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Local Government White Paper

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her statement of 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 1657, on the local government White Paper, what information was made available by her Department before her statement to local councillors which enabled them to express their views on her proposals. (98798)

We have engaged extensively with external stakeholders on the issues considered in the local government White Paper. Through the ‘local:vision’ process we formally consulted a wide range of stakeholders across the public, private and the third sector, on key issues for local government. We have also held innovative city summits, ministerial dialogues and continued our regular discussions with local authorities individually and through representative bodies including the Local Government Association.

Local councillors have been able to express their views in a number of ways and they have been instrumental in developing the policy content.