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Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act Receives Royal Assent

Time Published 25 January 2021

On 20 January 2021 the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 received Royal Assent. Provisions within the Act are of interest to town and community councils.

  • From April 2022 community and town councils will have a duty to prepare and publish an annual report about the council’s priorities, activities and achievements.
  • From 5 May 2022 community and town councils will have the power to pass a resolution to become eligible to exercise General Powers of Competence. Welsh Government will consult on eligibility prior to introduction.
  • From 5 May 2022, community and town councils will have a duty to consider training from 5 May 2022 for councillors and community council staff, and publish the first training plans by November 2022.
  • The power of well-being is due to be repealed once the general power of competence comes into force on 5 May 2022.

NB. Activity started using the well-being power before 5 May 2022 can continue until it finishes, but no new activities can be started using this power from 5 May 2022.

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