MINUTES of a meeting held on 9th
Present: Councillor Ms. M.E. Alexander
(Chairman); Councillor N. Moore (Vice-Chairman); Councillors R.F.
Curtis, S.C. Egan, N.J. Gibbs, G. John, Mrs. M. Randall, Mrs. M.R.
Wilkinson and C.J. Williams.
APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE -
This was received from Councillor C.P. Franks
who was attending his first meeting as a Member of the National
Assembly for Wales. Congratulations were offered to him on
his election and to those other Members representing the area.
RESOLVED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting
held on 25th April, 2007 be approved as a correct
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST -
Councillors S.C. Egan, N. Moore, Mrs. M.R.
Wilkinson and C.J. Williams declared an interest in agenda item no.
14 in that each had a family member in the employ of the
Council. All the above Councillors vacated the room during
consideration of the matter.
PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY 2006 - RESULTS (REF - MINUTE NO. 1015)
The Scrutiny Committee (Economy and
Environment) had, on 17th April, 2007, considered the
above report. The survey itself represented the third
large-scale public opinion survey which the Council had conducted
and had been designed to gain an insight into public opinion and a
range of Council services, as well as the public’s general
impression of the Council and the way in which it operated.
The survey carried out in 2005 had used a market research company
which had employed a quota sampling process to ensure
representativeness. Given that it had been considered
uneconomical to engage an external market research company
annually, in 2006 the Vale of Glamorgan’s Citizens Panel
(approximately 1,200 local residents) had been used as a means of
collecting opinions. Whilst not totally representative of the
population profile of the Vale of Glamorgan, the Committee had
noted that in past years the responses extrapolated from the Panel
had been reasonably accurate, closely reflecting the views obtained
through external research companies. It was also noted that
an impressive response rate of 73% had been received.
Following consideration of the survey results,
subsequent discussion had focused primarily on the need for and
methodology to be adopted should such need be established of
undertaking a survey annually. The Committee had considered
that, if either adequate funding could be made available to engage
external consultants or a means of attracting a more representative
response than simply using the existing Citizens Panel could be
identified, it would be useful to undertake the survey
annually. The Committee had subsequently recommended that
Cabinet be urged:
to find ways of establishing a more representative sample of the
carry out a survey for 2007.
It was explained that the current practice was
to undertake the survey annually, utilising the Citizens Panel one
year and an external company the next. It was confirmed that
funding had been set aside to undertake a fully representative
survey in 2007 by an external company (through random quota
sampling). Work was also underway in engaging young people in
consultation processes generally.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
RESOLVED - T H A T the position be accepted
and a further report submitted to both Cabinet and the Scrutiny
Committee (Economy and Environment) confirming the current process
for undertaking the Public Opinion Survey for 2007 and future
Reason for decision
To clarify the position.
KNAP LAKE SHELTERS REFURBISHMENT (REF - MINUTE NO. 1017)
The Scrutiny Committee (Economy and
Environment) had, on 17th April, 2007 considered the
above matter and referred the same to Cabinet for an Executive
decision. In summary, authority was sought to increase the
Visible Services Capital Programme by £100k. in order to procure
works to refurbish two shelters at the Knap Gardens in Barry.
The Section 106 Agreement for the Waters Edge Development featured
a single payment of £100k. “on or before occupation of the
development by any person”. Since that development was now
approaching completion, payment of the Section 106 funds in full
had been requested from the Developer. The terms of the
agreement required implementation of an enhanced scheme for the
area and, over the years, water ingress had led to deterioration of
the historically important shelters at the Knap Gardens. One
shelter had indeed been closed and the upper and lower shelter
areas fenced off due to both water ingress and some minor
vandalism. It was noted that the Knap Gardens were an
important open space in Barry and were listed in the Register of
Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales
published by CADW. The Council’s Property Section would
procure the refurbishment scheme.
RESOLVED - T H A T the procurement of works to
refurbish the Knap shelters and the request to increase the Visible
Services Capital Programme be approved.
To progress the refurbishment project.
