The #StrongLocalGov campaign aims to provide you, the people of Wales, with an opportunity to join the conversation on how we strengthen councils across Wales.
Strengthening Local Government: Delivering for People
We are currently consulting on a number of options which could lead to stronger, larger and more sustainable local authorities. Authorities we will back with new increased powers, skills and capacity to protect, preserve and deliver the high quality public services that our communities need. We also want local authorities to be more than just ‘service delivery factories’. Their broader role of representing a place and providing leadership for communities is vital.
Equally councillors and their relationship with the communities they represent are the life-blood of local government. Through increased support, recognition and reward we want to see more people taking up councillor opportunities and the essential role they play in our democracy. We need councillors old and new who reflect the diversity of our communities, are value driven, capable, energetic and work hard to improve people’s lives for the better.
We want our proposals to provide the catalyst to create a new kind of local government in Wales and to provide a sustainable model for local public service delivery and democracy.
Why is change needed?
A changing demographic, increased demand for public services coupled with ongoing austerity are placing significant pressures on our councils and the services that they provide. These pressures are not new, but they have become more acute and will continue for the foreseeable future.
We want and need more resilient and sustainable local authorities, empowered to support communities through efficient and effective use of your public money. Doing nothing is not an option. There is an urgent need for radical change to help transform and protect our services. A stronger local government will help achieve prosperity for all.
We want your views
As citizens of Wales and public service users, you’ll be familiar with the challenges you and your council already face. You may also have examples of where an innovative approach is working well in your area.
Please share your experiences and help us create strong and empowered Local Authorities in Wales by completing our short online survey (external link).
Keep a look out for #StrongLocalGov on social media to join in our online conversation. The campaign will run until 12 June 2018.
Other ways to contribute
You can find out more about our proposed changes in full and complete our Consultation Green Paper, Strengthening Local Government, Delivering for People or Youth Friendly version.
If you have any thoughts on the Consultation or #StrongLocalGov campaign, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at:
Strengthening Local Government