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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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