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Powys Liberal Democrats call for Council Chief Executive to remove himself from management responsibilities on Children’s Social Services

Following the publication this week of the damning Care & Social Services Inspectorate for Wales’s (CSSIW) report into Powys County Council’s Children’s Social Services, the Welsh Liberal Democrat group on the Council have questioned the role of the Chief Executive in the recovery process.

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Children and young people of Powys let down by County Council

Corporate and Political Weakness the Root Cause of Serious Failures – Welsh Lib Dems 

Children and young people in Powys are being put at risk of harm by the Council’s Social Services.

A report published today by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales found serious failings at the heart of the service.

This publication revealed a culture of ‘weak corporate and political leadership and very poor service management’, according to the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on the Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt.

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County Council’s budget ‘entering serious danger territory’ says Lib Dem Leader

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, has claimed that the council’s budget is ‘entering serious danger territory’, following the publication of new figures for the end of August showing the council is facing a projected overspend in 2017/18 of over £6 million, a more than £1.5 million worsening of the position from the end of July.

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Conservative MP fined for misusing public funds for political advantage

Chris Davies, Conservative Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, has been fined by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for the misuse of public funds.

A mailing before the 2017 General Election – paid for using public money – was determined to be used for unfair political advantage.

This breach of the code of conduct resulted in a fine of £5,037.90.

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Opposition Leader regrets ‘lost opportunity’ of Powys 2025 ‘vision’

The Leader of the Opposition on Powys County Council has described the Council Cabinet’s ‘Vision 2025’ strategy document, published this week, as a ‘great missed opportunity’ to ‘restore credibility to a local authority whose reputation has been battered by years of botched policy initiatives and a series of budgetary crises in its essential public services’.

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Powys Lib Dem Leader says DEFRA Secretary “made false promises” on Brexit at Royal Welsh Show

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, most recently his party’s General Election candidate in Brecon & Radnorshire, has claimed that the UK Government’s Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, ‘made false promises at the Royal Welsh Show to farmers on future farm payments after the UK leaves the European Union’.

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Powys Council votes to reverse Day Centre charges increase

By the slimmest of margins (2 votes) members of Powys County Council have voted to call on the Council’s Cabinet to reverse the decision the previous Cabinet took in March this year to increase charges for attendance and meals at the county’s social care day centres.

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Lib Dems to push for wider review of car parking in Powys

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council is to push for a wider review of off-street parking provision in the county, following the recent decision by the Council’s Cabinet member for highways to review the previous Cabinet decision to impose charges on several previously-free car parks.

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James Gibson-Watt to stand in Brecon & Radnorshire for Welsh Lib Dems

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Cllr James Gibson Watt has been selected by local Welsh Liberal Democrats members to stand in the General Election in Brecon and Radnorshire.

James is a local businessman and County Councillor for ward of Glasbury, who lives just outside Hay-on-Wye with his wife and family. He is leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Powys County Council and has led the fight on the council against local school closures and cuts to day centres.

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Powys County Council elections: Lib Dems beat Conservatives in Brecon & Radnorshire

In today’s Powys County Council elections the Welsh Liberal Democrats won ten seats in Brecon and Radnorshire with the Conservatives winning just five.

All seven sitting Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillors were returned, with gains also made by former MP Roger Williams in Felinfach, Jackie Charlton in Llangattock, and Pete Roberts in Llandrindod South.

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