This is something the LGA and LGIB have been arguing for some while, and combating social exclusion is one of the four main European policy priorities for the LGA.
Chris Clarke, chair of the LGA social inclusion executive, said: 'The biggest challenge local government faces is to include all of our citizens in rights, opportunities and experiences others take for granted. The LGA is glad the European Commission has come to the same recognition, and we plan to work with them and other agencies to help us to achieve our ambitious aims.'
In its submission, the LGA also called for improved data and statistics on social inclusion that is comparable between European member states, something that is also recognised in the EU Commission Communication.
1) A copy of the EU Commission Communication, Building an Inclusive Europe, and the LGA submission, are available on request.
2) The LGA will be liaising with Lady Joan Hanham, a member of the LGA European and International executive who is also coordinating the response to the communication from the committee of the regions.