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Local Government

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 5 June 2008

My honourable friend the Minister for Local Government (John Healey) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

On 7 May 2008, I set out to the House the approach that the Government intended to take to the transfer and appointment of local government employees in areas that are subject to local government restructuring. I also informed the House that we were circulating draft versions of the staffing regulations and a draft guidance document to key stakeholders—including the joint implementation teams established locally, all affected councils, the main local government trades unions and the local government employers—for their final comments.

Following consideration of the comments we received, and all the views expressed as part of our extensive discussions with interested parties over the past months, I am today laying the staffing regulations before the House. We are also today publishing the document Guidance on Staffing Issues. I have placed a copy of this document in the Library of the House.

This approach—a balance of regulation and guidance—establishes a clear and consistent framework to support the new unitary councils to manage the transition to become flagship new councils leading the way in empowering communities, promoting economic prosperity and modernising local service delivery.