Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Local Government
In March 2021 regulations were made to establish four Corporate Joint Committees (CJCs) in Wales. As well as providing for the establishment of each of the CJCs, the Regulations included key details such as membership and the core constitutional arrangements and the three core functions which will be exercised by each CJC: strategic development planning; regional transport planning; and the power to do things to promote or improve the economic well-being of their areas.
The South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee Regulations 2021 provided that the three core functions would be conferred on the South East Wales CJC on the 28 February 2021. This date was agreed with the South East Wales local authority leaders and was in line with their ambitious agenda to transition the work of the Cardiff Capital Region into the CJC as soon as possible.
Today I am laying the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee (Amendment) Regulations 2022 which amend the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee Regulations 2021 to change the date on which the three core functions will be conferred on the South East Wales CJC from 28 February 2022 to 30 June 2022.
This amendment was requested by the local authority leaders in the South East Wales CJC in order to provide more time to address emerging technical issues in relation to implementation before the three core functions commence.
The South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will be made under the affirmative resolution procedure and will be debated by the Senedd on 15 February.
Subject to approval by the Senedd, the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will then come into force on 18 February 2021.