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Regional Government

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has abandoned the principles of (a) double devolution, (b) neighbourhood governance and (c) earned autonomy. (114828)

When Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) was introduced, earned autonomy was seen as a driver to improve performance. Now that over 70 per cent. of local authorities have achieved a 3 or 4* CPA rating, we can move onto presumed autonomy. The Local Government White Paper proposals devolve more power to local authorities and lift centrally imposed burdens on them. As the White Paper makes clear, Government have not changed their policies in regard to double devolution or neighbourhood governance.