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Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, Andy Sawford, chief executive of the LGiU, commented..

"There are a range of important Bills for local government and local services.Local authorities will welcome the emphasis on economic growth and will want to see how these measures, along with the Green Investment Bank, will help them locally to promote growth and green jobs.

We would urge that the proposed reforms to the electricity market and the water industry include strong powers of scrutiny for local authorities.It is good to hear that there will be a Bill to create a Children's Commissioner and improve services for children in care, both things that the LGiU has been campaigning for. Similarly, we welcome mention of legislation on the future funding of adult social care although we are concerned that the plans are vague, and we would urge the government to confirm that legislation will follow the forthcoming White Paper.  

The announcement of a National Crime Agency sounds like a centralising move in our police services, creating an American style FBI to lead on serious and organised crime.  Local authorities, who have a key role in community safety, will want reassurances that this will not strip out resources and resilience from local police forces.

As expected there will be a Bill to officially abolish the Audit Commission and put in place new processes.  Local Authorities will not mourn the passing of the Audit Commission but they will want to know that any new arrangements are light touch and can be effective in giving the public confidence and helping local authorities to improve the effectiveness and value for money of local services".

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:11

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