The plan, launched by Cabinet Office minister Jack Cunningham and parliamentary secretary Peter Kilfoyle, is a follow-up to the white paper published in March. It is intended to make joined-up government a reality.
Dr Cunningham said: 'Local government is very important. We couldn't make the kind of progress we want to make if local government isn't a partner in all of this.'
Mr Kilfoyle emphasised the value of consultation with local government and said it was 'extremely instructive' to hear about 'difficulties in delivering services from those charged with delivering them'.