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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
WIIP Pipeline »
The June 2013 pipeline includes key infrastructure investment data for both the Welsh Government and Local Government schemes.Learn more »
About this topic
Local authorities are responsible for delivering a very wide range of services to the communities they serve. All local authorities are democratically accountable for the decisions they make through elections held every four years.
The Welsh Government is responsible for funding and setting the broad policy agenda for local government authorities in Wales but avoids using its powers to control how they operate. Our work with local authorities is firmly on the basis of partnership. Local authorities also work in close partnership with other bodies, such as the NHS and the police.
Our specific responsibilities include work to improve the performance of local authorities under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009. We are also developing the citizen-centred scrutiny of public services and the democratic framework for local government and are working to encourage greater participation in the democratic process.
We are also responsible for policy regarding the remuneration of councillors and the conduct and financing of elections and for developing the local government ethical framework introduced by the Local Government Act 2000. We support local government partnerships through the development of guidance for Local Service Boards (LSBs).
We also determine and fund the annual revenue and capital settlements for local government in Wales and maintain the legal framework for local taxation (council tax and non-domestic rates).
Aims and commitments
One of the commitments in our Programme for Government is to support the delivery of effective and efficient public services that meet the needs of people in Wales. In this context, our aims refer not just to local government but underline our partnership approach and apply to the wider public service in Wales. They include:
- strengthening local democracy
- supporting continuous improvement in our public services
- ensuring that our funding supports stronger and more effective service delivery
- securing effective collaboration between public services.