TIMETABLE OF MEETINGS: MAY 2007 - MAY 2008 (REF) -
Councillor Mrs. M. Kelly Owen had called-in
resolution (2) of Cabinet Minute No. C2959, which had recommended
to Scrutiny Committee Chairmen and the Mayor of the Council that
meetings of Scrutiny Committees and Council scheduled for 6.00 p.m.
in the timetable commence instead at 7.00 p.m. The matter had
been considered by the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) on
24th April, 2007 and, following discussion on the
matter, urged Cabinet to reconsider the aforementioned resolution
RESOLVED - T H A T Scrutiny Chairmen be
recommended to convene meetings of the Scrutiny Committees no
earlier than 6pm and no later than 7pm, except in exceptional
To facilitate the attendance of working
MAKING THE CONNECTIONS - SOCIAL SERVICES COLLABORATION (CX)
(SCRUTINY - COMMUNITY WELLBEING AND SAFETY) -
Consideration was given to an outline proposal
for developing a collaborative approach to the provision of some
aspects of Social Services across a number of local authorities in
South East Wales as the next stage in implementing “Making the
Connections”. It was noted that the Connecting South East
Wales Board had commissioned a study into the feasibility of
sharing back office services. The Strategic Outline Case had
identified savings which could be achieved through the development
of shared services. In considering the next stages of
development, the South East Wales Chief Executive Group had
concluded that efficiency savings of the order required could only
be realised if a similar approach was taken with major frontline
services. The Group’s Issues Paper as appended to the report
had been developed to establish the overall approach and to
identify the potential opportunities in relation to one of those
major frontline services, namely Social Services.
The two key drivers for developing a
collaborative approach were the potential efficiency savings and
the need to improve the quality of service provision. That
approach had been formally considered by the Connecting South East
Wales Board in April 2007, following which the Board had agreed to
proceed to the next stage of development and to seek the support of
all ten Councils. “Making the Connections” proposed a Welsh
model for public service delivery which, whilst recognising the
importance of Councils as community leaders, would provide a
collaborative framework to deliver services in a way that maximised
efficiency and drove up quality. A model was set out in the
appended Issues Paper as a basis to guide decisions on which
functions were best delivered directly by individual Councils and
which functions were best delivered at the sub-regional, regional
or national levels. It was considered that that provided a
possible framework for implementing collaboration between Councils
in a distinctive Welsh policy context being developed by the
WAG. Reference was also made to the requirement for an
acceleration in pace and ambition in relation to the need to
achieve 5% efficiency savings within the five year window
previously given. Support was therefore sought for the
strategic vision for collaborative working within Social Services
which, if demonstrated to be a feasible option, would begin to
contribute significantly to the scale of efficiency savings and
service improvements required.
(1) T H A
T the approach to collaboration for frontline services as set out
in the Issues Paper for the South East Wales Chief Executive Group
(2) T H A
T the proposal for a feasibility study on the shared provision of
some aspects of Social Services across South East Wales be
Reason for decisions
To allow further progress to be made in
implementing the WAG’s “Making the Connections” agenda.
DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL WORKING GROUP (CX) (SCRUTINY - CORPORATE
Cabinet had, on 28th March, 2007
resolved to re-establish the Democratic Renewal Working Group and
that membership be determined following the recent by-election held
in Llantwit Major. The Group had originally been established
to consider the recommendations contained in the report of the
Audit Commission in Wales on Democratic Renewal and to draw up
specific proposals for consideration by Cabinet and Council in
response to the 15 recommendations of that report. The
current position in respect of those 15 key recommendations was
that significant progress had been made and a number of initiatives
agreed and / or implemented. It was noted that proposals
arising out of the Working Group’s further deliberations would be
reported to Cabinet / Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) /
Council as appropriate.
RESOLVED - T H A T the Democratic Renewal
Working Group comprise 10 members and be politically
balanced, with Group Leaders to notify the Chief Executive of their
respective nominations within 1 week as follows: Conservative 4;
Labour 3; Plaid Cymru 2; Independent 1.
To confirm the position regarding the
Council’s response to the WAO report on Democratic Renewal and to
consider any concerns raised by Members regarding the content /
interpretation of the Council’s Constitution.
CABINET FORWARD WORK PROGRAMME: MAY TO JULY 2007 (CX) (SCRUTINY -
CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
Details were presented of the proposed Forward
Work Programme of the Cabinet / Council for the period May to July
2007, together with information relating to those reports still to
be received from the previous Forward Work Programme covering
January to April 2007. It was noted that future work
programmes would be prepared to cover periods of four months and
would be updated quarterly, on a rolling basis, to maximise the
opportunity for consultation and dialogue. An advertisement
publicising the Forward Work Programme had been placed in the local
press, together with details of where copies could be
obtained. Details were also presented of reasons for the
non-submission of items from the previous Forward Work Programme
covering January to April 2007.
