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