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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 4 - Ty_Hywel. View directions

Contact: Naomi Stocks 

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Transcript: Transcript for 09/01/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1.      The Chair welcomed Members and members of the public to the meeting.

 

1.2.      Apologies for absence were received from Siân Gwenllian AM, Jack Sargeant AM and Jayne Bryant AM. Huw Irranca–Davies AM substituted for Jayne Bryant AM.

(09.30 - 10.30)

2.

Scrutiny of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18

Nick Bennett, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Chris Vinestock Chief Operating Officer and Director of Investigations

Katrin Shaw Director of  Policy, Legal & Governance

 

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: annual report and accounts 2017/18

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1     The Committee received evidence from:

·         Nick Bennett, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

·         Chris Vinestock Chief Operating Officer and Director of Investigations

·         Katrin Shaw Director of  Policy, Legal & Governance

2.2     During the session the Public Services Ombudsman agreed to provide his response, if available, to the recent consultation on town and community councils, and how local complaints are handled.

(10.30 - 11.45)

3.

Inquiry into diversity in local government: evidence session 6

Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government

Lisa James, Deputy Director, Local Government Democracy, Welsh Government

Angharad Thomas-Richards, Electoral Reform Programme Adviser, Welsh Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government

·         Lisa James, Deputy Director, Local Government Democracy, Welsh Government

·         Angharad Thomas-Richards, Electoral Reform Programme Adviser, Welsh Government

 

3.2 During the session the Minister for Housing and Local Government agreed to provide:

·         a briefing note on the progress of the new curriculum in pioneer schools, which includes a strand encouraging pupils to be a “healthy, involved citizen of Wales”;

·         the leaflet produced by Bristol City Council on its work on diversity;

4.

Paper(s) to note

Supporting documents:

4.1

Letter from the Llywydd to the then First Minister in relation to Brexit-related legislation

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1.a The Committee noted the letter from the Llywydd to the then First Minister in relation to Brexit-related legislation.

4.2

Letter from the then Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services in relation to the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2019-20

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.2.a The Committee noted the letter from the then Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services in relation to the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2019-20.

4.3

Letter from the then Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2019-20

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.3.a The Committee noted the letter from the then Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2019-20.

4.4

Correspondence between the Chair and the then Leader of the House and Chief Whip in relation to pregnancy, maternity and work

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.4.a The Committee noted the correspondence between the Chair and the then Leader of the House and Chief Whip in relation to pregnancy, maternity and work.

4.5

Letter from the Llywydd in relation to Assembly reform: Electoral Commission financing and accountability

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.5.a The Committee noted the letter from the Llywydd in relation to Assembly reform: Electoral Commission financing and accountability.

5.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

Minutes:

5.1.    The Committee agreed the motion.

(11.45 - 11.50)

6.

Scrutiny of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18: consideration of the evidence received

Minutes:

6.1. The Committee discussed the evidence received under item 2.

(11.50 - 12.10)

7.

Inquiry into diversity in local government: consideration of the evidence received

Minutes:

7.1.    The Committee discussed the evidence received under item 3.

(12.10 - 12.25)

8.

Inquiry into devolution of welfare benefits: consideration of approach to the inquiry

Minutes:

8.1.    The Committee considered and agreed its approach for the inquiry into devolution of welfare benefits.

(12.25 - 12.40)

9.

Inquiry into the Blue Badge Scheme in Wales: Eligibility and Implementation: consideration of approach to the inquiry

Minutes:

9.1.    The Committee discussed and agreed its approach for the inquiry into the Blue Badge Scheme in Wales: Eligibility and Implemetation.

(12.40 - 12.45)

10.

Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill: Order of Consideration - agreement in principle ahead of Stage 2 proceedings

Minutes:

10.1.  The Committee agreed the order of consideration for the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill ahead of Stage 2 proceedings.

 

 

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