Agenda Item No. 4
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
AUDIT COMMITTEE: 20 APRIL 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 23 FEBRUARY 2015
C2659 WHITE PAPER "REFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT; POWER TO LOCAL PEOPLE" (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
Approval was sought to circulate the White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People" to stakeholders for their comments in advance of the Council's formal response to Welsh Government.
The White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People" was Welsh Government's statement of intent about the future of local government in Wales and was made available to view in the members room and via the following link. http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dsjlg/consultation/150203-power-to-local-people-full-en.pdf
The White Paper set out Welsh Government's proposals for making changes in the following fields: local democracy, the roles and remuneration of Elected Members and senior officers, community governance and Community Councils, community rights, corporate improvement, service performance, scrutiny, audit, inspection and regulation, and finance.
Welsh Government published the White Paper on 3 February 2015; responses were required by 28 April, 2015. In order for the Council to give as informed a response as possible, wide circulation of the White Paper locally is proposed. The White Paper would be referred for comments to Corporate Resources Scrutiny Committee, Democratic Services Committee, Standards Committee, Audit Committee, Community Liaison Committee, Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee and the Vale of Glamorgan Local Service Board.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People" be circulated to the Council's stakeholders, including Elected Members, for their comments as outlined in paragraph 3 of the report.
(2) T H A T the comments received were considered in formulating the Council's response to the White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People".
Reasons for decisions
(1&2) To ensure that the Council's formal response on the White "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People" Paper to Welsh Government was informed by comments from Elected Members and local stakeholders.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 23 FEBRUARY 2015