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SETTLEMENT COULD SEE COUNCILLORS IN LORDS

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Councillors should be given seats in a reformed House of Lords as part of a new settlement between local and centra...
Councillors should be given seats in a reformed House of Lords as part of a new settlement between local and central government, according to the Local Government Information Unit.

The proposal is included in an LGIU manifesto for local government, designed to influence the three major parties ahead of next year's expected general election.

A charter for a new era in local governance calls for the reform of the Lords to include the creation of local government peers, elected by councils, who would scrutinise relations between town hall and Whitehall.

The manifesto also includes more familiar proposals for an even split in council funding between local and central government, and for councils to join up services in their area through reformed local public service agreements. It also calls for collective self-regulation by councils to gradually replace national inspection regimes.

www.lgiu.gov.uk
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