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NEW GUIDELINES FOR CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

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A new framework for ensuring effective and cooperative relations between central and local government was agreed at...
A new framework for ensuring effective and cooperative relations between central and local government was agreed at a meeting between the prime minister and the local authority associations at Downing Street today.

Mr Major said:

'I am delighted that we have been able to agree these new guidelines today. They build upon the increasingly sensible and constructive relationship that has been developing over recent years.

'Of course, I recognise that central and local government have distinct roles. This is an important and legitimate reflection of the British constitution and is one of the strengths of our system of local government.

'While there will inevitably be disagreements on matters of practice and policy, the relationship between central and local government should be conducted on both sides in a spirit of partnership and cooperation.

'These guidelines, in the spirit of the Citizen's Charter, outline a basis for good relations clearly and openly for all to see.

'The guidelines set out how relations between central and local government should be conducted. They define how both will act in relation to matters such as the early discussion of new policies affecting local government, the conduct of consultation and the provision of information.

'A constructive relationship between central and local government is at the core of my view of the renaissance of local government in the 1990s. Today's guidelines are intended to assist this vital and developing process.'

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