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Local Authorities: Accountability

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase the powers of redress for local residents in relation to services provided by local authorities. (157488)

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill contains a provision to take forward the Community Call for Action mechanism which contains a statutory process for ward councillors to act on concerns from the local community to resolve problems with local government services.

As part of the “Governance of Britain” Green Paper the Government committed to consulting on ways of increasing citizen’s powers of redress to scrutinise and improve the delivery of local services and to consider a duty that requires local authorities to consider and investigate petitions from local communities.