With the deadline looming for a map that will rewrite the role and borders of local government in Wales, the WLGA’s annual conference will come at a time of significant change for Welsh councils.
Faced with growing public sector austerity and the uncertainty of future local government reform, council leaders believe there is now an urgent need to answer the question ‘what is local democracy, and what do we want local government to do?’
The WLGA’s ‘new perspectives’ conference will aim to highlight the need for a fresh perspective on the role of local democracy in Wales, at a time when Welsh councils are adding their voice to the UK-wide call for a revival of local decision making and the devolution of power to a more local level.
The event follows close on the heels of a general election, in advance of campaigns for Welsh Assembly elections in 2016, and will bring together senior politicians and representatives from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to explore the future of local democracy in Wales.
Speakers for the event include:
Leighton Andrews AM (Minister for Public Services),
Cllr Bob Wellington CBE (WLGA Leader),
Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP (Secretary of State for Wales),
Andrew R T Davies AM (Leader of the Welsh Conservatives),
Leanne Wood AM (Leader of Plaid Cymru),
Kirsty Williams AM (Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats,
Professor Tony Bovaird (University of Birmingham),
Stephen Brooks (Electoral Reform Society),
Adam Price (Nesta),
Rita Singh (Cynnal Cymru),
Lee Waters (Institute for Welsh Affairs),
Cllr Aaron Shotton (WLGA Deputy Leader and Finance Spokesperson),
Professor Tony Travers (Independent Commission on Local Government Finance).
A full conference programme is available here.