RESOLVED - T H A T the Forward Work Programme
for May to July 2007, together with the publication of details of
availability of the Programme, be noted.
To comply with the requirements of the Local
Government Act 2000, subordinate legislation and the Council’s
LOCAL ROAD SAFETY GRANT EXPENDITURE 2007/08 (DEER) (SCRUTINY -
ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
Cabinet was informed of the options available
for the expenditure of the 2007/08 WAG’s Local Road Safety Grant
which amounted to £324k. Of that amount, it was proposed that
£98k. would be used to provide revenue for Road Safety Education
Training and Publicity with the remaining balance of £226k. used to
complete the list of Cabinet approved projects outlined in last
year’s report to Cabinet on Grant Expenditure (and as listed within
the current report) or in the implementation of new Road Safety
Engineering projects. In addition to the details presented
relating to engineering projects aimed at improving road safety,
particularly outside or near schools, since the introduction of the
grant in 2000/01 (which had either been completed or were due for
completion in the current financial year), explanations were given
on each of the proposed options for grant expenditure in
(1) T H A
T the continuation of the employment of a Temporary Road Safety
Officer (Post No. ED155) for 2007/08 be agreed.
(2) T H A
T the funding through Road Safety Grant of the position of Road
Safety Officer (Post No. ED136) for 2007/08 be agreed.
(3) T H A
T the continuation of the expanded Kerbcraft Scheme to enable the
temporary trainers to undertake additional schools and assist with
the Council’s child cyclist training programme for 2007/08 be
(4) T H A
T endorsement be given to the continuation of the Young Driver
(5) T H A
T the additional funding of £15k. to supplement the Road Safety
Team’s operational budget for 2007/08 be agreed.
(6) T H A
T the continuation of the Children’s Traffic Club be agreed.
(7) T H A
T the use of any residual funding from the Children’s Traffic Club
to promote schemes which would reduce accidents to young, newly
qualified drivers be endorsed.
(8) T H A
T the Council provide training for staff and volunteers using the
new cycling standards and guidelines.
(9) T H A
T £226k. of the £324k. Local Road Safety Grant be included in the
2007/08 Capital Programme to undertake the following schemes:
Weston Square, Barry - remodel existing roundabout
St. Brides Road, Wick - new zebra crossing
Station Terrace, Aberthaw - new zebra crossing
Jenner Road, Barry - convert zebra crossing to controlled
pedestrian crossing and improve footway
High Street, Cowbridge
Sully Barry Cycleway.
Reasons for decisions
allow the Road Safety Team to address the most pressing road safety
education and training issues relating to child casualty reduction
and the associated WAG targets.
allow the Road Safety Team to address the many “Safe Routes to
School” issues that have arisen as a consequence of the increasing
number of Transport Grant funded schemes that have been completed,
or are due for completion, this year.
increase the number of schools participating in the Kerbcraft
Scheme as well as providing cycle training for all Vale schools of
a quality that will meet the new national standards for cycle
reduce accidents to young, new qualified drivers; this vulnerable
group represents 11% of licence holders but have 25% of all
enable the Road Safety Team to continue its education training and
publicity programme for 2007/08.
ensure the continuation of the Children’s Traffic Club for children
of the appropriate age and their parents across the Vale.
ensure that any residual funds can be used on appropriate Cabinet
approved road safety education schemes and allow the Council to
draw down all of the available funding to ensure that the maximum
funding available within the terms of the grant is claimed.
ensure staff and volunteers are able to deliver cycle training to a
level that meets or exceeds the new Cycling Standards and
that the Council’s Capital Programme for 2007/08 reflects the
grants awarded by the WAG.
BARRY TOWN CENTRE: PUBLIC ART IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY (DEER)
(SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
On 7th June, 2006 Cabinet had
resolved, inter alia, to submit an application for funding to the
Arts Council for Wales for capital funding in support of the
programme of public art works in Barry Town Centre, and that the
existing funds for both Holton Road improvements and Thompson
Street footbridge public art components be utilised as match
funding in the aforementioned application. In January, 2007,
the ACW had confirmed its interest in the Thompson Street
footbridge scheme only to a maximum of £90k. funding and had also
confirmed that a condition of capital grant was for the applicant
to have appointed a public art agency to prepare the necessary
strategic documents and to assist in procurement and the
appointment of artists generally.
