Audit Commission report spotlights Welsh social services winner and loser

16 Dec 99
The first of a rolling series of Audit Commission and Social Services Inspectorate reports into Welsh social services have produced a winner and a loser.

17 December 1999

Powys, the largest authority in Wales in terms of area – it covers 25% of the principality – has come out with flying colours and a verdict that its social services are serving people adequately.

'Users and carers regard social services positively and there are examples of good practice and innovation in several areas,' says the report.

Torfaen, on the other hand, the most eastern of the Welsh valleys, covering Blaenafon, Pontypool and Cwmbran, comes under fire.

The review team spotlights a lack of strategic direction, weak management, poor practice in children's services and a disconnected workforce. It recommends a total review of the council's strategy.

Jane Hutt, Assembly health and social services secretary, said: 'The reviews underline the need for improvements, already recognised in our social services white paper, Building for the Future.'

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