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CAMERON LOOKS TO NEW AGE OF LOCAL POWERS

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David Cameron's call for local government to be at the centre of a new culture of civic responsibility has raised h...
David Cameron's call for local government to be at the centre of a new culture of civic responsibility has raised hopes of a new localist consensus.

The call for local decision making to replace central initiatives comes a week after Gordon Brown proclaimed himself pro-devolution (LGC, 28 September).

Mr Cameron endorsed 'community self-improvement', insisting: 'Our response, based on the philosophy of social responsibility, is to trust local leaders, not undermine them.'

Local Government Association's chairman, Lord Bruce-Lockhart, said: 'We are looking forward to an era of localism.' But he warned that warm words needed to be backed up by action.
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