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Open Consultations

Throughout the year there are many different consultations on policies, services and legislative changes conducted by public sector organisations and the UK and Welsh Governments.

Many of these consultations are upon issues that will directly affect third sector organisations and community groups themselves, or those who use their services

PAVO regularly makes formal responses to these consultations on behalf of Powys' Third Sector in order to make sure the views, concerns and suggestions of the sector are considered by decision makers.

PAVO welcomes your organisation's or your service users' views or comments upon any of the consultations listed below, please send them to or contact us on 01597 822191 to discuss them further.

Details of PAVO's responses to previous public consultations can be viewed here

Welsh Audit Office - My Rural Wales

Do you live outside of a city and do you use council services in Wales? If so the Wales Audit Office wants to hear from you!

They are currently  completing a review into  how well public bodies plan and deliver services to residents is rural areas and want to know what residents in counties such as Powys think about the quality and the range of services they  receive now and also which services will be important in the future.

The survey is online and takes about 10 minutes to complete. See:<wbr />al-services/home.html 

Services Fit for the Future

Welsh Government has published for consultation 'Services Fit for the Future' a White Paper which contains a number of proposals relating to quality and governance in health and care in Wales. Amongst its more controversial proposals are:

· Replacement of the Community Health Councils in Wales with a new "citizen voice body" that would also have a remit over social care as well as health, but lack the present powers of the Community Health Councils to hold the providers of such services to account

· Streamlined arrangements for public engagement and consultation upon "substantial" changes to arrangements for provision of healthcare.

You can read the full consultation documentation at:<wbr />wales/consultations/services-<wbr />fit-future The deadline for responses is 29 September 2017. PAVO will be making a formal response to the consultation; if you have any views or comments you would like reflected in this please contact PAVO at: or 01597 822191.

Informal focus group events to get the opinions of service users are being set up as shown below:

They will be suitable for ages 14+ and last 3 hours.If you are interested in attending, please email:

Tuesday 19th September (2pm-5pm)Caia Park Partnership, CAIA Park Centre, Prince Charles Road, Wrexham, LL13 8TH

Friday 22nd September (9am-12 noon)Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW

Thursday 28th September (1.30-4.30)COWSHACC (1st Clive's Own Welshpool Scout Headquarters & Community Centre), Oldford Lane, Welshpool SY21 7TE

Consultation upon the Powys Local Development Plan

The Local Development Plan (LDP) is entering another consultation period. Starting on 19 September 2017 local people and groups will have 6 weeks to send in their views or representations on the Matters Arising Changes that the independent Planning Inspector is proposing to make to the Plan, The LDP is the blueprint for land use in the County until 2026 and includes housing, employment, recreation, tourism, environmental protection, waste, transport and renewable energy.

Every aspect of the LDP has been scrutinised by the Inspector, and it has been subject to a public Examination at which individuals and organisations have challenged parts of its contents. Now that the Inspector has considered these challenges she has identified some further changes that she is proposing to make to the Plan. These are called the Matters Arising Changes.

Any individual or organisation interested in expressing their views on these Matters Arising Changes can visit the LDP website at<wbr />planning-building-control/<wbr />local-development-plan/ and follow the links, or they can pick up a Representation form from their nearest Powys library. For more information contact: or 01597 827243.The consultation closes at 5.00pm on 30 October 2017.

Give your views on a new vision for Powys in the Year 2040

Powys' Public Service Board (PSB) has now agreed its Vision for Powys in 2040, based on the evidence and analysis within Powys' recent Wellbeing Assessment. This, together with a draft Wellbeing Plan based upon the Vision and the issues identified in the Assessment, is subject to an ongoing programme of public consultation over the Autumn/Winter.

You can view the PSB's Vision, and importantly, also give your views upon it at: or

Feedback received from this survey will help inform the work that is beginning upon a draft of the Wellbeing Plan for Powys based on this Vision.

Some questions you might want to consider about the PSB's vision are:

  • Does it reflect the priorities, aspirations and concerns of the people and communities that your community group or organisation works with?
  • Does it feel like a blue-print for 'transformational' change within Powys?
  • Do you think the objectives and aspirations it sets out are the right ones for Powys?
  • Does it reflect the key issues gathered in the wellbeing assessment strongly enough (these were: transport and access to services; jobs and economy; and older peoples accommodation) and offer a satisfactory approach to dealing with them?
  • Are there important issues facing Powys in the future which you feel the vision omits or doesn't fully address?

PAVO will be seeking the views of community groups and voluntary organisations in more detail in the coming months upon the the draft Wellbeing Plan once it is published, however as a first step, we would encourage everyone to look at and respond to the current survey on the PSB's Vision.

For further information or queries about the Powys Wellbeing Plan process please contact Peter Lathbury at:<wbr /> or on 01597 822191.

Review of the Brecon Beacons National Park Rights of Way Improvement Plan

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has commenced the process of reviewing the Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the National Park. The existing Plan set out how the Authority intended to improve access to the countryside between 2007 and 2017. A copy is available at: 

The relevant legislation requires that the review involve the following assessments:

  • the extent to which local rights of way meet the present and future needs of the public;
  • the opportunities provided by local rights of way for exercise and other forms of open air recreation and the enjoyment of the area;
  • the accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially sighted people and others with mobility problems.

The review must also:

  • evaluate the degree to which the previous Rights of Way Improvement Plan has been delivered;
  • evaluate the present condition of the network and its record;
  • investigate opportunities to contribute towards Active Travel and Well-being objectives and to the delivery of other plans and priorities

The first action is to provide an outline and set a timetable of the review. Please seen the attached for copies of these. 

The Authority will be undertaking a number of consultations over the Summer and Autumn and will endeavour to consult as many people and organisations as possible. If you would like any further information or wish to make any comments as a result of this email please send them to 

As the Plan will set the direction of the management of the rights of way and access provision for the next 10 years your input and opinion is crucial to the process.

Developing a Health and Care Strategy for Powys

Welcome to the draft Vision for Health and Care in Powys to 2027 and beyond.

We are delighted to welcome you to this draft Health and Care Strategy. Importantly, our organisations are working together with key partners and the people of Powys to plan for the future of health and care. We all know that these are challenging times, particularly with the prolonged period of austerity and the changing needs of the people of Powys. We also know that Powys is a place where we aspire to help improve the wellbeing of all people. This is why this draft strategy seeks to enable children and young people to ‘Start Well’, for people to ‘Live Well’ and older people to ‘Age Well’. Over 1000 people have contributed in some way to the development of this strategy so far and we would really value views on what has been produced.

For more information:



Wellbeing Assessment for Powys - Powys County Council

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, which came into force in April 2015, is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

It places a duty on public sector organisations and partner agencies to work together and come up with a plan which helps to improve the well-being of not just the current generation but taking into account the needs of future generations.

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