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Monmouthshire sets the pace in Wales
Monmouthshire County Council is setting the pace for Primary Authority in Wales, with the first partnership agreement with a health board.
The council has entered into a primary authority partnership with the Aneurin Bevan Health Board to cover food safety and food safety and hygiene and food standards.
The health board was established in 2009 and serves an estimated 639,000 people in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and South Powys, and employs over 16,000 staff.
The council also has partnerships with master butchers H J Edwards, which has shops in Wales and England; and with Oasis Communications Ltd.
Welsh regulators combine to use data more effectively
Local and national regulators in Wales have put their combined effort into getting the best out of the information they collect.
The Welsh Regulators' Forum, created jointly by the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) and the Welsh Government, has produced a report on how to make better use of information. The report contains a number of recommendations that are relevant not just in Wales, but UK-wide.
The report also lays the foundation for improving information to citizens and business in Wales about how regulation is working, a move that will support consumer engagement and confidence.
This work is a direct response to a 2009 report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, on behalf of LBRO, which identified 59 separate data collections from local authorities by national organisations, costing in the order of £6m per annum across England and Wales.