Agenda and minutes

South West Wales Corporate Joint Committee - Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee - Friday, 27th January, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Via Microsoft Teams

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Chairs Announcements


There were none.


Declarations of Interest


There were none.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 194 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting held on the 8th November were approved as an accurate record of the meeting.


Budget for Financial Year 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 727 KB


The 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.


Members 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.


Discussions 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 particular projects.


Explanations 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.


Members 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.


Members 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.


It 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 pdf icon PDF 418 KB


The Forward Work Programme was noted.


Urgent Items


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



There were none.