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Review of The Town and Community Council Charter  

Across the UK, local councils are facing unprecedented challenges following reduced Government funding and increased demands on essential services. The Williams Commission report in 2014 laid out recommendations for re-organisation of local authorities, reducing the number of councils and changing the way in which services are delivered in future.

In light of the changes ahead, the Town and Community Council Forum (a group consisting of representatives from all Town and Community Councils and Bridgend County Borough Council) agreed in December 2015 that a TCC Charter Working Group be established to review the current Charter.  The working group consisted of 6 Elected Members from Bridgend County Borough Council and 6 Elected Member representatives from the Town and Community Councils.

The Working Group met to undertake the review to identify any opportunities for improvement.  The Working Group carried out a research exercise and contacted other local authorities to base Bridgend’s new Charter on examples of best practice shared by other Authorities.

The revised Charter identifies focal points and better methods of communication between Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) and the Town and Community Councils.

The Charter will now be reviewed annually to ensure that it remains current and reflects the developing relationships between all Councils. 

An Action Plan will be appended to the Charter which will be reviewed at each meeting of the TCC Forum.  This ensures that priorities can be identified and managed appropriately.  All Councils will be able to identify accountability of items on the Action Plan and monitor the progress made. 

The Charter reflects the intention of all partners to embrace the challenges ahead and to work together in order to achieve the required outcomes and demonstrate citizen-focused delivery of services.  The revised draft Charter was approved by the Town and Community Council Forum on 21 March 2016, subsequently approved by Bridgend CBC’s Cabinet on the 7th June. Next, it was designed into a more usable format to make it easier to read and finally the Charter was translated into Welsh.

The Charter was formally signed by all Mayors/Chairs of the Town and Community Councils on 18 July 2016.

More information on Town and Community Councils in Wales can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Last Updated: 11/10/2016
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