Regulations to establish corporate joint committees


Q1a. What are your views on CJCs being subject to broadly the same powers and duties as principal councils?


Q1b. Do you agree that CJCs should have broadly the same governance and administrative framework as a principal council provided that this is proportionate? Please give your reasons.


Q1c. Do you agree that members of CJCs should have appropriate discretion on the detail of constitutional and operational arrangements? Please give your reasons.


Q2. These CJC areas have been agreed by local government Leaders as the most appropriate to reflect the functions being given to CJCs by these Establishment Regulations. Do you have any comments or observations on these CJC areas in relation to these functions or the future development of CJCs?


Q3a. Do you agree with the approach to the development of the regulations for CJCs as outlined in this consultation? Please give your reasons.


Q3b. We have indicated throughout this document what may be included in the Regulations of General Application, subject to the outcome of this consultation. Whilst the Regulations of General Application are not the subject of this consultation, in order to inform their development we would welcome your views on anything else which should be covered?


Q4a. Do you agree with the proposed approach to membership of CJCs including co-opting of additional members? Please give your reasons.


Q4b. What are your views on the role proposed for National Park Authorities on CJCs, as described above?


Q5a. What are your views on the proposed approach of ‘one member one vote’ and the flexibility for CJCs to adopt alternative voting procedures?


Q5b. What are your views on the proposed quorum for CJCs?


Q5c. What are your views on the proposed approach to voting rights for co-opted members to a CJC?


Q6. What are your views on CJCs being able to co-opt other members and/or appoint people to sit on sub-committees?


Q7a. Do you agree that the approach to co-option of members would enable wider engagement of stakeholders in the work of a CJC?


Q7b. What might be needed to support CJC members in the involvement and engagement of appropriate stakeholders in their work?


Q8a. Do you agree that members and staff of a CJC should be subject to a Code of Conduct and that the code should be similar to that of Principal Councils? Please give your reasons.


Q8b. What are your views on the adoption of a Code of Conduct for co-opted members?


Q8c. Should all co-opted members be covered by a code i.e. those with and without voting rights?


Q9a. What are your views on the proposed approach for determining the budget requirements of a CJC?


Q9b. What are your views on the timescales proposed (including for the first year) for determining budget requirements payable by the constituent principal councils?


Q10a. Do you agree that CJCs should be subject to the same requirements as principal councils in terms of accounting practices? Please give your reasons.


Q10b. Do you agree that the detail of how a CJC is to manage its accounting practices should be included in the Regulations of General Application? If not what more would be needed in the Establishment Regulations?


Q11. What are you views on the proposed approach to staffing and workforce matters?


Q12. What are your views in relation to CJCs being required to have or have access to statutory “executive officers”?


Q13. Do you have any other views on provision for staffing or workforce matters within the establishment regulations?


Q14a. Is it clear what functions the CJCs will exercise as a result of these establishment regulations? If not, why?


Q14b. Do the establishment regulations need to say more on concurrence, if so what else is needed, or should that be left to local determination?


Q14c. In your view are there any functions which might be appropriate to add to these CJCs in the future? If yes, what?


Q15. Do you think the regulations should provide for anything to be a decision reserved to the CJC rather than delegated to a sub-committee? If so what?


Q16. What are your views on the approach to transfer of the exercise of functions to these CJCs?


Q17. What are your views on CJCs being subject to wider public body duties as described above?


Q18a. The Welsh Government is keen to continue working closely with local government and others on the establishment and implementation of CJCs. Do you have any views on how best we can achieve this?


Q18b. In your view, what core requirements / components need to be in place to ensure a CJC is operational, and exercising its functions effectively?


Q18c. In particular, what do you think needs to be in place prior to a CJC meeting for the first time, on the day of its first meeting and thereafter?


Q19a. Do you think it would be helpful for the Welsh Government to provide guidance on the establishment and operation of CJCs?


Q19b. Are there any particular areas which should covered by the guidance?


Q20a. How can the Welsh Government best support principal councils to establish CJCs?


Q20b. Are there areas the Welsh Government should prioritise for support?


Q20c. Is there anything that CJCs should/should not be doing that these Establishment Regulations do not currently provide for?


Q21a. Do you agree with our approach to, and assessment of, the likely impacts of the regulations? Please explain your response.


Q21b. Do you have any additional/alternative data to help inform the final assessment of costs and benefits contained within the Regulatory Impact Assessment? If yes, please provide details.