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Local government statement

Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant said a new agreement between Welsh local government (WLG) and the Welsh government will encourage better services and better value for money.

Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant was making a statement on the Simpson Compact with local government, on 24 January 2012.

The Simpson Compact is an agreement between WLG and the Welsh government to ensure collaborative working.

According to the minister, he has received positive responses from local government authorities with regards to collaborative working.

Mr Sargeant also stressed the agreement would encourage better services across Wales and better value for money.

Conservative AM Janet Finch Saunders welcomed the statement however urged the Welsh government not force collaboration on local authorities.

Plaid Cymru's Rhodri Glyn Thomas expressed his disappointment with the lack of clarity within the statement.

He said that many local authorities were dubious with the new agreement.

Mr Thomas warned that collaboration could have serious implications for local accountability and could create a confusing system in Wales.

Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Peter Black underlined the importance Welsh government departments, such as the NHS, to collaborate as well as WLG authorities.

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