Monday, 14 January 2019

Powys County Council Budget & Third Sector Implications

Further to our November briefing, Powys County Council (PCC) has published its proposals for savings to be made in spending upon discretionary services for 2019/20. 

There are a number of proposals that will have significant implications for many community groups, voluntary organisations and Town and Community Councils in the county. These include:

• 100% reduction of the Community Enablement Support Fund (this is PCC’s principal community grant fund)
 • 100% reduction of the Tourism Development fund
• 80% reduction of the Grounds Maintenance Budget • 50% reduction of the Tourism Development and Marketing Budget
• Youth Service - Review grants to external bodies and review staffing and service costs to save £165,000
 • Arts & Culture Service - Review options to save £139,000 including ceasing service & remove the Council from arts & cultural partnership arrangements
• Countryside Services - Reduction of 3rd Party spend, review staff levels to save £145,000
 • Museum Service - Cease external grant support, review staffing, maximise opportunities for partnership working to save £85,000
• Outdoor Recreation - Transfer of play areas to Housing and community councils, review grass cutting. Review Staffing levelsto save ££97,000
• Budget reductions proposals for Sports Development - Reductions in staffing levels and reduced level of participation and support with clubs and activities to save £108,000

PAVO is currently seeking further information from PCC about the detail of what is proposed and in particular their assessment of the potential impacts. We shall also be meeting shortly with the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Authority, Cllr Rosemarie Harris and Cllr Aled Davies, to discuss these matters in more details.

We will keep you informed of the outcomes from these discussions. In the meantime, if you have particular concerns regarding the proposed budget reductions in respect of your own organisation and its operations and would like to discuss them with PAVO, please contact us 01597 822191 or

If you have specific concerns about the proposed savings and the impact they may have on your organisation and community, we suggest you raise them with your local County Councillor(s). Contact details for all Powys’ County Councillors are available at:

 A copy of the schedule of proposals is attached for your information. You can also read the Local Authority’s press release on this issue at:

Friday, 11 January 2019

Housing Support Grant Engagment

Important dates for your diaries. 

Welsh Government are holding three national engagement events in February around Housing Support Grant Engagement. The great news for Powys is that there's an engagement date in  Powys/Llandrindod Wells on the 12th February.  This is a perfect opportunity for any third sector organisation interested in the funding and a chance to have your say on how the funding is developed.  To find out more and to book your place here 

Housing Related Support Tender

Important Update - Decision Delayed.

The decision about the Housing Support Tender due to be made in December has been delayed. Any queries about the delay, or anyone seeking further information should visit the Sell To Wales portal where the commissioning team will respond.

Welsh Government Health and Social Services

All the latest news and updates from Welsh Government Health and Social Services 

Phase Three- Implementation of the regulation and Inspection Of Social Care Act 2016

On 7 January 2019 the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan AM, issued a written statement on phase 3 of Implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.
The statement contains links to the laid documents page of the National Assembly for Wales website, from which The Adult Placement Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2019; The Regulated Advocacy Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2019 and The Regulated Fostering Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2019, to be debated in Plenary on 22 January, can be accessed, along with their explanatory memoranda. 
The Local Authority Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2018 and their explanatory memorandum were also laid before the National Assembly during the week commencing 10 December.
The statement also contains links to the Welsh Government website, where you can find consultation summary reports for each of the consultations undertaken over the summer of 2018 and draft statutory guidance/code of practice, revised following consultation.
For further information, please contact
Social Services and Integration Directorate
Welsh Government

Ar 7 Ionawr 2019, cyhoeddodd y Dirprwy Weinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol, Julie Morgan AC, ddatganiad ysgrifenedig ar gam 3 y broses o Weithredu Deddf Rheoleiddio ac Arolygu Gofal Cymdeithasol (Cymru) 2016.
Mae’r datganiad yn cynnwys dolenni at y dudalen ‘dogfennau a osodwyd’ ar wefan Cynulliad Cenedlaethol ac yno gellir gweld yr offerynnau statudol isod a’r memoranda esboniadol cysylltiedig, a fydd yn destun dadl yn y Cyfarfod Llawn ar 22 Ionawr: Rheoliadau Lleoliadau Oedolion (Darparwyr Gwasanaethau ac Unigolion Cyfrifol (Cymru) 2019Rheoliadau Gwasanaethau Eirioli Rheoleiddiedig (Darparwyr Gwasanaethau ac Unigolion Cyfrifol (Cymru) 2019 a Rheoliadau Gwasanaethau Maethu Rheoleiddiedig (Darparwyr Gwasanaethau ac Unigolion Cyfrifol (Cymru) 2019.
Yn ogystal, cafodd Rheoliadau Gwasanaethau Maethu Awdurdodau Lleol (Cymru) 2018 a’r memorandwm esboniadol cysylltiedig eu gosod gerbron y Cynulliad yn ystod yr wythnos yn cychwyn ar 10 Rhagfyr.
Mae’r datganiad hefyd yn cynnwys dolenni at wefan Llywodraeth Cymru, lle gwelwch grynodebau o’r ymatebion i bob un o’r ymgynghoriadau a gynhaliwyd yn ystod haf 2018, ynghyd â’r canllawiau/cod ymarfer statudol drafft a gafodd eu diwygio yn dilyn y broses ymgynghori.
I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â
Y Gyfarwyddiaeth Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol ac Integreiddio
Llywodraeth Cymru

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Ipsos MORI Poll - Social & Child Care Sectors

New Deadline - Wednesday 16th January

Welsh Government has commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake research to understand more about the staff who are working in the social care and childcare sectors. Its purpose is to consider the current contribution of non-UK EU staff, the level of qualifications across the sector, the recruitment challenges as well as the many other issues that are affecting the sectors in Wales.

This survey has been endorsed by Social Care Wales, Care Forum Wales, RCN and UKHCA  and has received support from ADSSCymru and the WLGA.

To ensure Ipsos MORI have access to reliable data we need as many providers as possible to take part in the survey. 

All providers in this sector should have recently received an email or letter through the post with a unique code to link to the survey. This is a unique link for each provider so that ipsos MORI can accurately monitor response rates and can check that quotas for different types of settings are met. Telephone interviews are also being undertaken to maximise the response rate.

If a provider has misplaced their unique code, or have any questions, they can contact the research team at Ipsos MORI by email: or telephone: 0808 238 5376.