In order to progress the Town Centre Public
Art Implementation Strategy, therefore, Celfwaith: Art Management
in Wales had been appointed. The fee bid of £10k. had been
funded from the Capital Programme allocation for Holton Road public
art. It was also proposed that Celfwaith assist officers with
the ACW Capital Lottery funding bid, prepare public art proposals
for Thompson Street footbridge and draw down fees to a total of
£5k. from existing resources for that commission. To that
end, consideration was given to the request to grant an exception
under Standing Order 6.1.2, i.e. where services constituted an
extension to an existing contract and to ensure continuity.
Following the decision by the ACW, discussions
had been held with the WAG (DEIN) and agreement had been reached in
principle to submit for public art funding as part of the wider
Barry Regeneration Partnership programme for town centre
improvements, the aim being to combine the Council’s existing
Capital Programme allocation for public art, i.e. Holton Road £20k.
together with Thompson Street footbridge £30k. to lever in a
maximum of £200k. DEIN funding. Cabinet was, therefore,
requested to endorse a formal Town Improvement Grant application to
DEIN which would submitted in 2007/08 subject to approval through
the External Funding Steering Group.
(1) T H A
T the submission of a Town Improvement Grant application to the WAG
(DEIN) in support of a programme of public art works in the town
centre be endorsed, subject to the approval of the Council’s
External Funding Steering Group.
(2) T H A
T the existing public art budgets for both Holton Road improvements
and Thompson Street footbridge be utilised as match funding in the
application to DEIN.
(3) T H A
T an exception under Standing Order 6.1.2 to allow the retention of
Celfwaith: Arts Management in Wales as the consultant for public
art matters as outlined in the report be agreed.
(4) T H A
T the following composition of a Public Art Panel (in accordance
with Minute No. C905 - 2003) be approved and that the Panel be
delegated the final decision in appointing the artist for the
selected work: Leader, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism and
one local Member from the Castleland Ward with representatives from
the funding bodies invited to attend.
To access available grant opportunities.
progress the proposed public art initiative.
To comply with the Council’s financial procedures.
NOTIFICATION UNDER SECTION 28(1) OF THE WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE
ACT 1981, AS SUBSTITUTED BY SCHEDULE 9 TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND
RIGHTS OF WAY ACT 2000: BARRY WOODLANDS SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC
INTEREST (DEER) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
The Council had received notification by the
Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) that it was of the opinion that
areas of woodland within the vicinity of Barry (Barry Woodlands)
were of Special Scientific Interest. The correspondence
associated with the notification was appended to the report and
representations thereon were required by 3rd August,
2007. The notification had been reported to the Planning
Committee in April, 2007 but, given the need for the Planning
Committee to consider in due course planning application
04/01079/OUT relating to Pencoedtre Wood, the Planning Committee
did not consider the merits or otherwise of the notification.
In terms of responding to the notification,
the following comments as set out in the report and summarised
below were considered:
the ecological merit of Pencoedtre Wood was noted and that part of
the notification was therefore fully supported given the quality of
as part of CCW’s research, an assessment of other woodlands had
been undertaken and the site now comprised of 14 separate woodland
blocks centred on Pencoedtre Wood to the east and Middleton Wood to
the north-west; CCW advised that the woodlands were one of
the most species rich of any type found in Wales;
the woodlands were notable for the large number of rare woodland
plants and it was noted that the majority of the woodland that made
up the notification was included in the provisional Inventory of
Ancient Woodland for Glamorgan;
designation of a new Site of Special Scientific Interest was
supported as it afforded legal protection to and would result in
the positive management of a series of woodlands which represented
the best example of a restricted habitat type in Wales.
Attention was also drawn to the fact that 2
areas of woodland (Middleton Plantation) lay adjacent to Weycock
Road. The Council was currently in receipt of a Priority Road
Grant from the WAG to upgrade Five Mile Lane. It was evident,
therefore, that notification of several pockets of woodland in the
vicinity of Five Mile Lane would clearly be material in carrying
the above work forward and would need to be considered in future
(1) T H A
T CCW be notified that the notification of the Barry Woodlands Site
of Special Scientific Interest be welcomed and supported.
