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Finance Secretary announces new permanent small business rate relief scheme for Wales

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:02:09 GMT2017-12-13T11:02:09Z

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford today announced a permanent small business rate relief scheme will be introduced in Wales from 1 April 2018.

Welsh Government consults on health board boundary change in Bridgend

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:36:52 GMT2017-12-13T08:36:52Z

If the proposal goes ahead, it would establish Bridgend Council in the south East Wales regional footprint for healthcare provision and social services.

Consultation opens on appeals process for non-domestic rates in Wales

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:31:24 GMT2017-10-17T14:31:24Z

A consultation opens today on improving and modernising the long established system to make sure that it’s fair and works as well as it can.

Local Government Settlement to help the vulnerable and protect key public services

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:43:44 GMT2017-10-10T10:43:44Z

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced that local authorities will receive £4.2 billion to spend on key services in 2018-19.

Council tax debt report shows need for change says Cabinet Secretary

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:21:08 GMT2017-09-28T14:21:08Z

A new report published today shows almost 300,000 vulnerable and low income households in Wales received a reduction in their council tax in 2016-17.

Council tax reductions increase thanks to £244m Welsh Government scheme

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:22:12 GMT2017-07-26T09:22:12Z

A new report published today shows almost 300,000 vulnerable and low income households in Wales received a reduction in their council tax in 2016-17.

Have your say on a new small business rates relief scheme for Wales

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:37:21 GMT2017-07-21T11:37:21Z

Small business owners and ratepayers are being asked for their views on a new permanent Welsh Government Small Business Rates Relief Scheme to be introduced in 2018.

Local Government Secretary announces major shake up of council elections and details of new Local Government Bill

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:01:46 GMT2017-07-17T23:01:46Z

Extending the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, electronic voting and proportional representation are just some of the proposals announced today as part of a major shake-up of council elections in Wales.

Mark Drakeford congratulates new WLGA leader Debbie Wilcox

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:54:10 GMT2017-06-23T12:54:10Z

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has congratulated the WLGA’s new leader Cllr Debbie Wilcox on her appointment.

Help us decide the future of Community Councils in Wales

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:29:39 GMT2017-06-23T09:29:39Z

Two members are being sought for a panel reviewing the future of Community Councils in Wales.

“Let’s keep up the pace on local government reform” – Mark Drakeford

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:26:01 GMT2017-05-11T12:26:01Z

Mark Drakeford has congratulated Wales’ newly-elected councillors and called on them to continue to work with the Welsh Government on plans for local government reform.

Have your say on reforming local government in Wales

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:13:07 GMT2017-04-06T13:13:07Z

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford is calling on the public and everyone involved in local government to have their say on new plans for the way council services are delivered.

Council tax payers in Wales continue to pay less than England

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:51:21 GMT2017-03-23T10:51:21Z

New figures out today reveal that council tax in Wales remains lower than in England.

Mark Drakeford announces details of High Street Rates Relief Scheme

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:53:06 GMT2017-02-17T17:53:06Z

Mark Drakeford today announced details of a £10m targeted relief scheme to provide extra support for high street businesses across Wales from April.

Local Government Reform White Paper unveiled by Mark Drakeford

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:01:56 GMT2017-01-31T15:01:56Z

A White Paper setting out how councils will deliver some of their services together will be unveiled today by Local Government Secretary, Mark Drakeford.

Welsh Government introduces Bill to challenge UK Government’s “damaging and divisive” Trade Union Act

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:24:32 GMT2017-01-16T09:24:32Z

A Bill reversing the effect of the UK Government’s Trade Union Act is expected to be introduced in the National Assembly for Wales today.

Final Local Government settlement provides additional £6 million to help tackle homelessness

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:13:42 GMT2016-12-21T10:13:42Z

A £6 million funding boost to help tackle homelessness has been announced as part of the Welsh Government’s final local government settlement.

Extra business rates support for high streets to be unveiled in the final Budget

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:58:14 GMT2016-12-17T06:58:14Z

An extra £10m will be made available to help high street retailers, pubs and restaurants with their business rates, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced today.

Mark Drakeford sets out timetable for local government reform

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:54:17 GMT2016-11-03T09:54:17Z

Mark Drakeford has set out a timetable for talks on local government reform for councils to use to prepare for the harder choices that lie ahead.

A stable settlement in uncertain times: Mark Drakeford sets out Local Government funding for 2017-18

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:40:14 GMT2016-10-19T13:40:14Z

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced £4.107 billion of funding for local authorities in 2017-18.

Cabinet Secretary praises progress of diversity in democracy programme

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:21:52 GMT2016-10-13T14:21:52Z

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has joined with councillors and prospective councillors to celebrate the progress of the Welsh Government’s Diversity in Democracy Programme.

Working together to reform local government: Cabinet Secretary sets out building blocks for more resilient local authorities

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:19:28 GMT2016-10-04T13:19:28Z

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has set out a new way forward for local government in Wales.

Welsh Government steps in to help small businesses affected by revaluation

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:39:55 GMT2016-09-30T18:39:55Z

Local Government Secretary has today announced plans for a new scheme to support small businesses affected by the revaluation of business properties.

Council tax reductions will continue to protect the most vulnerable

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:58:12 GMT2016-09-21T06:58:12Z

Mark Drakeford has confirmed that vulnerable and low income households will continue to be supported by Council Tax Reduction schemes until at least the end of 2017-18.

Small Business Rates Relief here to stay as scheme made permanent

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:28:45 GMT2016-09-15T14:28:45Z

The Welsh Government’s £98m Small Business Rates Relief scheme will be extended for 2017-18, Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced.

Council Tax in Wales is still lower than in England

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:16:16 GMT2016-03-24T13:16:16Z

Council Tax in Wales remains lower than in England according to new figures published today.

Last days to have your say on Local Government reform

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:17:54 GMT2016-02-11T12:17:54Z

There are a few days left to contribute to the Welsh Government’s consultation on its Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill.

Appointments to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:03:30 GMT2016-02-10T16:03:30Z

Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Public Services, today announced two appointments to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.

Half of Local Councillors publish Annual Reports for 2015/16

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:48:19 GMT2015-12-18T11:48:19Z

Public Services Minister, Leighton Andrews, today praised the progress made by Local Councillors in Wales who have published annual reports.

Minister established Group to promote the use of Welsh in Local Government

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:18:41 GMT2015-12-10T14:18:41Z

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews has set up a Working Group to advise on the best use of the Welsh language in Local Government Administration and Economic Development.