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WE WANT YOUR VIEWS ON THE FUTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ENGLAND)

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ODPM Kicks Off Discussion on 10-Year Vision ...
ODPM Kicks Off Discussion on 10-Year Vision

In a pamphlet* published today, the government is seeking suggestions

on the development of a long-term vision for local government across

England, and how central and local government, as well as local

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

for all.

'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

finance system.

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

vision.

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 localvision@odpm.gsi.gov.uk,

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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