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Best Practice

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to issue further guidance to local authorities on best practice in drawing up statements of community involvement. (126401)

The Local Government White Paper (LGWP), published in October 2006, highlighted the multiplicity of community consultation and engagement strategies in local authorities, including the Statement of Community Involvement for Local Development Frameworks. It concluded that in order to secure co-ordinated consultation and engagement across local authority activity we want the local authority and its partners to have the flexibility to draw up more comprehensive engagement strategies. We plan to issue guidance on these comprehensive strategies in autumn 2007 for consultation, to be published in spring 2008.