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Declaration of Interest
To receive any declaration of interest by any Member or Officer in respect of any item of business.
To submit, for confirmation, the minutes of the meeting held on 11 September, 2019.
The minutes of the meeting held on 11 September, 2019 were confirmed.
To submit a report by the Community Safety Senior Operational Officer for Gwynedd and Anglesey.
Submitted – a report by the Community Safety Senior Operational Officer for Gwynedd and Anglesey.
The Community Safety Senior Operational Officer for Gwynedd and
Anglesey reported that it is a statutory duty on Local Authorities, in accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and subsequent amendments of the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2002 and 2006, to work in partnership with the Police, the Health Service, the Probation Service and the Fire and Rescue Service to address the local community safety agenda. The Partnership has a duty to deal with:-
It was noted that the Community Safety Partnership works to an annual plan which is based on a three year regional plan (the 2018/19 end of year performance report and the 2019/20 plan were attached to the report). The following seven priorities were identified by the Partnership which are based on a regional strategic assessment, Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan, and the regional Safety Communities Board plan :-
· Reducing victim based crimes (acquisitive crimes only)
· Reducing Antisocial Behaviour
· Supporting vulnerable people to prevent them becoming victims of crime
· Raising confidence to report incidents of domestic abuse
· Raising confidence to report sexual abuse
· Addressing substance misuse in the area
· Reducing re-offending
The main messages deriving from the activities of the Community Safety Partnership for 2018 were included within the report.
The Community Safety Senior Operational Officer for Gwynedd and Anglesey referred to crime statistics within the report. She noted that the Home Office compares the offences within areas that are similar; Anglesey crime statistics is viewed with seven similar areas within the UK. There has been a change during this year with recording practice of the Police with one incident can now lead to more than one crime being recorded. The Portfolio Holder for Housing & Supporting Communities) referred that when a person break into a dwelling, outbuildings or shed it is now categorised as domestic burglary within Police statistics. The Community Safety Senior Operational Officer for Gwynedd and Anglesey said that burglary incidents is low on Anglesey.
The Committee considered the report and the scrutiny questions within the report and raised the following matters:-
· Clarification was sought as to whether there is adequate resource within the Community Safety Team to carry out the work the Community Safety Partnership has identified. The Chief Executive responded that at present there is only one Officer working within the Community Safety Team but discussions are ongoing in terms of replacing the project and monitoring role within the team following the departure of the post holder in December 2018. The Chair questioned as to whom will be deciding whether project and monitoring role will be replaced. The Chief Executive responded that Gwynedd Council leads on the Community Safety Team but both Anglesey ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
To submit a report by the Programme Manager, Gwynedd and Anglesey Public Services Board.
Submitted – a report by the Programme Manager, Gwynedd and Anglesey Public Services Board.
The Leader of the Council said that the Gwynedd and Anglesey Public Services Board was established in 2016 in line with the Well-being of the Future Generations Act 2015. The aim of the Well-being of the Future Generations Act 2015 is to improve economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. In order to determine the priorities for the Public Services Board a well-being assessment was carried out across well-being areas in Gwynedd and Anglesey which resulted in a series of engagement and consultation sessions. The Public Services Board has agreed on priority areas to achieve the objectives as noted within the report. The following Sub-Groups have also been established under Objective 1 – Communities which thrive and are prosperous in the long-term:-
· Welsh Language Sub-Group – The sub-group has decided to focus primarily on a specific project ‘Arfer’ which looks at behavioural changes within the workplace and can lead to greater use of the Welsh language by those individuals who do not feel confident to use the language. The ‘Arfer’ project is scheduled to run for 12 months in the first instance;
· Climate Change Sub-Group – The sub-group has focused on understanding the data and evidence available from the group membership’s organisations so that it can be used to shape future projections and models of climate change. This sub-group will also focus on communities and assets most at risk of flooding in Gwynedd and Anglesey. The sub-group has also used ‘Fairbourne’ as a case of good practice and in order to learn lessons on aspects such as engagement and better collaboration for the well-being of communities;
· Homes for local people – Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils are at present planning to develop innovative housing. The sub-group is proposing to bring together the plans of public bodies and to put in place arrangements to work together to consider smaller number of innovative models. A Project Management Officer, on a part-time basis, has been appointed to drive the work forward;
· Poverty – Poverty remains a priority for the Board but there is no sub-group leading on the work at present. It has been agreed that there was an opportunity through the Board to address the work already underway within both authorities before considering options for the Board to work in a more integrated and cohesive way.
The Leader of the Council further said that within Objective 2 a Health and Social Care Group for the West has been established. The sub-group keeps an overview and ensures that the developments and changes that is required are introduced. The sub-group also provides the leadership and governance required for the sub-groups associated with the work namely children, adults, mental health’ learning disability and community transformation. She noted that the Board has received funding from the ‘Healthier Wales’ transformation budget. The Leader of the Council also referred to work undertaken, as a result of the funding, within a Ward in Ysbyty Gwynedd ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
To submit a report by the Scrutiny Manager.
Submitted – a report by the Scrutiny Manager on the Committee’s Work Programme and attachments of items scheduled for Scrutiny until December, 2019 and from January to April 2020.
The Scrutiny Manager noted that the schedule meeting to be held on 12th December, 2019 has been rescheduled to 21st January, 2020.
It was RESOLVED to note the Forward Work Programme.
ACTION : As above.