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DEVOLUTION FROM COUNCILS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ALREADY WELL UNDER WAY

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Commenting on the speech* by David Miliband in which he is set to call for local communities to be given more contr...
Commenting on the speech* by David Miliband in which he is set to call for local communities to be given more control over their lives in a bid to narrow society's 'power gap', chairman of the Local Government Association, Sandy Bruce Lockhart, said:

'We are pleased that Mr Miliband has responded to the calls made by the LGA in July 2004 and we look forward to making some real progress on devolving powers from central government down to local government.

'The decentralisation of power from central government should not stop at the town hall. Councils must continue to give local people more control over their own lives by devolving their power, wherever appropriate, to local people. This is well underway. We look forward to seeing some tangible progress on devolving powers from central government.

'By extending choice, by empowering local community organisations to manage assets and provide services, and by giving local people a greater say in what happens in their neighbourhood, local people could ensure that the right services are provided in the right time and in the right place.'

* Miliband speech

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