YSGOL CALON CYMRU REPORT MAKES SORRY READING SAY POWYS LIB DEMS

Commenting on the independent audit report published today into the creation of the dual-campus Ysgol Calon Cymru out of the merger of the former Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells High Schools from September 2018, the Leader of the Opposition on Powys County Council and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat group, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, said:-

“This report makes for sorry reading. At the time when the merger was proposed I and my council group warned the then-Cabinet not to do it, believing it would be divisive, financially unsustainable and potentially damaging to pupils’ learning. Our warnings have been vindicated by this report.”

 

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Budget Proposals Are Last Gasp of a Failed Independent - Conservative Administration

Cllr James Gibson Watt

The release today (Wed 12th January) of the proposed Powys County Council Budget for 2022/23 is the last gasp of a failed Independent and Conservative administration, according to the Welsh Lib Dems, the Council’s main opposition group. 

“I’m sure the Cabinet next week will claim success in bringing in a proposed Council Tax rise that is less than the 5% proposed in their long term strategy, but the truth is that this failed administration has been bailed out by a huge increase in funding from the Welsh Government. It is clear to the Welsh Lib Dem group that without this windfall the Council Tax payers of Powys would have been facing a double-digit rise and huge cuts in services, “ commented group leader Cllr James Gibson-Watt.

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Welcome investment but a missed opportunity for the Town

Llandrindod Wells Lib Dem Councillors Jake Berriman and Pete Roberts have welcomed the news that the Auto Palace is to benefit from Levelling-up funding but described the overall process and narrow scope of the bid as another missed opportunity to transform the town.

"Of course, it is excellent news that an iconic building with so much history attached to it is now guaranteed renovation, but there was so much more that could have been done in a comprehensive Llandrindod regeneration bid," commented Cllr Jake Berriman (Llandrindod North).

Cllr Jake Berriman (L) and Cllr Pete Roberts (R) with Jane Dodds MS and Josie Ewing

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COUNCIL TO CLOSE LLANFIHANGEL RHYDITHON C.P. SCHOOL

Yesterday (September 28), the Conservative-Independent Powys County Council Cabinet officially confirmed that they intend to press ahead with plans to close Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Dolau) C.P. School.

The announcement will come as a devastating blow to many of the school’s parents, children, and staff, and other members of the Dolau community, who have been campaigning for the school’s future.

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POWYS TORIES REVEAL ‘NASTY PARTY’ SIDE IN UNIVERSAL CREDIT DEBATE SAY LIB DEM – GREENS

The rejection of a Welsh Labour Group Motion at a meeting of Powys County Council today (Thurs 23rd Sept) seeking to commit the County Council to oppose the UK Government’s proposed £20 reduction in Universal Credit payments to families on low incomes is ‘a major blow to the people of the county and will push even more families into poverty, damage the Powys economy and increase the pressure on county council services’, according to the Council’s Welsh Liberal Democrat – Green Group.

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CALLS FOR CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR RISING GAS PRICES

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the Welsh Government to provide clarity on any contingency plans they have in place to deal with rapidly rising gas prices, citing the concern that many families could be pushed into fuel poverty as winter approaches.

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