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Review of the Community and Town Council Sector

Review focussing on what the future role of Community and Town Councils might look like.

Scope of the review

The review will:

  • explore the potential role of local government below principal councils, drawing on examples of effective arrangements
  • define the most appropriate model(s)/structure(s) to effectively deliver this role
  • consider how these models and structures should be applied across Wales.  This will include consideration of any situations in which they would not be necessary or appropriate.


The review will take around a year. It will be evidence based and inclusive.  All relevant stakeholders will be invited to contribute including, but not limited to, community and town councils, principal councils and community and third sector groups.


In the Reforming Local Government: Resilient and Renewed White Paper the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government confirmed his intention to commission a comprehensive review of the Community and Town Council sector.

Community and Town councils are an integral part of local government. They are often closest to people and local communities, and therefore uniquely placed to see, and provide, those services which can have a significant impact on an individual’s well-being.

However the size, responsibilities and community involvement across the Community and Town council sector is varied. 

We need to have an honest debate about what the future role of Community and Town Councils might look like, and consider what the right organisational format is to support local communities.