(2) T H A
T a copy of the report be issued to CCW as forming part of the
Council’s support to the notification and that CCW’s attention be
drawn to paragraph 3 of the aforementioned report which detailed
the reasons for the Council’s support.
enable the Council to respond to CCW’s notification of Barry
enable the Council to support the response to the Barry Woodlands
MAKING THE CONNECTIONS: SHARED SERVICES IN SOUTH EAST WALES
(DFICTP) (SCRUTINY - CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
Cabinet was informed of progress to date of a
multi-authority project in South East Wales to evaluate the
feasibility of sharing certain “back office” and professional
support services as part of the “Making the Connections”
agenda. As reported to Cabinet in October 2006, the
Connecting South East Wales Board had agreed a project to
investigate the potential for sharing various “back-office”
functions with a view to releasing resources to invest in frontline
services. The project was due for completion by July 2007 and
had been divided into the following three stages:
Phase 1 - to develop a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) examining seven
functional areas with a view to sharing: Payroll and HR; Training;
Council Tax and NNDR; Internal Audit; Procurement; ICT; and Debt
Phase 2 - to develop an Outline Business Case for services with the
greatest potential for sharing;
Phase 3 - to produce an Outline Implementation Plan for
Phase 1 of the project had now been completed
and the Executive Summary and conclusions from the first phase of
the Feasibility Study (Strategic Outline Case) prepared by
PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was appended to the report. It
was noted that a full Lessons Learned Review would be carried out
at the end of the project but the Steering Group overseeing the
project had already identified a number of benefits which had
emerged as a result of the work carried out in Phase 1,
recognition of successful shared service relationships and best
practice methodology currently undertaken by Local Authorities;
improved communications between colleagues, counterparts and Local
Authorities through various methods;
challenges to current status quos within Councils;
embedding of staff skills in the Shared Service sphere.
The main conclusions of the Feasibility Study,
led by PwC, were appended to the report and were:
that, even without sharing services, there was scope for
improvements and efficiency savings by learning from best practices
in South East Wales and elsewhere and standardising and
streamlining existing processes;
that there was scope for sharing across all seven of the services
that the largest scope (i.e. with the greatest potential for
improvement in efficiency savings) fell within HR / Payroll
including Training, Council Tax / NNDR and Internal Audit;
that there was a need for up-front investment in order for savings
to be realised in the longer term.
The main comments resulting from a consequent
consultation exercise related to the accuracy of data. The
Steering Group, having considered that, had concluded that the data
was sufficiently robust for a decision to be made about which
services should progress to Phase 2. Phase 2 would then allow
further study of a narrower range of services, including a more
detailed analysis of data with a view to making that consistent
across the Councils involved, before a decision was made on how to
progress to Phase 3. Following a risk assessment carried out
by the Steering Group to determine the risks in taking forward each
function to Phase 2 - Outline Business Case, the Steering Group
accepted that there would be an element of risk in taking forward
any shared services option to release benefits. The functions
that presented the lowest risk were identified as Training;
Internal Audit; and Procurement, with the two functions identified
as having the greatest potential for sharing (Payroll / HR and
Council Tax / NNDR) presenting medium and high risk
The recommendations of the Steering Group, as
contained in the report and summarised below, had been agreed by
the Connecting South East Wales Board on 5th April,
proceed to the Outline Business Case (Phase 2), reconfirming the
scope for Training and HR and Payroll services with external
proceed to the Outline Business Case for Internal Audit
wait for the outcomes and learn the lessons from the North Wales
Board Council Tax and Benefits shared services review before
proceeding to the Outline Business Case;
not to progress the Procurement services project any further until
the various national studies were completed;
ensure that the ICT Working Group continued to meet to identify
opportunities to simplify and standardise current ICT related
do not continue to explore the opportunity of sharing Debt Recovery
services as part of the project;
review the management and delivery of Phase 1 of the project to
date in order to learn from the experience;
continue to instruct consultants to support the project on Phase
As part of the business case, it was noted
that the Steering Group would explore the amount of initial
investment needed in order to break-even and consider approaches to
accelerate the pay-back periods. It was proposed to conclude
Phase 2 by 30th June, 2007.
(1) T H A
T the ongoing work to explore the feasibility of sharing
back-office functions with neighbouring Councils be noted.
(2) T H A
T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate
Resources) and the Audit Committee.
(3) T H A
T the contents of the report be communicated to staff generally
through the Council’s internal communication mechanisms.
keep Cabinet and the Scrutiny and Audit Committees abreast of
progress on the Shared Services initiative in South East Wales.
To keep staff abreast of progress and how it is likely to affect
AVOIDING REDUNDANCY (DLD) (SCRUTINY - CORPORATE RESOURCES)
Consideration was given to the proposed
procedures for redundancy and redeployment as appended to the
report which had been drawn up against the background of the
challenging budget settlement for 2007/08 and the need to achieve
efficiency savings and a consequent need for clear procedure to
manage and seek to minimise potential redundancy situations.
