Welsh Labour leadership candidate Vaughan Gething has said that as First Minister he would establish a "more respectful" relationship with local councils, with fewer instructions from the Welsh Government about how they should spend their money.
He also said that they should be first in line to receive any extra money that comes to Wales as a result of the Chancellor's Budget next week. Councils have been complaining that the NHS has been given priority over them. Mr Gething is Health Secretary in Carwyn Jones' Government.
Vaughan Gething's comments are an implicit criticism of one of his leadership rivals, Mark Drakeford, who's currently the Finance Secretary. He also had a dig at the Local Government Secretary, Alun Davies, who has nominated Eluned Morgan for leader. Mr Davies has likened councils to "Oliver Twist, always asking for more". Mr Gething today said the Welsh Government should "avoid language that draws us into a pointless confrontation with local government".