Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Councils to Receive Extra Funds for Agreeing to Improve

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Councils to Receive Extra Funds for Agreeing to Improve

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Local authorities in Wales are to receive extra funding in return for signing up to achieving minimum standards in the main public services from 2009, Andrew Davies has told Public Finance.

Wales's minister for finance and public service delivery said the Welsh Assembly Government was in talks with councils to agree a small set of targets covering the main local services.

In return for meeting these service objectives, to be set out in 'improvement agreements' signed by each council, authorities will receive payments from a pot of new money earmarked by the Cardiff administration.

Davies told PF the aim was to tackle the 'unacceptably wide variations' in performance that still persist between councils, by offering them a tangible incentive to improve their services.

'We are in discussions with the Welsh Local Government Association at the moment over what the minimum standards will be for certain key areas,' he said. 'The Cabinet has agreed to this new approach, and we're hoping to test K out in the coming financial year [2008/09] and then roll it out the year after. …

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