Local authorities should be allowed to experiment by using new powers to help them respond to local requirements wi...
Local authorities should be allowed to experiment by using new powers to help them respond to local requirements without needing to look for specific legislation to justify their actions, according to a new report from the Commission for Local Democracy.
The report calls for councils to be given a power of general competence which will release them from many central controls.
The report shows how experimentation with different forms of local government administration in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland has transformed local government in those countries.
General Competence for Local Authorities in the Context of European Experiments by Hilary Kitchen is available, price £4.95 from the Commission for Local Democracy, University of Greenwich, Churchill House, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PE. Tel: 0181 331 8019.