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The Welsh Government today published new plans to strengthen local government in Wales.

The Welsh Government wants strong and empowered local government which can provide bold, determined and focused leadership to deliver for the citizens of Wales.

On the 17 July 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services made an Oral Statement in the Siambr on: The Next Steps for Local Government Reform. 

The Welsh Government will work in partnership with local government and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), to agree a shared approach which will shape the future of local government in Wales. An independently chaired working group will work to identify common ground and to propose a way forward on structures, additional powers, flexibilities and support for change. The working group will agree a pragmatic plan for change which will include proposals for voluntary mergers driven by local government and how those mergers might best be supported.

The Welsh Government intend to introduce the Local Government (Wales) Bill early next year to legislate to enable voluntary mergers.

The Cabinet Secretary also published the Summary of responses to the Strengthening Local Government, Delivering for People Green Paper consultation.