Agenda and draft minutes

Remote Meeting, COVID-19 Scrutiny Panel - Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting

Note: Remote Meeting 


No. Item


Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


None received.


Declarations of interest

To be made in accordance with the members’ code of conduct.


None received.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 187 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting.


The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a correct record and signed by the chairperson.


Cabinet Agenda items for consideration ( to follow)


Racial Equality Task Force

The Chairperson welcomed Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader; Gareth Newell, Head of Partnerships Performance and

Sian Sanders, Operational Manager – Cohesion & Community Engagement to the meeting.


The Chairperson invited the Leader to make a statement in which he said that the report makes reference to a number of studies and reports from recent years with regard to the challenges that BAME people, but specifically black people, face in this country.  He added that inequalities were still real and felt.  There had been public calls for the removal of at least 1 statue in Cardiff and the Leader had shown his personal support for this but the Cabinet are keen to make a material difference to their lives, what they need and how we support them.  They wish to establish quick agile tactical wins and now there was a need to find a means to hear what was needed and use the council’s power to encourage partners to respond in kind.


The Chairperson invited questions from Members;


Members asked about the timescales for membership recruitment and asked if all Members would have the opportunity to influence the Terms of Reference.  The Leader explained that recruitment would be over the summer, the first meeting would be held around October time and at that meeting the Terms of Reference would be altered/confirmed.


Members asked what consultation/engagement had been undertaken to date with Members and particularly BAME members, as many will have experience, expertise and professional links they could share.  Members also stressed the point about South Asian people having the highest casualties in relation to Covid-19.  The Leader accepted the points made and noted that Members have a contribution to make.  He added that Councillor Ebrahim had been proposed to Chair the Task Force and he expected other members and representatives from the wider community to form part of the Task Force; he added that expertise was needed as were voices that had not been heard previously.  He agreed to look to Members for their expertise.


Whilst Members supported the Task Force, they asked how the Chairperson was chosen, who was consulted and what the thinking was behind having a member of the Administration as the Chair, as the Task Force needed to properly challenge the Administration.   The Leader explained the decision to have Councillor Ebrahim as the Chairperson was mainly his after taking some soundings.  He had also considered the option of a Cabinet Member or himself, as is the case on the Music Board, but on balance and reflection thought it needed someone with lived experience of Black issues.  Councillor Ebrahim’s ward has the highest numbers of Black people in Cardiff and he will without doubt challenge the Administration if needed.  Members asked if the Leader would consider a Vice-Chair from the opposition for balance and back up.  The Leader noted that a Vice-Chair was important and commented that to date he had received no expressions of interest, although Members had not yet been asked.


Members enquired as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


Urgent Items (if any)


None received.


Date of next meeting - 14 September 2020