The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 establishes a new legislative framework for local government elections, democracy, governance, and performance. The Act requires each council in Wales to keep under review, through self-assessment, the extent to which it is meeting the ‘performance requirements’, that is the extent to which:
- It is exercising its functions effectively
- It is using its resources economically, efficiently, and effectively
- Its governance is effective for securing the above
The Act also places a duty to publish a report setting out the conclusions of their self-assessments once in respect of every financial year.
Panel Performance Assessments (PPA)
The Act places a duty on councils to arrange for a panel to undertake and respond to a corporate, organisational level assessment, of the extent to which the council is meeting its performance requirements.
Councils can commission the WLGA to coordinate and facilitate the PPA on their behalf. The draft methodology is open for consultation until the end of May 2023, feedback and responses can be submitted to the WLGA Improvement Team: WLGA.Improvement@wlga.gov.uk.
Revised Model Constitution
As part of the Improvement Programme, the model constitution was updated to be adapted locally.
Public Engagement and Participation
Changes within the Act have reinforced the importance of the public voice in local democracy, to support robust and representative decision-making. To support councils with their approach to consultation and engagement, the following resources have been updated and refreshed:
In addition, the Improvement Team are working with councils to develop innovative thinking and good practice around public engagement.
An Officer Risk Management Network was established during 2022-23, to provide a forum for risk practitioners to share intelligence, best practice, and learning. The Improvement Team are working with the network to collate an overview of the risk landscape across local government in Wales.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
The WLGA supports an Equality Officer Network, to provide a forum for practitioners to share intelligence regarding emerging issues, good practice, and to receive updates on Welsh Government priorities and plans within this area.
This forum supports Councils with their Public Sector Equality Duty, and implementation of a number of Welsh Government plans including:
Data and Intelligence
Data Cymru were commissioned via the Improvement Programme to work with councils to develop the Self-Assessment Performance data (SAPD) tool:
To access the SAPD data tool, follow the link below:
And a series of Data Dashboards which can be accessed via the Data Cymru website: Home - Data Cymru
For further information about any of the support, please contact the WLGA Improvement Team: