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Public services review

A review looking into the provision of public services in Wales has been announced by the First Minister.

Carwyn Jones says the move is necessary as budgets tighten and demand increases.

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WLGA welcomes "right and timely" public services commission

The significant challenges being faced by all public service areas in Wales are well documented, and the WLGA welcomes the forthcoming debate that will be inspired by the development of the new Commission.

The WLGA will await further detail on the remit of the Commission but would expect all parts of Wales’ public services to be subject to examination, including the setting of strategic policy at a national level.

The severe financial climate, high levels of public demand and the significant demographic changes taking place within the Welsh populace are all placing a huge amount of pressure on Wales’ public services.

It is right, and timely, that we now seek to explore the most effective ways of maintaining, protecting and improving these services into the future.

A review into public service delivery has been expected for some time and has indeed been championed by a number of senior local government figures in Wales. The WLGA will look forward to playing a full and positive role in this.

– Councillor Bob Wellington, WLGA Leader

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