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Should Local Government have more powers? How do we ensure that they really represent the people?

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Housing, rubbish collection, schools, planning and libraries - just some of the things local government is responsible for. But who are your councillors? What do they do, who do they represent and what are their powers?

Local government is paid for using a combination of council tax and money from central government from national taxation. What should be in the constitution to ensure that they really represent the people? Should you have greater say about what your money is being spent on? And should local government have even more powers? In November 2014 the Chancellor George Osborne announced Greater Manchester will receive its own directly elected mayor with powers over transport, housing, planning and policing. Is this the way forward?

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Enhanced powers for local and regional government in areas such as housing, energy, public services and business

BananaPlant
by BananaPlant
7 Votes
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BananaPlant

We have access to BBC parliament although 'live access' is relatively restricted and 'partioned' to give a 'fair' representation of proceedings seemingly centres upon the strange proceeding relating to PM Q's.  At the very least, we can actually see the deliberations. Might not a way forward be that citizens might 'see' and be able to comment in real time in relation to local government? Increased use of information and communications technologies might feel that citizens have a more...

Gavin Russ
by Gavin Russ
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Gavin Russ

National and devolved governments have separate support arrangements for their executive and non executive politicians.  In local government, however, the support streams for cabinet members and backbench councillors, including scrutiny, are crossed.  Officers work for the whole council and provide the same advice regardless of which councillors they are advising.  But why can't local government have the same separation between executive and non executive support arrangements? Mirroring...

Dave Mckenna
by Dave Mckenna
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Dave Mckenna

VERSION 1: Local authorities shall have the power to make proposals which they are satisfied would contribute to promoting the sustainability of local communities. Such proposals may include a request for a transfer of powers from central government to a local authority. VERSION 2: Local authorities shall have the power to make proposals which they are satisfied would contribute to promoting the sustainability of local communities. Such proposals may include a request for a transfer...

ConstitutionUK
by ConstitutionUK
11 Votes
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ConstitutionUK

Form a federal UK withe a more equal governmental system. It is high time England had much more (or even some?) say in it's own affairs. The silly system that we have now, whereby a mess of doifferent governments with varying powers, overlap, bias and over- representation (Scotland) and under-representation (England) could be sorted with a written constitution determoming excatly who we are and how we should be governed more fairly. No other country seems to quite have the messy state of...

Anthony Lock
by Anthony Lock
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Anthony Lock

Whilst I am not opposed to givng local authorities as much power as they can handle what I am concerned about is oversight.  There must be a means for ensuring that Councils are acting within their delegated powers and are not performing an abuse of power by denying citizens there rights in order to make the administration of the Council easier. Currently this is performed by Goverment/ Civil service oversight and Judicial Review.  I see nor eason why that could not continue but I would...

Andrew Cullyer
by Andrew Cullyer
14 Votes
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Andrew Cullyer

VERSION 1: Interests which are exclusively of a local or provincial nature shall be determined by local or provincial councils, according to the principles laid down by the Constitution.   VERSION 2: Interests which are exclusively of a local or provincial nature shall be determined by local or provincial councils, according to the principles laid down by the Constitution.  In order to give effect to this provision, local or provincial councils shall have fund raising powers.  

ConstitutionUK
by ConstitutionUK
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ConstitutionUK

Principle: Local authorities  have a duty of stewardship in perpetuity over their  financial, natural and cultural assets. Elected members are trustees of this duty for the period of their office.  Application in regulation/statute:  A local authority shall not dispose of  cultural assets including including buildings of architectural merit or historical importance,  libraries, archives, works of art etc. A local authority shall not dispose of or authorise the destruction of natural...

Edward Barrow
by Edward Barrow
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Edward Barrow

  A duty to promote democratic understanding and participation would go some way to ensuring greater equality of influence by citizens. The previous Labour government introduced this duty, but civil servants interpreted it rather bureaucratically and it was never put into force so that the Coalition promptly repealed it.   This is another way of making politics more accessible and inclusive. Helena Kennedy’s Power Inquiry prosed “Democracy hubs” as independent local contact point...

Titus Alexander
by Titus Alexander
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Titus Alexander

Two ideas. (1) Urgently, the insurance-like role of the state doesn't fit local democracy. When you pay your car insurance you don't expect less service in a particular area because Mayer Rahman has decreed so. Insurance is a deal between people over decades, or an individual over decades, not between people who share a physical region for a period of five years. National Insurance should be the same I think. The UK is unusual in not having a clear national insurance fund, but the NHS,...

John Robertson
by John Robertson
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