Agenda and minutes

Public Services Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 10.00 am

No. Item


To elect a Chair


County Councillor M. Groucutt was elected as Chair.


Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were made.


Public Open Forum


No members of the public were present.


Minutes of the previous meeting held on 22nd January 2018 pdf icon PDF 140 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 22nd January 2018 were confirmed as a true record.  There were no matters arising.


Regional Well-being work pdf icon PDF 84 KB



To provide a brief update about work happening at a regional level to build on wellbeing assessments and inform well-being plans.



Members are invited to use this update to enhance their understanding of how regional working can help the Public Service Board (PSB) meet the requirements of The Act.


Key Issues:

1 The Well-being of Future Generations Act came into force in April 2016. It requirespublic bodies to carry out sustainable development. This means the process ofimproving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales bytaking action, in accordance with the sustainable development principle, aimed atachieving the well-being goals.

2. Officers representing the five Public Service Boards in Gwent have been meeting in the Gwent Wide Strategic Well-being Assessment Group to share learning and identify opportunities to collaborate on areas of common interest. This work initially focused on the development of the well-being assessment and has continued to strengthen the development and implementation of well-being plans. It has also been an opportunity to work with colleagues leading on the implementation of The Social Services and Well-being Act.

3. On 28th February 2017 Welsh Government made available £74,026 of funding for the five PSBs in the Gwent area to undertake work to build on work completed as part of the assessments and to help build towards the development of the well-being plan.

4. Gwent partners identified two areas of focus: To develop enhanced measurement of well-being at the local population level and to commission further work on future trends which was an area that was commonly identified as needing development in the majority of the well-being assessments in Wales. An update on the progress with the two pieces of work is provided below:


Happy Communities

5. The five Public Service Boards within Gwent region have jointly agreed to use the

Happy Communities tools in order to better measure, understand and improve the wellbeing of their populations. Happy Communities provides two tools: the Happy

Communities Index (now called Thriving Places Index in Wales) which measures the local conditions for community well-being and the Happiness Pulse which is a measure of personal well-being.

6. The Index draws on a number of indicators from various sources to understand and assess the local determinants of well-being and where to target interventions to create the conditions for people to thrive. Following initial work in Gwent on the thriving places index, Data Cymru have worked with Happy City, and the five Public Service Boards across Gwent, to adapt the tool for the different context and data available in Wales and expanded it to include all local authorities in Wales. Data Cymru published their first release of the Thriving Places Wales Index in April 2018.

7. The Index is a framework of local authority level indicators which builds a picture of an area summarised under the broad headings of local conditions, sustainability and equality. The Scores within Thriving Places Wales are shown at a local authority area level, however they  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Well-being Plan: Emerging Priorities and Actions pdf icon PDF 234 KB



To provide the committee with an update on the emerging actions being developed to deliver the objectives contained in Monmouthshire’s Well-being Plan. This provides further detail on the steps that were published within the plan and which have been subject to further development by all partners of the Public Service Board ahead of its next meeting on 17th July.



1. Members of the committee are invited to scrutinise the emerging actions and timescales and consider whether they are the right things to deliver the objectives specified within the Well-being Plan.

2. Members of the committee are invited to bring forward further recommendations which could be presented to the PSB alongside this work and which could deliver the steps.

3. The committee may identify any of these areas for further scrutiny as part of its work programme. It may request attendance from any partner within the PSB to inform members understanding of the steps being taken and to seek assurance of the effectiveness of the partnership arrangements.


Key Issues

1. The Well-being of Future Generations Act aims to ensure that public bodies think more about the long term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach. Each PSB must prepare and publish a local well-being plan setting out its local objectives and the steps it proposes to take to meet them.

2. The PSB has approved four well-being objectives that underpin a clear purpose of building sustainable and resilient communities. The objectives are:

Provide children and young people with the best possible start in life

Respond to the challenges associated with demographic change

Protect and enhance the resilience of our natural environment whilst mitigating and

adapting to the impact of climate change

Develop opportunities for communities and businesses to be part of an economically thriving and well-connected county.

3. The issues within the plan are complex and there are no clear answers or quick solutions to address them. The ‘steps’ within the plan give an indication of the work the PSB will deliver or commission. Each of the partners has assumed responsibility for exploring the steps and beginning to turn them into more specific actions which the PSB can then prioritise. This is necessary as the organisations do not have the capacity to work on all 19 of these at the same time.

4. The lead partner for each step was provided with a range of information to inform the development of the step, including a briefing paper outlining the PSB’s approach and key questions that need to be considered in developing the step. Details of the process and guidance are included as appendix 3 to this report. The insight gathered so far was also provided, this included evidence from the Well-being Assessment, feedback from partnerships, the Future Generations Commissioner and responses to the consultation on the Well-being Plan.

5. Each partner has been further developing the evidence base and exploring potential solutions that could move us towards  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Minutes of PSB meetings pdf icon PDF 94 KB


Text Box: Committee Conclusion The Chair, on behalf of the PSB Select Committee, expressed his concern at the large number of apologies for absence and that 50% of those who did not attend failed to send a representative. The minutes of the PSB Meeting held on 4th April were noted. 






To note the date and time of the next meeting as 10th October 2018