

Pre-decision Scrutiny

·        To select appropriate items from the Cabinet agenda for pre-decision scrutiny (cabinet reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)

Minutes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Start Expansion - Phase 1

 

Cllr Scott Jones reaffirmed his interest and left the room for this item.

 

Members were presented with information relating to Flying Start Phase One Expansion, as detailed in the report circulated.

 

Officers advised that the expansion of Flying Start would go into three areas. The areas were chosen based on robust data provided by Welsh Government and also Neath Port Talbot’s own vulnerability and deprivation data. The expansion is very small and is extended to an additional 127 children. With 32 of those children falling within the outreach programme.

 

Members queried what discussions and work had begun on considering and planning the rollout of the scheme expansion, in particular with Welsh Government. Members recognised the large amount of work that would need to be undertaken to promote the expansion.

 

Officers confirmed that they are in discussions with Welsh Government who have indicated that further information is planned to be released over the summer, before phase 1 begins. Planning for phase 2 is underway in the best way it can be, until further information is realised from Welsh Government.

 

Members asked officers to consider attaching an appropriate glossary to future reports, where technical abbreviations are used.

 

Following scrutiny, members were supportive of the proposal to be considered by Cabinet.

 

Cllr Jones returned to the room.

 

Insourcing of Leisure Services

 

Members were presented with information relating to the insourcing of leisure services, as detailed within the report circulated.

 

The report provides a detailed timescale and the various steps required for the insourcing of the service and the Project Board that has been set up to undertake this task.

 

Officers confirmed that a series of meetings has already taken place with Heads of Services colleagues from other directorates and colleagues from Celtic Leisure to allow for information to be shared between the two organisations.

 

Members queried if officers were working together with other directorates to explore a holistic approach to ensuring sustainability of the service. For example, links with mental health services and also social prescribing with the health service.

 

It was confirmed that currently NPTCBC officers are responsible for the National Exercise Referral Scheme. Officers work closely with the Health Board and Public Health Wales. The Council have drawn down an additional £100,000/year to be able to deliver on behalf of the Health Board. Officers confirmed that when the transfer of Celtic Leisure is complete it will become part of the new Leisure Services. Officers will be working with the newly formed leisure services to ensure that links are formed to deliver services.

 

Officers confirmed that a business plan would be placed before members in the autumn which will detail the links to be formed.

 

Members queried under 5.11 what would be lost and deprioritised under the increase in workload. Members expressed their concerns and queried what action has been undertaken to ensure that there is no damage to services in the current year.

 

Officers advised that there is an external consultant working with the Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

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Minutes:

To note for information.

6.

Urgent Items

Any urgent items (whether public or exempt) at the discretion of the Chairman pursuant to Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

7.

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To resolve to exclude the public for the following items pursuant to Regulation 4 (3) and (5) of Statutory Instrument 2001 No.2290 and the relevant exempt paragraphs of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972

 

Minutes:

To resolve to exclude the public for the following item/s of business pursuant to Regulation 4 (3) and (5) of Statutory Instrument 2001 No.2290 and the undermentioned exempt Paragraphs of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

8.

Pre-Decision Scrutiny of Private Item/s

·        To select appropriate items from the Cabinet agenda for pre-decision scrutiny (cabinet reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)

Minutes:

Panteg./Cyfyng Road, Landslip

 

Following scrutiny, members were supportive of the proposal to be considered by Cabinet.

 

Provision of a Welcome Centre

 

Following scrutiny, members were supportive of the proposal to be considered by cabinet.