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Opposition Leaders demand management probe at Powys Council

The leaders of the three opposition groups on Powys County Council have jointly demanded that an independent root-and-branch investigation is launched in to the way that the Independent/Conservative-run council has been managed and led at a senior level in the period up to and since the production of a damning report by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) into the council’s Children’s Services in October this year.

Their demands, outlined in a letter to the Council’s Leader, Cllr Rosemarie Harris, highlight the CSSIW’s findings and continuing concerns over budgetary control and the quality of service delivery in other services. The Council faces an inspection of its Adult Social Care Services early in the New Year.

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Improvement plan for the Council made no note of damning Children’s Services report

Despite a recent high profile Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) report highlighting serious failures at the heart of Powys County Council’s Children’s Social Services, it has been left to the Powys Liberal Democrats to ensure the Council considers this in a key performance document.

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Staylittle Outdoor Centre Closure ‘End of an Era’ say Powys Liberal Democrats

Reacting to the closure of the Staylittle Outdoor Centre, the Powys Liberal Democrats have suggested that little has changed at the Council since the new Independent/Conservative Cabinet was formed in May, as poor financial management continues to reduce services.

Staylitte Outdoor Centre, around seven miles north-west of Llanidloes, is to be withdrawn from the contract with Freedom Leisure, the company that runs the Council’s sports and leisure facilities, as part of plans to slash its leisure services budgets. The facility will be closed by April 2018.

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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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