Published on March 26, 2012

Involve submission on the future of local government

By Clive Mitchell

Clive Mitchell is Programme Manager at Involve. He is based in the West Midlands and has 30 years experience of working in and with local authorities.

Involve have submitted responses to the Civic Enterprise Call for Evidence on the Future of Local Government.

Today we’ve just posted two additional submissions to the Civic Enterprise Commission to contribute to the one we submitted before Christmas. We think it’s an important Commission and we’d love to hear your feedback on our suggestions and any additional thoughts.

Our submission has been in three parts:

  • The Future of Local Government: Here we’ve argued that citizen participation is fundamental to the sustainable well-being of local communities, and that the democratic mandate remains central to grounding local governance in the needs of those communities.
  • The role of Elected Members: In this response we provide some specific evidence on how elected members can encourage participatory democracy in their local areas and consider the various different leadership roles that elected members might play in their communities.
  • The economic potential of local government: Here we suggests that local government could play an important role in strengthening communities, creating ‘inclusive’ economies which promote equality and well-being and stimulating sustainable economies and lifestyles.

You can see them all here.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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