Conwy calls on Welsh Government to delay the progression of Corporate Joint Committees until all consultation responses have been thoroughly considered.
Corporate Joint Committees (CJCs) are part of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill, currently going through the Senedd.
Welsh Government is consulting Councils on the regulations for setting up these Corporate Joint Committees.
In its response to the consultation, Conwy County Borough Council is calling on Welsh Government to consider the feedback carefully before progressing CJCs further.
In its formal response to Welsh Government, the Council acknowledges that certain functions can be delivered more effectively at scale and refers to existing regional work already taking place in North Wales.
But the Council is objecting to CJCs being imposed by Welsh Government because it will “disenfranchise local elected members”.
The Council also raises concerns about the accountability and scrutiny of the CJCs, how they will be financed and staffed, and the impact on regional growth if the appropriate transition arrangements aren’t in place.
It is vital that all authorities have sufficient time to consider the approach, risks and issues to establishing Corporate Joint Committees.