Last chance to comment on council's improvement plan

A consultation period for Pembrokeshire County Council’s ‘improvement plan’ will end tomorrow (Friday).

The council has said they have a “strong expectation” that recommendations from the recent Wales Audit Office and Estyn reports will form the backbone of the improvement objectives.

The consultation contains the following suggested areas for improvement: safeguarding, school improvement and inclusion, leadership and management, planning school places, corporate and political change across the council, a review of adult social care, town centres, waste and recycling, and crime and community safety.

The kinds of actions that might be taken in each area are outlined in a brief questionnaire, which is available on the county council’s website.

The consultation ends tomorrow, February 22nd, and the final plan will be on the cabinet agenda for its meeting on April 15th.

To have your say on the consultation follow this link:

http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=101,988,2102&parent_directory_id=646&id=26900&Language=

 

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3:41pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Tttoommy says...

Pembs CC why bother with this expensive exercise?
. Lets just ask what Bryn PJones wants :((((
Pembs CC why bother with this expensive exercise? . Lets just ask what Bryn PJones wants :(((( Tttoommy
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8:19pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Kiwitaff says...

When the Welsh Audit Office and the schools inspectorate both report that Pembrokeshire County Council has failed to provide an accptable level of service then the CEO should follow the example of the Director of Education and resign.

This would immediately enable the council to streamline the top heavy management team and appoint a CEO with specific responsiblity for Education. Making an immediate saving of a quarter of a million pounds.

Traditionally in local government the largest and most expensive department is Education. The best alternative would be to direct the funding straight into the school budgets and let the professionals get on with the job of teaching our children.
When the Welsh Audit Office and the schools inspectorate both report that Pembrokeshire County Council has failed to provide an accptable level of service then the CEO should follow the example of the Director of Education and resign. This would immediately enable the council to streamline the top heavy management team and appoint a CEO with specific responsiblity for Education. Making an immediate saving of a quarter of a million pounds. Traditionally in local government the largest and most expensive department is Education. The best alternative would be to direct the funding straight into the school budgets and let the professionals get on with the job of teaching our children. Kiwitaff
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9:51pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Rockface says...

Oh yeah, like we have an improvement plan, like it was already decided like it was decided like the SCBU consultation like we are being invited to get involved like we are really having a meaningful participative dialogue like.... like... like!
Oh yeah, like we have an improvement plan, like it was already decided like it was decided like the SCBU consultation like we are being invited to get involved like we are really having a meaningful participative dialogue like.... like... like! Rockface
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9:36am Mon 25 Feb 13

Kiwitaff says...

It looks as if the Education Minister Leighton Andrews is going to take Education out of the failing County Councils control.

Giving the responsibility for such a complax service as Education to small local councils in 1996 was in my view a huge blunder. The cost has been enormous. Not only in terms of inflated costs to ratepayers because of the duplication of having to pay CEO's, Directors of Education and their bureaucratic minions large salaies, but clearly the evidence points to schools being unable to work collaboratively and share areas of best practice that is such an important part of Professional Development.

It will be seventeen wasted years in April since the Education service was needlessly carved up. Sadly for me one of the underperforming Authorities is in Pembrokeshire where the councillors seem unable or unwilling to do much about it.
It looks as if the Education Minister Leighton Andrews is going to take Education out of the failing County Councils control. Giving the responsibility for such a complax service as Education to small local councils in 1996 was in my view a huge blunder. The cost has been enormous. Not only in terms of inflated costs to ratepayers because of the duplication of having to pay CEO's, Directors of Education and their bureaucratic minions large salaies, but clearly the evidence points to schools being unable to work collaboratively and share areas of best practice that is such an important part of Professional Development. It will be seventeen wasted years in April since the Education service was needlessly carved up. Sadly for me one of the underperforming Authorities is in Pembrokeshire where the councillors seem unable or unwilling to do much about it. Kiwitaff
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10:03pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Suebound says...

I dont understand the outrageously high salaries of the top earners at Pembrokeshire county council? They are earning nearly double that of the Prime minister??? who could possibly have signed these salaries off in the first place? If what I hear and see is true the council is currently either failing badly or being monitored across so many areas , education, care homes, planning, no need to go on I think you get the message! Thankfully it would seem that they are finally being looked at very closely phew!
I dont understand the outrageously high salaries of the top earners at Pembrokeshire county council? They are earning nearly double that of the Prime minister??? who could possibly have signed these salaries off in the first place? If what I hear and see is true the council is currently either failing badly or being monitored across so many areas , education, care homes, planning, no need to go on I think you get the message! Thankfully it would seem that they are finally being looked at very closely phew! Suebound
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8:41pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Kiwitaff says...

If the Welsh Assembly take education out of Local Council control the ratepayers in Pembrokeshire should see a massive reduction in rates. Education represents over 60% of the councils annual budget.

Directing that money straight into the schools would make the need for highly paid CEO.s and and his bureaucratic empire redundant.
If the Welsh Assembly take education out of Local Council control the ratepayers in Pembrokeshire should see a massive reduction in rates. Education represents over 60% of the councils annual budget. Directing that money straight into the schools would make the need for highly paid CEO.s and and his bureaucratic empire redundant. Kiwitaff
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10:20pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Tye says...

Councillors are foolish - they allow a system that the more the council spends or wastes rather then Parry-Jones has a bigger budget that he's responsible for so that he gets a bigger salary - they still don't realise do they central Gov. tells them where to spend the money so he really should be paid the same as a bought ledger clerk - contacts/chums/mason
s eh?
Councillors are foolish - they allow a system that the more the council spends or wastes rather then Parry-Jones has a bigger budget that he's responsible for so that he gets a bigger salary - they still don't realise do they central Gov. tells them where to spend the money so he really should be paid the same as a bought ledger clerk - contacts/chums/mason s eh? Tye
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