‘State of flux’ blamed for re­port’s six month de­lay

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A COUN­CIL­LOR has warned of a “demo­cratic deficit” af­ter a draft plan for the youth jus­tice and early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vice came be­fore a scru­tiny com­mit­tee al­most six months af­ter it had ac­tu­ally been put into ac­tion.

Coun­cil­lor So­nia Reynolds said the an­nual plan, which in­cluded ser­vices in Brid­gend, should have been put be­fore Neath Port Tal­bot coun­cil by the end of March – not half way through the year when it was al­ready in progress.

The West­ern Bay Youth Jus­tice and Early In­ter­ven­tion draft an­nual Youth Jus­tice Plan 2018-2019 came be­fore Neath Port Tal­bot coun­cil’s so­cial care, health and well­be­ing cab­i­net scru­tiny com­mit­tee for ap­proval on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13.

Brid­gend, Neath Port Tal­bot and Swansea youth of­fend­ing teams have been merged ser­vice since May 2014.

Point­ing out the fu­til­ity of scru­ti­n­is­ing a draft plan which is al­ready in use, the coun­cil­lor said: “If we have prob­lems with it, what hap­pens?

“A plan like this should be com­ing to us at the end of the year for us to scru­ti­nise or at least by the end of March be­fore it is put in place. Without scru­tiny hap­pen­ing when it’s ap­pro­pri­ate we have a demo­cratic deficit.”

Pre-court man­ager Daniel Mor­gan said he ap­pre­ci­ated the timescale was not ideal and would re­fer the mat­ter back to the West­ern Bay youth jus­tice and early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vice man­ager Caro­line Dyer.

He said: “The ser­vice is in a state of flux with the Brid­gend part of it dis­ag­gre­gat­ing to Cwm Taf Univer­sity Health Board. That may have played a part on the time­li­ness of the com­ple­tion.”

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