NALC addresses commission on the future of local government
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has addressed a commission looking at the future of local government, calling for a levelling up of local democracy to boost community power through the establishment of local (parish and town) councils across the whole country.
Local Government Commission 2030 is a research collaboration between the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and De Montfort University’s Local Government Unit and is exploring core issues impacting on local government over the coming decades.
NALC’s chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, met commissioners on 12 February and gave oral evidence on the theme of empowering communities and spoke about the current and future role of the first tier of local government in England.
Other issues covered at the session included addressing inequalities across diverse communities, empowering and increasing the participation of local communities in decision-making, and engagement with under-represented groups.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “I am grateful to the Local Government Commission for the opportunity to outline the growing contribution local councils are making to building strong communities, and ensure the first tier of local government isn’t overlooked in their deliberations. In the decades ahead, working together with other agencies, I want to see more local councils set up across the country, ambitiously fulfilling their potential to boost community power. Using their local democratic mandate to influence the work of other institutions and build strong and resilient communities. The Commission is continuing to take evidence and I would encourage local councils to get involved.”