Brief updates were received from each of the Partnerships / Thematic Groups:
Environment Partnership - are currently struggling. Only statutory organisations attending. However, this is similar to what is happening in other Counties e.g. Powys, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot. Need to consider whether the Partnership concentrate on only the statutory elements and look at opportunities to enhance those activities by working in partnership?
Learning for Life – some issues with this Group. Has not met for some time.
HSCWB – the Partnership is starting to 'regenerate' following the restructuring of Health services. Ian Bellingham has been appointed as County Director and is attending Partnership meetings.
The Hywel Dda Health Board's priority area is care in the community. There is some concern that the 'wellbeing' agenda is being lost.
Community Safety – 2 items were highlighted to the Group:
- Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Committee – look at community safety functions.
- Counter Terrorism
In addition, the Confidence Measure will be one of the major focus areas over the next few years.
Economically Successful – MS stated that the Equalities Bill was passed in law this week and will come into effect in October. This will affect the work of the LSB and partnerships / thematic groups in terms of service equalities and we need to be thinking about it.
The Partnership is currently concentrating on its regulatory role for the RDP.
Stronger Communities – The meetings are well attended and are gaining in confidence. The Partnership name has been changed to 'Cynnal y Cardi'. The Partnership is currently delivering RDP projects – looking at enhancing rural communities in Ceredigion.
A Bilingual Future – Three meetings have been held to date. These have been successful in sharing ideas and have focussed on Planning issues and bilingual signage.
In addition, consideration is being given to developing a Welsh Language Charter. A small group is meeting to develop a better idea of what this could mean. 2 options are currently being considered:
- High level Charter – organisations with Welsh Language Plans and assist them to improve them
- Make it simpler through:
a) Improving the bilingual services available
b) Improve the understanding of the public regarding their basic entitlements in terms of bilingual services.