Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Pontypool NP4 6YB
Contact: Chris Slade
Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)
Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were
received from Councillors Stuart Ashley and Veronica
Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant
2.1 The Chair reminded
Members that any interests should be verbally declared and recorded
on the Declarations of Interest register.
2.2 No interests were
Minutes - 26/06/19 / Cofnodion - 26/06/19 PDF 352 KB
3.1 The minutes of the
meeting held on 26 June 2019 were confirmed as an accurate
Adult Community Learning Funding Model / Model Ariannu Dysgu Cymunedol i Oedolion PDF 473 KB
The Chair welcomed the HoE&S and E&ACLM, who then provided
a brief overview of the report and suggested scrutiny
Councillor Nicholas Jones entered the meeting.
response to Members’ questions, the HoE&S and E&ACLM
provided the following answers:-
- HoE&S – One of the main challenges was managing
funding from the franchise and WLGA.
There were uncertainties around the settlement for the second
academic year, although it was possible to have an idea through
looking at trends. The authority had
not seen any major changes in funding levels over the last few
years, but it was part of a bidding process and there was a
necessity to put forward a case setting out what was deliverable
for the funding required. Diligent
budget management needed to be carried out each year.
- HoE&S – Franchise money came from a separate fund to
that of Welsh Government allocation. A
reduction in franchise money would hit the service harder, but
because of the way the service had changed over the years, they had
seen an increase in funding.
- HoE&S – In terms of the way Adult Community Learning
(ACL) was delivered, it was treated as a different branch to
education; it was part of the community learning offer. The types of courses on offer would not conflict
with the new sixth form offer as they would be targeting towards
different audiences, with ACL’s focus being delivering
courses to get people back into work and/or re-interested in
learning. E&ACLM – There
could be some duplication, but they were also looking at learners
who were put off by going to college or older persons. The majority of learners were older
- HoE&S – There had been a major change in policy so
franchise funding could no long be used to contribute towards
cookery and modern language courses, it was more focused around
delivering essential skills. The policy
change coincided with a service review so they were able to take
the opportunity to redesign the staffing structure and
subsequently, there was a reduction of managers within the ACL
structure. Lifestyle and leisure
courses were now delivered on a full cost recovery basis and so
that was how they were able to fund them appropriately.
- E&ACLM – The authority was aware that there would be a
reduction in funding in 2015/16, together with a requirement to
undertake a review. HoE&S –
The authority had been working over the years to increase the
income from lifestyle and leisure courses and looked at whether
there was an opportunity to increase fee income further going
forward HoE&S – They had looked at how the reduction in
staff impacted on service provision.
There was a belief that the reduction had not impacted service
provision greatly as staff have felt more empowered by being given
more responsibility, and it had imbedded well. E&ACLM – There had been opportunities
for internal promotion. Recruitment
wasn’t done for the sake ...
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Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf
The CSO updated that there were 3 items available for the
Committee. These were Employability,
young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and
Springboard 2. The latter was possibly
an urgent item as there was a possibility of it going to Cabinet
before Christmas. The Committee noted
the importance of each item and asked that the CSO speak to
HoE&S in order to get his views on what the Committee should
scrutinise next. The CSO agreed to
inform the Committee of the next item at the earliest
Date of Next Meeting - 27/11/19 / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf - 27/11/19
6.1 The date of the next
meeting was noted.
The meeting ended at 12.05pm.