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Agenda Item No

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 23 February, 2015

Report of the Leader

White Paper "Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People"

 

Purpose of the Report

1. To seek Cabinet approval to circulate the White Paper to stakeholders for their comments in advance of the Council's formal response to Welsh Government. 

Recommendations

1. That the White Paper is circulated to the Council's stakeholders, including Elected Members, for their comments as per paragraph 6 below.

 

2. That the comments received are considered in formulating the Council's response to the White Paper

Reasons for the Recommendations

1. & 2. So that the Council's formal response on the White Paper to Welsh Government is informed by comments from Elected Members and local stakeholders.   

Background

2. The White Paper "Reforming Local Government:  Power to Local People" is Welsh Government's statement of intent about the future of local government in Wales is 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 sets 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.

 

3. Welsh Government published the White Paper on 3 February 2015;  responses are 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 will 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.

Relevant Issues and Options

4. The comments received as a result of this consultation will be considered in formulating the Council's response to the White Paper, to be determined by Cabinet in its meeting of 27 April 2015.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5. No additional resources are necessary to seek comments as outlined in this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6. None arising from this report.  To be considered when the Council's proposed response to the White Paper is submitted to Cabinet

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7. None arising from this report.  To be considered when the Council's proposed response is submitted to Cabinet.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8. There are no crime or disorder implications associated with this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9. None arising from this report.  To be considered when the Council's proposed response is submitted to Cabinet.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10. How the White paper aligns with the Council's objectives will, be considered when the proposed response is submitted to Cabinet.

Policy Framework and Budget

11. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12. Council Members are being consulted as per paragraph 6 above but individual Ward Members are not being consulted direct.  

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13. Corporate Resources

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development, 01446709760

 

 

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

 

 

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director