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Julie James AS/MS i FUSE 
Y Gweinidog Tai a Llywodraeth Leol x, 


Minister for Housing and Local Government age 


Ein cyf/Our ref MA/JJ/1299/21 Llywodraeth Cymru 
Welsh Government 

All Local Authority Leaders 

National Park Authority Chairs 

cc Chief Executives 

cc WLGA 


24 March 2021 


Dear Leaders/Chairs 


| am delighted to inform you that on 16 March the Senedd formally approved the 
Establishment Regulations to create four regional Corporate Joint Committees (CJCs) for 
North, Mid, South West and South East Wales. Therefore, these CJCs will be established on 
1 April 2021 when the regulations come into force. | am grateful to you all for your 
engagement on this work and your responses to the consultation which have helped to shape 
these regulations to ensure that CJCs will meet the needs of local government for the long 
term. 


As we have agreed, the three main functions that your CJC will exercise (Strategic 
Development Planning, Regional Transport Planning and the Economic Well-being function) 
will not commence until 2022. This provides you with a period of time to put the necessary 
constitutional and governance arrangements in place and to set the budget for 2022/23 before 
the commencement of the key functions. 


As we have discussed, | am keen to support you in the implementation of your CJCs and am 
therefore pleased to confirm | am providing a £1m grant fund in 2021/22 for that purpose. | 
anticipate this grant being broadly split on an equal basis between the 4 regions, subject to 
your proposals. 


A prospectus is attached at Annex A for your consideration and to support the development 
of funding proposals for the grant. This prospectus provides a framework enabling each 
region to identify its own requirements for support during the implementation and transition 
phase over the coming year. Upon receipt of your proposals, and subject to approval, there 
will be a light touch grants process providing funding on a quarterly basis for one year - 
2021/22. Bids could also include ‘once for Wales’ joint projects across CJC areas, for 
example potential development of a scrutiny process for national application. 


As part of your establishment and transitional processes, you may also find it useful to use 
an element of the funding to start preparatory work towards exercising the Strategic 
Development Planning and Regional Transport Planning functions. 


Canolfan Cyswllt Cyntaf / First Point of Contact Centre: 
0300 0604400 





Bae Caerdydd + Cardiff Bay Gohebiaeth. Julie. James@llyw.cymru 
Caerdydd « Cardiff Correspondence. Julie. James@gov.Wales 
CF99 1SN 


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gohebu yn Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi. 


We welcome receiving correspondence in Welsh. Any correspondence received in Welsh will be answered in Welsh and corresponding 
in Welsh will not lead to a delay in responding. 


My officials are keen to support your teams locally within each region on the implementation 
of your CJCs so | would be grateful for your confirmation of who the lead contacts should be, 
if not already provided. 


As you are aware, further work is required to complete the legislative framework within which 
CJCs will operate. In line with our principle of co-development, Welsh Government officials 
will continue to engage with your officers and associated professional groupings such as 
Lawyers in Local Government, Society of Welsh Treasurers and HR Directors in the 
development of the package of general regulations which will underpin CJCs. The intention 
remains that legislation will be developed in line with the principle that CJCs should be treated 
as a member of the ‘Local Government family’ and will therefore be largely subject to the 
same rules and requirements. 


Guidance to support CJCs is currently being co-produced with local government officers, with 
the aim of consulting on this over the summer and issuing it later this year. 


| again would like to thank you for the way you have engaged in this work, and wish you well 


in fully realising the benefits that CUCs can provide. 


Yours sincerely 


Julie James AS/MS 
Y Gweinidog Tai a Llywodraeth Leol 
Minister for Housing and Local Government 


Corporate Joint Committees — Implementation 


Prospectus 


Background 


1. 


Corporate Joint Committees (CJCs) are a new statutory mechanism for regional 
collaboration by local government provided for by the Local Government and 
Elections (Wales) Act 2021. 


