The tour, which started on September 13 and has so far taken in the South Wales valleys and West Wales, allows the Minister to discuss the impact of the UK Government’s expected challenging budget settlement for Wales with the people who deliver the services that count in our communities. During the tour the Minister is meeting frontline public sector workers, services users and representatives from the third and private sectors.
In North Wales the Finance Minister will visit the Joint Communication Centre in St Asaph which aims to bring together the three emergency blue light services to collaborate. The key objective is for all services to work closely together in the same operating environment.
The Minister will also find out more about the CCTV Collaborative Working project which has received £805,000 from the Assembly Government’s Invest to Save fund. It is a collaborative project involving the six North Wales local authorities and North Wales police, moving from six to a single state of the art CCTV system covering North Wales.
Ahead of the visit Jane Hutt said:
"I am looking forward to finding out more about the CCTV Collaborative project which has the potential to deliver £450,000 of savings a year. Sharing services across North Wales’ boundaries will deliver significant savings for the councils involved and help manage effective responses from the police and other emergency services.
"CCTV plays a significant role in the community, providing reassurance to the people of North Wales. Moving to one single state of the art CCTV system covering the whole of North Wales is expected to improve the ability to detect and prevent crime as well as deliver savings."
During the visit to St Asaph and later to Rhyl Leisure Centre the Minister will meet frontline staff and discuss what they think the priorities should be, where they think efficiency savings could be made, and how services can be improved for those who depend on them.
Jane Hutt said:
"I am taking the opportunity now, ahead of the UK Government’s Spending Review, to listen to the views of frontline public sector workers and users across Wales. It is essential that we listen to the experiences of people who are in the public sector and those who use its services. I want to hear what frontline workers in North Wales think and what their thoughts are about being more effective and efficient as we face up to what we all know will be a very challenging time."