Pembrokeshire action plan to recruit social care workers showing signs of success

AN ACTION plan to improve recruitment and retention of staff across social care roles is showing signs of success despite delays due to Covid-19. Vacancies in some departments, including social workers, are at the lowest level of recent years, a committee heard as it discussed an update of the social Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire council scrutiny committee review demand management for social services

MANAGING demand for social services is a “complex issue” which can change regularly with the council’s response required to meet the needs of those above certain thresholds. Head of adult care and housing Jason Bennett said demand management was complex as the service dealt with people and “people by nature” Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire council faces funding gap of £18.4 million

PEMBROKESHIRE County Council faces a potential funding gap of £18.4million as the setting of the final budget for 2021-22 is moved to March following central and Welsh Government delays. Pembrokeshire County Council will continue its work on a draft budget for the coming financial year using a flatline settlement and Continue Reading

Cabinet approves Enhancing Pembrokeshire grants

THE FINAL sign off was given for £165,000 of second home council tax funding this week. Cabinet approved the decisions taken at October’s Enhancing Pembrokeshire grants panel with nine of 12 applications being successful. Approved applications include £25,000 towards Mind Pembrokeshire’s plan to transform an unused storeroom into a “vibrant, Continue Reading

Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd to build new Haverfordwest school

THE BUILDING of a new school in Haverfordwest is still “on track” despite pandemic delays with the contract for construction signed off by senior councillors. Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd will be awarded the contract for the new Haverfordwest High VC School and leisure provision in the near future Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Six monthly report on acquisitions and disposals published

FEWER buildings have been bought and sold by Pembrokeshire County Council over recent months due to Covid-19. Cabinet member for finance Cllr Bob Kilmister said that the numbers of acquisitions and disposals had been lower during April to September as a report on transactions over £100,000 was discussed on November Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire has highest child poverty rate in Wales according to research by End Child Poverty coalition

AT least one in five children in every Welsh local authority is growing up in poverty after housing costs are taken into account, according to research published today by the End Child Poverty coalition.  In some parts of the country the child poverty rate rises to more than one in Continue Reading

Councillor raises questions about ”shambolic rollout” of waste changes again

ASSUMING  everyone has digital access impacted the communication of Pembrokeshire council’s “shambolic rollout” of new waste, a councillor has argued. Cllr Jamie Adams has raised concerns about how changes to waste and recycling collections were communicated to residents on a number of occasions. A review of the communication strategy as Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire local bus services ramping up from mid October

SOME bus services in Pembrokeshire will be running more frequently from Monday onwards (19th October), thanks to extra funding from the Welsh Government. It follows the return of a number of Pembrokeshire’s community transport services – although at a reduced frequency and with reduced vehicle capacities. For the latest timetable information, Continue Reading

Private payout to Pembrokeshire CEO not for discussion publicly

WHY a payment was made to the outgoing chief executive is not to be discussed publicly the council’s leader says. At full council some members of Pembrokeshire County Council asked questions about the departure of chief executive Ian Westley, due to leave the authority at the end of next month, Continue Reading

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