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  • 29 October 2020
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Enhanced monitoring arrangements at Powys County Council social services ‘no longer required’

We have published a letter on the outcomes of our work, following our improvement conference on 9 October 2020.


During an inspection in July 2017 we identified serious and significant failings within the local authority’s social services and it was placed under enhanced monitoring arrangements.

Since that time, we have undertaken nine pieces of monitoring activity within the local authority, a follow-up inspection of children’s services in October 2018 and an interim assurance review of adult services in March 2020.

Most recently, we undertook a performance evaluation inspection in September 2020 and found that, overall, the local authority had made significant progress since our last inspections.

The conference was attended by Powys social services’ senior officers and elected members, to ensure the local authority thoroughly understood the concerns held by us about its performance and to allow the local authority to demonstrate where improvements have been made.


Given the information gathered from our work over the last three years, including speaking to people using services and engagement with our partners, we concluded that Powys County Council has made substantial progress and enhanced monitoring arrangements were no longer required.

Further details about the outcomes of this work can be accessed below.