Local Authorities

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 14th July 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's policy is on what should constitute a threshold for a key decision made by a local authority.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

It is a matter for each local authority to decide its threshold for key decisions, having regard to the statutory guidance which the Government have issued under the Local Government Act 2000. This guidance states that in setting such thresholds a local authority will need to bear in mind the underlying principles of accountable decision making that there should be a presumption towards openness so that local people have knowledge sufficiently in advance of all those decisions which will be of genuine concern to local communities.

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