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FORCE QUANGOS TO CONSULT, SAYS LGA

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Councils should be given the power to force local bodies to consult them, according to a report by the Local Govern...
Councils should be given the power to force local bodies to consult them, according to a report by the Local Government Association.

The report, Local quangos and local governance, shows councils are getting frustrated at the unwillingness of some training and enterprise councils, NHS trusts and housing associations to get involved in planning.

It calls on the government to conduct a review of local appointed bodies and create a set of national standards.

The report demands Whitehall provide 'appropriate reserve powers for local authorities to ensure the co-operation of all local appointed bodies'.

Co-author Lee Searles said: 'Some bodies are very accountable, but others don't see that working with the community or dealing with other agencies is part of their agenda.

'We're not talking about forcing them to come to meetings once a week. What we want is a requirement to participate in developing a shared vision.'

For a copy of the report, tel the LGA: 0171 834 2222

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