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NEW SYSTEM OF POLICY MAKING AT DONCASTER

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With the election of a mayor, Doncaster entered a new era of governance. The democratic process within the borough ...
With the election of a mayor, Doncaster entered a new era of governance. The democratic process within the borough was taken a step further this week when mayor Winter signalled his intention to introduce new forms of policy making.

At the meeting of full council on Monday, mayor Winter announced that he intends to use a Westminster-style system of Green and White Papers to develop strategy. Green papers will be used to consult local people on issues of proposed policies. When consultation is complete and policies are confirmed, White Papers will be issued to make a clear statement of intention, and to give stakeholders the opportunity to comment on more detailed proposals.

Running alongside the changes in the governance of the borough has also been the introduction of a new set of partnership arrangements, with the Doncaster Strategic Partnership (DSP) at its apex. Over the past year the partnership has taken the lead in the development of Doncaster's Borough Strategy - Achieving our Full Potential - which was launched this week.

Mayor Winter said: 'Inclusive, transparent and decisive change for Doncaster is essential for the success of the borough. It is my intention, as mayor, to develop the Green and White Paper concept to formulate the strategies and policies which will ensure that we, in our borough, do indeed achieve our full potential.'

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