This will be one of the biggest consultations ever undertaken by the WLGA and aims to reinvent the way councils do business in the devolved context and their relationship to the local communities. The position paper seeks members' views on proposals which arise from the developing Making the Connections agenda. The manifesto examines some of the following strategic commitments and themes:
-a real community leadership role for local government; local councils having greater influence over local organisations to work to common purpose
-a more sustainable approach to funding and an examination of how public sector bodies deal with a reducing expenditure base, particularly in the light of the Lyons review and three year settlements
-a debate on the effectiveness of existing political management models and the role and number of members
-a reduction of 25% in costs levels of regulation and audit to be achieved by greater collaboration and mergers of inspection bodies
-an examination of the impact of the Welsh constitutional settlement on local government and the relationship with the assembly
Another key element will be the WLGA's position in response to the first minister's proposal for a 'local public services' review in Wales, which seeks to be radical and innovative in identifying improvements in the arrangements for local service delivery, whilst retaining, wherever possible, accountability to existing arrangements of governance.
Council papers, including the draft manifesto, are available here.
Leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt will also address the WLGA's annual council meeting tomorrow.
The programme director of the Forum for the Future, Mr Porritt will focus on sustainable development and provide practical guidance for Welsh councils on how to enhance their environmental performance and how to develop a sustainable development framework. The WLGA has been a key partner of Forum for the Future for over a year, promoting and supporting sustainability as a key priority of Welsh local government.