The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales. It represents the 22 local authorities in Wales and the 3 fire and rescue authorities and 3 national park authorities are associate members.
The WLGA’s primary purposes are to promote better local government and its reputation and to support authorities in the development of policies and priorities which will improve public services and democracy.
Originally established in 1996 primarily as a policy development and representative body, the WLGA has since developed into an organisation that also leads on improvement and development, equalities, procurement, employment issues and hosts a range of partner bodies supporting local government:
- Waste Awareness Wales
- Social Services Improvement Agency
- Association of Directors of Education in Wales
- Wales Migration Partnership
The WLGA remains a constituent part of the Local Government Association (LGA) for England and Wales and since April 2005, Welsh local authorities have a revised Welsh corporate membership with the LGA, ensuring that the organisation continues to represent the interests of Welsh local government to the UK Government.
Policy and Representation
The WLGA’s policy priorities are reflected in its Manifesto for the National Assembly Elections 2011: ‘Responding to the Challenge’. ‘Responding to the Challenge’ sets out local government’s priorities for the Assembly’s fourth term from 2011-16. ‘Responding to the Challenge’ builds on the priorities set out in the WLGA’s 2009 policy document ‘In the Eye of the Storm’ and focuses on the following key areas:
- Improving Skills and Education Attainment
- Supporting the Care and Independence of Vulnerable People
- Managing Waste – Making Better Use of our Resources
- Addressing Housing Needs
- Making our Communities Safer
- Developing Sustainable Transport
- Local Government Finance
Click here to view ‘Responding to the Challenge’.
Click here to view 'In the Eye of the Storm'
For more information contact: Lorraine D'Agnilli