Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2019
Following further talks with Welsh Government, and the offer of financial support through the Welsh Local Government Association to develop a more sustainable regional model, Newport City Council has offered to extend the withdrawal notice from the joint Gwent service until March 2020.
Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, said: “We remain clear that the current model is not providing the best possible service for young people in Newport. However, we want to work with all authorities in Gwent to review the current regional Sencom service and hopefully agree a model that meets everyone’s requirements.
“We have to balance our responsibilities to service users with our broader responsibility to ensure value for money for all council taxpayers which means we are not able to continue with the existing set-up. However, with agreement from the other local authorities, we will now have time to consider how the service can be improved or remodelled so that it is fit-for-purpose for all users.”
Newport City Council has approached the other Gwent authorities regarding the proposed extension of the withdrawal notice from the current regional Sencom service until March 2020.
Read the letter to council leaders