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Contact: Neil Barnett
Declarations of Interest
Minutes of the previous meetings held on 4th October 2023 and 10th October 2023 PDF 122 KB
The Minutes of the
previous meetings held on 4th and 10th
October 2023 were held as a true record.
Norse Joint Venture Partnership - Strategy and Performance Review PDF 134 KB
Rhys Cornwall – Strategic Director –
Transformation and Corporate Centre, Newport City
Tracy McKim – Head
of People, Policy and Transformation
Lyndon Watkins – Managing Director for Newport
Mark McSweeney – Director – Professional
and Contract Services, Newport Norse
Sarah Davies – Head of Asset Management and
Valuation, Newport Norse
The Managing Director
for Newport Norse gave an overview of the report.
The following was
- The Committee enquired about the number of full-time employees
employed from Newport versus the Cardiff Capital Region and whether
these had been double counted. The Director – Professional
and Contract Services, Newport Norse informed the Committee that
they have 147 employees from Newport and 199 from the Cardiff
Capital Region. The Committee requested clarification of these
- The Committee noted the impressive increase of turnover in the
last year and queried how it affects large projects like Bassaleg
School. The Managing Director for Newport Norse informed the
Committee that only professional services are provided for Bassaleg
School, which helped the turnover, but it is not the main driver
for turnover. The Managing Director also noted that they have had
projects where they have acted as the main contractor, which
produced larger turnover.
- The Committee noted that the rebate received by Newport City
Council (NCC) was around £700,000 and asked how it compared
to the rebate received by Norse. The Managing Director explained
that under the old model, Norse Group received the first
£156,000 and the residual was split 50:50. Under the contract
extension, NCC now receives the first £156,000, and Norse
Group and NCC split the residual 50:50, which is approximately
- The Committee highlighted that the breakdown of diversity and
equality data previously requested was not included in the report.
The Managing Director apologized and assured the Committee that
this data can be included in the report going forward. The Managing
Director also informed the Committee that their current workforce
is around 300-320 and is predominantly female. They also noted that
over the last year, most new hires had been female, however the
company was not as diverse with regards to other
- The Committee requested to see data on the gender pay gap as it
was discussed in the previous Committee last year. The Managing
Director informed the Committee that this information was captured
approximately 2-3 years ago; however, they were unsure what data
was included due to there being two different companies within the
group at that time. The Managing Director agreed to check this
information and provide to the Committee.
- The Committee highlighted the positive aspect that staff were
getting paid the Real Living Wage as specified by the Living Wage
Foundation. The Managing Director informed the Committee that it
was a condition of the original contract set out with Newport City
Council and noted that if the pay was benchmarked, it would be
higher than similar Local Authorities.
- The Committee asked how feedback is captured. The Managing
Director informed the Committee ...
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Safer Newport Draft Strategic Needs Assessment 2023 PDF 150 KB
Rhys Cornwall – Strategic Director –
Transformation and Corporate
Janice Dent – Policy and Partnership
Helen Gordon – Senior Policy and Partnership
Rhian Tilley – Partnership Officer
Dr Carl Williams – Local Policing Area
Commander, Chief Superintendent – Gwent Police
The Strategic Director
for Transformation and Corporate gave an overview of the report.
The Policy and Partnership Manager presented the report to the
Committee. The Senior Policy and Partnership Officer highlighted
the important points within the report.
The following was
- The Committee appreciated the positive aspect of the draft
report regarding Community Cohesion, acknowledging that it is a
work in progress.
- The Committee expressed concern about the omission of rural
areas, particularly Newport East and Newport West, in the report.
The Policy and Partnership Manager assured the Committee that
efforts had been made to engage with residents in rural areas and
gather relevant information. They also mentioned meeting with the
Community Council Liaison Committee. The Strategic Director
emphasised the significance of the report reaching the Scrutiny
Committee, highlighting that it is important to consider the impact
on residents rather than solely comparing crime levels between the
city centre and rural areas.
- The Committee commended the report's comprehensiveness and the
use of graphs to present feedback in a more visual and
understandable format. The Policy and Partnership Manager explained
that extensive research was conducted on other Strategic Needs
Reports to determine the best way to present data.
- The Committee enquired about whether the issues raised by
residents in their feedback have been addressed. The Strategic
Director explained that there are currently six priority areas in
the ongoing work, and responsiveness to emerging themes is crucial.
Feedback will be incorporated into the current work being
undertaken, and there is a close working relationship between Gwent
Police and Newport City Council.
- The Committee noted that residents have expressed concerns about
the time it takes to resolve issues. The Strategic Director
clarified that the time required to address issues depends on the
nature of the problem. Legal processes must be followed for issues
related to premises. The Committee acknowledged the difficulty in
conveying this to residents. The Policy and Partnership Manager
mentioned the contextual safeguarding approach, which involved
considering wider determinants and risk factors and exploring
alternative interventions beyond making arrests to change
- The Committee suggested that ward councillors provide feedback
and solutions to address problem areas specific to their wards. The
Strategic Director agreed that engagement with ward councillors is
a good idea, and the data can be analysed to create an action
- The Committee discussed the increase in modern-day slavery shown
in the report and its possible causes. The Strategic Director
explained that several factors contribute to this issue, including
Newport's transient population, location as an asylum dispersal
area, additional resources dedicated to combating modern-day
slavery, and an increase in reporting. Understanding the reasons
behind the increase is important, rather than focusing solely on
- The Committee noted that Newport ...
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Scrutiny Adviser Reports PDF 135 KB
Forward Work Programme Update (Appendix 1)
Actions Plan (Appendix 2)
Neil Barnett – Scrutiny Adviser
Forward Work Programme
Scrutiny Adviser presented the Forward Work Programme, and informed
the Committee of the topics due to be discussed at the next two
6th December, the agenda
- Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
7th February 2024, the agenda
- Area Planning Board (Substance Misuse)
Regional Support Services for Schools
Councillor Pimm gave
his apologies for the December meeting.
Scrutiny Adviser presented the action sheet to the Committee. It
was advised that Flood Risk Strategy was being renewed in February
2024 and would be discussed at the Performance Scrutiny Committee
– Place and Corporate. The Scrutiny and Governance Team would
look to arrange training for all Member in relation to flood risk
in the city.