Local authorities, also known as councils or local government, play an important role in governing Wales. They provide local leadership and services for their communities. There are 22 local authorities in Wales, which are responsible for over £5 billion in public spending each year.
Wales’ councils deliver more than 700 local services, including education, housing, social services, and transport. They are also in charge of a range of neighbourhood services including libraries and waste collection (the bins!).
Councils also have statutory duties, which means they are legally required to carry out these duties. These include making progress towards equality and ending discrimination. Councils also need to make sure every decision they made takes account of the needs of future generations.
Register to vote by 14th April 2022. If you don’t register in time, you won’t get to vote in the local elections on 5th May, and you won’t have your say in the future of your community.
Head over to the Gov.uk website to register to vote today. It only takes five minutes!
“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters.” Barack Obama