for local government.
This takes forward the government's local government white paper
to respond to the needs of their local communities and establish a
new partnership between central and local government to deliver high
quality public services to local people.
Announcing the publication of the local government white paper
implementation plan which is available on the DTLR website from
today and which will be updated monthly, Stephen Byers said:
'This plan demonstrates the top priority the government is
giving to delivering improved public services and local government's
key role in achieving this.
'Our white paper proposals set out a new vision for local government
to provide a new partnership approach with central government and
substantial new freedoms for local authorities to enable them to
respond better to the needs of their local communities.
'The government is committed to taking forward this agenda in an open
way and working with local government to implement the proposals as
soon as practically possible. That is why I am today publishing on
the department's website an implementation plan.
'Implementing this plan will have a profound affect on the
opportunities and quality of life for people in our towns, cities and
countryside - improving children's education, providing better care
for the vulnerable, making communities safer and cleaner places to
live in and improving public transport.
'This plan presents a timetable to improve local services. It sets
out clearly how and when the government plans to take forward this
'In particular, good progress has been made in implementing the
capital finance reforms. Today, I am also publishing A New System of
Local Government Borrowing - A Plain English Guide, which explains
the government's commitment to give local councils freedom to raise
money for the projects people really want and what it will mean for
1. The Local Government White Paper Implementation Plan and A New
System of Local Government Borrowing - A Plain English Guide are
accessible on the DTLR website .
2. Copies of the Local Government White Paper 'Strong Local
Leadership - Quality Public Services' (ISBN no. 0 10 153272 5) are
available from: The Stationery Office, PO Box 29, Norwich, NR3 1GN.
Tel: 0870 600 5522.