The key elements of the new procedure, as set out in the report,
summarised below and, in respect of salary protection, amended at
the meeting were:
Statutory Consultation - consultations with the recognised Trade
Unions to take place as soon as a potential redundancy situation
Selection - new ‘matching’ arrangements would apply where there was
a 70% match of duties to the new job and the proposed new grade was
no more than one grade above or below the current grade;
Notice - notices of dismissal would not be issued until the
consultation requirements were completed;
Redeployment - the search for alternative employment to run
concurrently with any statutory consultation and individual notice
Determination - the Head of Human Resources and Equalities to have
clear powers to insist that managers accept redeployees where there
was a reasonable potential that the trial period would succeed;
Training - properly organised training needed for successful
redeployment to be funded by the employing service which initiated
the redundancy procedures;
Notice Periods - where a potentially successful trial
period/redeployment opportunity was notified in the latter half of
the three months notice period, the notice period to be extended to
the expiry of the trial period;
Salary Protection - to be on actual pay for one year following a
Redundancy Pay - as set out in the procedure appended to the
The Trade Unions had expressed concern at a
change of policy which would reduce the opportunities for
redeployment because of reduced timescales but had welcomed the
opportunity to discuss the matter with all Cabinet Members prior to
the proposed procedures being submitted to Cabinet for
(1) T H A
T the new Redundancy and Redeployment Procedure, as summarised
above and amended at the meeting, be agreed.
(2) T H A
T a further report be submitted on the effect of the Employment
Equality (Age) Discrimination Regulations (2006) on redundancy
progress implementation of the Procedure.
ascertain the effect in order to take appropriate action (if
SECTION 180, HOUSING ACT 1996: VOLUNTARY SECTOR FUNDING PROPOSALS
(DLPPHS) (SCRUTINY - COMMUNITY WELLBEING AND SAFETY) -
Approval was sought to allocate £23k. 2007/08
Section 180 funding to voluntary bodies and to utilise the
remaining £17k. added with £30k. corporate funds to undertake a
feasibility study, including capital and revenue costs, to develop
a multi-agency information website and housing advice centre within
existing resources in an accessible location in Barry.
In 2006/07 funding had been provided to
Home Access Trust - Accommodation Funding and Bond Board
Llamau Housing - JIGSO;
Vale Furniture Grant Project.
The Scrutiny Review of Homelessness,
undertaken by the Scrutiny Committee (Community Wellbeing and
Safety) during 2006, had concluded that the current financial
support allocated to voluntary bodies needed to remain in place in
order to achieve the objectives of the Vale of Glamorgan
Homelessness Strategy 2004-09. The Homelessness Review also
recommended that a feasibility study utilising corporate funds be
undertaken to develop a multi-agency information website and
housing advice centre in an accessible location in Barry.
(1) T H A
T the following Section 180 Funding allocations be made:
Home Access Trust - Accommodation Funding and Bond Board Services:
money to be used to part fund salary of the Bond Officer -
Llamau Housing - JIGSO - advice and assistance to single people
aged 16+ who are homeless / threatened with homelessness: to
include Bond Service, landlord / tenant support and generalist
housing advice - £12k.;
Vale Furniture Grant Project - to provide grants to homeless people
unable to fund the purchase of furniture - £6k.;
Feasibility Study - including capital and revenue costs to develop
a multi-agency information website and housing advice centre within
existing resources in an accessible location in Barry - £17k.
(2) T H A
T £30k. of the corporate contingency fund be added to the remaining
Section 180 monies to allow robust feasibility studies to be
(3) T H A
T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Community
Wellbeing and Safety) for information.
accommodate the agreed recommendations of the Review of
Homelessness in the Vale of Glamorgan.
information as the Scrutiny Committee which led the Homelessness
PUBLIC PROTECTION - PROPOSED FEES AND CHARGES (DLPPHS) (SCRUTINY -
CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
The report was withdrawn, it being noted that
a further report would be submitted to a subsequent meeting on any
fees and charges requiring the determination of Cabinet.
COMPLAINTS OF MALADMINISTRATION AGAINST THE COUNCIL (MO) (SCRUTINY
- COMMUNITY WELLBEING AND SAFETY AND ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT)
Details were presented of two complaints of
maladministration which had been submitted to the Local
Commissioner (Ombudsman). One complaint had subsequently been
withdrawn and, in respect of the second complaint, the Local
Commissioner had, following consideration, declined to investigate
RESOLVED - T H A T the report be noted.
To inform the Cabinet and Council.