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.
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.
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.
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’.
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’.
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.