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CARDIFF MAKES PLANS TO CLEAN UP ITS JOINT REVIEW MESS

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Cardiff CC is restructuring its social services in anticipation of an unfavourable joint review from the Audit Comm...
Cardiff CC is restructuring its social services in anticipation of an unfavourable joint review from the Audit Commission

and the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales.

Councillors have conceded that services in Cardiff's community care department and the children's services department have fallen below an acceptable level.

The council will learn whether it is to be placed on special measures when the report is published next month. In this event, the Welsh Assembly would exercise its

power to intervene in the running of these departments.

A spokesman for the Assembly said: 'We do have the power to intervene, but would only exercise this in the most extreme

circumstances.'

The planned shake-up of social services will abolish a whole tier of middle-ranking officers. A council spokesman said there would be a significant change in the way the council commissioned its services, with the expectation of more private sector involvement in the delivery of services.

A report into the running of local care homes leased by the council to the Hafod Housing Association is due next month.

In particular, the council has had continued problems with the Hazelcroft home for the elderly, which is currently closed. There have been numerous complaints made by staff against one another, which the council maintains are due to poor staff relations at the home.

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