Ministers could join 'the forces of conservatism' if they stop councils implementing reorganisation plans endorsed ...
Ministers could join 'the forces of conservatism' if they stop councils implementing reorganisation plans endorsed by local consultation, the New Local Government Network has warned.
Writing in this week's LGC, Gerry Stoker and John Williams, chair and executive director of the NLGN, hail the recent report of Liverpool's Democracy Commission as an outstanding example of genuinely independent and non-partisan consultation.
But they point out that three of the commission's key recommendations, including the use of proportional representation and the creation of 25 neighbourhood councils, 'take the government beyond where their thinking is at the moment and beyond the proposals in the new local government Bill'.
'The commission has overcome the challenge of raising independent funding, working across parties, bringing together local stakeholders and agreeing a coherent package of wide ranging reforms only to find that its one remaining hurdle might be the government that asked it to consult in the first place.'