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Community Relations: Democracy

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the publication of a White Paper on democracy and community engagement; and if she will make a statement. (194296)

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced, on 5 March, proposals to prepare a White Paper on plans to unlock talent in local communities and give people a real say on improving local services and promoting active citizenship. We will be developing a range of proposals over the coming months, and plan to publish the White Paper in the summer. We want a wide range of people to contribute to the thinking that goes into the White Paper, including practitioners and community activists, local government, trade unions and people in the public services.