Local councils play a lead role in improving the economic well-being of Wales.
From supporting local businesses and developing clearer planning frameworks, to the regeneration of areas of historic decline and the delivery of more sustainable public transport networks, council services are vital for improving the health of our economy.
Local government has been tasked with enhancing well-being in Wales, for both current and future generations.To do so they must play a direct role in delivering local and regional economic growth.
While councils already work in partnership across their regional economies, they do so at a time when services vital to our economic well-being are experiencing budget reductions of up to 50%.
Now is the time to empower local government further. Our ‘Localism 16-21’ manifesto outlines how a properly resourced and statutory economic development duty will place our councils at the heart of local economic growth and community well-being.
The significant progress being made by local government in developing new approaches to regional development – including City Regions in South West and South East Wales, the Growing Mid Wales Partnership and the North Wales Economic Ambition Board - demonstrates what can be achieved when local councils work together with partners at a regional level.
We work to support these initiatives by influencing national policy, sharing good practice, and identifying vital sources of EU funding.
Our aim is to ensure the importance of local public services in improving our local economies is recognised, and that councils are empowered to get the best possible deal for their local communities.
For more information contact: Tim Peppin