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LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister for Local Government and Government Business

Lesley Griffiths AM

Lesley Griffiths AM

 

The Minister for Local Government and Government Business is responsible for:

  • The council tax rating system in Wales;  
  • Council Tax “capping” policy for local and police authorities;
  • The unhypothecated funding of local authorities and police authorities in Wales through the local government revenue and capital settlements (although capital funding of police is a Home Office matter);
  • Capital financing and accounting issues relating to local authorities including residual Private Finance Initiative approvals (responsibility for a police authority rests with the Home Office);
  • Sponsorship of the Valuation Office Agency and the Valuation Tribunal Service;  
  • Local Government equal pay and Single Status Pay issues;  
  • Emergency financial assistance (formerly the “Bellwin” Scheme) to local authorities;  
  • The Local Government Partnership Council and relations between the Welsh Government and local government generally;  
  • The implementation of Wales Programme for Improvement (best value) by local authorities in Wales;  
  • Local authority performance and their accountability for it;
  • Local strategic planning by local authorities and their local partners (NB not land use planning);  
  • Charging for, and trading in, non-statutory services by local government;  
  • The oversight and direction of local authorities in Wales and liaison with police authorities;  
  • The implementation of best value by local authorities in Wales;  
  • Councillors’ allowances and standards of conduct;  
  • Public admission to local authority meetings;  
  • The regulation of burial grounds and crematoria by local authorities in Wales;  
  • Confirmation of byelaws made by local authorities in Wales;  
  • Timing of local elections;
  • NB for the purposes of the Minister’s responsibilities above, the following are “local authorities”: County councils and county borough councils; Fire and rescue authorities Community or town councils;
  • Overall co-ordination of programmes of measures to improve the performance of public services;
  • Public Sector Reform;
  • Cross cutting responsibility for the strategic approach to the delivery of public services including performance, collaboration and citizen focus;
  • Oversight of regulation, audit and inspection as they relate to public service improvement;
  • Taking forward the action to improve local service delivery;
  • Community Safety, relations with the Police and other Criminal Justice Agencies, including counter-terrorism issues;  
  • Youth Justice;
  • Domestic violence;  
  • The Fire and Rescue Services including community fire safety;  
  • Liaison point for the Armed Forces in Wales and Veterans (responsibility for the provision of services such as health and education etc rest with the relevant portfolio Minister); and
  • Responsibility for managing Welsh Government business in the Assembly in line with standing orders.

 

Writing to Ministers

Contact Lesley Griffiths by email at: correspondence.lesley.griffiths@wales.gsi.gov.uk

We aim to provide a response to correspondence to Ministers, including electronic mail within 17 working days.  Ministers will respond to matters that fall within their portfolio. Please follow the link ‘Writing to Ministers’ on the left hand side to direct your correspondence to the right Minister.

 

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