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Review of the Role and Functions of Elected Members

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This report sets out the key findings from an extensive programme of qualitative research carried out on behalf of the Welsh Government to review the role and functions of elected members in local authorities in Wales.

The purpose of this report is to:

  • provide Assembly Ministers and officials with a view of the effectiveness and efficiency of councillors in conducting their functions within the modern political structures introduced by the Local Government Act 2000
  • suggest any improvements which might be considered for the operation of scrutiny functions in local government
  • make proposals about the appropriate numbers of councillors within the county and county borough councils.