Open letter from NALC chairman urges political party leaders to empower communities


The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an open letter to political party leaders urging their General Election manifestos to help communities to help themselves so local people can build strong communities.

The two-page open letter from Cllr Sue Baxter, calls on the next government to ensure the nation’s diverse communities have a voice and say over local services, are able to take back control, and can bring people together and heal division.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “Bringing the country together is currently one of the most significant challenges we face, and never has it been so important that more people are engaged and active in our local communities. Now is the time for the political parties to reinvigorate their approach to localism and devolution with a clear commitment to empower communities, build capacity and support, and provide flexible and diverse funding. As the most local level of democracy and community action, councils can, and already are, using their unique place-based role to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our country, principal authorities and our communities.”

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