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PTHB COVID-19 Vaccination Stakeholder Bulletin – 2 October 2021

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Audit notices required by Regulations

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Publication of audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021

Regulation 15(5) of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 (as amended) requires that by 30 September 2021, the Vale of Grwyney Community Council publish its accounting statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 together with any certificate, opinion, or report issued, given or made by the Auditor General.

The accounting statements in the form of an annual return have been published on the Council’s website. However, the accounts are published before the conclusion of the audit. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Auditor General has not yet issued an audit opinion.

Cyhoeddi cyfrifon archwiliedig ar gyfer y flwyddyn a ddaeth i ben 31 Mawrth 2021

Mae rheoliad 15 (5) o Reoliadau Cyfrifon ac archwilio (Cymru) 2014 (fel y’i diwygiwyd) yn ei gwneud yn ofynnol, erbyn 30 Medi 2021, i Cyngor Cymuned fro Grwyney

gyhoeddi ei ddatganiadau cyfrifyddu ar gyfer y flwyddyn a ddaeth i ben 31 Mawrth 2021 ynghyd ag unrhyw dystysgrif, barn neu adroddiad a gyhoeddwyd, a roddwyd neu a wnaed gan yr Archwilydd Cyffredinol.


Mae’r datganiadau cyfrifyddu ar ffurf ffurflen flynyddol wedi’u cyhoeddi ar wefan y Cyngor. Fodd bynnag, cyhoeddir y cyfrifon cyn i’r archwiliad ddod i ben. Oherwydd effaith COVID-19, nid yw’r Archwilydd Cyffredinol wedi cyhoeddi barn archwilio eto.

Have you entered the Vale of Grwyney Summer of Fun Photographic Challenge?

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If not you now have an extra two weeks in which to send your entries in. The deadline has been extended to the 30th September 2021

Get snapping!

SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO: valeofgrwyneycc@gmail.com

Public Meeting – Co-Op Development – 2nd Sept 2021

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Vale of Grwyney Summer of Fun Photographic Challenge

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COVID-19 Vaccination First Dose Drop-in Appointments in Powys

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MESSAGE FROM POWYS TEACHING HEALTH BOARD

Are you aged 18+ in Powys and still need your first dose?  

We have first dose drop-in appointments available this week at our Mass Vaccination Centres:  

Bronllys Hospital:
Tuesday 20 July 8:30am-6.30pm
Wednesday 21 July 8:30am-6.30pm
Thursday 22 July 8:30am-11:30am
Friday 23 July 8:30am-6.30pm  

Builth Wells Royal Welsh Showground:
Wednesday 21 July 8:30am-6.30pm
Thursday 22 July 8:30am-3:30pm  

Newtown Maldwyn Leisure Centre:
Tuesday 20 July 8:30pm-6.30pm
Wednesday 21 July 8:30am-6.30pm
Thursday 22 July 8:30am-6:30pm
Friday 23 July 8:30am-6:30pm  

First dose appointments are available with Pfizer and AstraZeneca on a first-come first-served basis.

Please keep checking our social media channels and website for updates.   More information about COVID-19 vaccination in Powys is available from our website at https://pthb.nhs.wales/covid-vaccine

Audit Notice – Year ending 31st March 2021

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Audit notice

Notice of appointment of the date for the exercise of electors’ rights

Vale of Grwyney Community Council

Financial year ending 31 March 2021

  1. Date of announcement  13th July 2021
  • Each year the annual accounts are audited by the Auditor General for Wales. Prior to this date, any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc relating to them for 20 working days on reasonable notice. For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:

Maria James, Clerk/RFO, Vale of Grwyney Community Council
Pleasant View, Fforest Coal Pit,  NP7 7LH

Email: valeofgrwyneycc@gmail.com     Tel 01873 890777

between the hours of   9:00 and 3:00 (by appt) on Monday to Friday

commencing on 20 August 2021

and ending on 17 September 2021

  • From 20 September 2021, until the audit has been completed, Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:
  • the right to question the Auditor General about the accounts.
  • the right to attend before the Auditor General and make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the Auditor General. A copy of the written notice must also be given to the council.

