Agenda item

Implementing the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee

To consider the report of the Managing Director.


Consideration was given to the report of the Managing Director.


The Managing Director noted the report which set out an interim governance and delivery model sufficient to implement the statutory requirements for establishment of the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee (CJC).


It was added that the report also detailed the ‘twin-track’ approach to operating the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal alongside the initial ‘bare minimum’ phase of CJC mobilisation ahead of the SE Wales CJC setting its first statutory budget on 31st January, 2022.


The Managing Director spoke to the report and highlighted the key points of the legal requirements as detailed in the report. The Managing Director referred to the amount of work which had been undertaken and advised that until fully established the joint committee would run in parallel with the current City Deal arrangements.


The Managing Director further noted the financial implications and advised that there would be not budget impacts for 2022/2023 as the work would be carried out with the funding already committed for city deal.


In conclusion, the Managing Director referred to the recommendations which were mainly for noting by the Executive. The final recommendation sought support for the Leader of the Council to set the budget which would happen on the 31st January, 2022.


The Leader advised that there had been a great deal of debate on this matter which had now been accepted. The Leader advised that although it the report was very detailed it gave the clarity of the rationale which was to be taken forward by local authorities. 


The Leader referred to the recommendations and asked the Executive to separately approve recommendation (g).


The Executive Member for Social Services moved recommendation (g) and the Executive Member for Education seconded recommendation (g). All the Executive were all in favour of the aforementioned and it was thereupon


RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the Executive Committee noted the following recommendations:-


(a) the interim governance and delivery model for implementation of the SE Wales Corporate Joint Committee and with the ‘twin track’ arrangements proposed across operation of CCR City Deal, alongside initial enactment of a ‘bare minimum’ CJC – and until such time the proposed ‘lift and shift’ approach could occur;


(b) the requirement for the CJC to set and approve a budget on or before 31st January, 2022 and the steps set out in the report to enable this;


(c) the risks and issues set out in the report which require ongoing monitoring, mitigation and management;


(d) the request made by CCR of WG to amend the CJC regulations to change the date on which immediate duties commence under the Regulations from 28th February, 2022 to 30th June, 2022;


(e) the draft Standing Orders at Appendix 1 which set out the initial requirements and operating model for the CJC as well as initial business for the inaugural meeting on 31st January, 2022;


(f)  the work ongoing by CCR and its constituent Councils to work with     WG, Audit Wales and advisors as appropriate, to help inform resolution of the remaining issues wherever possible; and


(g) the Leader of the Council in his duty to consider and set the first budget of the SE Wales CJC on 31st January, 2022 be supported in order to ensure the Council was complying with the legislation as required.


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