Agenda and minutes
Safeguarding, Communities and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee/Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 4.00 pm
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Guildhall
Contact: Suzanne Price Scrutiny Facilitator
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Trevor Bates, Krista Childs, Nigel Williams and Derek Wright.
(In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair presided)
Declarations of personal interests, if any
Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting.
Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any business to be transacted at this meeting. The following declaration was made:
Agenda Item 5 – Public Service Board – Partnership Delivery Board 3 – ‘Wrexham is a place that’s safe and where everyone feels included’.
Councillor Gwenfair Jones – Personal – being the wife of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales. The Councillor stayed in the meeting and took part in the discussion and voting thereon.
To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 28 February 2018 (Copy to follow).
The Minutes of the meeting held on 28 February 2018 were submitted.
AGREED – That the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 February 2018 be signed as a correct record.
To consider the report of the Head of Finance
The Head of Finance submitted a report (HF29/18s) to assist the Committee in considering and agreeing its work programme for the coming year.
The Scrutiny Facilitator (Suzanne Price) introduced the report and advised Members that the items identified for further scrutiny at previous meetings had been provisionally scheduled into the draft Work Programme, a copy of which was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
Members considered the report and the following matters were raised in particular:
· A response was still awaited from the Governor of HMP Berwyn to attend a future meeting of this Committee.
· The meeting with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board arranged for Monday, 30 April 2018 at 11.00am to be webcast.
(i) That the draft Work Programme attached at Appendix 1 to report HF/29/18s be approved.
(ii) That the meeting of the Safeguarding, Communities and Well-being Committee scheduled for 18 April 2018 be cancelled.
To consider the report of the Head of Finance.
(Members declaration of interest in relation to this Agenda Item are set out in Minute 54 above).
The Head of Finance submitted a report (HF/28/18s) which informed the Committee of progress made against the partnership targets and objectives set out within Partnership Delivery Board 3 (PDB3) of the Public Service Board (PSB), which focused on making Wrexham a place that’s safe and where everyone feels included. The report had been submitted to meet the statutory requirement to perform the functions of a crime and disorder scrutiny committee in order to review and / or scrutinise decisions in connection with the discharge of crime and disorder by the Responsible Authorities.
The Vice-Chair welcomed the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety (Councillor Hugh Jones), Lee Robinson (in his capacity as Chair of PDB3), Inspector Paul Wycherley (Wrexham Town) and Inspector Steve Owens (Wrexham Rural), North Wales Police to the meeting.
The Scrutiny Facilitator introduced the report and reminded Members that from April 2018, PDB3 will become the Community Safety Partnership and this will report directly to the North Wales Safer Communities Board (NWSCB). This will not change the legislative basis for crime and disorder scrutiny nor the powers granted to scrutiny committees, however, the Crime & Disorder Scrutiny Protocol will need to be revised to reflect these new arrangements. A copy of the 2017/18 PDB3 Delivery Plan together with the end of year status of the associated performance indicators was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
During consideration of the report the Lead Member together with Lee Robinson, Inspector Paul Wycherley and Inspector Steve Owens provided further information on the work being undertaken with regard to each priority area within the Delivery Plan and the following matters were raised in particular:
· With reference to the 24% increase in recorded crime compared to the previous year, the Lead Member commented that there has been a national focus for more effective recording of crime and on crime recording integrity. An analysis of the evidence has indicated that there had only been a small increase in the overall number of calls from the public and the number of incidents (crime and non-crime) dealt with by the police.
· Members noted that the rise in reported domestic violence offences (Priority 1) reflected an increase in the confidence of people reporting such crime following improvements in the services provided to victims by North Wales Police and other agencies.
· With reference to Priority 2 – Modern Slavery, the Lead Member commented that the type of crime linked to this priority areas included human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. In addition to a significant amount of police resources being allocated at a national and local level, the Partnership Board allowed for a multi-agency approach and enabled cross organisational working to be undertaken to tackle such crime.
· It was suggested that, to increase Member awareness and to better understand the work being undertaken by PDB3, a series of All-Member workshops be arranged on the ... view the full minutes text for item 57.
To consider the Committee’s questions for submission to BCUHB in advance of the meeting of 30 April 2018.
The Scrutiny Facilitator reminded Member that the next meeting with representatives of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has been arranged for Monday, 30 April 2018. In accordance with the established arrangements, in addition to the regular agenda items, Scrutiny Committee Members have an opportunity to submit questions to the BCUHB representatives. Such questions should be of a strategic nature rather than individual / constituent enquires and by providing BCHUB with the questions in advance, should enable a full response to be given at the meeting. Nine questions had been submitted by Members of the Committee for consideration and these were set out in the report.
The Committee agreed that all nine questions be submitted and with regard to Agenda Item 2 ‘Recruitment and Retention of BCUHB Staff’, information should be sought at the meeting as to whether staff underwent exit interviews.
AGREED – That the nine Members’ questions as set out in the report be approved for submission to BCUHB prior to the April 2018 meeting.