As we are now underway with the consultation, we are receiving a number of questions. This Frequently Asked Questions list may be useful to you. These are brief answers but you will find a lot more detail in the Summary Consultation Document and the Review and Options Appraisal document.
The council is having to make millions of pounds in savings to its budgets because of the squeeze on public spending. In addition, we feel that daytime care can be delivered in ways other than through our existing day centres. However, we should point out that Options 2 and 3 involve closure but Option 1 doesn’t.
Yes. If you’d prefer to do so please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post us a letter to Daytime Activities Consultation, c/o Communications Team, Powys County Council, County Hall, Powys, LD1 5LG. Alternatively, if you wish to send a video, you are welcome to do so (using these same contact details).
Not if you’ve been assessed as having a need for particular support. The council has a legal duty to meet those needs, however there isn’t a legal duty to do so through the provision of a day centre.
Welshpool is one year into a seven year contract. Since that arrangement was agreed, the budget for daytime activity provision has been reduced and it is not possible to provide this level of funding elsewhere.
No a decision has not been made. The council’s Cabinet will be presented with a report on what residents of Powys and other stakeholders tell us during this consultation, at the end of this year. They will then have to decide on the way forward.
We do. Powys County Council has had the worst financial settlement in Wales for a number of years and we have repeatedly raised this issue with the Welsh Government. During 2016/17 we were awarded a further £1.9m. However we are still needing to reduce our budget by some £29.8m by 2020. (This financial year our revenue budget is £237m)
We are. As well as asking people’s views about the three options, we are also open to hearing other ideas for providing daytime activities.
This is not true – we have looked at our referral rates to Powys County Council run Older People’s Day Centres for 2016 and there is only one centre which has lost more than they have gained. The figures are as follows:-