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Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009

The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (the Measure) became law in April 2009, and although section 170(1) of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (the 2021 Act) proposed to repeal the Measure, this section has not yet been brought into force. 

Large sections of the Measure have however been omitted, such as the definition of a Welsh improvement authority (by sections 113(a) and 169(a) of the 2021 Act) and Part 2 of the Measure (by paragraph 21 of Schedule 4 to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015). 

The Measure in its current form focuses on the improvement of local government in Wales. Part 1 provides that a Welsh improvement authority is a Welsh Fire and Rescue Authority and outlines its responsibilities. The Measure establishes a general improvement duty on a Welsh improvement authority and sets objectives for improving the exercise of its functions, and its ability to collaborate and improve. The Measure also sets out functions of the Auditor General for Wales, and functions of the Welsh Ministers in relation to Welsh improvement authorities.  

The Explanatory Notes to the Measure provide detailed commentary on the various provisions, but be aware that a number of the provisions have now been omitted or repealed.

Coming into force

Sections 48 to 50, 51(4) to (7), 53 and 54 came into force on 10 June 2009, which is the day the Measure received Royal Approval.

The other provisions came into force on days appointed by the Welsh Ministers by order.

The following Orders have been made:

Subordinate legislation made under the Measure:

TitleCitation numberMade dateComing into force dateSupporting documents
The Local Government (Performance Indicators) (Wales) (Revocation) Order 2016   2016 No. 1057 (W. 249)2 November 2016 24 November 2016    Explanatory Memorandum
The Fire and Rescue Authorities (Performance Indicators) (Wales) Order 20152015 No. 604 (W. 49)9 March 2015    1 April 2015    Explanatory Memorandum
The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (Amendment) Order 20142014 No. 1713 (W. 173)          1 July 20142 July 2014  Explanatory Memorandum
The Local Government (Performance Indicators) (Wales) Order 2012 2012 No. 2539 (W.278)     2 October 20121 November
Explanatory Memorandum
The Fire and Rescue Authorities (Improvement Plans) (Wales) Order 20122012 No. 1143 (W.137)   21 April 201221 May 2012 Explanatory Memorandum
The Audit and Assessment Reports (Wales) Order 20102011 No. 2602 (W.280)  31 October 201122 November 2011    Explanatory Memorandum
The Audit and Assessment Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Order 20112011 No. 2602 (W.280)31 October 2011 22 November 2011Explanatory Memorandum
The Fire and Rescue Authorities (Performance Indicators) (Wales) Order 20112011 No. 558 (W. 80)21 February 2011     1 April 2011   Explanatory Memorandum
The Fire and Rescue Authorities (Improvement Plans) (Wales) Order 2010  2010 No. 481 (W.50)24 February 2010    1 April 2010Explanatory Memorandum
The Local Government (Performance Indicators and Standards) (Wales) Order 2010
2010 No. 482 (W.51)   24 February 20101 April 2010 Schedule 5 came into force on 1 April 2012 and
applies in relation to the financial years beginning 1
April 2012, 2013 and 2014 
Explanatory Memorandum

Consideration of the legislation by the Senedd

The Measure was introduced on 22 September 2008 by Brian Gibbons AM, who was the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government at the time. The Measure was passed by Senedd Cymru (known then as the National Assembly for Wales) on 28 April 2009.

More information about the Measure is available on the Senedd website including a record of the passage of the Measure through the Senedd and the Explanatory Memorandum that was prepared by the Welsh Government (as amended after Stage 2 proceedings). 

The Measure received Royal Approval on 10 June 2009.

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09 May 2024