Headlines: September 26th, 2005

Individuals and groups are being invited to give their views on the delivery of public services in Wales as part of a wide-ranging review being led by Sir Jeremy Beecham, who is vice-chairman of the Local Government Association in England.Welsh Finance and Public Services Minister, Sue Essex has given details of the terms of reference for the review, which is part of the Assembly Government’s “Delivering the Connections” action plan and which was originally announced by First Minister, Rhodri Morgan in July.

Sue Essex said Sir Jeremy would be supported by Dame Gillian Morgan, the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and Sir Adrian Webb, who was previously Vice Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan and who is now a non-executive member of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Executive Board. The minister said, “They will look at the local delivery of public services as a whole and will engage with those who plan and deliver services. They will also be inviting views from any individual or group with views to contribute.”

She said the review was an important project for local public services in Wales and she was glad to have had the full support of Welsh local government in setting up the review. The review team will submit their findings and advice to the Assembly Government by next summer.

The Minister said that in his role with the LGA, Sir Jeremy Beecham was in touch with Sir Michael Lyons, who is currently leading the review of local government in England. “I am extremely pleased that we have such well qualified and respected people to take forward an objective and strategic review of the arrangements we have in place to deliver public services in Wales,” she added.