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Search begins for director of social services

Created on 29/10/2017 @ 11:38
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Powys County Council has advertised for a new director of social services.

The £104,992 job has been advertised following the damning report into the council's failing in children's services.

It comes also as speculation points as to the future of the head of adult services who is understood to want to step down from her post.

It has also emerged that the council's chief executive, Jeremy Patterson, is also away from his role after going on sick leave last week, a week after the report into children's services.

The director of social services role has been advertised on a salary between £100,319 and £104,992.

The potholder will be responsible for turning around the department.

Meanwhile a senior councillor has said discussions are taking place after Louise Barry "expressed her intention" to stand down as head of adult services.

The council said it could not comment on individual employment contracts.
Powys has been warned its social services will be taken over by the Welsh Government if the department does not improve sufficiently by the end of the year.

Ministers threatened to intervene last week after the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) criticised its children's services.
An inspection carried out in July concluded that vulnerable children in the county were at risk.

CSSIW will return to Powys to examine adult services soon, but a date for the inspection has not been announced.

Stephen Hayes, the portfolio holder for adult social care, told the BBC he was told about Ms Barry's decision on Tuesday. "I can't confirm the finalised position," he said. "She has expressed her intention to do so.

"But there's further discussion going on with her. It would be premature to say she has resigned at this point."

Mr Hayes described Ms Barry as "very professional and very competent", and he was "very keen she should stay with us if at all possible".

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