The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) recently published its Manifesto
for local government, Localism 2016-21, a 40 point plan for public services
in Wales, in advance of the National Assembly for Wales elections to be held in
The WLGA Manifesto calls for clarity from the Welsh Government about the future
of local government, its roles and responsibilities and around the plans for
reform, fair and flexible funding and for a commitment to the principle of
‘Subsidiarity’, where it is presumed that power is transferred to the level of
government closest to the people.
Cllr. Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said,
Much support has been shown for our determined and measured approach in making
representations to the Welsh Government for its understanding and assistance in
addressing the challenges faced by the Council. This reflects growing momentum
from individuals, groups and organisations to work with us to protect essential
services and facilities.
“In its recent Provisional Settlement for local government the Welsh Government
has clearly accepted the strong case made by the WLGA family for a slow down
in the scale and pace of budget cuts and that was widely welcomed.
“The Welsh Government has a clear national strategic role, but Flintshire and
other councils want to see momentum behind the devolution of powers to local
government and to local communities.”
At its meeting on Tuesday, 19 January the Council’s Cabinet will consider an
invitation from the WLGA to formally support its Manifesto and to engage with
the WLGA and other councils in working with a newly elected Welsh Government in
May to promote adoption of the Manifesto proposals in national policy and