Communities in Control
Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister
Andrew Gwynne (PPS (Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, Secretary of State), Home Office; Denton and Reddish, Labour)
Is it not the case that properly engaging with local communities on issues that matter empowers local councillors and councils? I commend to the Secretary of State the excellent and fully resourced scrutiny function at Tameside metropolitan borough council and its district assemblies, where it has already devolved decision making, staff and budgets to community level. That is in stark contrast with Stockport, where the authorities have done everything to obstruct the Friends of Reddish Baths, which wants to reopen under community management that much- loved and well cherished community facility.