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Universal free school meals in Wales to start from September

20/06/2022

Every primary school pupil in Wales will receive a free school meal by 2024, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Welsh auditors: NHS waiting lists could take seven years to clear

31/05/2022

It could be seven years before Wales sees its NHS waiting lists come back down to pre-pandemic levels, Welsh Auditors have claimed.

First Welsh council joins digital Local Land Charges register

19/05/2022

Swansea has become the first Welsh local authority to move its local land charges to a digital register.

Gender equality campaigners in Wales warn of ‘glacial’ progress

25/04/2022

Councils have been urged to increase the number of women in local politics as campaigners warn Welsh local democracy won’t see gender equality until 2050.

Welsh councils to receive £1.1m to become Age Friendly

20/04/2022

Local authorities in Wales will have access to £1.1m funding to help the country become Age Friendly.

Welsh government invests £8m in employment services

14/04/2022

Welsh government is investing £8m in employment services that help people recovering from physical, mental ill-health and substance misuse remain in work.

All regions told to take asylum seekers

14/04/2022

All regions of England, Scotland and Wales will be expected to take a share of asylum seekers under a new system of ‘full dispersal,’ the Government has told councils.

Government unveils £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund

13/04/2022

The Scottish Government has said it has been short-changed by its allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Welsh councils receive £10m to support domiciliary care

06/04/2022

A further £10m will be provided to local authorities in Wales to support domiciliary care and increase service provision, the Welsh government has announced.

Auditors warn of social care direct payments ‘lottery’

06/04/2022

Direct payments for adult social care in Wales help residents maintain their independence but implementation is inconsistent, auditors say.

Solar panels to be installed on public buildings in Wales

05/04/2022

Public buildings in Wales are set to have solar panels installed as part of the Welsh government’s efforts to promote community owned renewable energy.

Welsh government announces £25m to roll out free school meals

31/03/2022

The Welsh government is investing £25m in school kitchen and dining infrastructure to roll out free school meals to all primary school children in Wales.

Merthyr Tydfil improvement board ends

16/03/2022

Independent oversight of Merthyr Tydfil CBC has come to an end following improvements to its governance and sustainability.

Welsh council tax premiums on second homes increased to 300%

02/03/2022

The maximum level at which local authorities can set council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties in Wales will be increased to 300%.

Welsh communities 'least empowered in Britain' to protect assets

17/02/2022

Welsh communities are the least empowered in Britain to protect land and assets, a new report has warned today.

Wales to trial Basic Income pilot for care leavers

16/02/2022

A Basic Income pilot for all young people leaving care will be piloted across Wales.

Welsh councils call for clarification over council tax rebate

10/02/2022

The Government has reassured council chiefs in Wales that the Welsh government will receive £180m of new funding as a result of the council tax rebate.

Welsh winter fuel support payments double to £200

01/02/2022

The Welsh government today announced that the Winter Fuel Support Scheme payment will be doubled to £200 as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies.

Welsh government confirms £120m for Omicron-hit businesses

23/12/2021

Wales’ First Minister has confirmed that the Welsh government will make £120m available for nightclubs, retail, and other businesses affected by COVID-19.

Welsh councils win £750m funding boost

20/12/2021

The Welsh Government has included a £743m increase in funding for councils in its latest budget.

Welsh councils offer £100 winter fuel payment

13/12/2021

Eligible people in Wales will be able to claim a £100 payment from their local authority to provide support towards paying their winter fuel bills.

Plans for council tax reform in Wales

07/12/2021

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will consult on council tax reforms plans next year to 'modernise' the system.

Councils secure funding to secure private homes for homeless people

30/11/2021

Councils in Wales will receive £30m funding over the next five years to help use private housing to prevent homelessness.

Welsh government to crack down on second homes

24/11/2021

The Welsh government is to launch a pilot scheme to tackle the negative impact that second home ownership can have on local communities, particularly in Welsh speaking areas.

Wales’ fuel poverty scheme should be ‘greener’

23/11/2021

The Welsh government's Warm Homes Programme needs to be greener, clearer and more tightly managed, auditors say.

Welsh government announces £51m package to tackle cost-of-living crisis

16/11/2021

The Welsh government has announced a £51m package of support in order to help families facing the cost-of-living crisis pay their bills this winter.

Four Welsh councils to pilot flexible voting schemes

09/11/2021

Four councils in Wales will allow people to vote before polling day in next May’s local government elections as part of a pilot scheme.

Plans to make Wales smoke-free by 2030

08/11/2021

A new plan to make Wales smoke-free by the end of the decade has been unveiled.

EXCLUSIVE: Employers dig in as they refuse to reopen pay talks

19/10/2021

Council employers have dug in to defend their ‘full and final’ pay offer despite warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Welsh Government makes final decision on boundary changes

18/10/2021

The biggest ever changes to electoral boundaries in Welsh local government have been confirmed.

Disruption warning as unions ask for pay talks to resume

15/10/2021

Unions have urged council employers to return to the negotiating table with an improved pay offer amid warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Unison warns of strike action over council pay

04/10/2021

Trade union Unison has warned of future strike action unless local government employers improve their pay offer.

Auditors question financial sustainability of Welsh councils

30/09/2021

Auditors have questioned the sustainability of local authorities in Wales despite the improved financial position Welsh councils have experienced as a result of pandemic support.

New 50mph speed limits in Wales to be enforced

28/09/2021

Motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limits on some of the most polluted roads in Wales could face fines, the Welsh government has warned.

Welsh councils share £40m social care recovery fund

15/09/2021

Local authorities in Wales have been awarded £40m to help social care services overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Welsh government confirms £5m town centre funding

08/09/2021

The Welsh government has confirmed that £5m of loan funding will be made available to support the regeneration of town centres.

Welsh councils must provide ‘ambitious leadership’ to revive high street

02/09/2021

Local authorities in Wales have been urged to use their existing powers and resources to make town centres sustainable.

Welsh Government looks at holiday home reforms

26/08/2021

Holiday home owners in Wales could be charged the full amount of business rates amid claims people are being priced out of their local area.

Welsh Government doubles spending for low carbon social homes

05/08/2021

The Welsh Government has doubled its spending on social housing for rent in order to deliver 20,000 new low carbon homes.

Welsh government proposes placing polling stations in colleges

03/08/2021

People in Wales may soon be able to vote for their local representatives as they go about their weekly shop or finish their lessons.

Welsh elections 2021: Labour stays in power

08/05/2021

Welsh Labour are set to retain control of the Welsh Government, taking half of the seats on the second day of counting.

Watchdog urges 'revaluation' of councils' role

22/04/2021

The ‘role and value’ of councils in Wales should be revaluated in face of rising demand and financial pressures, according to a new report.

No simple north-south divide, says report

19/04/2021

There is no simple north-south divide, a new report by Legal and General (L&G) has argued.

Welsh councils face £178m funding gap next year

19/04/2021

Welsh local authorities will face a funding gap of £178m next year due to post-pandemic pressures, a new report has found.

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’.

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