Agenda and minutes

Public Services Board Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 12th January, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool. NP4 6YB

Contact: Lisa Coles  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

No. Item


Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau





The Chair welcomed Members and Officers to the meeting. 


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mike Harris.



Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant





There were no declarations of interest. 



Draft Assessment of Well-being/Asesiad Drafft o Les pdf icon PDF 185 KB

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The Head of PSSU gave a brief overview of the Draft Torfaen Well-being Assessment and outlined the next stages.  In response to Member questions the following answers were provided.


·         In relation to National Indicators, the data included within the Assessment complied with statutory requirements.  Officers would review the dataset to ensure that all required information had been included

·         Comparative analysis was based around Wales.  Officers acknowledged that there were gaps in data and this was either because the data was unavailable or because it couldn’t be broken down to a local level. 

·         No firm agreement had been made with City Deal at this stage.  However as the City Deal developed there could possibly be linkages with the Well-being Assessment around issues such as economy and population

·         The Participation Officer for Children and Young People had undertaken extensive work with schools, the Youth Service and Play service

·         In an attempt to reach as many residents as possible, staff had gone out into local communities and had attended various forums and groups. Partners such as Bron Afon, Melin Homes, the Health Board and Gwent Police had also sought views from their service users 

·         Relevant officers would be responsible for regularly updating and maintaining data contained within the Assessment



·         Data relating to literacy and numeracy was not available at community levels. Officers acknowledged that this was a key area and efforts  would continue to obtain relevant data

·         Officers would liaise further with Education colleagues to obtain additional data on school standards

·         The Welsh Government report on Future Trends was not available to assist with the issue of raising pupil attainment at GCSE level. This would be looked at in further detail during the consultation period.

·         Officers acknowledged that there were gaps in the Education data but every effort would be made to obtain the necessary information from colleagues and partner organisations



·         The next stage of the process would involve analysing data to determine individuals, groups and communities who presented a variety of well-being issues

·         Family size data could possibly be captured as part of the Population Needs Assessment.  If this was not the case, Officers  would need to look at where best this data could be captured

·         An increasing number of people were growing old healthily, although there was still disparity between the most and least deprived communities.  To manage demand for support services in the future, partnership working would be essential. 

·         Mental Health issues would be looked at as part of the response analysis and as part of Social Care’s population needs assessment

·         A request for data on ambulance response times would be taken back to the NHS



·         Data relating to Crime & Disorder was obtained directly from Gwent Police and the Crime Commissioner’s Office and a significant amount of work had been undertaken to ensure the data was robust.   It was acknowledged that the mechanism for recording crime was subject to frequent change and data within the Assessment would need to be updated regularly. 

·         The Safer Gwent  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.