New approach to deal with more cuts by Powys council

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A new approach to service delivery is needed to meet the financial pressures of a council which has to save £15m on top of £20m it already plans to save, its leader has said.

Barry Thomas said the task, which would take the authority up to 2016, was "daunting".

Public workshops will be held in September and October to discuss budgets and community service delivery.

He said it is to see which services communities want to retain.

"The face of public service delivery is changing forever," Mr Thomas said.

"Some services, both discretionary and statutory, will have to be delivered differently, traditional service delivery methods are gone forever.

"Strong communities with active organisations will play a key role in retaining and delivering services for local people across the county or run the risk of services disappearing altogether.

"But to ensure that the services communities want to retain are preserved, we have to work with them and make sure they understand the challenges we face and the limited resources available."

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