The WLGA Business Plan for 2016‐17 is focussed on our Manifesto commitments “Localism 2016‐21: A Plan for Public Services in Wales” which calls for:
- Clarity and commitment to partnership – clarity from the Welsh Government about the future of local government, its roles and responsibilities and clarity around the plans and timescales for reform. A restatement of a commitment to partnership governance in Wales is essential to ensure that local and national government are working together based on clear principles or mutual respect and understanding
- Fair and flexible funding – councils need greater fiscal autonomy and flexibility to respond to local needs and priorities. Specific grants should be transferred into the settlement, and the Welsh Government should commit to multiyear financial settlements so councils can plan more effectively and fully cost and fund any new national initiatives or legislation
- Commitment to the principle of Subsidiarity – the Welsh Government should commit to the European Charter of Local Self Government and the principle of subsidiarity, where the presumption is that power is transferred to the level of government closest to the people. The Welsh Government has a clear national strategic role, but councils want to see momentum behind the devolution of powers beyond Cardiff Bay to local government and to local communities
Our manifesto sets out 40 key priorities for the next Welsh Government to address, which will help local authorities respond to local challenges and needs and contribute to the delivery of national ambitions and outcomes. More importantly they will help local councils deliver on the priorities of their own local communities. These priorities are set against six headline themes namely:
- Local Freedom and Flexibility
- Health and Social Care
- Housing and Environment
- Jobs and Regeneration
Our new Business Plan sets out what the WLGA is aiming to do to help achieve these objectives, the key priorities we've identified, the actions we are proposing to take.
We will report our progress regularly to the WLGA Management and Audit Sub Committee, and will provide an annual report to the WLGA full Council.
For more information contact: Daniel Hurford