A World Trade Organisation proposal may have far-reaching consequences on councils' role in procurement, regulation...
A World Trade Organisation proposal may have far-reaching consequences on councils' role in procurement, regulation and planning, according to local government representatives.
The Local Government International Bureau and the Local Government Association have appealed to the government to review the implications of the WTO's general agreement on trade in services on councils' freedom and powers.
The agreement gives the European Union power to challenge council decisions.
The LGIB and LGA specifically fear it will impact upon licensing, waste disposal, building control, transport, planning and discretionary powers that allow councils to give preference to local employment.