Agenda and minutes
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Guildhall
Contact: Suzanne Price Scrutiny Facilitator
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Russell Gilmartin, Rondo Roberts and Derek Wright.
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 declarations were made:
Agenda Item 5 – Community Safety Partnership Performance Report
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 17 October 2018.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2018 were submitted.
AGREED – That the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2018 be signed as a correct record.
To consider the report of the Head of Finance
The Head of Finance submitted a report (HF/125/18s) to assist the Committee in considering its Work Programme for the coming year.
The Scrutiny Facilitator introduced the report and advised Members that the items identified for further scrutiny at the previous meeting had been provisionally scheduled into the draft Work Programme, a copy of which was attached at Appendix 1 to the report. She raised the following matters:
· With reference to the Review of Day & Work Opportunities in Adult Social Care, the All Member Workshop on the co-production stage has been arranged for Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 4.00pm (not 19th as stated in the report).
· No specific budget proposals have been identified by Members for consideration by this Committee , therefore this will be removed from the work programme for December.
During consideration of the Work Programme, a Member requested that the Scrutiny Committee receives an update on the impact on Wrexham Council of recent developments with the UK home care provider Allied Healthcare following recent negative media coverage.
(i) That the Scrutiny Facilitator liaises with the Head of Adult Social Care to provide a verbal update on the position of Allied Healthcare in Wrexham for the December meeting of this Scrutiny Committee.
(ii) That, subject to the above, the draft Work Programme attached at Appendix 1 to report HF/125/18s be approved.
To consider the report of the Head of Finance.
(Members declaration of interest in relation to this Agenda Item are set out in Minute 28 above).
The Head of Finance submitted a report (HF/122/18s) which enabled consideration to be given to the adoption of a revised Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Protocol together with the Quarter 2 Performance against the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) 2018/19 Delivery Plan. The report also included an update on the Committee’s views and recommendations from the previous meeting (March 2018). A copy of the revised Protocol was attached at Appendix 1, the CSP Delivery Plan 2018/19 at Appendix 2 and Quarter 2 Performance against the Delivery Plan at Appendix 4a and 4b to the report. 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 CSP) and Inspector Mark Williams, North Wales Police to the meeting.
The Scrutiny Facilitator introduced the report and provided an update on those recommendations arising from the previous Committee meeting held in March 2018. A training session on County Lines / Modern Slavery for Members has been arranged for February 2019. With reference to the number of private hire and hackney carriage drivers that had received mandatory training on Child Sexual Exploitation, the Licensing Service shared the concern of Members and the Council were now offering free training sessions to drivers during November 2018 to March 2019 with take up rates being reported back to the Environmental Licensing Committee.
The Lead Member together with Lee Robinson and Inspector Mark Williams then gave a brief overview of the partnership strategic priorities agreed by Wrexham CSP for 2018/19. The 5 priority areas span the whole age range from children to the elderly and focussed on the vulnerable. They then provided further information on the work being undertaken to progress each priority area within the Delivery Plan.
Members then considered the report and there was a general consensus that the revised Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Protocol between Wrexham County Borough Council and the Community Safety Partnership be adopted.
With reference to the Quarter 2 Performance against the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) 2018/19 Delivery Plan the following matters were raised in particular:
Priority 1 – Reduce violence against women, domestic abuse, and sexual violence (VAWDASV).
· A Member queried whether the roll out of Universal Credit and the payment of the benefit to one person could be a contributory factor in the increase of Domestic Violence. Inspector Williams said that evidence was not available to make any comment on this matter. Other factors, such as improvements in the services provided by North Wales Police and other agencies, has also increased the confidence of victims in reporting instances of domestic violence.
· Members acknowledged the ... view the full minutes text for item 31.