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Partnership Important in COVID Recovery

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02 August 2021

PSB 2040 LogoPartnership working will be vital in Powys recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the county's Public Services Board has said.

Powys County Council Leader and Chair of the PSB, Councillor Rosemarie Harris said partnership working would be important in the county's recovery from the global pandemic in the Board's annual report approved on Friday (July 30).

The board is a statutory strategic partnership established under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 including Powys County Council, Powys Teaching Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire Service and Natural Resources Wales.

It requires the partners and key local organisation in Powys, including Police, Brecon Beacons National Park, the third sector and community councils, to work together and take a more co-ordinated and long-term approach to the issues that really matter to the people of the county.

"We ended the 2020-2021 year in a very different place to where we began, with public services, communities, the third sector and local businesses finding new ways of doing things, being both innovative and resourceful in their fight against the pandemic.

"The partnership response coordinated and carried out through relevant emergency planning frameworks has been commendable and I have no doubt that the effectiveness is in part due to the relationships and connections developed through the PSB. Alongside our covid-19 response we have continued to progress some of our Well-being Plan objectives and steps.

"My colleagues and I held a recovery workshop and we agreed to prioritise three of our well-being steps, making these our focus as a route to recovery, these are improving digital infrastructure, developing a decarbonisation strategy and implementing a sustainable environment strategy.

"I am grateful to my colleagues on the PSB for their continued commitment towards improving the well-being of residents and communities in the county," she added.

The full report can be accessed using the following link: https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/7509/Powys-Public-Service-Board---Our-Annual-Progress-Report

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