NEW powers sought to strengthen and support community councils would boost local democracy and accountability, said Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths.
The Assembly Member made her remarks following news that the Welsh Assembly Government is to seek new powers to make Welsh laws, as part of legislative programme for the coming year.
The Government is proposing to draw down powers from London in the form of a Legislative Competence Order, which would allow the National Assembly for Wales to:
make new Welsh laws to improve the way community councils are run
encourage more people from a wider range of backgrounds to take part in community councils
encourage greater transparency
help community councils to work closer together with county and borough councils.
Among the areas over which the National Assembly would be able to create new laws include the constitution, structure and procedures of community councils, the number of councillors and wards, and greater scope for community councils to improve the quality of life for people in their communities.
The National Assembly would also be able to pass laws on encouraging greater accountability, on the salaries, pensions and allowances of councillors and to improve support.