Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Background

Local government should matter to everyone.

We might not always realise, but it touches our lives in some way, every day.

From the ways in which rubbish is collected and recycled, how roads are maintained, to how the most vulnerable people in our communities are cared for and protected.

However, the ways we live and work in Wales are always changing.

New technologies, changes to the way public services are delivered and our relationships with those who support and serve our communities can make it challenging for local government to keep up with the pace of change.

A time for change

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill  has been introduced with the aim of equipping local government with new and better ways of supporting and serving our communities.

It looks to give 16 and 17 year-olds and foreign citizens legally resident in Wales the right to vote, to strengthen the powers of local authorities and gives powers to facilitate voluntary mergers between principal councils.

It also looks to ensure that citizens are kept informed of, and have the opportunities to share their views on decisions made by local authorities that may affect their lives.

This is where we would like to hear from you

The National Assembly for Wales’ Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee wants to know what you think about increasing public participation in local democracy and improving transparency.

Your voice matters. It can shape the work of the Committee and inform the recommendations it makes to the Welsh Government.

We would be grateful if you would spare a few minutes to complete our short survey. You don’t have to answer every question.

Everyone who participates in this survey will remain anonymous. Results will be summarised and published online, however responses will not be attributable to respondents. If you would like to know how the information you provide will be used, please read our privacy notice. 

Thank you for your time.


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