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Senior managers and leading councillors at Pembrokeshire County Council must be held accountable for its failings – William Powell AM

August 12, 2011 3:48 PM
By William Powell AM

Commenting on the latest Estyn and CSSIW Report on Pembrokeshire County Council's handling of children's safeguarding issues, William Powell, Regional AM for Mid & West Wales said:

"The latest Report on Education and Social Services issues in Pembrokeshire Council highlights again major failings in the delivery of key services in the County. This follows on from a critical Report in June on the quality of Education services. It also shows up poor management at the heart of the Council. It is clear that urgent action needs to be taken and those responsible held to account."

Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Bob Kilmister, added:

"The latest Report highlights long standing concerns that a number of Councillors have had about the leadership and management of the Council - especially the role of councillors in overseeing the actions of the Council's managers. I have said for some time that scrutiny of how the council works is not thorough enough."

"One of the problems is that those councillors leading the scrutiny process are from the same group of Independent councillors that also provide the leadership of the Council. This is not healthy and needs urgent reform."

"Pembrokeshire has been let down badly. It's time for change. We need and deserve a more open, transparent and democratic Council working for the interests of local people."