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minutes of the previous meeting held on the 8th November were
approved as an accurate record of the meeting.
Chief Executive provided a brief overview of the budget, providing detail
around the current focus of the budget along with the future focus over the
next 12 months. The Section 151 Officer also provided a more detailed background
of the setting of the budge.
noted the following error within the agenda/report:
On page 2 of the agenda pack the date should
read ‘20 January 2023’ and not ‘20 March 2023’ as detailed.
On page 8 of the report, paragraph 2.4, it was
noted that the figure should read 140,000 and not 140,0000.
took place around the UK and Welsh Government funding that was available.
Clarity was sought around the placement of this money and whether it was
included within the Corporate Joint Committee Budget. It was confirmed that it
wasn’t directly within the Corporate Joint Committee budget and was a part of
the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and was sitting within individual authorities. It
was highlighted to the committee that the information on the UK Shared
Prosperity Fund to inform members that there is money available to help support
were provided in relation to technical complications that have arisen due to
the Corporate Joint Committee being its own entity and requiring section 33
powers. It was noted that there are VAT Implications along with other technical
issues that are within Section 150. It was noted that officers were happy to
provide a report on this in future providing further detail.
queried the £617,753 budget and asked what the purpose and outcomes would be of
this money as the main detail of the spend was mainly around administration
duties. Officers explained that the first year was mainly around setting up the
entity of the Corporate Joint Committee in line with the legal requirements
which has a cost. It was noted that the Welsh Government is keen to have
collaborative working specifically on the following areas - Transport,
Planning, Economic Development and Energy. It was noted that there is a lot of
Admin involved however, it’s not all admin within the budget.
were aware that as the Corporate Joint Committee is its own entity, it would be
within Wales Audit Office remit as a separate body to ensure that the
governance and the value for money of the budget is set appropriately.
Therefore Members asked for clarity around the Regional Management Office as
the budget figures were detailed as estimated costs and wanted reassurance that
there was no potential for those costs to increase. The officers provided
assurance to members and explained that the Corporate Joint Committee is within
its infancy and workings of the Regional Management Group were still being
finalised. Officers reassured members that the costings for the regional
Management Office would be controlled and kept within costs.
was noted that Scrutiny would regularly receive Budget monitoring reports to
ensure they have sight of any costings over the next calendar year.
Officers provided reassurance to members around the Chief Executive Lead’s ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Forward Work Programme was noted.