I've just had a copy of a letter sent by Presiding Officer, Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Glyn Mathias, Electoral Commissioner for Wales to the Leader of Powys County Council. It reads
You may be aware that we wrote to all returning officers in Wales recently requesting their support and co-operation in the distribution of a leaflet jointly produced by the National Assembly for Wales and the Electoral Commission, copy attached. Our intention is that the leaflet informing the electorate about the new powers of the Assembly and the importance of registering and voting in the May 2007 Assembly election, should be distributed to all households on Wales.
I am pleased to report that we have received a positive response from 21 of the 22 local authorities. In the case of Powys however, council officials have taken the view that they are unable to allocate any resources to this work.
Clearly, this is very disappointing and may mean that Powys constituents will be disadvantaged. We therefore hope that, in your position as Chair of the Powys Board, you will give the matter your consideration with a view to your providing us with a more positive response.
We are copying this letter to all Powys Assembly Members, knowing that they will have an interest.
What on earth is going on at Powys? I want to be as supportive as I can, but the Council seems to be losing its way on an increasing number of issues. The National Assembly elections are crucial to Mid Wales. I have been arguing for all I am worth to raise the profile of Mid Wales issues in the National Assembly - but it seems that the Council don't really care a lot. I hope that the Leader of the Council will reverse this short-sighted decision by the Council officers.