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was noted that on page 3 item 1, the spelling of
Tegwyn was incorrect and should be changed to Tegryn.
with the inclusion of the above alteration, the minutes of the meeting held on
January 25th be approved.
Jones (Lead Chief Executive of the CJC) introduced some further governance and administrative
matters pertaining to the CJC as detailed in the circulated report. She
referred to the recent guidance on a range of statutory duties that Welsh
Government have issued in relation to the CJC’s. The committee heard about
section 6 specifically which relates to policy and planning issues that must be
considered by the CJC including- the equality duty, the biodiversity duty, the
duty to comply with Wellbeing of Future Generations duties among others. It was
stated that a Forward Work Programme will be developed for the committee
ensuring all required topics are built into their work for the year.
Jones went on to explain that arrangements were being made for the CJC to have
its own ‘corporate identity’ and Swansea Council have been tasked with creating
some initial designs.
were also asked to consider an initial media protocol, which detailed how the
work of the CJC would be communicated initially. Members were asked to note
that the protocol would develop to include the national parks as they become
more substantively involved.
That members of the South West Wales Corporate Joint Committee (CJC)
note the ‘other statutory duties’ set out in the ‘Corporate Joint Committees:
Statutory Guidance’ issued by Welsh Government.
That members of the CJC note and endorse the Chief Executive’s proposal
to build the work required to meet these other statutory requirements into the
Committee’s Forward Work Programme.
That members of the CJC authorise the Chief Executive to progress the
development of a corporate identity for the CJC to a conclusion in consultation
with the members of the CJC.
That members of the CJC approve the media protocol at Appendix 1 as an
initial basis for governing media activities related to the activities of the
considered additional documents to be included within
the Constitution of the CJC as contained within the circulated report.
the CJC adopt and include in their constitution:
Protocol regarding correspondence from MP and MS (contained at Appendix
Local Resolution Procedure (contained at Appendix 2)
Members Gifts and Hospitality (contained at Appendix 3)
Nonattendance at meetings policy (contained at Appendix 4)
Petition Scheme (contained at Appendix 5).
Public Speaking Protocol (contained at Appendix 6)
Protocol on Member and Officer Relationships (contained at Appendix 7)
That Members note the future documentation that will be brought forward
to the CJC for approval as set out in paragraphs 5 and
6 of the circulated report.
committee were asked to consider the adoption of the South West Wales Regional
Economic Delivery Plan as contained within the circulated report and to note
that the REDP will become the regional strategy for economic wellbeing going
forward. It was noted that due to events such as Brexit,
the Covid-19 pandemic, and the climate emergency the strategy has been
re-focussed over last 12 months. The renewed plan has built on the existing
evidence base and action planning and has undergone consultation. The committee
were asked to note current performance, which includes adding circa 20,000 jobs
to the economy since 2013 and a closing productivity and economic activity gap
more to do although members noted there is still more that needs to be achieved.
committee noted the planned wider approach to realise incremental improvement
with a wider stock of business and to focus on strengths (including
collaborations, culture and environmental assets.) Members were also pleased to
note the synergies of the REDP with the WG policy position on the Regional
committee were pleased to hear details surrounding the ‘ambitions’ of the plan
and the ‘missions’ that will underpin them. Alongside the overall plan there is
a live pipeline of 45 projects with some £3bn associated spend which will add
direction and substance to the strategy.
was noted that the REDP has been approved by the four Local Authorities, and if
adopted at the CJC the focus will then move to delivery. It was noted further
that there will be a resource implication but for the first year it is
envisaged that existing resources such as the EARth
project will be utilised.
queried how the strategy can adopt to a continually changing environment and
used the recent Ukrainian refugee crisis as an example. They were pleased to
note that the flexible project pipeline could flex in response to changing
circumstances, opportunities and threats.
was queried what degree of engagement had taken place during the consultation
period with a particular focus on the involvement of national park authorities.
was explained that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, events had been curtailed but
virtual events had been successful and no feedback had been received. Moving
forward the specific projects will deserve partner engagement and members were
pleased to note that future consultation plans will include national parks as
That the South West Wales Regional Economic
Delivery Plan (REDP) be adopted as the regional strategy for the economic
wellbeing strand of the CJC’s work programme.
considered the South West Wales Energy Plan as contained within the circulated
plan is intended to be the framework for the CJC’s work programme and members
heard how it has been developed over the last 12-18 months via extensive work
with the four Local Authorities and their ‘Core Regional Directors Energy Group’
and supported by the Welsh Government’s
Energy Service. There has also been a wide range of input from advisory groups
and stakeholder sessions.
was noted that it is intended to be a strategy for the region and focusses on the
leadership role of the CJC particularly around the ambitious target to achieve net
zero energy consumption by 2050.
were advised that work-streams have been set up on:
were pleased to note that consolidated energy and economic modelling and action
plans will accompany the work-streams and the three key steps for driving the
strategy forward, which include;
the strategy (increase visibility and levels of awareness) -and develop the
attention was drawn to the caveat that the plan does not take into account
major industrial users and emitters in South Wales but it is accepted that they
will have their own strategies and net zero action plans.
the South West Wales Regional Energy Strategy be adopted as the framework for
the CJC’s work programme with further reports to be brought forward in due
course identifying how it is proposed that the strategic intent will be
considered the Shared Prosperity Fund as contained within the circulated
was explained that the UK Government has now published
its ‘Levelling Up’ white paper as well as pre-launch guidance on the UK Shared
Prosperity Fund and the Wales team are engaging with Local Authorities in
advance of issuing final guidance.
is expected to be a pivotal role for Local Authorities to lead bids in their
areas but collaboration is expected on local investment plans to allow the
funding to be drawn down.
was explained that the CJC does not have status in
respect of VAT under s.33 so it is not deemed an appropriate vehicle for
drawing money down and until this is established the Local Authorities will be
the main vehicle for this.
was raised that money may be given in an adhoc manner
without strategic due regard to overall aims and it was encouraged that this
feedback be provided directly to responsible team.
the CJC note the UK Government’s White Paper
‘Levelling Up’ and associated pre-launch guidance for the UK Shared Prosperity
the CJC note the consultation and engagement being undertaken by the UK
Government with partners including local authorities to develop arrangements
that maximise UK Shared
Prosperity Fund in each nation. UK Government would support
delivery on a regional footprint in Wales – based on the four economic
regions/City and Growth Deal regions.
the CJC note work underway to assess the role the CJC might have in delivering
the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which is a central pillar of the UK Government’s
Levelling Up agenda .