What’s happening with the Service Improvement & Finance Scrutiny Panel

The Service Improvement and Finance Scrutiny Panel is the body of the Council with responsibility for making sure that the Council’s budget, corporate and service improvement arrangements are effective and efficient. Between now and Christmas it will hold three meetings covering a range of topics including: 23 November   Corporate Complaints Annual Report New Digital Strategy Quarterly […]

Why do we do pre-decision scrutiny?

Pre-decision scrutiny is the process that enables scrutiny councillors to engage with the Cabinet before it takes decisions and there are very good reasons why it should happen. Its an opportunity for consultation with non-executive councillors before Cabinet makes its decision. It enables scrutiny councillors to gain information and develop an understanding on particular issues. […]

Proposed Changes to ChildLine in Swansea

The Child & Family Services Overview & Scrutiny Board has picked up on concerns in the community about the proposed closure of the ChildLine telephone counselling service that is based in Swansea.  The NSPCC wants to relocate the centre in South Wales from Swansea to Cardiff where there will be online counselling only. A 30 […]

Delivering adult social care differently

On Tuesday the Health Social Care & Well Being Overview & Scrutiny Board met with the Cabinet Member for Social Services to question him on his report on alternative models of service delivery for adult social care.  The Cabinet Member was due to take a report to Cabinet on Thursday which sought approval from Cabinet to proceed with […]

Changing the way adult social care is delivered

The Health Social Care & Well Being Overview & Scrutiny Board met yesterday to discuss how adult social care is to be remodelled to deliver more “person centred” services.  The Welsh Assembly Government’s Fulfilled Lives, Supportive Communities 2007 says of services:  Whatever their difficulty or impairment, people should be supported to have control over the life […]