Wales Election 2016

Wales election issue guide 2016: Local government

Parties listed alphabetically

  • Create regional combined authorities comprised of existing local councils, led by directly elected mayors
  • Votes at 16 for local government elections
  • Enable councils to offer free car parking in town centres
  • Dedicated town centre managers
  • Invite all councils to appoint councillors to assist assembly committees in oversight of Welsh ministers and government
  • Facilitate council mergers only where supported locally
  • Binding local referendums on key planning decisions
  • Devolve further powers and responsibility for economic development from Welsh Government to local councils
  • Councils should have more powers to work with and support their communities, bringing decision-making closer to home
  • Local government elections reformed so they are fairer and more proportional
  • Voting age brought down to 16 in all elections and referendums
  • Give local communities the final say on council mergers, via local referendums
  • Reform the local government funding formula to ensure that the challenges of delivering public services in rural areas can be met
  • Wage a war on waste at local government level
  • Increase the diversity of candidates in local government elections, by running an awareness campaign on the role of councillors
  • Create stronger, larger local authorities, as well as stronger town and community councils, and in turn devolve powers from Cardiff Bay
  • Reform local government funding to make councils more sustainable and self-sufficient
  • Slash the number of performance indicators collected by Welsh Government from councils
  • Work with local government to widen the adoption of the living wage
  • Ask the Local Government and Boundary Commission to draw up alternative proposals for the restructuring of local councils in Wales based on natural communities
  • Repeal powers that allow ministers to merge councils by decree
  • "Fair voting" system for council elections
  • Update the local government funding formula and seek to protect smaller councils from inappropriate variations in funding

Other policy areas

Agriculture and natural resources


Culture and sport


Health and social care


Key pledges



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