Kevin speaks out as police launch probe

South Wales Guardian: CLLR KEVIN MADGE: "Public need re-assurance." CLLR KEVIN MADGE: "Public need re-assurance."

KEVIN Madge, leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, tonight released the following statement following the disclosure that the local authority will be investigated by Gloucestershire Constabulary over the Wales Audit Office findings.

“I welcome the police involvement as this is now the only way for the public to have the re-assurance that they deserve.

“I am proud of what we have achieved in these past two years and with our budget proposals moving us towards a living wage, investing in the future and protecting vital services I am confident for the future.

"We need an end to the political point-scoring that have dogged this authority, and I am hopeful that the other parties and groups are willing to put aside past differences and work together to secure a better future for Carmarthenshire.”

"The last few weeks have been difficult for the authority and I want to put on record my thanks to the staff for their hard work and continued commitment. Above all else we need to continue to deliver high quality public services and to invest in the future of our communities. Anything which prevents that is a distraction and needs to be urgently addressed.

"This is why today I have instigated action so that the authority can learn the lessons from the past and move forward.

"I have today asked the Welsh Local Government Association to lead on an external review of our corporate governance and oversight so that it meets the highest possible standards.

"Furthermore I am today inviting all group leaders to join a cross-party working group on improving accountability and transparency.

" Together, these actions will ensure that the public we serve have the ability to influence and question the work we do on their behalf. This will improve the decisions taken and the services we deliver.

“I will be meeting with colleagues and officers over the coming days to discuss next steps.”

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11:28am Fri 14 Feb 14

Meirion says...

I would like to remind Kevin Madge of that "meeting of the people in Carmarthen 2006" where Adam Price was present as an MP.
Nothing has changed Mr Kevin Madge if anything it has got worse.
Reading this, lest not forget those that were at that meeting and no longer with us where the strain of wishing to put something right that was wrong.

Now that an external Police Force has eventually been "invited in": is that the people present at that "meeting of the people in 2006" come forward with their Victim Impact Statements.

That may shift the balance in the way of the Memorandum of Understanding between Local Authority CEOs and ACPO as well as: and arguably Mark James' Crown Immunity.
I would like to remind Kevin Madge of that "meeting of the people in Carmarthen 2006" where Adam Price was present as an MP. Nothing has changed Mr Kevin Madge if anything it has got worse. Reading this, lest not forget those that were at that meeting and no longer with us where the strain of wishing to put something right that was wrong. Now that an external Police Force has eventually been "invited in": is that the people present at that "meeting of the people in 2006" come forward with their Victim Impact Statements. That may shift the balance in the way of the Memorandum of Understanding between Local Authority CEOs and ACPO as well as: and arguably Mark James' Crown Immunity. Meirion

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