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Local government

25 April 2019
The performance of our regions and our localities will have a defining impact on the wider success of the country. Who we elect to local government and what they stand for matters.
Better functioning, sustainable and dynamic cities and towns will drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of citizens. However, new thinking and assertive action is required.
In the last ten years local government has been transformed. It is now more centralised than anywhere else in the EU, with less local authorities and fewer staff. It is crucial that the needs of local businesses are not overlooked.
Each local authority must articulate a new vision, one that is routed in long-term strategic planning and reflects the needs of the regional economy and local enterprise. At its core must be the delivery of quality local infrastructure and services, such as housing, transport, education and broadband.
We need strong, thriving communities in which to live, study, work and invest. On May 24 lets elect public representatives who can make that happen.
Currently, there are 31 local authorities involved in licensing, inspections and planning. Regulations, timelines and service levels can vary from one authority to another. This can cause confusion and adds an unwelcome layer of complexity, uncertainty and cost for business.
Exercising its spatial planning mandate is a core function of your local authority. All local development plans are to be reviewed for consistency with the National Planning Framework by 2020. Decisions taken will determine the economic and social development in your area for the next six years.
Local authorities also have a formal role in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. This stretches from creating attractive town centres, road maintenance, improving accessibility and connectivity, promoting tourism and enhancing cultural and sporting life.