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WELSH LGA CASTS EYE OVER SCRAPPED QUANGOS' REMITS

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Welsh councils should take control of services handled by three quangos bound for the scrapheap, according to the W...
Welsh councils should take control of services handled by three quangos bound for the scrapheap, according to the Welsh Local Government Association.

In a meeting with first minister Rhodri Morgan next month, council leaders will make the case for delivering services such as post-secondary education, business support and community regeneration, on the basis of their democratic mandate.

The Welsh Assembly is proposing to absorb the National Council for Education & Learning for Wales, the Wales Tourist Board and the Welsh Development Agency into its civil service.

The association believes there is a strong case for councils to take on responsibility for sixth-form education.

ELWa, the body responsible for post-16 education and training, has been criticised by councils for its inability to keep pace with changes in local skills requirements.

WLGA leader Alex Aldridge (Lab) said ELWa 'started off as a good idea but has now created an air of confusion in the provision of post-secondary education'.

He added: 'There is an opportunity here. We could make a hash of it, or we could make a damn good job of it by all of us sitting around the governance table together.

'Greater accountability and rationalisation doesn't simply mean centralisation, particularly as most quangos currently have a mixture of national, regional and local functions.

'There is a clear democratic mandate and a logistical case for local authorities to be central to the future quango debate,' he said.

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