Agenda and minutes

Cross-Cutting Resources and Business Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 3.00 pm

Venue: Committee Rooms 2&3, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Chris Slade  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

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Nigel Aurelius, Assistant Chief Executive, Resources

Keith Rutherford, Chief Officer, Social Care and Housing

Dermot McChrystal, Chief Officer, Education

Rachel Jowitt, Chief Officer, Neighbourhood Services, Planning & Public Protection, Neighbourhoods, Planning & Public Protection

Sue Browne, Partnerships and Policy Manager

Kay Morris, Leader Finance Officer

Jo Lewis, Lead Finance Officer

Cerys James, Lead Finance Officer

Dave Lilly, Head of Financial Services

Dave Weaver, Group Finance Officer

Tom Roberts, Senior Corporate Improvement & Scrutiny Officer

Catherine Turner, Senior Corporate Improvement & Scrutiny Officer

Helen Deakin, Senior Corporate Improvement & Scrutiny Officer

Liann Skellett, Senior Corporate Improvement & Scrutiny Officer

Rebecca Fahey-Jones, Scrutiny Officer


Apologies - Councillors:


Chris Tew, Gaynor James, Gwyn Jenkins, Jason O’Connell, Jessica Powell, Louise Shepphard, Peter Jones, Richard Overton, Stuart Evans and Veronica Crick.



Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o fudd


2.1       No declarations of interest were received.


Financial and Service Planning / Cynllunio Ariannol a Gwasanaeth pdf icon PDF 299 KB

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3.1  The Chair welcomed everybody to the meeting and explained the purpose of the workshop before inviting officers to introduce the report.


3.2  The Leader and Assistant Chief Executive, Resources introduced the report highlighting how they had responded to the wishes of Council by including scrutiny members earlier in the budget setting process.


3.3  SCIO&SO informed Members that each table would be supported by a Scrutiny Officer (who would act as a facilitator), Chief Officers and a Finance Officer as required, allowing members the opportunity to challenge and scrutinise the budget for 2019/20 and suggest areas for review in the run up to the 2020/21 and 2021/22 budget. The SCIO&SO asked Members to take advice from their facilitator who would make sure each group stayed on task and on time.


3.4  Members broke into four workshop sessions for the remainder of the meeting with each table feeding back their collective views before moving on to considering a new service area.


3.5  At the conclusion of the workshop, the Committee made the following recommendation: 


         Recommendation 1:-


         That areas identified by members for challenge and review be reviewed in respect of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 budget, with priority given to budget headings identified for review by the most workshop tables.


 3.6 Furthermore a number of additional comments were also made to the Executive and Chief Officers.