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Agenda and minutes

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Tracy Davies  Scrutiny Facilitator

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1.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors I David Bithell MBE, Dana Davies, Kevin Hughes and John Pritchard.

 

2.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 354 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th June 2019.

 

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AGREED – That the minutes of the Meeting held on 13 June 2019 be signed as a correct record.

3.

Declarations of interest (including whipping declarations)

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

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There were no declarations of personal interest.

4.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Governance and Customer

 

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The Chief Officer for Governance and Customer submitted a report (COGC/38/19s) to assist the Committee in agreeing its work programme. In introducing the report the Scrutiny Facilitator drew particular attention to section 4 which highlighted the changes made to the Work Programme arising from all Member Scrutiny Work Programme Planning Workshop held in June 2019.

 

During discussion, a number of changes to the work programme were proposed as follows:

 

·      The Wrexham Gateway Delivery Plan to be deferred from November 2019 to 4 March 2020. 

·      The date of the November EBISC meeting could be used for the Town Centre Markets Task and Finish Group instead.

 

A Member commented that the report on the Future of the Dragon site, Chirk had been removed from the work programme at the Scrutiny Committee Work Programme Planning Workshop in July and they were advised that they could  submit a scrutiny topic request form for it to be considered in the future.

 

AGREED – That the Work Programme, attached as Appendix 1 to report COGC/38/19s, be agreed, subject to the aforementioned amendments.

5.

Tackling Poverty Action Plan 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Youth Services and Anti-poverty

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The Lead Member for People - Youth Services and Anti Poverty submitted a report (COHE/24/19s) allowing Members to consider and review the delivery of the Tackling Poverty Action Plan.

 

In introducing his report the Lead Member referred in particular that the Action Plan was positively moving forward and was internally focused. He advised that, whilst this Committee coincide they had responsibility for monitoring the overall effectiveness of the Tackling Poverty Strategic Action Plan, the responsibility for individual actions and subsequent performance would be addressed through the appropriate Lead Member and reports to other relevant Scrutiny Committees.

The Lead Member was happy for any suggestions in respect to future reporting practices.

 

During the discussion the following points were noted, in particular:

·         A Member acknowledged that it was a difficult report to compile and suggested that human success stories be included in future reports.

·         A more measurable definition of poverty was being developed by the Social Metrics Commission, working with the Department of Work and Pensions.

·         Acknowledged that community benefits were provided to support local businesses.  It was agreed that Chief Officer Finance and Information (COFI) would circulate information to Members of the Committee of the work done in procurement over the last 12 months.

·         The Committee thanked all the Officers involved for the progress made in the development and delivery of the Tackling Poverty Action Plan 2018/19. Concerns were raised in respect of the methods of recording information and data sharing with the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) regarding NEETs (not in education, employment or training) aged 18 – 24 and the links with Wrexham Association of Secondary Heads (WASH). The Lead Member advised that the Council was working with a number of partners, and NEETs figures were reducing. There was perhaps the opportunity to widen the scope of the action plan to include work with partners.

·         A Member raised the issues of ineligibility for convergence money in Wrexham.  The Head of Service - Regeneration, confirmed that Wrexham received European funding for skills and employment (e.g. Communities for Work).

·         A Member enquired about how the Council was directly involved in the creation of 291 jobs.  This was achieved by bringing employers and industries into Wrexham, working through the European Social Fund and other Welsh Funding streams to support regeneration activities.

·         Bespoke e-learning modules for staff and members would be delivered in 2019.  Teething issues with the new SYCLE performance management information system would be resolved by the end of the current reporting period in March 2020. 

·         The Chief Officer Finance and ICT advised that there had been a decrease in pension poverty, but that the area of concern was that there was a high proportion with disabilities.  The support provided by Social Care services and Council adaptations removed some of the financial pressures in this area.

·         Concerns were raised in respect of in work poverty and the changes in demographic due to the raising of the pension age.  It was acknowledged that the data in respect of the older  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.