In a pamphlet* published today, the government is seeking suggestions
on the development of a long-term vision for local government across
communities, can work together to achieve this. Everyone with an
interest in local leadership and service delivery is being encouraged
to join in.
Local government minister Nick Raynsford said:
'Local government plays a vital role in today's society, serving
local needs and priorities and providing effective, democratically
accountable leadership to local communities. Good local government
is essential to create the prosperous, inclusive and sustainable
communities at the heart of this government's agenda.
'I welcome today's publication of the pamphlet on Local Government
Strategy, which will prompt a real debate on the future of local
government and acknowledges its importance in securing better lives
'I hope that all those with an interest in local government will add
their voices to this conversation, to identify an effective 10-year
vision and the challenges that we must overcome to achieve it.'
Today's pamphlet identifies a range of issues which the government
would like to put up for debate, such as developing strong and
vibrant community leadership, improving citizen engagement and
participation, improving service delivery, developing a new
relationship between central, regional and local government and
finally, considering patterns of governance and the local government
This will provide a useful springboard for discussions about what
local government could look like in 10 years' time, the challenges
that need to be overcome and new ways of working to realise this
The government is keen to hear the views of all those involved in
local leadership and local service delivery. An open debate should
identify the key things that need to be done to develop and enable
truly effective local authorities. It is also vital to building
relationships between local and central government based on genuine
partnership and trust.
Views on this debate can be emailed to email@example.com,
sent via the website on www.odpm.gov.uk/localvision or sent to the
ODPM by post.
Over the coming months, the ODPM will also host and participate in a
range of meetings and seminars across England to debate the future of
local government. The issues raised above in today's leaflet are
intended to kick-start that debate.
* The leaflet on Local Government Strategy can be accessed here.
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