Laura Sharman 04 June 2018

Government urged to simplify creation of new councils

The Government should make it easier for communities to set up new local councils in England, according to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

NALC is calling for the introduction of a right of appeal direct to the secretary of state where a principal authority has ‘unfairly’ rejected a campaign for a new local council. It also wants local councils to be created across principal local authority boundaries.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: ‘NALC want to work with the government to make the process of creating new local councils easier for communities and thinks the government to reinforce its 2007 agenda, that principal authorities create local councils and make it easier for communities to set them up.

‘NALC welcomes the chance to comment on the MHCLG long-awaited update of the statutory guidance. The guidance urgently needs to reflect the regulatory changes from 2015, which were introduced to make it easier to set up new councils.’

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