STABILITY at senior staff level is the key to a “very pleasing” annual report, according to Powys council leader, Rosemarie Harris.

On Tuesday, July 14, the cabinet met to discuss and approve their Vision 2025 corporate improvement plan annual report.

The report looks at Powys County Council’s performance during the last year.

Councillor Rosemarie Harris said: “What we have now is stability, and I think it shows.

“Over the last few years, we had four chief executives. It’s been a great time of change.

“I’m very pleased with this report, there are areas where we can improve, and I want to stress there are other areas alongside this report where we are seeing improvement.”

Cllr Harris went on to thank “everybody” for all that they have done to produce the good results.

One major issue in 2019/20, was the critical Estyn inspection report of the education service.

Education portfolio holder, Councillor Phyl Davies (Blaen Hafren – Conservative) said: “We fully accept the findings of the report and have moved rapidly in the formation of a post-inspection action plan, to put us on the journey of improvement.

“We have launched our 10 year transformation strategy which hopefully will address the findings of the report.”

Deputy leader and finance portfolio holder, Councillor Aled Davies, said: “This document is really interesting and a good read.

“You  get a sense of how much the council does and how much goes on every day.”

Cllr Davies (Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant & Llansilin – Comnservative) believed the cabinet had “stepped up to the plate” to deal with the challenges in Social Services and Education.

“It has to be remembered we’re doing this while making huge reductions to our running costs,” said Cllr Davies

The report will now go to the full council on July 30 to be discussed by all councillors.

Vision 2025 – has four main objectives:

  • Developing a Vibrant Economy
  • Providing integrated Health and Care in a rural environment
  • Strengthen learning and skills
  • Supporting Residents and Communities

The report highlights good performance include:

  • 526 local suppliers took part in the council’s procurement process.
  • 82 per cent of children and young people were supported through “early help” as a total of all referrals to Children’s Services.
  • 83 per cent of adults, have re-learnt skills necessary for daily living did not need a package of care and support six months later or a reduced package of care and support.
  • 95.8 per cent  of schools inspected don’t need a follow up inspection.
  • 84 per cent of tenants were satisfied with the quality of their neighbourhood.

Poor performance included:

  • 73 per cent of assessments were completed for children within statutory time scales. The target was 90 per cent.
  • 54 per cent of pupils who are in care achieved Core Subject Indicators from the age of seven to 11 years old. The target was 82 per cent.