|Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017 Time: 2.00 p.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale|
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|COUNCILLOR M. CROSS (CHAIR)|
Apologies for absence were received from:-
Councillors P. Baldwin, C. Meredith, G. Collier, N. Daniels, John Morgan and B. Willis.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS
There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.
PUBLIC SERVICES BOARD SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
Consideration was given to the Minutes of the Public Services Board Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 13th February, 2017, whereupon:-
It was noted that Councillor Wilkshire's apology for absence had not been recorded.
RESOLVED, subject to the foregoing, that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.
THE PROPOSED WELL-BEING STATEMENT AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE COUNCIL
Appendix 2 (2M/bytes)
Consideration was given to the report of the Temporary Lead Corporate Director/Head of Paid Service which was presented to provide Members with the Council's draft Well-being Objectives and Statement for consideration.
The Head of Policy & Performance spoke to the report and informed Members that the Council had a statutory responsibility under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act to approve and publish the Well-being Objectives and Statement by 31st March, 2017.
The Officer commented that the Well-being objectives would be reviewed and further developed following the local government elections in May. These objectives and detail would also need to be included in the new Corporate Plan for endorsement by Council.
A Member expressed concern regarding the funding required to implement the work identified and enquired if members of the Public Services Board would attend the PSB Scrutiny Committee to address any specific questions raised.
The Head of Policy & Performance advised that this report covered the Council's well-being statement and objectives, however anticipated that PSB members would attend relevant items in the future as the committee forward work programme develops.
RESOLVED to recommend, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted and that:-
CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO PSB ON THE DRAFT ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL WELL-BEING
Consideration was given to the report of the Policy, Partnerships and Engagement Manager and the Head of Policy & Performance which was presented to outline the PSB Scrutiny Committee's proposed response to the Blaenau Gwent Public Services Board as a statutory consultee on the draft assessment of local well-being.
The Policy, Partnerships and Engagement Manager spoke to the report and updated Members on the proposed response which had been produced following the statutory consultation session with Members of the Public Services Board Scrutiny Committee held on 23rd February, 2017.
The Policy, Partnerships and Engagement Manager informed Members that the draft assessment well-being objectives would need to be resourced from within existing budgets.
Education & Training
A Member expressed concern with regard to how the young people's outcomes would be aligned. He explained that some young people would enter training at a later stage (if they had not achieved well in school) and said that schools needed to acknowledge they also had a duty to engage with the process. The Policy, Partnerships and Engagement Manager noted the comment and advised that this would be incorporated within the consultation response.
For clarification, the Officer advised that a great deal of emphasis had been given to public opinion and the Public Services Board had undertaken a significant amount of work to involve and engage the public through the process with the top five issues included in the Well-being Assessment e.g. tidy clean streets, transport and infrastructure etc.
The Blaenau Gwent We Want information leaflet would be forwarded to elected Members.
With regard to a Member's concern regarding funding, the Officer commented that no additional funding would be provided to implement projects, however, the Public Services Board recognised the importance of setting "realistic" resource commitments.
A Member commented that an analysis of data from the 16 electoral wards in the Borough needed to be considered to ensure that pockets of deprivation that existed within the community would not be overlooked.
The Policy, Partnerships and Engagement Manager advised that during the establishment of the Well-being objectives consideration had been given to the information collated from the engagement process with the local community to ensure that the issues raised would not be overlooked. Focus would continue to be provided on those geographical areas where greater need had been identified.
A Member expressed concern that similar approaches to support those people in greatest need had been used previously for example, Communities First. As there would be no additional funding available to implement projects as part of this current process there was concern that no improvements would be made for the community. The Head of Policy & Performance advised that there was value in this approach as a better understanding of the specific issues affecting the community would be gained.
Another Member expressed the view that the Communities First programme had been well funded but had not improved the communities of Blaenau Gwent. The draft Assessment of Local Well-being was part of an EU and Welsh Government programme which would end shortly, the Council needed to focus on providing services to the community without guidance from the EU.
RESOLVED to recommend, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted and Option 2 be endorsed i.e. that the proposed response be amended to take into account the one additional comment relating to the alignment of strategies for post school education raised prior to submission to the Blaenau Gwent Public Services Board as part of the formal consultation process on the draft Assessment of local Well-being.