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Local Authorities: Public Participation

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she plans to introduce legislation to require local ballots on spending decisions by local authorities; (157465)

(2) whether she plans to require local authorities to implement citizens' juries.

In the recently published “Governance of Britain” Green Paper the Government announced their desire to help create active citizens and empowered communities who are fully engaged in local decision-making. As part of this process the Government have proposed a number of ideas to debate and consult on, including introducing powers to ballot on spending decisions and consulting on major decisions through mechanisms such as Citizen's Juries.