Agenda Item No. 10(a)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 24 JUNE 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 27 APRIL 2015
C2750 THE COUNCIL’S RESPONSE TO THE WHITE PAPER 'REFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: POWER TO LOCAL PEOPLE' (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
Approval was sought for the proposed response to the White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People", that was attached at Appendix A to the report.
The White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People" was available on the Welsh Government website at the following link: http://gov.wales/docs/dsjlg/consultation/150203-power-to-local-people-fullv2-en.pdf.
The document was the Welsh Government's statement of intent about the future of local government in Wales. 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 its White Paper on 3 February, 2015; and responses to the paper were required by 28 April, 2015. In order for the Council to give as informed a response as possible, the White Paper was given a wide circulation locally. It was 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
(2) T H A T the use of article 13.09 of the Council's constitution (urgent decision procedure) be authorised to submit the response to Welsh Government by 28 April, 2015.
Reasons for decisions
(2) To submit the Council’s response to the White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People", that was attached at Appendix A to Welsh Government by the 28 April deadline.