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18 May 2016
Responding to the Bus Services Bill, Cllr Peter Box, Transport spokesman at the Local Government Association, said that the ability for local areas to take responsibility for bus services will help councils struggling to avoid gridlock on their roads and local people to access vital services.
3 February 2016
LGA Chairman Lord Porter responds to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee's report on ‘Devolution: The Next Five Years and Beyond'.
The LGA's localism programme is helping councils reform public services and lobbying for greater decentralisation and devolution to local government. The golden rules include:
- Councils being at the centre of Public Service reform, thus delivering more effective services for local people
- Government policy continues in a localist direction and a thriving voluntary and community sector is encouraged
- Councils are supported to develop new models of local public service delivery and commissioning, including community budgets.
In this section
The Localism Act was introduced in November 2011. The aim of the act was to devolve more decision making powers from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. The act covers a wide range of issues related to local public services; this section outlines key information on the act for local government.
The LGA has partnered with Locality, an umbrella organisation for community organisations, to deliver a series of programmes that will help residents play a fuller and more equal role in the design and commissioning of services.
Devolution to local areas can bring economic, political and social benefits to communities across the country. Our online resource details what powers councils have already been given and what they're doing with them, as well as tools to help your council negotiate further devolution.
The New Burdens Community Governance Review Fund 2016-17 is a fund to help local authorities facilitate communities who want to set up new town and parish councils do so. The fund was first introduced in 2015-16 by Government following the introduction of changes to legislation.
A short note of the Selector Panel meeting held on 17 November to consider an appeal from Newham Council can be downloaded by clicking the title above. The meeting was held to consider Newham's proposal to reduce to £2 the maximum stake for B2 gaming machines (often referred to as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals or FOBTs).