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Local Government: Reform

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a full council could overturn the (a) decisions and (b) budget of a directly-elected executive under her proposals for reform of local government. (127010)

The Local Government Act 2000 provides that all decisions in the authority are the responsibility of the executive unless otherwise provided for in regulations made under that Act. This applies to a directly elected executive as to any other executive. Those regulations provide for the authority to adopt its annual budget based on the executive's proposals, with or without amendment. In the case of a mayoral executive, the council can amend the executive's budget proposals only on a two-thirds majority, and we intend to apply this same provision to elected executives.