The Auditor General can be contacted via: Community Council Audits, Audit Wales, 24 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9LJ.

  • The audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004, the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 and the Auditor General for Wales’ Code of Audit Practice. 

Electors’ rights under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004

The basic position

By law, any interested person has the right to inspect the council’s accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections, then you (or your representative) also have the right to ask the Auditor General questions about them or challenge an item of account contained within them.

The right to inspect the accounts

When a local government body has finalised its accounts for the previous financial year, it must advertise that they are available for people to look at. Having given reasonable notice of your intentions, you then have 20 working days to look through the accounts and supporting documents. You will be able to make copies of the accounts and most of the relevant documents from the body. You will probably have to pay a copying charge.

The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounts

You can only ask the Auditor General questions about the accounts. The Auditor General does not have to answer questions about the body’s policies, finances, procedures or anything else not related to the accounts. Your question must be about the accounts that are subject to audit. The Auditor General does not have to say whether he thinks something the council has done, or an item in its accounts, is lawful or reasonable.

The right to object to the accounts

If you think that the body has spent money that they should not have, or that someone has caused a loss to the body deliberately or by behaving irresponsibly, you can object to the Auditor General by sending a formal ‘notice of objection’, which must be in writing to the address below. You must tell the Auditor General why you are objecting. The Auditor General must reach a decision on your objection. If you are not happy with that decision, you can appeal to the courts.

You may also object if you think that there is something in the accounts that the Auditor General should discuss with the council or tell the public about in a ‘public interest report’. Again, you must give your reasons in writing to the Auditor General at the address below. In this case, the Auditor General must decide whether to take any action. The Auditor General will normally, but does not have to, give reasons for their decision and you cannot appeal to the courts. You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against the body.

If you wish to make a personal complaint or claim, you should take these complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre, or your solicitor. You may also be able to complain to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales if you believe that a Member of the body has broken the Code of Conduct for Members. The Ombudsman can be contacted at: 1 Old Field Rd, Pencoed, Bridgend CF35 5LJ, (tel: (01656) 641 150).

What else you can do

Instead of objecting, you can give the Auditor General information that is relevant to their responsibilities. For example, you can simply tell the Auditor General if you think that something is wrong with the accounts or about waste and inefficiency in the way the council runs its services. You do not have to follow any set time limits or procedures. The Auditor General does not have to give you a detailed report of their investigation into the issues you have raised, but they will usually tell you the general outcome.

A final word

Local government bodies, and so local taxpayers, must meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. When the Auditor General decides whether to take your objection further, one of a series of factors they must take into account includes the costs that will be involved. They will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. If you appeal to the courts, you might have to pay for the action yourself.

If you wish to contact the Auditor General, please write to: Community Council Audits, Audit Wales, 24 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LJ

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PRESS RELEASE FROM LLANBEDR CHURCH IN WALES SCHOOL

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The governors, parents and children of Llanbedr Church in Wales School call on everyone in the local community to respond to the consultation by the Conservative/Independent led Powys County Council to close our school.  They are pressing ahead with this even though our children have already endured an unprecedented year of worry and upheaval.

We totally refute the assertion made by Powys County Council that the closure decision has been made in the best interests of the learners at the school and that the children were at the forefront of the decision making.  Powys are not providing any new schools in our area and our children are NOT part of their “Transforming Education” plans.

Powys County Council state that the children would be attending schools better equipped to deliver the new curriculum with a wider range of educational and extra-curricular opportunities.   This is also untrue as Llanbedr Church in Wales School is at the forefront in implementing the new curriculum and is more than equipped to deliver the requirements of the new curriculum in the future.  The school provides an extensive range of educational and extra-curricular activities for pupils and members of the community.  There are outstanding facilities including much outdoor learning, sport, puppet club, and only last week a Year 3 pupil won a County art prize.  In 2018 Llanbedr won the Welsh Primary Schools Cricket championship and in 2019 were overall champions in a National STEM competition.

