New deputy prime minister John Prescott invited in the chair of the Local Government Association, Sir Jeremy Beecha...
New deputy prime minister John Prescott invited in the chair of the Local Government Association, Sir Jeremy Beecham, together with LGA chief executive Brian Briscoe on Sunday for a wide ranging discussion about how government and local government can work together in the future.
The LGA was delighted to be the first outside body to be consulted by Mr Prescott as he launched his new role.
Sir Jeremy, commenting on the meeting at the department of Environment offices, said he had offered Mr Prescott his warmest congratulations on his appointment.
'It will be good for the people of this country and good for local government that there will be this new integrated approach on local government, environment and transport issues'.
He said the LGA had welcomed the early invitation for talks. The organisation, which was launched only at the beginning of last month, would bring forward fresh proposals to reflect local government's concerns and the new government's declared objectives and Sir Jeremy hoped that this would be of mutual benefit to both tiers of government in solving the nation's problems.
'I believe we are now on the threshold of a new era of partnership between central and local government and that the concept of local democracy now has the chance to thrive,' he added.