Although the Hunt Bill will make another appearance in parliament in July, Conservative opposition has effectively killed it off. The Local Government Information Unit is urging the government to ensure that the proposals regarding experimentation it has made in its consultation paper Modernising local democracy: local democracy and community leadership are put into practice.
The LGIU believes that councils should be able to develop their own
experiments appropriate to local conditions, for example by introducing cabinet style systems. The unit thinks it is important that experiments should lead to greater clarity about who is responsible for decisions, should make councils more accountable and provide for sharper scrutiny of the decision that councils take.
These issues and others have been addressed by the LGIU in its detailed response to the consultation paper which can be obtained from the LGIU ON 0171 608 1051.