Agenda Item No. 12(d)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 28 SEPTEMBER 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 26 SEPTEMBER 2016
C3299 Scrutiny of the Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - Corporate Performance and Resources) –
Cabinet was requested to consider arrangements for scrutiny of the Vale Public Services Board.
The Well-being of Future Generations Act came into force in April 2016 and its primary aim was to ensure public bodies improved the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales in accordance with the sustainable development principle. The Act set out seven well-being goals against which specified public bodies and Public Services Boards had to set and publish well-being objectives. The Act established Public Services Boards (PSBs) in each local authority area and these built on work already undertaken through the Local Service Boards (LSB) which they replaced.
The work of the PSB had to be scrutinised by a designated local authority scrutiny committee. The statutory guidance acknowledged, however, that it would be legitimate for a scrutiny committee to scrutinise the work of the PSB in relation to a particular issue relevant to their terms of reference. The relevant extract from the guidance was attached as Appendix A to the report. A report was presented to Cabinet on 25 July, 2016 which advised Cabinet of the agreed terms of reference and arrangements for the PSB. A copy of the report was attached as Appendix B to the report. The PSB also agreed at its first meeting to adopt the existing Community Strategy and its Delivery Plan and the sub-group arrangements of the former LSB. The PSB would therefore continue to focus on tackling poverty as outlined in the current delivery plan.
The PSB had to publish a Well-being Plan by May 2018 which had to be informed by a well-being assessment. This assessment had to be published twelve months before the publication of the PSB's Well-being Plan. Work had already begun on the well-being assessment with an aim to publish it in April 2017. The assessment would include a range of Vale wide data but there would also be a community focus to the work.
As noted above, the Welsh Government guidance stated that the work of the PSB had to be scrutinised by a designated local authority scrutiny committee. The report therefore proposed that the work of the PSB would be reported to Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee as it was consistent with the Committee's terms of reference in terms of 'overall monitoring of corporate health' and scrutiny of 'corporate policy and performance' . It was also proposed that reports on specific issues e.g. community safety, NEETs would continue to be reported to the relevant scrutiny committee. This approach would be similar to how the work of the former Local Service Board was scrutinised.
This was a matter for Council decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(2) T H A T it be recommended to Council that the Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee be designated the local authority committee with responsibility for scrutinising the Public Services Board.
(3) T H A T it be recommended to Council that the terms of reference for the Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee be amended to make specific reference to scrutiny of the Public Services Board.
Reasons for decisions
(2) To clarify arrangements for scrutiny of the Public Services Board.
(3) To ensure the Committee's role in scrutinising the Public Services Board was clearly stated within the Committee's terms of reference.