The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has confirmed that the postponed local government elections – due to have been held in May this year – will be held – a year late in May 2017.
In the Welsh Assembly the First Minister was asked by Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies “Can you confidently say today that there will be local government elections in May next year and your government will not be looking to postpone those elections by bringing either new proposals for local government in Wales or moving the date so there can be wider consultation over local government reorganisation”
The First Minister Carwyn Jones replied “I think those elections would take place. I can’t envisage a scenario where they wouldn’t so the answer to the question is yes – they will take place “
He said “In terms of local government reorganisation it’s clear to me that the map [the original plan to cut the number of local authorities in Wales for 22 to 8 or 9 which included merging the Vale of Glamorgan with Cardiff ] would not attract support in this chamber – but there is support for local government reorganisation” .
He added “It’s a matter of examining what common ground there is to remove the situation where we had 22 authorities one of which collapsed entirely, six of which were in special measures at one point in education. It’s not a sustainable model. There’s no disagreement over that.”
The Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council are both acting without a public mandate – as they were elected ( four years ago) – for a four-year term which should have ended in May this year . Their were given authority to continue in office by the Welsh Labour Government – but have no public mandate to do so.