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The director of social services leaving Ceredigion County Council was wished a “healthy and long retirement” this week.

Carys James took over the role of director of social services in April 2018 having previously been head of adult and commissioned services, after a long career in the department.

Members of the cabinet paid tribute to the hard work of Mrs James at its meeting on January 28, with council leader Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn saying she had been unwell.

Chief executive Eifion Evans said: “Losing such a special resource around the table is a blow for us as staff members but health has to come first so we wish her a long and healthy retirement.”

Presenting the annual report for social services 2018-19, written by Mrs James, Cllr Alun Williams credited her with the improvements made in the department.

He also thanked her for “all her hard work for the directorate over many years.”

Following discussion of the annual report at scrutiny earlier this month the healthier communities committee agreed to focus on delayed transfers of care as an issue for further examination.

Mrs James’ husband, Cllr Gwyn James, said she was improving and thanked everyone for their kinds words, which he would pass on.

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