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LGA MAKES A NOISE OVER MISSING FREEDOMS

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The Local Government Association is to lobby the ODPM over its failure to deliver the freedoms and flexibilities it...
The Local Government Association is to lobby the ODPM over its failure to deliver the freedoms and flexibilities it promised.

At its meeting last week, the LGA executive decided to raise with ministers the failure of new trading powers for 'excellent', 'good' and 'fair' councils to materialise.

According to the association, there have been delays in making the order that would bring the powers - contained in the Local Government Act 2003 - into effect. It is now expected to be made in June.

The government has also failed to fulfil its promise to deregulate 84 consent regimes by this month, as the necessary order is still at the drafting stage and could be several months from implementation.

The government's failures to deliver reforms will heighten the perception it is not keeping its promise to reward good performance by councils.

They follow its decision to renege on its promise, made in November 2002, not to cap 'excellent' and 'good' authorities.

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