|Printable version||E-mail this to a friend|
“Let’s keep up the pace on local government reform” – Mark Drakeford
Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has congratulated Wales’ newly-elected councillors and called on them to continue to work with the Welsh Government on plans for local government reform.
The Cabinet Secretary said:
“I congratulate all councillors – both new and returning – who were elected last week.
“Local government plays a vitally important role in the lives of every person in Wales. Councils provide the services which educate our children, care for the elderly, dispose of our waste and light our streets.
“Wales’ newly-elected councillors have taken on a valuable role in our society and know the many responsibilities that come with public office.
“The coming weeks will be busy as new administrations are formed and council leaders are elected. Councillors are facing many challenges but none of us must lose sight of the wider issue of local government reform.
“After I announced new proposals for local government reform last year, I have been encouraged by the willingness of leaders to engage and I’ve had some very constructive and positive conversations.
“I want to continue this dialogue and work with council leaders in the same spirit of mutual respect as we take the next steps in reforming local government in Wales.
The Cabinet Secretary added:
“Inevitably, we will not always agree but I want to stress this is not an open-ended process – I will listen to different views but we will be moving forward with mandatory regional working.
“The Welsh public have heard us talking about local government reform for many years and the time has come to bring this to a long-lasting resolution.
“We have had thoughtful and well-considered responses to the White Paper consultation and I will shortly set out our next steps.
“I will be writing to council leaders over the coming weeks and am very keen to meet with them over the next few months as we discuss how we can move forward and build a solid working relationship for the years to come.”
Latest News from
£500,000 expansion of business park in Presteigne already creating interest30/05/2017 11:05:00
A £500,000 expansion to Presteigne’s Broadaxe Business Park has been completed by the Welsh Government with interest already being creating six new serviced development plots to accommodate business growth.
Let’s remember that we have more in common than that which divides us - First Minister supports the Great Get Together26/05/2017 16:20:00
First Minister Carwyn Jones is supporting the Great Get Together and encouraging the people of Wales to take part in activities to celebrate all we have in common.
Direct Healthcare Services to establish Europe’s first specialist research and testing facility to meet new worldwide standards26/05/2017 15:20:00
Direct Healthcare Services (DHS) – a leading manufacturer of specialist mattresses, overlays and cushions designed to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers - is to establish Europe’s first research and testing facility to meet new worldwide ISO standards for this medical market sector.
Laboratory investment is improving patient care across Wales26/05/2017 14:05:00
Health Secretary Vaughan yesterday visited the Public Health Wales Microbiology Lab at the University Hospital of Wales to see how investment in new technology in the NHS is paying off for patients.
Tourism industry gears up for busy half term26/05/2017 11:20:00
As Wales gears up for a busy Whitsun bank holiday and half term – which will include the world’s greatest sporting event of 2017 coming to Wales - with Cardiff hosting the UEFA Champions League Final from 1 - 4 June; the Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, reports that the visitor economy in Wales is buoyant with further investment and developments planned to keep Wales ahead of the game in a competitive market place.