Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities
ection 73 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 requires Welsh Ministers to make a scheme setting out how they propose, in the exercise of their functions, to sustain and promote local government in Wales. Welsh Ministers are required to publish a report of how the proposals set out in the scheme were implemented in the previous financial year and to lay a copy of the report before the National Assembly for Wales.
I am pleased to present the Annual Report for 2010-11 to the National Assembly today.
Covering as it does the financial year 2010-11, the Report does not seek to capture recent developments in public service reform, particularly those which have taken place since the National Assembly for Wales’ elections in May 2011.
It does however highlight many of the areas where public services are already successfully working together, for example through initiatives led by the Local Service Boards.
The challenge now is for the Welsh Government and its partners to continue to work together to achieve better but with less. The Programme for Government launched in September sets out the agenda for the delivery of public services in Wales. It recognises that the Welsh Government cannot deliver the improvements alone, but will need the support of all its partners. Through the Local Government Partnership Scheme, the Partnership Council and the Public Service Leadership Group, the Welsh Government and local government will continue to work in partnership to improve public services in Wales.