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COUNCILS STRIKE GROUND BREAKING AGREEMENT ON JOINT WORKING

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North Wales councils will be working together on joint services and solutions to common problems following the sign...
North Wales councils will be working together on joint services and solutions to common problems following the signing of a ground breaking agreement.

Hosting the first meeting of the North Wales Regional Board, Aled Roberts (Wrexham) said:

'This is excellent news for the public in North Wales. Councils will be pooling expertise, sharing best practice and will increasingly plan and deliver joint services. This will not only lead to improved public services but should also see efficiency savings being made. Partnership is a word used often, but we have gone that yard further today signing an historic agreement to work together across traditional geographical and institutional boundaries for the good of all the communities in the North.'

The new North Wales Regional Board established by the WLGA comprises the leaders and chief executives from Wrexham, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, Conwy and Denbighshire councils. It will initially explore the opportunities for joint working in five key areas: decriminalised parking, Telecare, Revenue Collection, School transport and customer contact centres.

Russell Roberts (Rhondda Cynon Taf), WLGA Spokesperson for Improvement added:

'The signing of the North Wales Board's statement of intent shows the substantial progress being made by Welsh local government through innovation and collaboration. This bold approach to partnership government locally is our response to the Assembly Government's Making the Connections agenda and demonstrates our commitment to improving local public services.'

Notes

The Board of 'Connecting South East Wales' has already met and it is anticipated that South West Wales Regional Board and the Central Wales 'Plus' Board will meet within the next two months.

The Central Wales 'Plus' region includes Powys and Ceredigion, who will also lead on rural issues with other authorities with large rural areas.

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