LGIU response to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said: “Our concern about the Levelling Up White Paper was that it didn’t envisage a sufficiently strategic or wide ranging leadership role for local government. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill as published reinforces those concerns.
It only really engages with one new vision for local government: combined county authorities with elected mayors and with one local government function: planning. These are both important but there’s so much more that local authorities can be and so much more they can do. If we want to achieve the important levelling up missions that this Bill passes in to law, we will need a more imaginative and transformational approach to local leadership and the role of local government.
At more than three hundred pages long, the Bill is a very thick document but its vision for local government is rather thin.”
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