Agenda and minutes

People Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 23rd January, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, The Rhadyr USK. View directions


No. Item


Declarations of Interest




Public Open Forum

Scrutiny Committee Public Open Forum ~ Guidance



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Scrutiny of the budget proposals pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Scrutiny of the budget proposals relating to the Committee’s remit.


20240117 Cabinet - Draft 2024-25 Budget - Covering report Final.pdf (



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Cabinet Member Councillor Callard presented the budget proposal for the upcoming year and answered the members questions withCabinet Member Ian Chandler, Cabinet Member Martyn Groucutt, Jane Rodgers, Tyrone Stokes, Peter Davies, Will McLean and Jonathan Davies.  Councillor Callard explained that the proposals includea decrease in the Mon Life budget by 3.2% and an increase in the resource budget by 6.3%. He confirmed that the draft budget contains a proposal of increasing Council tax by 7.5% and that the Council is currently in the public consultation phase. 



Key Points raised by Committee Members: 




·        In relations to schools' efficiency savings of £854k, questions around what this look will look like realistically for our schools, Members asking for examples of how schools will look to make these savings.  

·        Members asked whether the Cabinet are concerned with the cessation of £21.3million from the Welsh Government to Teachers Pay fund, combined with efficiency savings, and whether we could potentially lose teachers therefore and how many. The cabinet member was asked if they had lobbied Welsh Government to reinstatethe teachers' pay fund for this coming year to alleviate the burden on schools. Members questioned whether class sizes may be increased due to staffing pressures, and whether children may be disadvantaged as a result of these proposals 

·        Members asked whether the Cabinet Member has any concern that the efficiency savings could negatively impact the quality of produce school have to procure, resulting in schools opting for cheaper options  

·        Membersquestioned what mitigations would be made in relation to any inequality concerns highlighted. 

·        In relation to the funding to the Education Achievement Service, Members questioned the effect of the reduction of the core contribution to EAS on Monmouthshire schools. 


Social Care 


·        Questions were asked around redundancies and vacancies - how many, and whether they will be filled  

·        Clarification sought on whether assessed need is being reduced and how we can evidence that replacing staff will still meet statutory obligations. 

·        Some concern as to whether social care assessors will have the adequate qualifications and supervision to be able to do carry out the role, given that signposting to services is different to conducting an assessment, and questions around whether there will be any impact on registered qualified social workers. 

·        Regarding Budden Crescent, Members sought reassurance that part of the reconfiguration is to redesign the service and ensure shared lives.  

·        A question relating to the additional finance for care and support, and whether those people will have access to welfare rights advice. 

·        In relation to foster care, given that we rely heavily on independent foster agencies, Members asked how will the disparity of costs be addressed? How will we attract foster carers to the county and whether a reduction in council tax contribution could be considered? 




Gwent Music  


·        Members questioned the impact for Gwent Music of the loss of the subsidy and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


To note the People Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme and Action List pdf icon PDF 352 KB

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The Care Inspectorate Report will be added to the work programme.


To confirm the minutes of the following meetings: pdf icon PDF 241 KB

1st December 2023 (Special)

14th November 2023 Joint Performance and Overview and People Scrutiny Committees

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·        1st December 2023 (Special) 

·        14th November 2023 Joint Performance and Overview and People Scrutiny Committees 


Councillor Powell proposed and Councillor Edwards seconded. 



Next Meeting:

6Th February 2024 (Special)

5th March 2024


Special Meeting 6th February 2024.