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SPECIAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES

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A special assembly with complete autonomy over all matters affecting Wales would form part of the proposed single l...
A special assembly with complete autonomy over all matters affecting Wales would form part of the proposed single local authority association for England and Wales.

A discussion paper prepared by the existing English and Welsh local authority associations suggests that members of the assembly would also be full members of the single association.

The assembly would be served by its own president, chair and officers with its own secretariat in Wales. However, the paper also specifically draws attention to the position of the Assembly of Welsh Counties.

This is that any Association of Welsh Local Authorities 'should be an autonomous and independent association which would seek to promote links with its sister associations in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland'.

The paper goes on to suggest that the proposed assembly's remit would be to: Promote and represent the interests of Welsh local government in particular and the interests of local government as a whole

Disseminate information on any subjects of interest to them; l Promote a high standard of public administration and local authority services in Wales.

Welsh authorities would either be required to pay the full subscription to the single local authority association, part of which would be rebated to them, or to pay a reduced subscription. A subscription would probably be based on population with a small flat rate element.

The paper stresses councils would not be expected to pay again for services which in England would form part of the normal work of the single association but which the Welsh assembly would handle directly with the Welsh Office.

'The higher the percentage of the costs of the Welsh assembly/council that is borne by the single local authority association the more likely would be the wish of the association to determine its staffing and expenditure levels', it says.

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