Local Authority Governance

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The Local Government Act 1972

Although substantially amended since its enactment/introduction in 1974, The Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972) nonetheless remains the legislative framework or legal core that underpins all local government in Wales.

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The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994

The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 amended The Local Government Act 1972 by introducing 22 unitary authority areas in Wales. It was introduced in 1996 and thereby abolished the previous two-tier local government structure of counties and districts.

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The Local Government Act 2000

The Local Government Act 2000 governs the standards of conduct required of local authority council members. It introduced a revised ethical framework, requiring the adoption of codes of conduct and standards committees to implement them.

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Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013

The Welsh Local Government Act reformed the organisation of the Local Government Boundary Commission, and requires councils to publish a range of different documents and information on a frequent and annual basis, on a publicly accessible website.

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The Good Councillor’s Guide

Updated for 2017, the third edition of the Welsh Government's 'Good Councillor’s Guide' explains the roles, duties and responsibilities of local community councillors. It is particularly useful for those recently elected or co-opted to a council.

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The Good Practice Guide

The Welsh Assembly's 'Good Practice Guide' focuses on what a good council can do, demonstrating how councils across Wales are working for their communities. It contains practical ideas that councils might wish to consider when planing to undertake actions.

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Governance and accountability for local councils in Wales

'Governance and accountability for local councils in Wales – A Practitioners’ Guide' explains the regulatory requirements for local councils - specifically the accountability and audit framework - and covers risk management and the roles of auditors.

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Community Council Money

Community councils receive money from fees, charges and council tax, and it is their responsibility to manage their money well and to safeguard their assets. 'Council Money' by the Wales Audit Office helps community councils to do this.

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The ICO's Model Publication Scheme

The Information Commissioners Office's 'Model Publication Scheme' commits public authorities to make information available to the public as part of their normal business activities. This simple, 4-page guide introduces the scheme and its purpose.

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What should be published? Minutes and Agendas

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) 7-page publication 'What should be published? Minutes and Agendas' helps public authorities decide when they should publish the minutes and agendas of meetings and in what cases they can be edited.