Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall
Contact: Suzanne Price Scrutiny Facilitator
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Rondo Roberts and Nigel Williams.
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 Article 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any of the business to be transacted at this meeting. The following declarations were made:
Agenda Item 5 – Play Sufficiency Duty
Councillors Krista Childs and Tina Mannering - Personal – Trustees of The Wrexham Youth and Play Partnership. The Councillors remained in the meeting taking part in the discussion and voting thereon.
To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 April 2019
The minutes of the Safeguarding, Communities and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee held on 17 April, 2019 were submitted.
AGREED - That the Minutes of the Safeguarding, Communities and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee held on 17 April, 2019 be received and confirmed as a correct record.
Following visits to The Erlas Centre and The Cunliffe Centre, the Chair expressed thanks on behalf of everyone who attended and would like to note the appreciation to the staff and support workers at both Centres.
To consider the report of the Chief Officer Governance & Customer
The Chief Officer Governance & Customer submitted a report (COGC/11/19s) to assist the Committee in considering and agreeing its work programme for the coming year.
The Scrutiny Facilitator introduced the report and highlighted the changes made to the work programme since the last meeting:
· The Report on Elective Home Education had now been scheduled for October 2019.
· It was noted that the budget process has been agreed by Executive Board in April 2019.
· The Chair had attended meetings with Adult Social Care in relation to Members’ Rota Visits.
· Concern was expressed regarding the shortage of G.P.’s in the area. It was noted that Betsi Cadwaladr would be attending the Committee Meeting scheduled to take place in October and members suggested BCUHB be asked to give an update on the situation with GP recruitment at this meeting.
AGREED - That the Work Programme attached at Appendix 1 to the Report COGC/11/19s be approved, subject to the aforementioned amendments.
To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Youth Services and Anti-Poverty
(Members declarations of interest in relation to this item are set out in Minute 47 above)
The Lead Member for People – (Youth Services and Anti-Poverty) submitted a report COEEI/11/19 which provided a progress report on work associated with the Local Authority’s Play Sufficiency Duty, in particular, consideration of Wrexham’s Play Sufficiency Assessment (PSA) 2019 and the areas of work included in the Play Action Plan 2019/20..
The Lead Member presented the report and highlighted the main points for consideration. The Assistant Lead Youth and Play Officer, gave a presentation to Members which provided information on Play Sufficiency Duty under the following headings:
· Play Pledge and Play Partnership
· Play and Play Sufficiency
· Play Sufficiency Assessment 2019
· Securing Sufficiency
· Identified Priorities
· Priority 13: Enable communities to identify ways in which they can support children’s play
· Funding for Play 19/20
· PSA Action Plan 19/20
A discussion ensued and the following matters were raised:
· Further information sought with regards to the figures and percentages in relation to rates of satisfaction and what was being done to improve the standards of play for the children in the areas that are falling below average. Members noted that work would be done to understand the differences in levels of participation in the survey and how these might have affected the figures.
· Clarification was requested in relation to the play requirements of disabled children and whether they were included in this scheme. The Assistant Lead Youth and Play Officer confirmed that this was an inclusion project with a dedicated worker to meet the play requirements of disabled children.
· Confirmation that alternative provisions and ideas for opportunities to play could be explored for children with a disability who may be unable to access Play Schemes.
· The importance of lobbying the Welsh Government to secure further funding.
· Consideration would need to be given to providing open space on new housing developments.
· Confirmation that core funding wasn’t currently provided for play.
· Confirmation that a flexible funding grant would soon be introduced and officers would be looking at the criteria for next year.
· Acknowledgement of the difficult financial situation faced by the authority.
· Suggestion that outside space at local schools could be accessed for children’s play outside of school hours. Consideration would need to be given to a number of factors including insurance and responsibility.
(i) That the Safeguarding Communities and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee welcome the report and presentation on how play has progressed in the County Borough, and request that Members of this Committee be kept fully informed of where replacement funding is to be found.
(ii) That Members be provided with an update report on the progress of the Play Sufficiency Duty, the schools’ participation in both surveys and opening schools for play after hours and how the Play Partnership has progressed, in 12 months’ time.
(iii) That Members receive an update report on how the Partnership has progressed in one years time.