Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Local Government
The Local Government and Elections Act (Wales) 2021 The 2021 Act was passed on 20 January 2021. The legislation affects the community and town council sector and draft statutory guidance has been prepared to explain the changes and impacts.
The 2021 Act gives qualifying local authorities, including eligible community councils, a general power of competence. The draft guidance supports community and town councils to consider the requirements should they wish to become eligible community councils.
This guidance also provides information to help all community councils discharge their new duties including:
- Accessing meetings from multiple locations;
- Providing opportunity for public participation at public council meetings;
- Preparing and publishing an annual report; and
- Preparing and publishing a training plan to support training for councillors and council staff.
Today, I am launching a consultation on the draft statutory guidance on the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 for community and town councils.
The consultation document runs until 17 March 2022: