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Local Government Act to boost democracy in Wales

Wales is set to increase its devolution from Westminster as the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 receives Royal Assent.

The Act seeks to improve Wales’ democratic processes and transparency, boost access to information about councils and reform the structure and functions of the local government boundary commission for Wales.

Responsibilities of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales will be amended and principal councils and fire and rescue authorities will be required to consult the panel before varying salaries for chief executives.

The Act will also facilitate the creation of joint standard committees by local authorities.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “Through our ambitious five year legislative programme, we are introducing ‘made in Wales’ solutions to the issues affecting us a nation.

“This Act represents a further step in our drive to ensure local democracy in Wales operates as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Minister for Local Government & Government Business, Lesley Griffiths, said: “The Act will provide a platform for the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, to carry out its important work more effectively by better aligning community and electoral reviews. 

“It also includes a number of measures which I believe will assist and strengthen democratic processes in relation to Local Government.

“These reforms form an essential part of ensuring our Councils are democratically elected, representative of their communities and organised in the most effective way.”

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