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Welsh councils get £12m to improve local roads

24/03/2021

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £12m for local authorities to 'fix potholes and improve roads, pavements and active travel routes' across the country.

Council tax hits £2,000 barrier in two regions

11/03/2021

The typical council tax bill for an average property in England’s north-east and south-west will be more than £2,000 a year for the first time, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Welsh government announces £15.2m ‘placemaking’ fund

04/03/2021

The Welsh government today announced a £15.2m ‘placemaking’ funding package to help revive Wales’ town centres in the wake of the pandemic.

Welsh public services receive £682m cash boost

02/03/2021

Wales’ public services will receive a cash boost of more than £682m to support their COVID efforts over the coming months, the Welsh government has said.

Employers branded a 'disgrace' over council pay delay

26/02/2021

Council employers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ after they said they would not respond to a union pay claim until after the May 6 elections.

Eight areas to pilot 20mph speed limit in Wales

19/02/2021

Eight areas in Wales have been chosen to pilot a default 20mph speed limit on residential roads ahead of the full rollout in April 2023.

Report praises local authority and volunteer partnership during COVID-19

16/12/2020

A new report has praised the way local authorities in Wales worked with the third sector to protect vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Funding boost for council tax support scheme in Wales

27/11/2020

Councils in Wales will receive an extra £2.6m to meet the increasing demand for Council Tax Reduction Schemes.

First mass testing programme rolled out in Wales

23/11/2020

Wales’s first COVID-19 mass testing programme is being rolled out in Merthyr Tydfil Borough.

Proportional votes to come to Wales

19/11/2020

Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.

Thousands of social homes to be decarbonised in Wales

06/11/2020

The Welsh Government has committed £10m to upgrade the energy efficiency of at least 1,000 existing social homes.

Wales to introduce coronavirus 'firebreak'

20/10/2020

A two-week 'firebreak' will be introduced in Wales this Friday to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Welsh councils given new powers to buy empty homes

16/10/2020

Councils in Wales will be allowed to compulsory purchase empty houses and vacant land under new planning rules.

Welsh councils to get pavement parking enforcement powers

15/10/2020

Councils in Wales could have greater powers to prevent pavement parking by 2022 after ministers backed recommendations from an independent taskforce.

Millions more of fraud and overpayments detected in Wales

13/10/2020

An extra £2.7m in fraud and overpayments has been identified in Wales after several local authorities started comparing council tax single persons discount with the electoral register, a report has found.

Councils need 'right culture, skills and systems' for commercial strategies

06/10/2020

Councils must have the right culture, skills and systems to unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of commercialisation, a report has concluded today.

Welsh sport and leisure sector welcomes £14m recovery funding

17/09/2020

The Welsh government has announced a £14m funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Funding boost for council tax reduction scheme in Wales

01/09/2020

Welsh councils will receive an extra £2.8m to help cover the increased demand for the council tax reduction scheme.

£260m funding boost for Welsh councils

14/08/2020

Welsh ministers have announced a £260m funding boost for councils, bringing the total amount of government COVID-19 support to almost half a billion pounds.

Welsh government announces £50m package to tackle homelessness

11/08/2020

The Welsh government has announced the onset of phase two of a package aimed at providing people with safe and secure homes.

Adult social care in Wales gets extra funding boost

03/08/2020

Adult social care providers in Wales will receive an extra £22.7m in funding to help cover the cost of the coronavirus crisis.

Councils urged to 'raise their game' to tackle fraud

30/07/2020

Welsh councils have been urged to 'raise their game' when it come to tackling fraud by the Auditor General for Wales.

Public bodies urged to work in partnership to eliminate rough sleeping

23/07/2020

Public bodies have failed to work together to tackle homelessness in Wales, a report has warned today.

LGA split over worker bonus

26/05/2020

A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.

Rejection of coronavirus bonus a 'slap in the face'

19/05/2020

A top union official has branded English councils’ refusal to rally behind a campaign for a workers’ coronavirus bonus as a ‘slap in the face’.

Councils warn leisure providers at 'crisis point'

05/05/2020

Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.

Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced

11/03/2020

A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.

Affordable housing in Wales to receive a £24m ‘boost’

18/02/2020

The Welsh government has announced that £24m is to be invested into building more affordable homes in Wales.

Welsh government bans combustible cladding

23/12/2019

Welsh government has banned the use of combustible cladding on high rise buildings following the Hackitt review into fire safety after the Grenfell tragedy.

Victims of domestic abuse let down by 'fragmented' system

21/11/2019

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are being let down by 'inconsistent, complex and short term' services in Wales, according to a new report.

Welsh teenagers set to get the vote in local government ‘overhaul’

18/11/2019

A new law to give 16- and 17-year-olds in Wales the vote in local council elections has been unveiled by the Welsh government.

Watchdog warns Public Service Boards must change to realise full potential

08/10/2019

Public Service Boards (PSBs) are not being used to their full potential or scrutinised properly, a new report has found today.

Calls for free social care across Wales

30/09/2019

Social care should be free at the point of need for everyone in Wales, a commission has argued today.

Welsh councils to receive over £400,000 for electric charge points

26/09/2019

Nine local authorities in Wales are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding from Whitehall to install electric vehicle charge points.