The majority of Llanbedr School’s children travel from outside the catchment to benefit from the Christian ethos, the inclusive welcome and focus on well-being. It is the only school in the area with an extensive range of after school extra-curricular clubs five days a week, plus breakfast club.  The school has increasing numbers and is a thriving happy environment for all children.  

Powys County Council are making statements and promises of “a better education” which we believe they are unable to deliver.

Please everyone – make your views known.  This affects us all.  It affects our rural communities.  It affects whether we want our villages to thrive.  It affects all schools in our area as it will increase class numbers in these schools which are already near capacity. It affects our children now and our children in the future.   Make your views known.

Visit https/:en.powys.gov.uk/transformingeducation

Death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Information about Covid-19 Vaccination in Powys – Issue 9

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Census 2021

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Information about COVID-19 Vaccination in Powys – Issue 8

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Information about COVID-19 Vaccination in Powys – Issue 7

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Glangrwyney Village Hall: A message from the Trustees

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The Trustees of the Hall have been invited to submit a full application to the Welsh Government to develop the Hall, after being successful at Stage 1. BUT we need to make sure our plans still have support from you and the community.

PLEASE complete our very short, online survey. It will only take a few minutes, but every response will strengthen our application. Please respond by March 12th 2021.

Full information can be found on Glangrwyney Village Hall’s web site

Information about Covid-19 Vaccination in Powys – Issue 5

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Llanbedr CIW School is under threat of closure

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Powys County Council is planning to reconfigure primary school provision in the county as part of its Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys 2020-2030. These plans involve the closure of Llanbedr Church in Wales School.

The Cabinet meets on Tuesday, 9th February when it will be asked to start the statutory process to close the school.

The school strongly opposes its closure and is petitioning the Portfolio holder for Education – Councillor Phyl Davies. If you would like to sign the petition to help save the school please click on the following link:

Petition · Councillor Phyl Davies Powys Council: Save Our School- Llanbedr CIW is under the threat of closure and we need your help. · Change.org

Keep Wales Safe Newsletter

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The ever-changing COVID-19 situation continues to put NHS staff and services under huge pressure.

Now more than ever people need to think carefully about where the right place is to seek advice and avoid extra pressure on the NHS this winter.

However, the NHS is still here for you if and when you need it, but the way you access services might be different.

We are encouraging people to still attend their hospital appointments when asked to or review their treatment. A range of appropriate measures have been taken in hospitals to keep people safe, including treating people with coronavirus or suspected coronavirus in separate areas to those who do not have the virus to prevent the risk of it spreading.

The NHS is working hard to keep services running while trying to keep you safe. If you are worried about persistent symptoms contact your GP. After being offered a medical appointment please make sure you attend at the scheduled time. It is safe to do so. Alternatively, you may be offered a video consultation; this is still a full consultation visitbut saves you travelling to your local surgery.

As well as making sure you seek help when you need it, the Keep Wales Safe campaign is asking people to use the online symptom checker on the NHS 111 Wales website (111.wales.nhs.uk) or call 111 for advice on where to go to get the right treatment.

By choosing the right service for your needs we can ensure we do not put extra pressure on GPs, Emergency Departments and the emergency ambulance services as they continue to tackle the pandemic.

Did you know that community pharmacies play a key role in helping people, with minor ailments and injuries, get the right medicines and support. Where possible you can assist pharmacists by ordering repeat prescriptions seven days before they are due.  Or if you have a minor injury there are clinics that can treat you so you don’t need to go to A&E? Find your closest clinic online.

And remember if you have COVID symptoms no matter how mild,  please self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or call 111 if symptoms persist and you can no longer cope at home.

We’re all in this together. Help us help you.

Information about COVID-19 Vaccination in Powys – Issue 4

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Crickhowell & Surroundings Villages – Flood Plan

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