Agenda and minutes

Public Services Board Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 27th July, 2021 4.30 pm

Venue: Virtually Via Microsoft Teams (if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk)

Contact: Democratic Services  6011

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting, a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

 

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

The Labour Group wished it to be recorded that there was no attendance from Labour Group Members as the meeting had been moved to accommodate a last minute change by the Majority Group with no consultation with the Labour Group, even after the Leader of the Labour Group had responded to advise of the clash with the regularly planned Labour Group meeting before Council.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To receive any declarations of interest and dispensations made.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest and dispensations raised.

 

4.

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To receive the Minutes of the Public Services Board Scrutiny Committee held on 15th April, 2021.

 

(Please note the Minutes are submitted for points of accuracy only)

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th April, 2021.

 

The Committee AGREED that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

 

5.

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To consider the report of the Managing Director.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Managing Director.

 

The Managing Director advised that the report provided Members with an update on the development of a Regional Gwent PSB and the next round of the Assessment of Local Well-being and Local Well-being Plans. It was reported that the report would be presented to Council on 29th July, 2021 to seek approval for a move towards a Regional Gwent PSB.

 

The Managing Director spoke to the report and provided an overview of the process to be undertaken with regard to a move to a Regional Gwent PSB. It was noted that the current Well-Being Plans (2018-2023) form the delivery arrangements for the next two years and these would continue to be delivered by the local partnerships supported by the Regional PSB and scrutinised by partnership Scrutiny Committees in each of the local areas.

 

The Managing Director referred to the timelines for the process and advised that arrangements for Regional Scrutiny Committees were being discussed among democratic services leads and the aim was to conclude this to meet the approval requirements of the local assessment of well-being needs. The scrutiny of the existing well-being plans would be continued through local Scrutiny Committees until 2023. The Managing Director added that there would still be work for the Blaenau Gwent PSB Scrutiny Committee, however this work would gradually be taken on board regionally.

 

In terms of approval of reports, the Managing Director advised that Newport and Torfaen had already approved the move to a Regional Gwent PSB with Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Monmouthshire being considered this week.

 

The Chair and Members welcomed the report as it was felt that partnership working should be encouraged and recognised the benefits of working with other local authorities and partners.

 

A Member asked if there would be any cost implications in terms of officer time due to the change to the regional partnership. The Managing Director referred to the report and advised that there would be no financial implications for the Council, however, there would be additional work for staff in the Policy Team who supported the PSB. The Policy Team would now work with colleagues across Gwent to put the regional work in place.  There was also an expectation of the Policy Team to continue to support the local delivery partnership. 

 

In terms of resourcing the chair and administration of the new Regional PSB it would be rotated between statutory partners. The first meeting in the autumn would agree the Terms of Reference and appoint a Chair. The nominated Chair’s respective organisation would be permitted to undertake the administration of the Regional PSB and for an agreed term of 2 years, following the end of the 2-year period another chair would be appointed. It was felt that this was a fair way to take forward chair and administration on the regional basis.

 

The Member also asked if a move to a Regional Gwent PSB was permitted under the Well-being Future Generations Act  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.