Social care advice ‘varies’ across Wales, watchdog says

12/09/2019

Standards of advice and help with social care vary from one council to another in Wales, according to the official watchdog.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

New partnership to help Welsh councils build affordable housing

16/08/2019

The Welsh government has partnered with a membership body for housing professionals in an effort to help councils build more affordable housing in Wales.

Welsh councils warn of ‘financial tipping point’ due to cuts

08/08/2019

Six North Wales council leaders have written to the Welsh government warning them that without a change to the way local government is funded, there will be ‘substantial cuts’ to front line services.

Welsh Government sets out development vision for next 20 years

07/08/2019

A new planning framework for Wales will aim to produce more council housing and increase the use of renewable energy.

Welsh councils call for ‘clarity’ over post-Brexit funding

24/07/2019

Clarity over future funding arrangements is crucial to ensure support for rural communities in Wales after Brexit, councils have warned.

Leader of ‘fractious’ council seeks government help

28/06/2019

The leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council has asked the Welsh Government for help to overcome its ‘fractious’ position and financial challenges.

One in five Welsh council jobs ‘axed’, report reveals

21/06/2019

Almost one if five council jobs in Wales have been axed in the last 10 years, according to the latest analysis.

‘Unlawful’ council-owned cafe racks up £234,000 of debt

20/06/2019

Auditors have criticised Connah’s Quay Town Council for failures in decision making and internal control in relation to its opening of a local cafe.

Welsh Government to simplify joint working between councils

19/06/2019

A blueprint for joint working between councils is to be published by the Welsh Government.

Welsh government reforms council tax to make it ‘fairer’

01/04/2019

The Welsh government has introduced legislation which removes the power to imprison people for not paying their council tax.

Welsh households to face biggest council tax rise in 15 years

14/03/2019

Council tax bills are set to increase by an average of 6.5% across Wales - the largest rise in 15 years - according to new figures.

Auditors call for Welsh councils to make scrutiny ‘fit for the future’

12/02/2019

Auditors in Wales have outlined the six steps that Welsh councils need to take in order to improve overview and scrutiny functions.

Welsh Government gives £24m boost to councils

20/12/2018

Welsh councils will be handed an extra £23.6m in 2019/20 on the condition that they commit to regional working.

Auditor criticises Welsh community councils

12/12/2018

Three community councils in Wales have been criticised for failures in governance arrangements and inadequacies in financial management.

Welsh government should 'own funding cuts or reverse them’

28/11/2018

Welsh Conservatives have criticised Wales’ government and called on the administration to change next year’s controversial council financial settlement.

Over 28,000 council jobs cut in Wales

27/11/2018

More than 28,000 local authority jobs have been lost in Wales as a result of Whitehall spending cuts, a union has revealed.

Welsh councils need to ‘think differently’ to deal with cuts

13/11/2018

Local authorities in Wales must 'think and act differently' to deal with spending cuts and other challenges, the Auditor General for Wales has concluded.

Minister embroiled in 'Oliver Twist' row

24/10/2018

Welsh local authorities have called on the First Minister to consider sacking his colleague in charge of councils after he labelled councillors ‘Oliver Twists’.

Welsh waste disposal scheme ‘well-managed’, auditor says

11/10/2018

A scheme launched by the Welsh government to help councils set up contracts to dispose of waste has been well-managed, according to an official report.

Wales set to extend franchise to 16 and 17 year olds

10/10/2018

Welsh Assembly looks set to extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds in what campaigners are calling ‘a vital step towards a fairer franchise’ for Wales.

Finance settlement has 'gravest implications'

09/10/2018

Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.

Social prescribing pilots for mental health patients launched in Wales

01/10/2018

The Welsh health secretary today announced new early intervention pilots to help reduce reliance by mental health patients on prescription medication.

Welsh councils warn of 'financial winter' of redundancies

28/09/2018

Some of the extra cash being provided for health services could to be used to help struggling local authorities, council leaders in Wales have suggested.

Local government figures celebrated in Queen's birthday honours

11/06/2018

The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to local government.

Welsh reorganisation consultation deadline approaches

29/05/2018

The Welsh Government today urged people to contribute to the debate over the green paper, which aims to create larger councils that it says would be stronger.

Welsh disability services need £365m to be ‘sustainable’, auditors say

24/05/2018

Welsh councils will need to increase investment in accommodation for people with learning disabilities by over £350m over the next two decades, auditors say.

Whitehall grabs £875m Right to Buy receipts

25/04/2018

Labour has demanded immediate Right to Buy (RTB) reforms after figures obtained by The MJ revealed the amount councils lose to Whitehall under the regime.

Welsh Government in new push for larger councils

20/03/2018

Local government in Wales is facing a radical overhaul, with ministers consulting on plans to create ‘larger, stronger councils’.

Welsh government should stop ‘hectoring’ councils over reform, minister says

21/02/2018

Wales’ government should stop ‘hectoring’ councils and apologise for past approach to reform, the local government minister said as he outlined a new approach.

£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures

14/02/2018

Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Welsh Government moves ahead with vacant land tax

13/02/2018

The Welsh Government has decided to move forward with proposals for a vacant land tax to encourage regeneration and tackle the housing crisis.

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