Posts From October, 2013

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Report on bedroom tax impacts welcomed 

Thursday, 17 October 2013 Categories: News Welfare Reform
The WLGA has welcomed a report by the Welsh Affairs Committee that acknowledges that changes to the UK housing benefit system will have a greater impact in Wales, and that these impacts should continue to be monitored closely. With over 250,000... read more

Councils call for public support to get through tough times 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 Categories: News
The publication of councils’ funding allocations for the next two years has confirmed that local government in Wales is facing unprecedented funding reductions as it works to protect vital public services. Following a number of individual... read more

Preparations for 2014-2020 EU funding intensify 

Thursday, 10 October 2013 Categories: Europe News
A WLGA delegation, made up of local government officers and councillors from across Wales, has arrived in Brussels to represent Welsh councils during the annual European Week of Regions and Cities (known as ‘Open Days’), hosted by the Committee of... read more

175m down and counting, councils say 'local services will be cut' 

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 Categories: News
Local government leaders, from all political parties, have reacted strongly to a draft budget settlement that will see reductions in core funding of £175m in 2014/15, with a further £65m in 2015/16, and leave local councils facing a £460 million... read more

Agreement seals partnership on school improvement services 

Monday, 07 October 2013 Categories: News
Today’s agreement between the Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM, and the WLGA’s Education Spokesperson, Councilor Ali Thomas, represents a step change in the way school improvement is organised and delivered in Wales. Following... read more

Conference to plan how EU funds can help tackle poverty in Wales 

Thursday, 03 October 2013 Categories: News
At a conference on 4 October, the WLGA will bring together the key individuals responsible for the delivery of EU funds in Wales, to discuss how the new round of European Funds should be used to tackle poverty and social exclusion in Wales. The... read more

New report highlights complexity of social care Bill 

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 Categories: News
The WLGA, in partnership with the Welsh NHS Confederation has today published a report analysing the long-term implications of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill. Announced in early 2013 by the Welsh Government, the new Bill sets... read more

Active travel bill places new duties on councils 

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 Categories: News
The WLGA has called for funding clarity, in light of the new duties that will be placed on local councils under the Active Travel (Wales) Bill. The new Bill aims to enhance Wales’ walking and cycling network, by placing an obligation on local... read more