Councils which merge could delay elections

South Wales Argus: MM 12.3.12 STORY NAT 
 THE  OFFICIAL OPENING OF YSBYTY YSTRAD FAWR  BY MINISTER LESLEY GRIFFITHS AM (1709151) MM 12.3.12 STORY NAT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF YSBYTY YSTRAD FAWR BY MINISTER LESLEY GRIFFITHS AM (1709151)

THE local government minister announced yesterday that councils which voluntarily merge due to re-organisation will be able to delay elections until 2018.

The local government and government business minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, at a Welsh Local Government Association conference in Llandudno, announced plans to allow local authorities which voluntarily merge to hold their elections, for the new authorities, a year later than those which don’t.

She said: “Reforming local government is about more than a cosmetic redrawing of the map of council boundaries to achieve economies of scale. While the financial forecasts are not good and local authorities will face more challenging scenarios next year and in the longer term, funding is not the driver for this reform.

“Local authorities must be organised in ways which allow the voices of communities to ring loud and clear at the centre of democratic decision making. I want us to work together to put in place a new relationship between local authorities, communities and individuals.”

Wrexham AM Ms Griffiths told local authority leaders they should expect significant announcements setting out the way forward in reforming public services in Wales before the summer recess. The re-organisation of local authorities was outlined in the Williams Commission report which recommended that the 22 local authorities in Wales should be cut to 10, 11 or 12.

She added: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new and unique system of local government which provides the very best for the people and communities we serve.

“The 1996 reorganisation of Welsh local government was before devolution. Wales can do better. This time we will build a new local government in Wales for Wales, together.”

The leader of Torfaen council, cCllr Bob Wellington, at a speech in the conference called for an open and honest debate for re-organisation with the Welsh Government. He said local government was a force for good and that local leaders should be at the heart of discussions on their futures.

The councillor also said he favoured localism over distanced centralism and said top down approaches were not working in Wales. or in the rest of the UK. He also wants an end to the complexity of funding and greater financial flexibility for local governments in Wales.

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2:14pm Fri 20 Jun 14

mkaibear1 says...

Bring back Gwent!

Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth and Caerphilly.

One city, several big towns and half a million people. A proper counterweight to Cardiff in South-East Wales.
Bring back Gwent! Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth and Caerphilly. One city, several big towns and half a million people. A proper counterweight to Cardiff in South-East Wales. mkaibear1
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2:53pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Walter Devereux says...

mkaibear1 wrote:
Bring back Gwent!

Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth and Caerphilly.

One city, several big towns and half a million people. A proper counterweight to Cardiff in South-East Wales.
If we should bring anything back it should be a proper Monmouthshire County Council, not including settlements west of the Rhymney.
[quote][p][bold]mkaibear1[/bold] wrote: Bring back Gwent! Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouth and Caerphilly. One city, several big towns and half a million people. A proper counterweight to Cardiff in South-East Wales.[/p][/quote]If we should bring anything back it should be a proper Monmouthshire County Council, not including settlements west of the Rhymney. Walter Devereux
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2:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

mkaibear1 says...

Erm isn't the Rhymney valley the furthest west point of Caerphilly? Which would basically mean it includes all of Torfaen, Newport, BG, Monmouth and Caerphilly boroughs?

Or am I misunderstanding "the Rhymney" (being a Yorkshireman and not from these parts).
Erm isn't the Rhymney valley the furthest west point of Caerphilly? Which would basically mean it includes all of Torfaen, Newport, BG, Monmouth and Caerphilly boroughs? Or am I misunderstanding "the Rhymney" (being a Yorkshireman and not from these parts). mkaibear1
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5:59pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

Please just get rid of Newport City Council as a stand alone authority full of old labour dinosaurs.
Please just get rid of Newport City Council as a stand alone authority full of old labour dinosaurs. Woodgnome
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6:32pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

.....whatever configuration they opt for...it will be the same old same old.....politians who promise much but deliver little.....

The biggest problem is continuity in allowing a policy on health.....education
...to last long enough to fully provide all the benefits......becaus
e we kept having a change every few years....the constant changes just cost millions and never deliver the promised improvement.....
.....whatever configuration they opt for...it will be the same old same old.....politians who promise much but deliver little..... The biggest problem is continuity in allowing a policy on health.....education ...to last long enough to fully provide all the benefits......becaus e we kept having a change every few years....the constant changes just cost millions and never deliver the promised improvement..... Dave on his Soapbox
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