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White Paper on Local Government Reform published, 31/01/17 [W]

Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, has announced the publication of a White Paper setting out the way councils will work in partnership to deliver some services.

The White Paper seeks to strengthen council services in the face of future challenges. The Paper proposes mandatory regional working to deliver a range of services, address workforce issues and implement electoral reform, including lowering the voting age to 16. Under the proposals, councils will have some flexibility over what they use to share responsibilities for mandated services such as education improvement, social services, additional learning needs and the promotion of the Welsh language.

The White Paper proposals are under consultation until 11 April 2017.

Visit the Welsh Government website to find out more.