Four regional CJCs will be established to exercise functions relating to Strategic 
Development Planning and Regional Transport Planning; they will also be given a 
power to do things to promote or improve the economic well-being of their areas. 
These are areas where there is consensus that working at this scale makes 
sense - aligning economic development, transport and land use planning 
approaches to develop successful regional economies and encourage local 
growth. CJCs will be established on 1 April 2021 but they will not exercise 
functions until agreed dates in 2022. This will provide a period of time for each 
Region to put in place appropriate constitutional and operational arrangements. 


Purpose 


3. 


To provide principal councils and the relevant National Park Authority with a 
prospectus on financial support available in 2021/22 to assist their Regions with 
the establishment and implementation of their CJCs. 


Aim 


4. 


This prospectus aims to set out the scope of the financial support available to 
support regional transitional planning arrangements and enable preparatory work 
to begin. It outlines a range of core areas associated with establishing and 
implementing CJCs which the Welsh Government could provide financial support 
towards. 


Core areas of potential activity / criteria 


5, 


It is envisaged that each Region may seek financial support/funding towards work 
on different aspects of establishing their CJC, subject to what they already have 
in place for their existing regional collaboration mechanisms. 


The following list therefore provides potential areas for support rather than a fixed 

list to allow for these differences. It will be for each Region to identify which 

particular elements of support they would find useful to support establishment of 

their CJC, but it is anticipated these will include one or more of the areas set out 

below: 

e Programme resource to take the lead in each region to plan and oversee the 
transition from existing arrangements to CJCs 

e Dedicated resource / additional expertise to coordinate and /or develop 
appropriate constitutional and governance arrangements for the CJC; 


e Support for any meetings which may take place during the implementation / 
regional transitional planning phase 

e Expertise to develop approaches (potentially ‘once for Wales’ common 
approaches) to aspects such as scrutiny arrangements / standards / 
approaches to terms and conditions for staff 

e Other activity associated with setting up / establishing a CJC 


7. In addition, Regions may also wish to consider applying for this funding in relation 
to preparatory work supporting the transfer of functions (strategic land use 
planning, strategic transport planning and economic development) to the CJC. 


Beyond the initial establishment of CJCs, ongoing support costs should be met 
by the sector, and will form part of the identification of the budget requirement for 
each CJC. 


Funding 


8. The amount of funding available will be £1m in total and relate to the 2021/22 
financial year. 


9. It is envisaged funding will be distributed to a nominated lead authority for each 
CJC via a grant. Use of the funding could be managed via existing arrangements 
such as a City or Growth Deal Partnerships. 


10.Welsh Government Officials anticipate the funding will be allocated to the 
Regions on a broadly equal basis, subject to a satisfactory proposal for funding 
from each area. 


Proposal process 


11.Each Region / CJC will need to provide a proposal for funding which Welsh 
Government officials can consider and appraise to ensure it is in line with the 
spirit of the funding and grant requirements. 


12.As part of this, and in order to avoid any potential risk of double funding, Regions 
will also be required to confirm that any funding they bid for is for activity that is 
additional/complementary to any other regional activity that they are already in 
receipt of funding for, for example through European Structural Funds (ESF). 


13. The intention is to put in place a proportionate, rather than onerous, process for 
securing and reporting on the use of the funding, but proportionate grant 


management arrangements will nevertheless be required. 


14. Therefore proposals for funding must demonstrate how it would enable / support 
the effective establishment and implementation of CJCs. 


15.In particular, we would expect the proposal to provide: 


e Ashort summary (consisting of two or three paragraphs) summarising the key 
points or objectives of the core area(s) of activity you are seeking funding for; 

e The benefits of receiving the funding and how the proposed activity will be 
supported (whether via additional capacity / capability) 

e Details of the desired outcome as a result of the funding 

e How much money is required to be funded to deliver the desired results 


16. Proposals which do not demonstrate how they will contribute to enabling / 
supporting the effective establishment and implementation of CJCs will not be 
funded. 


17.Upon receipt of a satisfactory proposal the Welsh Government will issue an 
award letter together with terms and conditions of the funding. 


Please submit proposals to LGPartnerships@gov.wales 


In case of queries or if you wish to discuss, please email Paula James at 


paula james@gov.wales, copied to Lisa Hughes at lisa.hughes@gov.wales